Pierre Marchal - The Early Years ... Most know that Pierre Marchal scratch builds all of his subjects and that his preferred scale is 1:350. However, at one time Pierre built a number of subjects in 1:500 scale. This is his 1:500 scale USS Saratoga CV-3 in 1945. Built in 1989 from poplar wood, plywood and paper, Pierre used white glue and not super glue. Plans from Floating Drydock were used. The model was hand painted using Humbrol enamel. The aircraft were made in resin. Pierre realizes that the flight deck should be in deck blue, rather than brown.