This is a ‘speed build’. Trumpeter USS Indianapolis, started yesterday… planned finish August 11th (now that people who know me have stopped laughing, let’s get on with this).
It is a companion piece to my ‘Orca’ project ( https://imodeler.com/groups/imoder-at-the-movies-1964926360/forum/topic/heres-to-swimmin-with-bow-legged-women/ ) from the ‘iModeler at the Movies’ Group Build.
If you haven’t seen the movie Jaws and are wondering why the Indianapolis is such a crucial component of the film, here’s four of the best minutes In the history of moving pictures…
Shaw was blind drunk the first attempt at the speech, but after pleading with Spielberg he turned up at 07:00 the next morning and nailed it in four takes. If you watch Hooper (Dreyfus) in the background, he is utterly spellbound in a way that suggests he isn’t acting.
So, to the ‘Indi’ (my spelling, it’s my only daughter’s name).
She sank (as Quint observed) in just 12 minutes after being hit twice in crucial compartments by Japanese Imperial Navy sub I-58.
One thousand, nine hundred and ninety six men were on the Indi, 317 were rescued. Captain Charles McVey, famously scapegoated, took his own life in 1968. The Indi herself was rediscovered by Paul Allen’s “USS Indianapolis Project” aboard Research Vessel ‘Petrel’ on 19 August 2017, at a depth of 18,044 feet.
Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark! now I hear them — Ding-dong, bell.
Ariel, Shakespear’s ‘Tempest’.
Anyway, this will be my modest homage to those men and she’ll sit under the Orca, a perfect companion piece.