USS Carl Vinson Project

The Journal - IPMS


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!




17 thoughts on “USS Carl Vinson Project

  1. The post amazing work I’ve ever seen! Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for your service and your talent.


  2. Unbelievable work, Dave!


  3. Awesome work Dave


  4. MaryEllen Gibbons-Mize September 19, 2018 — 8:35 pm

    Fantastic interpretive art!! 💙🙏🏼💙


  5. Absolutely amazing.


  6. Awesome!


  7. One of the most impressive builds I have seen. Unbelievable details, and truly a work of art. Well done sir.


  8. Very nice model as l was saying l just about to do one of her


    1. If you need any information or decals, just let me know.


  9. A monumental build. Have you done an paper on how to introduce the lighting to such a kit> I think that would be a fantastic photo / publication. You are truly a master builder.


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