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
To add lighting checkout my tutorial on lighting models https://davidsscalemodels.com/product/using-leds-and-fiber-optics-for-scale-models-turorial/
UPDATE November 10, 2018 : Attended the Butch O’Hare Show. The Vinson won a Gold Medal and “Best U.S. Navy” Plaque!
UPDATE: On August 8th 2019 We CAREFULLY load the ship in the back of our SUV and drove over 600 miles to the beautiful city of Chattanooga Tennessee to attend the IPMS Nation convention. The model was entered into the contest under class 401 “1/350 Aircraft Carrier” On Saturday August 10th we attended the award ceremony and the USS Carl Vinson won first place in it class! The model survived the trip there and back with no issues. I also would like to mention that the Chattanooga IPMS chapter hosted an awesome show. This was my first time at a national convention and it was great!
Here is a short video taken by a fellow shipmate who served aboard the same 1983 World Cruise and great friend Kenny Wade:
Update 04/03/2020 – Another award. Eduard is a company that makes photo etch and resin accessories for models. They had a virtual worldwide model contest on their website. I entered the USS Vinson in the 1/350 ships class. I won 3rd place!
Now on to the regular completed photos: