is a diorama of the USS Antietam
CV-36, shortly after it was fitted with the US Navy's 1st Angled-Deck.
Following the start of this kit I engaged in research to explore different color
schemes. What I discovered was that this ship's home port was Quonset
Point Naval Base and Air Station located in
. This old, historic base, is located only 5 minutes from my house.
Since I was a young boy I have explored the reamains of this base, once the
largest industrial naval station in the Northeast,
. It opened in the early 40's and was closed in 1975. The carrier
pier is still intact so I choose this as the inspiration of this project.
The dock buildings and dock sections are made up with a combination of Battle Fleets
Dock Sections and Buildings, as well as other accessories from Tamiya's 1/700
Dock Accessory kit. The remainder of the details include many parts
from my "spare-box" collection, including a Navy Tug included with the
Kit as a bonus.