|USS Oregon 1/225 January 17, 2004|
The USS Oregon model kit was originally manufactured by the Ideal Toy Company (ITC) in the 1950s. ITC changed the boat deck and hurricane deck so that the model could accomadate a battery powered motor. Decades later, Glencoe purchased the old injection molds and rereleased the Oregon as a static display model. Ron Marlett's brother Rich gave the model kit to Ron as a Christmas gift in 1995. The internet search engines and information websites were not fully developed yet, so Ron made sketches from pictures of the Oregon that he found in books. Ron used photo-etched brass detailing sets and reshaped many of the model's pieces such as the cowl vents and search lights. Ron did a lot of scratch-building to try and correct the architectual problems created by ITC's modification of the Oregon's superstructure. Even though Ron started the model in 1996, it took him eight years to finish the Oregon due to long periods of inactivity between building sessions. Click on the images below to see detailed views of the ship.
Return to Gallery