1/700 scale USS Massachusetts BB-59 “Air attack circa 1944”
Construction : The model kit is from Trumpeter's USS Massachusetts BB-57 model kit which was built out of the box with little issues in terms of fittings and overall engineering. Generic WWII US navy PE railings was attached to enhance the realism and overall detail.
Painting Work : The overall scheme was based on the ships appearance circa 1944-45 with overall light grey for upper structure and sea grey for 3/4 of the upper hull area. I wanted to model to look severely weathered hence making alot of streaking effects using AK weathering sets as well as explosion effects using cotton soaked with mount spray and airbrushed to introduce smoke darkness. The diorama tries to depict her involvement during the Formosa strike circa 1944 with explosion of near bomb misses and a Japanese dive bomber being shot at.
Conclusion: Overall it was a stunning experience making the whole diorama I believe new lessons were learnt in this process of making it.
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