Scratchbuilt 1/144 torpedo boat USS Winslow
By Joel Christy
With the basic hull finished all the details could be added to the boat. I began by making the Dalek looking cones on the bow and stern. I assume these were armoured observation/ steering compartments. Two cones of 10 thou sheet covered with a cap plunge formed over a ball point pen top sufficed. The three torpedo tubes and four torpedo canisters were made of suitably sized plastic tubing and mounted to their respective positions.
The numerous vents were of the same material shaped over a lighted candle flame until it drooped to the appropriate shape. The funnels were made of 10 thou sheet curved over and glued to a 40 thou plastic form. The mast was stretched tubing which gave it a nice tapered shape. The stern propeller guards were fabricated out of brass wire and bits of hot stretched sprue.
When most of the detailing was done I gave the entire model two light coats of Humbrol number 126 dark grey. When dry I continued the detailing. Perhaps the most tedious job was the attachment of the many stanchion posts running the length of the curved turtle deck. These were made of thick hot stretched sprue. I set holes into the deck first with a heated common pin and glued the stanchions into each position and then added the railings of hot stretched sprue. Once the rigging of the mast was in place I added the port and starboard running lights. A thin stripe of number 70 brick at the water line finished the model.
So now I have a model of the USS Winslow, a subject that has stayed with me some 50 years. See, it's never too late!