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USS Missouri, "Modeler's Edition"
This is the only full hull version of an Iowa Class Battleship in it's WW2 configuration currently on the market. It's an upgraded version of the 14222 Missouri and includes a small sheet of Photo Etch and a paint mask for all decks.
This is a fast assembly, easy build kit. Many of what would normally be several sub assemblies came as a single piece. The main cabin, the 5" and 40mm quad mounts are all single parts.
The Photo Etch contains railings for all decks, ladders, radars and some other smaller parts. The decal set has black stripes for the waterline boot top and markings for the Two SC-1 Seahawks
This kit looks like it might have a lot of potential and I'm considering buying some 16' gun barrels, and maybe an Iowa class PE set for cranes and catapults, but I don't know if that will make up for the lack of detail in other places.
This kit is relatively inexpensive and will be a really good kit for a younger or less experienced modeler who might want to spend the extra 10.00 (list) and try using the Photo Etch and deck masks.
Hobby Boss 68510
The cover art for this kit shows the ship in an early configuration, with torpedo nets and booms, but inside the box is the late war version of the ship, after the nets and booms were removed.
The kit does not come with a display base
At this time, Aftermarket parts are just starting to come out.
Available Aftermarket Parts:
I'm happy to see hobby boss stepping up and releasing some of these older dreadnaught and predreadnaught type ships
(hint hint... How about some American Predreadnaughts next year HB?)
Length 623 mm
Beam 91.9 mm
|U.S.S. Arkansas, CGN-41
CyberHobby 7124, 1/700 Scale
|This second of the Virginia class cruisers to be released by Dragon under the Cyberhobby Brand. The Arkansas is basically a re-release in it's post 1985 configuration with new decals and a couple changes to the Superstructure. The Inside the box you'll find 4 sprues of parts plus the underwater hull, a small sheet of PE , display stand and a set of decals.
The hull comes in two pieces split at the waterline and has the usual faint mold lines that will need to be removed. When Dry-fit, the upper & lower hull section lined up well with no gaps that will need to be filled or sanded. The forward weather deck is separate from the upper hull has molded on Anchor Chain.
|Available Aftermarket Parts:
Master Model 700-20
Just my 2 cents worth
|USN CGN-38 Virgina Photo Etch Set
This set contains upgrade parts for both the Virginia and the Arkansas. There are a number of parts that appear for use if you choose to backdate the ship to it's pre-1985 configuration but the instruction set doesn't reference their use to a specific date or time frame.
In 1985, the Navy installed Cruise Missile Launchers on the fantail taking up a good section of the flight deck and added the CIWS.I did find the instruction a little confusing compared to the larger 1/350 sets. The placement of railing in the instructions are separate from the area's they cover and didn't notice the location diagram at first.
Another thing I found curious was the absence of replacement platforms for the aft towers.
|This set contains 4 sheets of Photo Etch Brass
Sheet A has a larg number of assemblies. Both of the primary radars and parts most of the smaller ones are located here. There are also a pair of 5 bladed props. parts for the CIWS and a set of frames for the harpoon launchers that will need launch tubes (the instruction sheet lists 7mm diameter x 0.8 long but that's probably backwards)
Sheet B contains the aft helo deck with relief etched tie downs &There are a couple of platforms, numerous doors, hatches and ladders on this sheet. The flight deck is not drilled to accept the the Cruise missile launch boxes
Sheet C has the railings, enough to cover the ship. The weather deck railings have netting installed on the lower part.
Sheet D contains props for the helicopters,boat cradles, a couple platforms for the back of the superstructure and several odds & ends I'n not sure of yet.
Just my 2 cents worth