The deck color as per customer preference, is Polyscale Deck Tan Special. Bridge windows and shutters are added as are all secondary turrets and guns. The AA guns (twin 3 inchers) are all added as well. The kit is for USS Salem but I am doing her as USS Des Moines. The gun positions are all separate pieces which is great as you can position them to match the Des Moines class ship you are portraying.
The rear turret is just sitting in the barbette. It will be glued in later. Two of the three eight inch gun turrets are finished. I replaced the white metal gun barrels with brass rod/tubing as the white metal guns were too bent and disfigured to be of any good. The resin turrets cleaned up nicely. The mast does not go there; it is actually the forward mast, but I popped it into the aft mast socket just for the photo.
Forward AA guns and turret barbettes. All of the photo etch railing has been installed from the rear (stern) to the bridge. The forward part has been left off for now until the turrets are finished. The kit comes with white metal cleats and bollards, should you wish to remove the resin molded-on units. No thanks. The anchor chain was molded on which I thought was a rather eighteenth century feature. Normally resin ships come with photo etched chain. Oh well.
Here's the semi-finished foremast. The kit gives you two metal rods to create your masts. There's around 100 parts for both masts. Right now you're looking at around 40. I still have a few railing sections, ECM antennae and other little bits to add. Oh yeah...and several scale feet of ladder as well. The radar itself was around six or seven pieces and required some interesting bending and glueing. The main mast is going to be really fun.
The ship is being built for a veteran who served onboard her for her final cruise in 1961. His son ordered it from me as a surprise; he doesn't know he's getting it for Christmas. I have also researched his medals that he would have been entitled to and the son and I are going to mount them (along with the ship) in to a nice display case. The son is taking care of a nice acrylic case to mount everything in. As the son is driving to Florida in October for a vacation, that will save postage and the risk of damage. The kit is the out of production Yankee Modelworks USS Salem which is a resin/photoetch/white metal kit.