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Destroyer Escort USS Slater in drydock

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Members of the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (a.k.a. USS Slater DE766) get periodic updates on the restoration of the ship. Hence, it is my pleasure to pass along that she is now in drydock, for critically important hull work. As such, their website has some super, full-hull photos of the ship, a boon for those of us with the modeling bug: http://www.ussslater.org/index.html

 

This is the standard DE hull shape (made for cracking U-boat hulls) and a superb reference for those of us who want to correct the Revell kit, et al. Note also the waterline markings, river mooring WX effects, etc.

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The Slater, I am told, will be back in Albany, New York well before the Region 1 Regional, Noreastcon 2015, which will be held in Albany on 2 May, 2015. If there is enough interest, we were thinking of a getting a group of the Convention registrants together for a tour of the Slater on Sunday, 3 May. The Slater is only about 15 or 20 minutes from the Convention site. IPMS Northeastern New York, the Convention hosts, will have it's new website up soon. Be on the lookout for show details and save the date! Regards, Nick Filippone, IPMS NENY President and Noreastcon 2015 Convention Chairman (also, Vendor Coordinator.)

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My father served on DE 252 H.D. Crow a great ship..As a small child we spent a day on her...A great day.

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My dad was a radioman on DE-791 USS Maloy.

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I've been following the restoration on Facebook. It's really impressive how many volunteers have gone to work on the old can and how they've been able to restore. Heck, by the time they're done with her, she'll look ready to make a crossing or two across the Atlantic.

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Speaking of Dads' Day: Went aboard Slater with my Dad (DE-642 Paul G. Baker) some years ago. Wonderful restoration & floating museum. A real national treasure. I'll be back. Gotta build a couple of these, too!

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Holy dazzle, Batman. They're painting her up pretty!

 

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Jaw - Dropped!

 

Last indication I saw was that they might do this, if there was money left over from the hard core hull work. Very, very cool!

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She's out of dry dock. They're going to finish painting her, and then get her home, I'd imagine.

 

I want lots of pictures.... I think I may convert a USS England.

 

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Sweet! Just finished reading SHEPHERDS OF THE SEA by Cross. With a few minor warts, it's a super read and will absolutely motivate one to build a DE, or three. Am rummaging through the old Revell Buckley kits in the stash & would like to do at least one in the sinister looking Measure-21, overall dark blue. The drydock pix will certainly help correcting a few things, especially in working the prow into that vicious, sharp, U-boat killer shape.

 

A question about Measure-21: Have recently seen some models & photographs where it's much more blue and kinda fake-looking. I'm hoping that's just a bad effect of flash, filters, or whatever, as the real-world color pix seem to depict it as a very dark blue, almost charcoal-grey, maybe even a wee bit of green in it - hence the sinister. Your thoughts?

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5-N navy blue is a bit darker than most of the shades I've seen on the Internet. Unfortunately, the Slater appears to have been painted with a lighter shade that just is a wee bit too bright.

 

Her navy blue should look like this: tes2158.jpg

 

If this is still a little too bright, consider scaling. If you look at an item from a distance, paint appears darker and more subdued. If you're going for a realistic model, expect the same. 20-B and 5-N in Ms21 can almost be indistinguishable in 1/700 and VERY subtle in 1/350. I've seen modelers who painted the whole damn thing 5-N and darkened the deck with washes with little loss to realism. Honestly, if I wasn't such an anal-retentive jackhole, I'd do the same with my Fletcher.

 

Always check paint chips and always account for darkening for scale, unless you want a model to simply scream "TOY!" or "CARTOON!" Just my opinion.

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Cool. Thanx for that. Confirms my suspicions. Ditto on the anal-retentive and '"TOY!" - right up to the point that it just does, or doesn't, look right to me. I may blend the 5-N & 20-B with a mist of 5-N, or some such. That wash method sounds good, too. Do not wanna get into "50 Shades of RLM Gray."

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