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Manuel González
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"Tico" the first of the Ticonderoga class

June 9, 2021 · in Ships · · 11 · 1.9K

I have always been fascinated by the Spruance and class ships. Today it is not easy to get a kit that I would like to build again. This kit is from , scale and I was pleasantly surprised compared to other brands. I have built it some time ago for a gift. Generic photoetches were used for the railings and the Flyhawk set for the radars. All the masts have been rebuilt with copper wire and brass, as well as other small details of reinforcements with plasticard and chains with copper wire. Unicaenis has been used for the wiring and the paintings are by Humbrol with small pastel effects. The water base has been made with styrofoam, mediun gel and cotton.

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  1. Haze gray and underway! A great job on the ship and seascape!

  2. Very nice! I've got a Spruance and Tico WIP in a box somewhere, only hoping my Tico turns out this well. The masts look fantastic, and the flags are a nice touch. By chance, did the Revell kit include a lower hull?

    • Thanks Andrew, yes, the kit include.

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  3. Very nice build, Manuel!
    Very dramatic diorama!

  4. Thanks for your kinds words. It's been a nice model to build.

  5. Great job, Manuel. I love 1/700 ships.

  6. I was on the Commissioning crew for the Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) and while we were waiting for some systems upgrades I got to sail on the Tico for a couple of weeks. Nice job on the kit because it brings back quite a few memories.

  7. Brilliant Manuel, thank you for sharing your WIP as well!

  8. Hello Manuel,
    1/700 scale is a very difficult scale for ships. You mastered this model fantastic. What really does it for me, is that the Cruiser is in the water. That is the environment were it should be.
    Regards, Dirk / The Netherlands.

    • Thanks Dirk for your kind comment.
      I had my ships in a waterline model without representing the sea. However when I resume my hobby, I represent them at sea. Sometimes better than others. Your Karel Doorman model is fine.

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