BaD Modelers - a Treasury of Ideas and Examples from some of our Best

Each member of the BaD Ship's Family is as unique as the Models they build... some are more complex than others, but given the amount of attention to detail and time poured into each of their projects, it's no wonder that they are a tribute to how each of them see THEIR ship. We thought it would be a good idea to share some of these awesome builds with everyone - sort of a "spread the wealth" thing of what works, and in what application. Those of you avid Modelers will notice parts from LEGO, the local Hobby or Hardware Store and other places that no one but you would EVER imagine would look right on a Ship of this size and scale. But they do. And each of you make it work, perfectly, every time. So, please enjoy the pics that follow, as well as the descriptions of what each Modeler is currently working on.

James S. Hansen, former ETR2, USN

USS Joseph Strauss DDG-16

I started this project with a call from The Skipper requesting advertising space on the USS Joseph Strauss Association web site.  As the Strauss Association President, I polled our leadership committee for approval of The Skipper’s request.  I then decided that I needed some first-hand experience with the BaD model that I could share with my shipmates and endorse the BaD ad.  I also held a long term desire to build a Strauss model.   I ordered a kit and got started in early 2010.  I did not have a lot of free time to spend on the model but by September, this NOVICE modeler was far enough into the build to display the completed hull at our annual reunion.  My shipmates were amazed at the quality of the replica and even more amazed that I did it.  The truth be known The Skipper spent many hours with me on the phone talking me through the construction.  This 1970 era Adams Class build is still in progress, but will be finished for display at this year’s September reunion. --- Jim

Dripping wood glue on the wife’s carpet!   Will it ever float?
What a mess!   Skipper says “wax on, wax off”
Rough remote control hardware   Motors and Rudder servo
Innovations   Ready for the Cincinnati Reunion

October 1969, North Pacific


John C. Sabatini, former OSC(SW), USN

USS Belknap to USS Leahy Class Cruiser conversion

I started this project on a bet with The Skipper that I could take one of his Belknap Class Cruisers and turn it into a Leahy Class Cruiser.  I had NO idea what I had bitten off, even though I had successfully completed an R/C BaD Knox Class Frigate the year prior. I have been on 5 Ships in my US Navy career, and intend to build ALL of them, but this one, USS Worden (CG-18), was my favorite. She packed every single weapon available to Navy Ships during the Cold War Era - just a big, fast, intimidating Warship with the best crew I've had the honor to serve with (1988-1991). This build is still in progress, but will be finished by this Spring - stay tuned! - Sabby


My first attempt ever, USS Brewton (FF-1086)


USS Brewton, topside

Planking the Cruiser Hull with the new Snap-and-Glue system   My workbench ended up being too short to work on this beast, so I had to move it to my bar... darn... oh well, I'll find some way to carry on...
The running gear goes in for mock-up before paint   Very rough Aft Stack (SPS-49 platform) in progress
Very first mock-up for the superstructure, wiring all over the place for the radar motors and mast lights   ...and a bit more respectable parts staging after some railings and paint, please ignore the rat's nest that poses as my desk...

Detail parts sitting in the "Junkyard" while paint and glue dry elsewhere - I find old Pizza boxes an integral part of my work...    Items from the good 'ol "I Love Me" Wall... 
A closer look at the superstructure wiring   Range and Running lights
Some of the deck lighting...   ...and some more.
Motorizing the 49 radar... (THANK YOU to Gunny...)   ...and the 48 radar.
Radio Control access cut-outs, Main Deck   Fantail Rudder Servo access cover, Prop Guard
Dry Staging of Main Deck Parts, Fwd   More Staging, Stacks in place... wires all over...
A look back aft   Dead on the Bow, awaiting non-skid... and wires everywhere

Barry Kryspin, former Airman, USN

USS Glover (FF-1098)

I recently retired living in Jacksonville, Florida. Most of my model building through the years has been radio controlled balsa kit aircraft and in recent years switched over to wooden boat and ship models, of smaller proportion. Recently I received the model kit of the USS Glover and will admit some trepidation, as I was not used to the larger size, not to mention that in the Navy I was an “airdale” (or in layman’s terms working around aircraft) and not ships. After seeing the kit and knowing I had technical support from a good friend Pat Stroud, Master Chief USN, retired to advise me on various details that I wanted to add to the ship, I took on the build. I began on December 10, 2010 and once into the build I have become rather intense and find I am working on it nearly every day. It has certainly turned into a labor of love. I was very impressed with the kit from Badshipmodels, the way the hull came together and being so “user friendly”!  Keith was there by phone or email if I had any question which was a tremendous help to me.  He also introduced me to using UV Bondo to apply to the outside of the hull greatly adding strength to the structure.  This is a technique I had never heard of but was very impressed with the results.  I am 160 hours now into the build and am at the point of final detailing.  My only problem now is what to build next!  I cannot say how much I have enjoyed building this model and how impressed I have been with Badshipmodels!  I am very appreciative for all the help and support Keith has given. - Barry


Here she is prior to installing sonar and the application of UV Bondo


And 39 hours into the build ready for Bondo.


Here she is 60 hours into build


Painting of the hull begun 114 hours into build.


Painting well underway 133 hours into build.


Now 153 hours and getting there...


Here I am today 160 total hours into the build.

  And at 235 hours.. not sure how I'm keeping track of the actual hours, but Tylenol helps...  : )

**Editors note: Nice job Barry, keep the pics coming!


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BaD Ship Models is proud to showcase some of our Modelers on our Gallery Page!  Here you will find some of the best examples of a completed or "in progress" BaD Ship Model, as well as a few ideas and inspirations to get the 'ol creative juices flowing. It's our pleasure to highlight the incredible work you do, as well as help newcomers take on a truly rewarding project of their own. Please check back on this page for further updates!




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