Posted by Matty on August 10, 2014, 10:58:43, in reply to "Completed: USS Bootes – 1/700th scale Skywave kit"
Nice little build, Donny - your PE, especially, looks great on this SkyWave mold which does indeed look like a very good one. I recognize virtually all of the same features and details as on my Prince Georges - built from precisely the Trumpeter Jeremiah O'Brien kit, of fully twice the size - that you mention. |
The included SkyWave Liberty/Victory weapons sprue sounds quite interesting - and I would very much like to measure the true scale(s) of those parts. Do you have a spare - or some of its key pieces, especially Single-5inch Open-Mount, 40mm and Single-3inch Open-Mount Guns from it, Donny? If so, name your price to send 'em to me! (They could be returned later, if required.)
Love the historical background, as always. And it was not only the merchant ships, but also two whole new classes of escort warships - the Destroyer Escort (DE) and Escort Carrier (CVE), plus the aircraft for the latter (notably GM's clones of the Avenger, TBM and WildCat, FM) - that followed in short order to be cranked out wholesale, to see extensive use in all the same ops alongside the Liberties/Victories. All likewise using exactly the same mass-production techniques - in what we might today call "Total Spectrum Dominance", in both the Battle of the Atlantic and Pacific Island-Hopping. The classic phrase from Back in The Day, usually attributed to Joseph Stalin, was: "There is such a thing as 'quality' and it is different from 'quantity' - but sheer quantity has a quality all its own!".
Thanks once again for a quality post, buddy!