US Navy guided missile cruisers during the height of the Cold War.
About this creation
Famous American cruisers (originally - guided missile destroyers leader, DLG), designed to protect carrier battle groups against attacks from the air. In just five years, from 1962 to 1967, it was built 18 vessels, 9 of each type. Since these two ships are very similar to each other, especially on a small scale, I decided to combine them into a single MOC.
USS "England" CG22, "Leahy" class cruiser.
The cruiser was the most powerful air defense system, especially for its time - two twin launchers with ammunition in 80 SAM RIM-2 "Terrier".
After modernization in 1980 the ships have received anti-ship missiles "Harpoon", CIWS "Vulcan Phalanx" and the new long-range anti-aircraft missiles - RIM-67 "Standard ER". This allowed cruisers to effectively deal with new threats.
USS "Leahy" CG16 - lead ship.
Even after commissioning the latest cruisers and destroyers with widely publicized "Aegis" system, in the escort aircraft carriers still included reliable cruisers types "Leahy" or "Belknap".
The main drawback of the cruiser "Leahy" - the absence of a ASW-helicopter and main artillery, making it of little use for independent missions. To address these shortcomings and a new series of cruisers was constructed - "Belknap" class. Also on the basis of "Leahy", in 1962, nuclear cruiser "Bainbridge" was built. This site has its model in the same scale, which made Locutus 666.
Cruiser and some of its most likely adversaries of the Cold War, the carriers of heavy long-range cruise missiles - "Formidable" class missile cruisers and "Tu-22m3" bombers. "Leahy" - early type, whithout ASM and CIWS but with obsolete 76 mm guns.
My model is sustained in the scale of 1: 350, for the construction took 592 (489) pieces. The design of the lifeboat, I borrowed from Locutus 666.
USS "Wainwright" CG28, "Belknap" class cruiser
New cruisers got ASW helicopter deck and a universal 127 mm gun.
This has made them truly multi-purpose ships, air defense capabilities but at the same time decreased significantly. Ammunition anti-aircraft missiles dropped by a third and the number of simultaneously engaged targets - halved. As well as the cruiser "Leahy", "Belknap" served as a prototype for an atomic ship - the cruiser "Truxtun".
My model is sustained in the scale of 1: 350, for the construction took 607 (502) pieces.
"Classmates" during the height of the Cold War:
Italian cruiser "Andrea Doria", French frigate "Suffren", Soviet large ASW ships "Nikolaev" and "Kronstadt", USS "Leahy" and "Belknap". Not enough British ships - "Bristol" and "County" class cruisers. Added later.
Quoting Kurt's MOCs
Great job! Your fleet continues to grow. You will need to build a naval port soon for them all! That would be cool: naval ports of the world for your ships. Something to consider...
Great idea! I've been wanting to do something like Naval Museum. Make it as a seaport would be great! It will be necessary to study the pictures of naval bases ... Thank you, Kurt!
Quoting Nick Barrett
One of these days you'll set up an entire naval battle in bricks! Lovely model as always.
Yes)) there is still much work ... Though if to unite with other shipbuilders of this site, it is already possible to publish a version of the book "Jane's fighting ships. LEGO microscale edition"))) Thank you for comment!
Quoting Locutus 666
Excellent work you have done here. My Bainbridge bases in original of the Leahy class.
Very well done, esspecially all the missile launchers.
Thank you for rating! Of course, I've seen your "Bainbridge" - a wonderful job. It will be necessary to insert a reference to it in the description of "Leahy". I would like to add "Trakstan" in the same work can be done later. Launchers, especially for ASM "Harpoon" - my pride)) I did different options for each cruiser, because could not decide which one is better. The idea of installing the Mk-10 I borrowed from the "Kitty Hawk", which made Matt Bace. I eased it and replaced the missiles to meet the scale.