This is my build of the USS
Arizona with the ďhypotheticalĒ
5-S sea blue paint scheme. The Mini-Hobby kit required many
improvements to make it a passable kit for display. Among the upgrades and
changes are: Tomís Modelworks photo-etch
set, water tight doors and ladders.
I also added Trumpeterís OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes to replace the ones that
came with the kit. There was a little scratch-building as well. The
bulkheads of the shelter deck were built over with styrene sheet and port holes
were drilled for a more realistic appearance than the standard kit offered.
Water tight doors were also added for better realism. The radar platform
on the uppermost part of the forward mast was scratch built as well. The
primary paints were Tamiya acrylics, polyscale and model master was also used.
The decks were base coated with Tamiya deck tan, then over-coated with mixed
water colors to get a weathered look. This is the first time Iíve
applied water colors to a shipís deck to simulate weathering. The
results were mixed, but itís something I can learn from and improve as I build
more. All rigging is fine silk fly-tying thread. The 5-S paint
scheme makes an attractive model, although I still doubt the validity of the
carrying this scheme before her demise in the December 7 attacks.