photo above is believed to show President Franklin D. Roosevelt reviewing the first
model of a Casablanca Class Escort Carrier.
Aero-Nautique custom built the
first official model of the USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85) as a tribute to our
veterans. [Read More]
The first known mass production model of a Casablanca Class CVE was
produced by H.A.Framburg
in December 1944 for use by the military as a training recognition model.
This 1/1200 scale
recognition model shown above was cast in metal and is about 5" long. This tradition lives on with a variety of detailed 1/1200 scale descendants produced today.
H.A.Framburg also produced a
complete set of US Navy recognition ship models including the Alaska Class
Cruiser shown above. This model was contributed to the USS Shipley
Bay Archives by Ron Swanson from the
Telecommunications History Group.
The model shown above is a
highly detailed Casablanca Class CVE also produced in a 1/1200 scale metal
waterline kit. In this scale, one inch of model equals 100 feet of
actual ship and is also 5" long. Note the scale and detail comparison with the H.A.Framburg
model shown in the previous photo. This kit is available through
ALNAVCO along with
many other military miniature metal models
ultimate ship model is a custom build for display in a museum.
The above model of the USS Santee, CVE-29, a Sangamon Class CVE was
constructed in 1/96 scale by Bill Waldorf and is about 5' long. The model has been placed at
the Hampton Roads
Naval Museum in Norfolk, Va. and is on permanent exhibit.
to view the complete USS Santee CVE-29 photo album.
to view Bill Waldorf's USS Kalinin Bay CVE-68