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BB63 USS Missouri (1945)

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To get a feel for the scale and set the bar for other units, I decided to start with the most complex and difficult to paint type of unit – a battleship. Reduced to a secondary role in WW2, but still impressive, and often serving as flagships.

I decided on an Iowa-class battleship and of the four, on the USS Missouri as she appeared in her second year of service in 1945.

Now let me be honest: The ship models in Victory at Sea are okay – they are perfectly fine for a game. But I’m a stickler for accuracy and detail, so I will use 1/1800-scale ships I purchase from Shapeways. It’s more expensive, but there are some creators who provide astoundingly accurate and detailed models at that scale.

The model of the USS Missouri in 1945 I purchased is excellent – I added the top antenna portions on the two masts and exchanged the 9 guns of the main battery with thinner ones which look much more accurate. Both the new guns as well as the antenna I made using fiberoptic cable. The round radar I created from plastic card.

I painted the model in the camouflage pattern the Missouri wore in 1945 – it is called Measure 22.

And here’s my finished model – it is approximately 15cm long:

BB63 USS Missouri (1945)
BB63 USS Missouri (1945)
BB63 USS Missouri (1945)
BB63 USS Missouri (1945)

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lupa15
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Nice work! Out of curiosity where did you find the historical camouflage patterns? I have been looking for a while but haven’t really found much other than black and white images of the ship.

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