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  U.S.S. New York
"The Old Lady of the Sea"

Trumpeter 1/700 scale

The Ship, (a plagiarized brief history)
The lead ship of her class, U.S.S. New York was the first ship designed to carry the 14-inch /45-caliber gun. After being commissioned and entering service in 1914, she was part of the U.S. Navy force which was sent to reinforce the British Grand Fleet in the North Sea near the end of the First World War During this deployment, New York collided with and sank a German U-boat. and was present for the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in the Firth of Forth in November 1918

After WW1, New York transferred to the pacific Fleet in San Diego where she spent the next 16 years training off the west coast and Hawaii returning to the Atlantic and Caribbean for brief missions or overhauls.
Considered obsolete by 1926, New York went to Norfolk Navy yard for a complete refit to increase their speed, armor, armament, and propulsion systems. The cage mast was replaced with a tripod mast, a catapult was added to the top of the #3 Midship turret and cranes to handle ships boats and aircraft.
Upon completion of her Refit, New York returned to the Pacific Fleet until 1937
Returning to the Atlantic in 1937 New York sailed to Great Britain for the coronation of King George VI of England, and took part in the Grand Naval Review of 20 May 1937. New York was used to train Naval Academy midshipmen and other prospective officers with cruises to Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean.
Prior to the U.S. entrance into World War II, New York participated in the Neutrality Patrol and escorted convoys to Great Britain and troop ships delivering garrison forces to Iceland. New York was in the midst of another modernization at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack.

After the Pearl Harbor attack, New York returned to duty escorting cargo and troop ships to Iceland and Scotland
In November 1942, New York saw her first major action during the Allied invasion of North Africa (Operation Torch) attacking Safi harbor in Morocco and shore batteries at Point De La Tour in support of landings by the U.S. 9th Infantry Division. She then stood by at Casablanca and Fedhala remaining off North Africa until the beaches were secure before returning home for convoy duty escorting men and supplies to North Africa.
In early 1943, New York underwent her final refit, increasing her anti-aircraft armament improving her fire control. From mid 1943 until mid 1944, she was then used to train thousands of enlisted men and officers on the ships weapons platforms. Upon completion of training duties, se was sent to the Naval Academy and used for midshipmen cruise from June to August 1944.

In late 1944 she was selected to return to the Pacific,transiting the Panama Canal in Late November en route to Long Beach. After refresher training in December and January, New York departed to rendezvoused with other "older" battleships forming a support force for the invasion of Iwo Jima. After a brief stop to repair a Screw, New York returned to the group near Saipan, then arrived of Iwo Jima on February 16th. During the three day Pre-invasion bombardment, New York suceeded in hitting the island's main Ammunition dump causing a tremendous explosion.

New York Sailed to Ulithi and then Manus to repair her damaged Propellor, finally rejoining Task Force 54 at Ulithi in late March to prepare for the Invasion of Okinawa. From March 27th thorough June 11th New York Participated in operations off Okinawa, first in pre-invasion bombardment then as naval artillery support of ground troops.
During this time, New York received superficial damage from a Kamikaze attack. New York departed the Okinawa area for Pearl Harbor to have her worn out gun barrels replaced stopping by Leyte Gulf on the way. She was still in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese Surendered in August, ending the war.

New York left Pearl Harbor in early september for the west coast, with a load of veterans as part of Magic Carpet, arriving in California on September 9th. From there, she sailed to New York to take part in the Navy Day celebration.

Classified obsolete New York chosen to take part in the Operation Crossroads nuclear weapon tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946.
She survived both explosions and the effects of radiation on the ship were studied for several years. She was eventually sunk as a target in 1948. She received three battle stars for her service.

Laid down: Sept. 11, 1911
Launched: October 30, 1912
Commissioned May 15, 1914
Displacement: 27,000 tons
Length: 573 ft
Beam: 95 ft
Draft: 29 ft
Speed: 21 knots
Range: 7,000 nmi at 10 knots
Complement: 1000+
(1942 refit)
10 × 14 in/45 caliber guns
6 x 5" 51 caliber guns
10 × 3 in/50 caliber AA guns
16 × quad 40 mm (2 in) Bofors AA
42 × 20 mm (1 in) Oerlikon cannon

The Kit

This is a new release from Trumpeter.

