Here is my project of the USS Carl Vinson. This represents how she was at the start of her maiden deployment on March 1, 1983. This deployment was a World Cruise starting in Norfolk Virginia and ending in San Francisco California. The kit is the Trumpeter 1/350 scale USS Nimitz that was converted to the USS Vinson. The project took 9 months and 777 hours to complete. It has over 500 feet of fiber optic lighting and 40 LED’s to illuminate it. The hangar bay decals and air wing decal were made by myself. Most of these photos were taken by Andy Schneider Photography. Featured in the IPMS magazine “The Journal”
The build photos are at CVN-70 Build Photos
You can order Hangar Bay Decals at Modern Carrier Hangar Bay Decals
UPDATE November 10, 2018 : Attended the Butch O’Hare Show. The Vinson won a Gold Medal and “Best U.S. Navy” Plaque!