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|Before I discovered the PC, I was into oil painting, drawing and scratch building ship models. If you look
hard enough you can see some of my work from what’s left over of Tom’s Model Works. I did a fair
portion of the work on Tom’s 1/350 scale USS Nevada and Oklahoma models (now they are Iron
Shipwright kits) and I drew the cover work for the Tom's Model Works USS West Virginia model. During
all of my research for the models I was able to do numerous interviews with the veterans who served on
the old battlewagons and survived the Pearl Harbor raid or those who served aboard the USS Nevada
after the 1942 rebuild. In the end I ended up with a great collection of rare pictures and an array of ship
plans and drawings. I also ended up with a very good mental picture of the ships within my minds eye.
I started looking into CAD in the days of Windows 95 for the soul purpose of building a USS Nevada CAD
model. The model pictured above is the result but a far cry from the finished product. For you history
buffs who know the Old Iron Lady, I realize that the false bow wake is not present but I do have it for
historic application. Currently the model has over 30 levels of detail (down to the rivets!)
Some of my current projects:
The Nimitz class carriers starting with the USS Ronald Regan CVN-76
The Nevada Class Battleships, BB-36 & BB-37 with all alterations.
The Knox Class Frigates, with the focus on the USS Vreeland FF-1068
(the ship I served aboard while in the US Navy 1981-1985).
The Forrestal Class Carriers CV-59 through CV-62 Focusing on the USS Saratoga CV-60 first.
These ships were designed with future ship simulation and gaming in mind. Knowing where good level of
detail (LOD) loading advancements are going inspired me to build highly detailed models. My
foundational desire is to build museum quality models that work well in a simulation or gaming
environment. I am currently working on the USS Ronald Regan CVN-76 Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Thanks for your patience: The Land Locked Sailor!
|The Preservation of History Through 3D Modeling