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  Last update:  08 Aug 08

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Here is a listing of the models I have built, am working on or have planned as future projects.  Each project has (or will have) an area devoted to it's construction on this web site.  I have given each project a large area to help me better explain in detail how I have completed each project.  There are a few projects were I did an in-depth review of the kit.  In these cases, I am in no way affiliated with the company who manufactures the kit, nor was I paid for my review.  My reviews are of my own opinion based on over 26 years in modeling.

I have been asked about Navy ships verses the other types of ships I model.  When it comes to R/C model boats, I like the scale boats and ships and tend to stay away from the speed demons. Not all of the models that

I build are military in nature.  Really!  Often I am taken by a ship for one reason or another and then I end up wanting to model it.  Even though they may not be a "gray thing", they are still a scale model ship or boat.  A likeness of the real thing in miniature.  Ah, now that's scale modeling. icon1.gif (944 bytes)

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CLICK ON THE PICTURES TO "OPEN" AREAS FOR THAT MODEL
 

USS Crockett PG-88
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(Scroll down to go to the NEW USS Crockett web area!)

This is a 1/39th scale model of the USS Crockett (PG - 88), kit # 1218 by Dumas Products, IncWhile completing this kit, I accomplished to write extensive review of this kit.  Included are assembly pictures, added extras and new step-by-step instructions.  A must see for any avid scale ship modeler.
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Status: Operational
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What an awesome ship this Dumas kit has built into.  To write the final chapter on this review, the finished ship has been sold to Rick Caceres, "I hope you enjoy sailing her this summer Rick!"
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MIDWEST - Boothbay Lobster Boat

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Website Has Been Opened For Viewing

 

I have been asked many times by modelers to recommend a model boat that would good to get them into the hobby.  This is the kit I would recommend to get you started in the hobby or just to enjoy a fun kit and model.  Generations of lobstermen have used this popular Maine fishing boat. This kit features a 30 inch hull (length), and a 10 inch beam with a 3 inch draft. The 1/12 scale Boothbay Lobster Boat and comes with a running hardware kit also includes all fittings, prop shaft, lightweight fiberglass cloth, propeller, stuffing box and even a supply of lobsters. This intermediate level kit is suitable for radio control and requires a two channel R/C radio, motor, speed control and batteries. Midwest Products Co., Inc. products feature accurate cutting methods and techniques to ensure high quality model.
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Length 30 inches Beam 10 inches
Scale 1 in. to 1 ft.
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The following list of  ships is only a tentative list of "planned" projects.  I not only have been planning to build the following ships, but also plan to feature them on the Model Marina web site. 

 

 

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USS Crockett PG-88
 

This is a 1/39th scale model of the USS Crockett (PG - 88), kit # 1218 by Dumas Products, IncWhile completing this kit, During this build I DID NOT write any review of this kit.  I have included in-depth assembly pictures, added extras and new step-by-step instructions.  A must see for any avid scale ship modeler.
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THIS IS A COMPLETE SECOND WEBSITE ON THIS MODEL. THIS WEBSITE IS MUCH MORE DETAILED THAN THE FIRST.

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Status: In work. 
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SCALE: 1/39 
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USS ANTIETAM CG-54


 

The USS Anteitam was the third AEGIS cruiser to have the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System.   I have a hull  and some fittings from The Scale Shipyard to build this Ticonderoga Aegis Cruiser.  This is a 1/96 scale model of CG-54 and measures 71 inches long. 

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Status: In work.

SCALE:
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USS Bunker Hill CG-52

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The USS Bunker Hill was the first Ticonderoga class cruiser to be equipped with the Mk. 41 VLS (Vertical Launch System) in place of the previous ships' Mk. 26 twin-arm missile launchers, greatly improving the flexibility and firepower of the ships by allowing them to fire BGM-109 Tomahawk missiles. This model is being built by Eric Bertelsen of Homeport Model Ships using a hull  and some fittings from The Scale Shipyard.  The superstructure parts are laser cut and manufactured by Homeport Models. This is a 1/96 scale model of CG-52 and measures 71 inches long. 

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Status: In work.

SCALE:
1/96.  This project will use parts from both The Scale Shipyard and Sirmar, the superstructure is from:

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The following list of  ships is is a list of projects that I am not currently working on.  I may have set the model aside for various reasons and the model may continue progress on the Model Marina web site at a later time. 

 

 

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Jackson Marine Corp.
Mister Darby

(Project halted, project damaged beyond economical repair.  Model scheduled to be rebuilt 2009)

Click on picture above to view some pictures of my first Mister Darby before it was damaged.

 

I have started the Dumas kit of the Mister Darby and I will be doing a major review of this kit.  The Dumas kit of the Jackson Marine Mister Darby is not just your average tug boat kit. The Dumas Mister Darby, kit #1217, features a huge hand laid up fiberglass hull capable of handling about any powering method you might care to experiment with. The superstructure is constructed out of heavy duty die-cut plywood. Plus, Dumas has included dozens of castings and other detail items to add those finishing touches. To power my Darby I will be using the Mr. Darby kort nozzle running hardware kit from Harbor Models.  This running hardware package includes two Pittman motors, motor mounts, couplers, prop shaft supports, kort nozzles, 2 pairs of rudders,
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Status: Dry-dock (Original model was damaged when I last moved.  Replacement Kit purchased from local hobby shop, but  awaiting assembly.)
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SCALE:
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Model Slipway
Anchor Handling Tug AZIZ / ARIF

(Click on picture to go to the Aziz tug web area)  This Area Is Still Under Construction, Please Excuse The Dust 

Kit was purchased from Harbor Models.

