The 1:350 scale USS Hawes FFG-53 Oliver Perry Class Frigate was built from the Blue Water Navy kit. She was reconstructed and highly modified to mirror her true real-life appearance when I was an enlisted sailor on this very vessel 1997-1998. Modifications include anchor windlass, anchor brake station, forecastle, bridge front, sides and top, complete boat deck and davit arm, refueling stations, main mast and signalman mast, flight deck and side hulls. Gold Medal Models Photo-Etch set for Oliver Perry Class Frigate was used on the USS Hawes with custom made photo-etching, as well. Weathering was achieved by chalk pastels and airbrushing techniques.