Special thanks to the crew of the USS Helena, CA-75 and David Brouchoud, former webmaster of the USS Helena Organization website. Much respect goes out to all vets on Veterans’ Day 2013!
USS Helena Project
Articles about the rebuilding of the USS Helena, CA-75 in SL
Sailing regions in KoD are taking on a mysterious, foggy look these days!
David, this ones for you and the guys of the USS Helena Veterans Association. Work continues steadfastly on the development of the model ship in full detail. I want to transfer this inventory to you with full permissions to bring her up to speed. Space is an issue, finding a berth for her will be a challenge, since you basically want an entire sim for the work to complete. Check with InWorldz for more info.
Brooding and quiet, the USS Helena, CA-75 awaits a new tour of duty in Unity3D. Meanwhile her shape fills the horizon in the Kingdom of DeMolay awaiting redeployment as a monument to veterans everywhere.
She is freshly imported, and still a little below expectations. A brief touch up and replacement of one of the turrets with a high-definition variety, and the progress toward USS Helena is being made. In preparation for the NY Boat Show, the Helena v1.0 is ready. After hearing feedback from USS Helena Organization Members, improvements were made, such as textural replacements and installation of hi-detail 5/38 Mk II Twin turret at position #1 forward… slowly the Helena (version 2.0) will need a retooling. That includes rebuilding her in full scale in a professional 3D program for use in future work.
The Helena project has gotten a big boost from recognition by Hamlet Au at New World Notes. I can’t say how fantastic it is to see this project grow and flourish with Henry Borgnine (SL Name) at the helm. The Helena (CA-75) is a Heavy Cruiser built in the last days of WWII and continued its service as flagship for the pacific fleet during the Korean Conflict, among other roles. David Brouchard, the webmaster of the USS Helena Veterans website, contacted me with the above link, with a great big smile, BRAVO ZULU all!
The USS Helena was commissioned in 1945. It is a Baltimore Class Heavy Cruiser, or “Pocket Battleship.” Extensive research has been done to faithfully bring this ship to SL. The deck gun is to 1/2 scale, and the model of the whole ship is a sketch for progress tracking. A full size Helena will take about 9 months to work up, to CAD quality detail.