|This build of the USS Nimitz CVN-68 as of 1976 used the Trumpeter 1:350 scale kit and took me two years to complete with a total of 1,532.30 man hours
I wanted to portray the carrier in 1976 with Airwing 8 sporting Bicentennial markings. The hangar was built entirely from scratch using 20 thou plastic card ,
different gauges of telephone wires for piping and trunking and small components from a spent PC motherboard for extra detailing. The hangar is lit up with it's
own circuit utilising 12volts DC strip LED's with a cordless diffuser system. The island had to be altered considerably ...removal of sponson starboard side ,
scratch-built, sector antennas fashioned out of toothpick ends...various whip aerials ...extra details on main mast, extra search lights and opening of most of the
service doors. The island was sanded clean and all trunking and piping was added ,again using different gauges of copper wire and plastic strips. The island is lit up
with it's own circuit utilizing tiny 12 volts DC bulbs with green silicone sleeves for effect .
The stern internal housing was completely rebuilt for more accuracy, again most of it is scratch-built. The hull was sanded clean. Piping and trunking were added
on using various gauges of copper wire , telephone wire and soldering lead wire. All ventilation grids were hollowed out , reshaped, repositioned and more added ,
then replaced with perforated brass sheeting...some were also blocked off as they were non existent on the vessel. All the service openings,ie..boat decks, fuelling
decks etc were removed because they all looked like little ratholes and rebuilt from scratch , detailed The ones on the port side were relocated to a correct position
and lit up using 12 volt DC bulbs with another circuit of their own. The crane deck was rebuilt. All catwalks were removed and added on photo-etched catwalks,
which were again detailed further, adding on access cubicles, side piping and trunking, ordnance escape chutes, access ladders ...etc. Handrails and side fences
were attached, in the correct positions. Extensive further detail was added to the elevators' girder work.