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  1. I had been a dedicated modeler from the age of six and got away from the craft by the time I finished college. After retiring in 2017, I wanted to try my hand again. I chose the Italeri Vosper MTB in 1/35 scale because it looked complex enough to keep me interested and I had never worked with photo-etched parts. Nor had I picked up an airbrush since 1974. I enjoyed the build and not too surprisingly, I was hooked on modeling again!
  2. As my second post retirement project, I chose to build USS Truxtun (CGN-35). Truxtun is near and dear to me--I served on her from October 1979 to August 1982 as a Combat Systems Officer. I customized the Iron Shipwright's resin kit by using the following add ons: One 5-54 Mark 42 gun mount (3D printed plastic) Mark 10 standard missile launcher with SM-2ER missiles (3D printed plastic) Two AN/SPG-55B missile fire control radars (3D printed plastic) One Mk 68 Gun Director with AN/SGP-53 radar (resin with photo-etched brass) SH-2F Sea Sprite helicopter (resin with photo-etched brass) Life raft canisters (3D printed plastic) SLQ-32V3 electronic warfare system antennas (resin) SRBOC chaff launchers (none were included in the kit)(resin) Two quad Harpoon anti-ship cruise missile launchers (resin) Three of the four ship’s boats: Whale boat, officer’s launch and captain’s gig (resin with photo-etched brass) Vulcan Phalanx point defense guns (resin) SPS-48 and SPS-10 radars (resin with photo-etched brass) Triple and double bitts (resin) Anchor chain (steel) Ship’s anchors (3D printed plastic) Two five bladed propellers (brass) In addition, I scratch built the propeller shafts. I learned a great deal in building this model that will substantially improve the quality of future kits.

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If you enjoy building ship models that are historically accurate as well as beautiful, then The Nautical Research Guild (NRG) is just right for you.

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