S u m m a r y
|Title, Description &
||“CVN-68 USS Nimitz
Photos of the Rebuilt, Post 2001 Overhaul” photo CD
Produced by Ray Bean, Still Motion Photographics
Photos by Darren Scannell
USD$24.95 available from Still Motions Photographics
useful full colour PDF images; good list of references
||Some stair-steping noticeable on
Reviewed by Rusty White
HyperScale is proudly supported bySquadron.com
“By Modelers for Modelers” is the well known slogan for IPMS, but truer
words were never spoken about the new photo CD “CVN 68 Nimitz” from Ray
Bean/Still Motion Photographics. Ray’s first photo CD “Nimitz Class
Carriers”, covered a little bit of everything about the ships of the
Nimitz class, but this one covers in great detail, CVN-68 Nimitz after
her post 2001 overhaul.
You will need the Adobe Reader program to view the 150 full color PDF
images, but it’s available free from the Adobe web site (adobe.com).
Most notable on the disk are the 25 hangar bay images. These are most
welcome because clear, well lit shots (Nimitz class or otherwise) of
super carrier hangar bays are difficult to find. A nice touch to these
shots is notes indicating where they were taken in the hangar bay. Bow
and stern notes are placed on each image along with other notes to keep
the viewer in proper orientation. So if you’re one of those sadists that
wants to scratch build the hangar bay, knock yourself out!
Click the thumbnails below
to view sample images:
The balance of the images is devoted to the outside of the ship (no
aircraft images) with close-ups of details modelers are interested in.
Namely, the island, electronics, catwalks, refueling stations, hull, pri-fly,
flight deck details, even the “Tilly” crane, and many others are well
documented. The only area of the ship not covered is the stern. Some
shots of this complicated area of the ship (namely the big boat dock)
would have been most welcome because this is a neglected area of detail
on all Nimitz models.
The images are not “high res” shots; probably to allow room for more
images on the CD. There is noticeable “stair stepping” on some images
when viewed on my computer screen. However, I printed out several on
8.5” x 11” paper and they look good to me. So resolution isn’t much of a
problem, but could be if you want to zoom in on some areas. However, all
the images are clear, in focus, and well lit.
Another improvement Ray made in this CD was the inclusion of a printed
index. With 150 images and no notes as to what number image or where
they are on the CD, this is a most welcomed addition. I didn’t check
every reference on the index, but I tried about 30 and all were correct.
Hopefully Ray will include a similar index on the first Nimitz CD.
The addition of the new index and hangar bay images make this a great
addition to anyone’s “digital” reference library. The lack of images of
the stern is a downer, but still makes this one well worth having. 150
images make it a great value and is just one of the advantages to having
a “digital” reference library. A book with this many color photos would
cost around $100.00. This is a must have for any modern carrier
enthusiast, and is a MUST for anyone building any Nimitz model.
The CD retails for $24.95 (postage included) in the Continental US
and slightly higher for overseas orders (email or write for exact
Still Motions Photographics
#5 260 Lumsden Avenue
Canada R2Y OJ9
Review Copyright © 2005 by
This Page Created on 10 July, 2005
Last updated 10 July, 2005
Back to HyperScale Main Page
Back to Reviews Page