Upon receiving the kit, I did the usual.. rip it open and check it out. I spent the next few minutes looking through the parts.
The moldings were clean with very little flash and appear to have been designed to accommodate future versions of the New York or the Texas.
The upper hull comes split on the centerline and has a one piece main deck.
I was disappointed that unlike other Trumpeter 1/700 ships I've built, this is a waterline kit. I hope this is not a trend with future Trumpeter releases
It comes with 10 sprues molded in the usual gray plus the deck. It also comes a small sheet of Photo etch with cranes, catapult and yard arms.
(note: the PE sheet is not an upgrade, there are no plastic equivalents on the sprues)
(more to come)

It also comes with a color painting guide for Measure 31a Camouflage scheme the ship wore from late 1944 and early 1945

Like most 1/700 kits, this one doesn't come with a lot of fine detail parts so I'll be using the aftermarket parts listed below.

The Build

Hull/Main Deck
Since it's a waterline kit and I'm dismal at gels, there's no base and pedestals to prepare.
As usual for me, I drilled out the portholes. Once the hull painted I'll fill them with a clear epoxy or an acetate sheet to simulate glass.
The deck painted 20-B Blue then the hull is painted overall Haze gray f/s26270, masked off then 5-0 Ocean gray then 5-N Blue.
The gun tubs on the deck are painted to match the color of the hull in the specific area. they'll need a little touch up though.
I'm going to dry brush some of the deck hatches with Haze gray to give the appearance of use and some contrast.

(there's a lot little spots on the gun tubs and seams that were touched up after photo's were taken)

Forward Superstructure
Tiny parts, very little flash which is what I would expect from an initial run kit. There's a lot if detail on the cabin walls such as fire hoses and spray nozzles.
The parts fit well but the size makes them difficult to mask for painting so a lot of sub assemblies getting painted one at a time. PE railings are are cut and fit as needed and attached with CA
At this point I'm going to deviate a little from the instructions and build the conning tower deck by deck in order to add details not included in the kit such as stairs & ladders.
I added .015 stanless steel wire for strength to the yardarm on the forward tower. Once assembled, painted and installed I used .0025 wire for the halyards. (readily available from any pair of broken earbuds)
At the back of this assembly I added railings, but they interfere with the turret catapult so they will need to be removed or the turret have to be mounted at an angle.


I'm using Aber Barrels for this build. These take a .8mm drill instead of the 0.5mm on the Master version so the fit is a little tight.
Although I used the PE ladders elsewhere on the ship, I chose not to on the turrets, they just looked so far out of scale compared to the molded on ladders. Pretty straight forward other than the barrels
The catapult from the Kit's PE set went together like a dream, no issues at all other than painting the turret top after it was installed. One note though, If you plan on putting railings on the ship, skip the area behind this turret, the catapult is too close to the deck. The kit comes with 2 aircraft molded in the usual clear plastic but markings for only 1.


Aft section/Main Deck
Lots of little details to add in here, the 20mm, 40mm and 5" DP AA, a bunch of air vents and some after market add-ons, ladders on a couple of AA platforms.
Floater net Baskets. These were on every ship during WWII and New York was no exception.
One photo I found seem to have them attached to the side of the Aircraft catapult.
These things are tiny and I lacked the proper tool to bend them correctly so they look a little warped
The mast on the aft tower was even more flimsy than usual. The replacement is made out of .032 brass lower and .017 stainless upper section and yardarm




Overall the kit went together fairly well, not a weekend kit, but it goes together quickly depending how much additional detail you choose to add.
I added a bunch of Photo etch which added several hours to the build time along with scratch building the aft mast.
the only issue I had with the kit, and I'm sure it was something I did, was the center strut did not go all the way through the conning tower and I had to trim it to match the rear legs.
The Aber Barrels come with the usual instructions in metric asking for 0.8 mm hole rather than drill size but they also give you a second 1.4 mm size to countersink the barrel (drill sizes 67 and 55) (wire/drill cross reference chart)
Adding PE railings always enhances a kit and it would be nice if Trumpeter would add them to the PE that already comes with their kits. The set from Tom's works, but the stanchions don't line up with the chocks along the side of the ship so there's a little trimming involved.

Products used in construction
Tom's Modelworks #777
WWII Modernized US Battleship Detail Set
This set has three sheets of brass containing catapults and cranes that are more detailed than the PE that come with the kit.
It also has radar and upgrade parts for the 40mm bofors along with enough railings and ladder stock to complete the ship.
The third sheet contains forty 20mm Antiaircraft guns

#753 U.S. Naval Doors
#754 Inclined ladders
#779 Flotation Baskets

Barrels for Pennsylvania class
Aber 700L33
This set contains 12 barrels the Pennsylvania & Arizona
These are the same 14"/45 caliber guns used in the New York Class Battleships so they should fit
The New York class had 5 twin turrets so there will be a couple extras
This set require #67 and #55 drill bits to install

Other Stuff
Camouflage Measure 31a, Design 8B
Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme intended
for the battleships New York (BB-34) and Texas (BB-35).
(Texas never appeared in this camouflage scheme)


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