24 days ago
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
Well Fall is here and I had to take some time to start getting "stuff" done, ie, mowing the field, cutting and dragging trees, ect. Now that I have made an apparent attempt to start that, I can continue on the Eastwind Blog.
For some reason, I am losing my narration after posting photos. So I'll be brief. Making masters for deck fittings, molds and casting of fitting was a piecemeal process. I do not have the discipline to do it straight thru. There were many directions of this build and I took whichever one suited my fancy on a given day. I ordered 5'/38 twin mounts, quadruple 40mm Bofors mounts, Hedgehog and Mk51 gun directors from Shapeways. I'd still be struggling without them.
My funnel, which I chose not to make functional, was of sytrene with a detailed exhausts(9) inside. I also planned my lighting about this time, which included 4 24" search lites(Shapeways) butchered to accept LEDs with reflectors. To mount forward and two aft. I painted the deck with her camouflage pattern and later, after all fittings were mounted, spliced in the required colors where needed. There were so many minor major projects within this build,that I get lost sometimes. Eastwind carried a Grumman J2F amphibian which was lower into and out of the water by crane. The aircraft was fairly easy as it was available as a 1/48scale plastic kit, but the cranes were another matter. They were similar to cranes mounted on other USN ships, but I had no plans. They were scratch built of styrene and various castings, again home done. The booms were styrene angle stock and while not perfect are OK at stand off scale.
At this point I want to say why this ship intrigued me. She was about the size of a destroyer, maybe a little short. Quite a bit slower, 16.5 knots with a tail wind and down swell, and she rolled a bit. I believe she once recorded a 70 degree roll. My stomach just did. BUT!! she was loaded to the gills. Her aramentwas, 4x 5"/38 dual pupose guns in twin mounts, 3 x 40mm quadruple Bofors canon mounts, 6 x 20mm Oerlikon machine canon mounts, two depth charge racks, 6 x K guns ( depth charge projectors, 1 x Hedgehog, and 1x J2F float plane. Quite the package. Until next time....