|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 .