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Just finished Model of Shangri-La CV 38, post angled deck

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My dad was on the ship in 1945, and kept up with various sailors on ship over the years.  I saw the model 4 years ago or so, and had to have it.  It has sat, and with a lot of time on  my hands, I dragged it out and just completed.  Planes still a work in progress.

This is the second Essex class that underwent the angled deck conversion, and was placed back in service in 1955.  I have modeled it for the 1955-56 time frame.

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Nice. Did this one with the original Revell kit when I was 13. Still one of my all-time favorite models. It sat in my parents' family room for many years until my nephew and my son decided to use it for target parctice with my old air rifle in the back yard, coached in basic marksmanship by their grandfather, who was an expert that the RCAF sent as an instructor for Canadian Army snipers in 1943 as he shot the LE  .303 left handed better than almost all right-handed expert shooters in all three services.

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1:500 scale.  It the Revell Revival, 2013 version.

While the air brushing was tough, the decals, OMG.

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Thanks,  this is the centerpiece of my collection.  I have done a number of ships and planes, but this came out the best.  I guess having a personal interest in the ship gave me added ability.  When my cousin saw the model his comment was that my dad was looking down on my model with a big smile on his face.

It was interesting, the Revell instructions showed a two toned flight deck, which I have never seen on a US CV and was quite skeptical of.   I found some pictures on the internet post refit which seemed to show a two tone flight deck as I have painted it.  I believe it might have been the only angled deck carrier with this paint scheme and it really looks neat.  Clearly, in pictures from the late 50's the Shangri La flight deck was  the traditional all dark grey deck.

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