Click for photos of the full-size vessel.
 

 

Built for worldwide operations to service and tow drilling units, and support production platforms Aziz and her sister ship Arif were commissioned in 1983 for Prince Offshore of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The main feature of their deck machinery is a double-drum waterfall type anchor handling/towing winch, 120 t. pull, diesel driven. Two 3.1 ton capacity tugger winches are fitted behind the superstructure one on each side of the cargo deck and a 6 t. electro-hydraulic deck crane is located on the boat deck for cargo handling.
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Length 43.5 inches
Beam 9-3/4 inches
Scale 1:50
Displacement: approx. 30lbs

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Model Slipway
WYEFORCE tug


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Built in 1994 by Hepworth Shipyards of Hull for Itchen Marine Wyeforce's work will include ship towage and liner berthing in and around Southampton.  Her hard chine hull is heavily built, with a conventional twin-screw layout using fixed pitch propellers working within fixed Kort nozzles.
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SCALE: 1/24Twin screw - Scale 1:24 - Length: 32.8" (840 mm) - Beam: 11.4" (290 mm) - Displacement approx. 22 lbs (10 kg)
 

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USS Bunker Hill CG-52
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The USS Bunker Hill was the first AEGIS cruiser to have the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System.   I have a hull  and some fittings from The Scale Shipyard to build the Ticonderoga Aegis Cruiser.  This is a 1/96 scale model of CG-47 and measures 71 inches long. 
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USS SPRUANCE DD-963
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Thirty-one SPRUANCE-class destroyers were developed for the primary mission of anti-submarine warfare, including operations as an integral part of attack carrier forces. The Spruance class of ships are more than twice as large as a World War II destroyer and as large as a World War II cruiser. Utilizing highly developed weapons systems, SPRUANCE is designed to hunt down and destroy high speed submarines in all weather, but can also engage ships, aircraft, and shore targets. These multi-purpose combatants are also capable of providing naval gunfire support in conjunction with Marine amphibious operations worldwide.
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SCALE: 1/96.  I will use the hull from BaD Ship Models kit using only the hull and I will build the rest from scratch.   I have some fittings from The Scale Shipyard but most have come from Sirmar.  The set of plans that I have are from The Scale Shipyard.  Sirmar parts have be purchased from the Loyalhanna DockyardSirmar(Great source of model boat supplies)
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The following list of  ships is only a tentative list of "planned" projects.  I not only have been planning to build the following ships, but also plan to feature them on the Model Marina web site. 

 

 

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USS Mitscher DDG-57
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Stealty Sea Ghosts.  The Navy considers the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided missile AEGIS   destroyer to be its most capable and survivable surface combatant. The DDG 51 was the first U.S. Navy ship designed to incorporate shaping techniques to reduce radar cross-section to reduce their detectability and likelihood of being targeted by enemy weapons and sensors. Originally designed to defend against Soviet aircraft, cruise missiles, and nuclear attack submarines, this higher capability ship is to be used in high-threat areas to conduct antiair, antisubmarine, antisurface, and strike operations.
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SCALE: 1/96.  I will use a semi-kit from The Scale Shipyard for this project.  The semi-kit comes with the hull and fittings only leaving me to build the rest of the ship from scratch. Plans will come from the Floating Dry-dock.
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The Orca
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We all remember the movie JAWS™.  It was released in June of 1975 by Universal Pictures and gave us the characters of Chief Martin Broody, Quint, Hooper and "Bruce" (The Great White Shark).  But more important to me, ORCA.   This is the fishing boat used to wage the final battle with the deadly killer shark.  No complete kit of this boat is available, so I will be using plans I ordered from R/C Boat Modeler.  These plans were drawn by PAT TRITLE.  With these plans, a copy of the JAWS 30th Anniversary Edition DVD, some added wood and lots of patience I should end up with a very nice model of the The Orca. 
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"Back home we got a taxidermy man ... he's gonna have a heart attack when he sees what I brung em!" - Quint
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Dumas PRIME TIME

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 Kit purchased from Harbor Models but  awaiting assembly
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The Prime Time is an exciting model of Americas premiere all aluminum yacht, the Atwood 126. Elegance of accommodations, state-of-the-art construction, and powered by twin Kamewa jets for incredible speed, the Atwood is definitely one of the most luxurious yachts in the world. This Dumas kit of "Prime Time" features a hand laid up fiberglass hull with a white gel coat finish. Clean cut quality plywood deck and superstructure parts and an easy to follow step-by-step instruction book covering construction, diagrams, and photos to give you the most in model building pleasure.   At this point, I have the kit but are still undecided as to how I will power my kit.  I will not use the Dumas running hardware, but use jet drives or four blade brass props with custom A struts and rudders.  More to come.
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Length 48 inches Beam 9-3/4 inches
Scale 3/8 in. to 1 ft.
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