USS HORNET CVS-12, APOLLO 11 Recovery Mission 1969 - The model came from a very old Revell 1:530 scale kit, a lot of scratch-building and
major restructuring was involved to achieve the required result. The first job was to align, reform and straighten the warped hull with aluminium flat
bars. The hull was then sanded clean. The bow and the stern had to be gutted and had to be altered completely and details added, which included piping
and trunking using telephone wire and soldering piping of different gauges. The hangar interior was totally scratch-built with a lighting system added.
One can clearly see the isolation chamber and aircraft. Both elevators were scratch-built. The top sides of the hull were extensively detailed and reshaped
and bulkheads added to accommodate a good fit for the top deck. Gun directors and guns were also scratch-built. The top deck was stripped of all
catwalks and new correct scratch-built ones were added .
The island was incorrect and so basic and rudimentary so a totally scratch-built island was built which included the main mast with it’s array of
antennas and radars the main scratch-built radar on the port side was also added. Refuelling hosing was also added. A lighting system was also added to
show through the Forward and aft bridge observation windows. This was connected to the wiring system in the hangars. Clear green acetate plastic
sheeting was used to simulate the green texture on carrier windows. The kit’s offerings for it’s airwing were hopeless. So Extensive work had to be
done on all the airwing. This included new undercarriage details as the kits aircraft had only stubs...lengthening and thickening of the
scratch-built domes for the E1-B aircraft... as well as more detail to the already altered Seakings. The media communication systems on the Starboard
side were all scratch-built using bits and pieces from the scrap box.
The capsule was also modified and a cradle fashioned out of an unused plastic radar unit. I used the Gold Medal Models photo-etch detail set which is
very good. This also included people and  the only thing was that there were not enough to go around. Some items from
Starfighter Decals were used
. But an excellent decal sheet from Jodie Peeler was excellent. I must thank Jodie for the all the help and assistance to make this build possible. The
seascape was fashioned out of paper mache and common household plaster which was then painted with hues of blue, green and black. The model was
painted with a mixture of enamels, acrylics and oils to further enhance the weathering of the ship.
Louis Carabott