When I started construction of this model in April 2009 I knew it would take over a year to complete it. So I took hundreds of pictures along the way to document what I did in case I wanted to do another model. I’m not sure what that model will be but this one is now finished except for the display case that is being fabricated as I write this.
For those who have not read the entire thread or who may not remember what it looked like at the start, here is what the beginning looked like.
It’s been a long haul, but here is USS Will Rogers (SSBN-659) as she is today in my office at home waiting for the display case. The base is a piece of ¾ inch birch with poplar panel molding side rails and stained in cherry. The supports are 5/8 inch clear acrylic rods.
I’ve also included a shot of the bottom showing the main ballast tank flood holes, missile tube compensating system ball-valve openings, main condenser seawater intakes and discharges, auxiliary seawater intakes and discharges, secondary propulsion motor, and a host of other hull openings including the trash disposal unit discharge.
Recall in my previous post I had been informed that my zinc anodes were too large for 1:120 scale. With some research I came up with an anode size of about 8 feet long by 6 inches wide and made the corrections. Cutting off the original anodes meant re-sanding and painting around the rudder. The work also required redoing the rudder draft marks. Since the prop had already been installed and the bottom hull painted I masked as shown below to protect around the work for painting.
Once that work was finished, I installed the masts. Each one was hand made using a variety of different materials and hand painted as shown. I don’t know how often, if ever, all the masts I’ve modeled would have been deployed at the same time. I used a picture of USS Will Rogers departing Holy Loch as my guide for the masts but it didn’t show the snorkel intake/exhaust nor the surface search radar deployed. I added them for effect.
The next three photos show the details on the main deck and sail working forward from the propeller to the bow.
The display would not be complete without the “builder’s plaque” so I’m having one laser engraved in black background with gold lettering at a local trophy shop.
It will look like this, centered of course:
USS Will Rogers (SSBN-659)
Benjamin Franklin Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
“Last of the Forty-One for Freedom”
Built by Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT
Laid down 20 Mar 1965 Launched 21 Jul 1966
Commissioned 1 Apr 1967 Decommissioned 12 Apr 1993
Model by William C. Rogers, Sr. Scale 1:120
At this point I thank, again, all of you who offered help in the way of information, tips and suggestions in completing this project.