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USS Olympia

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Model Shipwrightscrew-mate Dr. Al Ross shares a stunning masterpiece build of his USS Olympia, in this MSW feature!

While my primary area of interest is small combatants, in my job as kit developer for BlueJacket Shipcrafters, I end up building a wide variety of vessels. One of my more recent efforts was the cruiser OLYMPIA, a limited edition kit of 200.

At a scale of 1/128, the hull is approximately 32 long. Construction is multimedia; carved basswood hull, laser-cut basswood superstructure, Britannia fittings, some resin components, and about 600 pieces of photo-etched brass.

To create this kit, I worked from the original C&R drawings and photos, drew up the kit plans and the artwork for both the laser and photo-etched brass parts, made the metal masters for the Britannia castings, made the wooden and styrene masters for the resin parts, wrote the instruction book, and took several hundred photos as the kit was being developed that eventually ended up in a CD on the kit.

This is the display model and was built from a production kit.
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About the Author

About Al Ross (alross2)
FROM: MAINE, UNITED STATES

An avid ship modeler for over 50 years, Al Ross has been building professionally for nearly two decades. He has crafted half-hulls, ship models, and nautical dioramas for corporate, private, and museum collections. While he specializes in powered naval vessels from 1860 to the present, he has also b...


Comments

What a stunner Mr Ross.....a beautiful model......couldn' stop looking over the pics over and over again.....congratulations ....a masterful rendition of this beautiful vessel Best regards from Malta Louis Carabott
NOV 21, 2010 - 06:59 PM
Really is an impressive model.
NOV 22, 2010 - 01:50 AM
great build..impressive model.
NOV 23, 2010 - 03:55 AM
Thank you, Al, for a truly a magnificent work, but sadly, this may soon be the best representation of the famous cruiser anywhere since the actual ship will go the way of the Trafalgar veteran HMS Implacable and the USS Hartford for want of good planning. --Karl
NOV 23, 2010 - 10:40 AM
Beautiful build, thanks for sharing!
DEC 01, 2010 - 12:41 AM