Full hull model of a Ticonderoga class Guided Missile Cruiser
About this creation
Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser
Class overview and model construction
The model depicts a warship of the Ticonderoga class of Guided Missile Cruisers (CG) currently in service with the United States Navy. They were the first ships of any class to incorporate the Aegis Weapons System, the most advanced air defense system currently developed. The ships of this class differ only slightly in appearance, the most noticeable being the MK41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for the Tomahawk Cruise Missiles found in later batches or ‘baselines’. I wasn’t able to obtain plans of any kind so photos of actual ships and drawings became the basis for my model.
Construction began sometime in March 06 with several minor changes taking place along the way. The model is approximately in a scale of 1/180, is 130 studs long and 12 studs in the beam. I started construction from the top down with the superstructure built first and then proceeded with the amidships section of the hull, the bow and the stern. The superstructure below the bridge and also the funnels presented the greatest challenge as these had sloping sides which I wanted to model accurately. The dark red section of the hull below the waterline with the props, rudders and sonar were the last to be added.
Modification of Lego parts
For the longest time I was dead set against modifying propriety Lego® pieces. But as the model neared completion I found it frustrating not being able to locate appropriate pieces for 3 spheres that figure prominently throughout the cruiser’s superstructure. After much deliberation and research I decided to go ahead and modify a couple of light grey 2 x 2 x 1dome top pieces for the spheres. I consider these modifications only temporary till Lego® comes up with pieces I can use. Apart from these spheres and a couple of rods trimmed shorter everything else is propriety Lego®. Lastly, all modified pieces are reusable as I consider gluing of Lego® pieces out of the question!
I have tried to model this class as accurately as possible and I think I’ve done a fairly decent job of it. Some changes will still have to be made when parts became available but for the most part the model is complete. I am presently completing another warship, that of the United States Navy’s Kidd Class Guided Missile Destroyer. Till then, thanks for taking the time to visit!
Starboard view from the stern. The open hanger and helicopter deck are visible here. I have tried without success to model a Sea Hawk helicopter. The results were always out-of-scale with the ship that I have for the time being, left the choppers out. Also noticeable at the stern are the Harpoon Launchers, aft MK45 5” gun mount, twin rudders and the two 3-bladed propellers. The props on the actual ships are 5-bladed
Quoting Joe H
do you make and sell these - my son is on USS Chosin and I want to get him one
Hi Joe, so your son's a Navy man; you must be so proud of him. Making these ships are more of a hobby of mine; never really thought of selling them - thanks for your interest anyway. Take care. Regards, marko
Dam it Ralph!! You left a comment before me again! Yes this model is brilliant. I love the atention to detail, which include the rocket launchers at the back along with the gun. Even all the aerials and antenna are amazing. Keep up the brilliant work!! And as ralph suggested, I would love to see the Long Beach class built as I once built (when I say built, I mean attempted to build) the Long Beach Class. But my best battleship made was the USS Iowa and the HMS Dreadnought. One small thing though....Could you possibly make the bow more curvey downwards. Perhaps you could make the lines cleaner, by removing the flat pieces from between the inverted slopes?
great job, luv the detail, for one, i think the random things like the rader equipment is superb, also the hull design is inovative a great looking, if only it could be more slanted, also, i like the various turets, attention to detail is umm, accurate... too accurate... lol, jk, anyway, best ship ever@!!@#$#@!%#%@!@#$
Mark, this ship is very stunning! The amount of detail and work/long hours you must've put into this has been well spent. And hey, you are never to old to be "playing" with legos. Any model collecter should be proud to display this. Very nice