Chico's Bail Bonds may have sponsored category 403A, Ships; Battleships, Battlecruisers, and Cruisers; 1/350 — Battleships,  but Ryan Labieniec of Connecticut certainly didn't need the services of Chico's to win the category with his breakout
build of the Tamiya 1:350 scale
New Jersey kit to produce the USS Wisconsin in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. The Tamiya kit was heavily modified by Ryan in the build. He used the Pontos upgrade set to add many of the fine details. The after-
market wooden deck was moderately weathered with pastel chalks. The SH-46 is from Bronco Models and after seeing a photograph of a USMC SH-46 on the deck of
Wisconsin, Ryan, who is a Marine, knew that he had to have the Corps in his build.
Figures are from L'Arsenal and North Star. It took most of 2018 to build the model.

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