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Fort Drum 1941-Concrete Battleship
Gunny
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Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 05:14 AM UTC
This ''first-look" style review is of a new and quite unique kit from OKB Grigorov Models, Bulgaria, "Fort Drum, Concrete Battleship of the Philippines", ala' Peter Fulgoney! (peterf)

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
~Gunny
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Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 06:10 AM UTC
what a unique kit. Research showed that it stood up pretty well during the Japanese invasion. It was surrendered when Gen Wainwright eventyually capitulated. If I read correctly, it is still there, though stripped now
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Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 04:43 AM UTC

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what a unique kit. Research showed that it stood up pretty well during the Japanese invasion. It was surrendered when Gen Wainwright eventyually capitulated. If I read correctly, it is still there, though stripped now



Yes Steve, it's still there! I bought the book "The Concrete Battleship" so that I could build the kit better, and the final pages do show the structure still there although badly beaten up, and the two main guns rusted over but still generally in tact. Also, Google - images - Fort Drum.

The US marines filled it with petrol in 1945 and blewn it up so there are the results of that but like any constret WW2 building they are almost impossible to remove or too expensive to remove for any good prupose.

My build blog has begun on "The Big Gun Campaign" in the fleet manoeuvres forum - anyone interested, take a look.

Peter F
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Posted: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 - 01:45 AM UTC
very unique! Thanks for sharing, look forward to your build.