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Recommended to help accurize and update your Trumpeter 1/350 USS Saratoga CV-3 kit to the ship's wartime 1944-1945 appearance.
This product's high cost is due to the extraordinary amount of acrylic plastic necessary to produce it and the time required to print it. It is not printable in other materials.
This model represents the funnel of celebrated aircraft carrier USS Saratoga CV-3 as she appeared from August, 1944 through the end of the war, including night operations and the Battle of Iwo Jima where she was struck by five kamikazes and survived.
- fully assembled
- overall dimensions and shapes drawn from official US Navy Booklet of General Plans dated August, 1944, with minor adjustments to details to match photos of the actual ship
- accurate elliptical shape, not slab-sided a some plastic kits are, and the 01 level is wider aft
- correct compound curvature of the funnel cap roof (plastic kit manufacturers often get this shape wrong)
- funnel cap roof access hatches (three), properly sized and located
- open drying room vents just under the funnel cap
- access hatches for the fresh water tank (between the funnel stack and the Bofors tub, under the director tub), properly sized and located
- open smoke pipes all the way through - properly sized, compartmented, sloped and positioned
- accurately shaped splinter shielding
- detailed, internal, twin 5"/38 Mount #7 barbette with open scuttles and properly positioned bulkheads, which will be visible through:
- open A/T doors, properly sized and positioned, ready for your favorite PE
- open portholes (airports) properly sized and located
- detailed exterior electrical cabling, properly positioned and routed
- heavy structural deck supports, with open lightening holes
- light structural supports, railings and ladders omitted, ready for your favorite photoetch
Complementing Model Monkey 1/350 scale US Navy Aircraft Carrier Products:
From Wikipedia: "USS Saratoga (CV-3) was a Lexington-class aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy during the 1920s. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted into one of the Navy's first aircraft carriers during construction to comply with the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. The ship entered service in 1928 and was assigned to the Pacific Fleet for her entire career. Saratoga and her sister ship, Lexington, were used to develop and refine carrier tactics in a series of annual exercises before World War II. On more than one occasion these included successful surprise attacks on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She was one of three prewar US fleet aircraft carriers, along with Enterprise and Ranger, to serve throughout World War II.
"After a brief refit in mid-1944, the ship became a training ship for the rest of the year.
"In early 1945, Saratoga participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima as a dedicated night fighter carrier. Several days into the battle, she was badly damaged by kamikaze hits and was forced to return to the United States for repairs. While under repair, the ship, now increasingly obsolete, was permanently modified as a training carrier with some of her hangar deck converted into classrooms. Saratoga remained in this role for the rest of the war and was used to ferry troops back to the United States after the Japanese surrender in August. In mid-1946, the ship was a target for nuclear weapon tests during Operation Crossroads. She survived the first test with little damage, but was sunk by the second test."