- Written by Bob Steinbrunn
The model represents a World War II FLETCHER class destroyer, the USS KIDD, after its third major overhaul and refitting at Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, 8 August 1945.
The model is based on the Blue Jacket Ship Crafters 1/192 scale kit, is about 75% scratch-built, is comprised of basswood, brass, Britannia pewter, and styrene. It required 2025 hours spread over a 4 1/2 year period to build, and has a total of 14,228 pieces in it.
The KIDD model was honored with a gold medal in its category (96% minimum score to be eligible for a gold medal), The August F. Crabtree "Best in Show" award, and the United States Navy "Best U.S. Navy Vessel" award.
The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, has judged its once-every-five-years ship model competition, and this can be seen on their Web site: http://www.mariner.org
When the home page opens, click on "Collections and Exhibitions".
When that page opens, click on "Scale Model Ship Competition & Exhibition 2000".
The particulars of the competition can be seen, along with a list of the winners.