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Mother Joined the Navy

let's build it!

Built mostly out of the box with the exception of the rails and radar antenna. Now I’m no ship builder, and as a matter of fact this is my first one.

So I won’t go into the accuracy of the kit. I decided to install the ships handrails, helicopter deck safety netting when I dry-fitted most of the kit and saw that it look pretty bare and open.

The kit provided AN/SPS-49 radar had to be replaced as it was nothing but a thick clunky piece of plastic. I followed the kits directions which has you building it in sub-assemblies.

I did drill all necesary holes in the decks before I glued everything down. I started out by drilling about 200 holes through out all the ships decks surfaces using a 0.5mm drill bit.

I scratch built a jig to cut the posts and using Evergreen Plastic 0.5mm rod cutting them 3/16th of an inch. Starting on the lower deck I installed the posts moving my way to the upper decks. Once complete, I started on the rails. Using 0.3mm rod I installed the second rail and started from the top and worked my down to the lower sections, repeating in this manner for the top rails.

Both masts received the same treatment, the wire cables on the center mast are 0.3mm rod. The antenna cable running between both masts was made from stretched sprue. White Elmer’s glue was dabbed on to the cables and wire to simulate the insulators. The Helicopter decks safety net was made from 0.5 brass rod and fine mesh screen was glued on.

Now that I had my sub-assemblies finished, I installed the pieces together and had it ready for paint.
  • Mother's USS Ticonderoga CG-47 030
  • Mother's USS Ticonderoga CG-47 036
  • Mother's USS Ticonderoga CG-47 035
  • Mother's USS Ticonderoga CG-47 038
  • Mother's USS Ticonderoga CG-47 039
  • Mother's USS Ticonderoga CG-47 042

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About Joe Szczygielski (mother)


Very good article. At least as good as any I've seen in FSM. Congratulations on a job, as they say in the navy "well done."
OCT 31, 2005 - 05:27 AM
Fantastic Joe. Is there anything that you can't build? Very impressive to say the least.
OCT 31, 2005 - 06:25 AM
Hi all I have to post here what Joe already know (and I quote from an email send to him): I just have started to take a look at your pictures. I must say that I was surprised with two things: - how fast you work! (I am a very slooooooow modeler) - The end result was a top quality (even if you were a warship modeler) Congratulations Joe - you could be very proud of your USS Tico Joe, although not a warship modeler, did a great job with the scratch raillings and radars! And I must say that warship models can be tricky and complex, but then... even a figurine can have more than a hundred parts With calm and patience, following the instructions or your own plan of attack, they are as easy as any other model! Thank You, Joe. You're welcome (again) anytime Skipper
OCT 31, 2005 - 06:47 AM
Mark, Rodger and Dave thanks for the kind words. A special thanks to Rui (Skipper) our Managing Editor in the Warship department for taking the time in editing and posting this feature. When an article/feature is posted we get the pats on the backs. But without the dedication of our hard working staff who takes the time out proof reading and setting all the photos together, Armorama wouldn’t be where it is today. Here's to your Staff
OCT 31, 2005 - 07:18 AM
As one who watched your progress with this kit I must say that you made it look easy. A true modeler can build all forms of models even though they prefer one type. You are my friend are a true modeler, as everything you do is always top notch
OCT 31, 2005 - 07:55 AM
It's amazing the difference that adding some rails can do to a model. I might even get tempted to try a "floaty boaty" type thing sometime... Nah, maybe not. :-) There were some excellent tips in that write up. This is a great build. I'm very impressed!
OCT 31, 2005 - 08:49 AM
HOLY SHIP!!! The Ticonderoga is a fantastic looking lady. I've been with her at sea. Not on her, just next to her, kinda like a first date at the drive inn. You know, no matter how dark it is, they still know who was reaching out to touch them and you'd end up getting slapped. That kinda thing. (That makes sense in a Naval kinda way) I was on an much older destroyer so that just made the Ticonderoga look all the more glamerous. Don't get me wrong. The destroyer that I was on had character, we had three 5" 54's and torpedos. But, when cruising along side the Ticonderoga, we could only imagine, a/c vented into each of the birthing rack, hot water when you wanted it, modern facilities and missles! Ma'an what a lady. You've done a mighty fine job Mother. I'm going to look you up when it comes time for me to build the two ships on my shelf that have been sitting there forever. I know I'm going to need some tech help.
OCT 31, 2005 - 10:08 AM
Hey Joe, great looking ship. I don't know it I would have the patience to build the railing. If I did, mine would look very wavy. Nice job. Need some "stencils" for your next one? guess who. Kenny
OCT 31, 2005 - 12:53 PM
Joe the red E belongs there..... As an old snipe, it's aways good to see a ship with a top rated engineering department...... :-) But you're still a pollywog......
OCT 31, 2005 - 01:11 PM
Joe, Like I said, she sweet. Man you're versatile! Steve
OCT 31, 2005 - 04:08 PM