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USS Elmer Montgomery (FF-1082) off the coast of Norway, 1988


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This is my build of the AFV Club 1/700 kit of the Knox class frigates. The kit comes with 6 options of markings, but I chose to represent USS Elmer Montgomery (FF-1082) because it served in the Atlantic. The Knox class frigates were frequent visitors of my home city of Rio de Janeiro, and on a few occasions I had the privilege of coming on board. I have fond memories of these ships designed for the tough job of escorting transatlantic convoys against soviet submarines swarming down the GIUK gap, in case the Cold War turned hot.

This is a nice and affordable kit that gives you an accurately shaped representation of these ships, but not without problems (for a build report, and more photos, check my web site; address in the signature panel below). It is also a bit light on detail, and with next to zero instructions for painting. I intended to enhance the model by using a photoetch set, but ended up not using most of it, given that the sizes of the parts were incorrectly represented. The railing I used was generic (Big Blue Boy 1/700 modern USN set), and other parts were scratch-built (e.g. details of the masts, aerials). The decals provided in the kit were a bit all over the place, some oversized (e.g. the ship's name on the stern) and some undersized (e.g. the red cycles around the ASROC and CIWS), so a few had to be home-printed (with mixed results). The rigging was done using human hair. 

The seascape base was inspired by photos of FF-1082 off the coast of Norway in 1988 (see image below, from navsource.org). Given that the sea was a bit choppy I did not think it was appropriate to leave the helicopter on the pad, so I represented it overflying the ship, propped up by a glass capillary tube.

 

 

 

Best regards

 

Marcello

 

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Very nice build  a mini marvel of details the photo was obviously taken on a good day the North Sea is not usually that calm.

 

Stay Safe

beefy

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That's a really nice finish, especially the sea scape.  A couple of the photos taken from above had me doing a double take whether it was the model or the real ship I was looking at so BZ.

 

I remember the exercise that she was doing off Norway - Ex Teamwork 88 - though we (PENELOPE) were withdrawn early following a collision with the Canadian tanker Preserver

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Marcello,

 

Fantastic Work!  My Academy Roommate served aboard USS Elmer Montgomery 1986-1989....I will have to send him these photos....

 

Scott (ex-Gunnery Officer, USS Hayler)

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15 hours ago, S. Uehlinger said:

Marcello,

 

Fantastic Work!  My Academy Roommate served aboard USS Elmer Montgomery 1986-1989....I will have to send him these photos....

 

Scott (ex-Gunnery Officer, USS Hayler)

Thanks! It would mean a lot to get comments from anyone who served on the ship. 

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On 21/09/2021 at 20:21, S. Uehlinger said:

Marcello,

 

Fantastic Work!  My Academy Roommate served aboard USS Elmer Montgomery 1986-1989....I will have to send him these photos....

 

Scott (ex-Gunnery Officer, USS Hayler)

Scott, when were you in Hayler?  It wasn't the same SNFL deployment that did this Exercise Teamwork was it?

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