by David Waples
1/??? USS Saratoga CV-3 (MENG)
Every spring I complete at least one Chibi type build as a break from more serious subjects. This year it is the USS Saratoga converted from the MENG Warship Builder collection, USS Lexington. I canít resist adding details to these builds and this one was no exception. Included with this build were Flyhawk 1/700 20mm Oerlikons, Fine Molds 1/700 5in/38ís, ships boats from Shapeways, dry transfer lettering from Woodland Scenics, Infini rigging line, and 1/700 Gold Medal Models PE set. The PE was steel and is horrible to work with. Unfortunately this was my only option to get the features I wanted to add. The kit parts went together extremely well as did all the additions. I did remove the gun platform from the top of the stack and added some platforms on the side of the stack. Also all the port holes were drilled out.