1250 SCALE MESSAGE BOARD
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Posted by dave baker on 7/2/2021, 6:34 pm, in reply to "Memories...
I just ewxwicws SpoiderNavy model of the U.S.S. CAMP (DER 251) on which I served for several years in the early 1960s, culminating in a deployment to Vietnamese waters. The model is superbly accurate, right down to the tiny SPG-34 fire control radar's antenna on the forward 3-in/50 mount. The CAMO was only 306-ft. overall and rolled enthusiastically in any seaway -- and we went through two hurricanes in the Atlantic and one typhoon during my time aboard.
In 1963, the French Escorteur D'Escadre BOUVET and a frigate visited Chicago. They moored at the quay on the Chicago River near the Michigan Avenue bridge. In 1960 having seen photos of the French Navy and in particular the ships of the interwar period, I had developed a love for its ships, which has motivated me and strongly abides to this day. So I went downtown to see these ships and as BOUVET was open I went aboard. Having had several years of high school French by then, I tried conversing with a couple of crew members, but they were much more interested in focusing on the pretty young women, who weren't there to see the ships, but instead to meet French sailors.
I came away with a couple of insignia pins, one of which, of BOUVET's coat of arms, I still have, pinned to a hat that I wear a lot, so today I was again reminded of this long ago memory.
The French built 18 of these elegant looking ships, worthy successors to the powerful and beautiful contre-torpilleurs of the 1930s and '40s, many of which were lost during the war.
In the late 1950's Hansa made a model of the class name ship SURCOUF, but the model shown below is the BOUVET by Quadrant. Alain Picouet produced somewhere between 8-12 different models of the class; I have eight and I'm not sure exactly how many others may have been made. They are still the very best models of these ships in 1250 scale that have been made. As they were produced in limited numbers, they are now very hard to find.
Do you have a model of a ship that brings back fond memories of your youth? If so, tell us about it.