Commissioned in 1982 the USS Stark was the 23rd ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry Class of fast frigates. Designed as a low cost escort, the 445 foot ship, capable of 30 knots, carried both Harpoon missiles as well as anti aircraft missiles. It was equipped with a Oto Melita 76mm rapid firing gun and 2 banks of ASW torpedo tubes for use against submarines. The ship carried the latest state-of-the-art sensors, radar, ASW detection gear as well as satellite navigation and communication electronics. A large hanger and flight deck could accommodate two ASW helicopters.
On May 19th 1987, while on patrol in the Persian Gulf, the STARK was struck by two Exocet missiles launched by an Iraqi jet at a distance of 22 miles. The missiles slammed in the ship causing an explosion and fire that severely crippled the vessel, killing 37 of it's crew. Owing to quick action and sound damage control training the crew extinguished the fire and the STARK was able to make it's own way to a local port for repairs. Eventually the ship returned to the US for a complete overhaul and returned to it's duties. The ship was decommissioned in 1999 and was scrapped in 2006.
The Model: built in 1/96 scale the model is a wood kit that measures 51 inches in length by BaD models (yes, that's the real name of the company and it tells the quality of the kit!). Although designed for radio control, I built it as a "shelf queen", a display model. The kit, purchased in 1998 was really a poor kit as wood ship models go. The directions were run off on a copy machine and I had to send away for blueprint drawings in order to finish the model. I purchased photoetch for the railings and radar antenna as well as resin doors, hatches, missile launcher, CWIS, and deck gear. The radar masts were scratch built as well as many of the deck fittings. I found the H-60 helicopter kit at a model show and painted it the WWII aircraft tri colors of the USN aviation centennial. Anyway, I finally finished the model recently, as it sat on a work bench for almost 19 years half built. As I always say, building a ship model of wood is like the building of the pyramids, it's a "long term" project.
Edited by superchief, 21 October 2019 - 08:43 AM.