|U.S.S. Saratoga, CV-60
The Forrestal Class Aircraft Carrier were the first class of supercarriers, combining high tonnage, deck-edge elevators and and full integration of the angled deck. This new class os ships had a substantionally larger air wing of 80–100 jet aircraft, compared to their predecessors (50–75 for the Midway and Essex classes)
Ordered as a "Large Aircraft Carrier", hull number CVB-60, Saratoga was reclassified as an "Attack Aircraft Carrier" (CVA-60), 1 Oct 1952. Laid down 16 Dec 1952, launched 8 Oct 1955, commissioned 14 Apr 1956.
Saratoga was decommissioned in 1994,
Since there are no aftermarket parts for this, it's strictly an out of box build.
The kit comes with many of aircraft types that served aboard. I kept it minimal, F-14's of VF-103 "Sluggers" in the older Light Gull Gray over white Camo and F/A 18's from VFA81 "Sunliners" in the newer Ghost Grey Camo. I believe both these groups served aboard the Saratoga during the Gulf War.
It's unfortunate there are no aftermarket sets available for this scale kit (at least not the I was able to find)
This is one of six kits Italeri puts out in the 720 scale, and the only Forrestal Class carrier on the market that I'm aware of. A decent kit for short money . It comes with enough different types of aircraft for most of it's service life, from F-4 Phantoms through the F/A 18 Hornets. The kit went together quickly with minimal flash on the parts.
|Topside||36270 Haze Gray|
|Flight Deck||37031 Dk Gray|
|Hull bottom||10076 Oxide Red|
|Boottop, Masts||37038 Black|
|36440 Lt Gull Gray
|F-18 Hornet||36320 Dk Ghost Gray|