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Recommended for: GPM 1/200 scale USS Lexington CV-2 (pre-war)
This model represents the funnel of celebrated aircraft carrier USS Lexington CV-2 as she appeared from her commissioning in 1928 through 1935. It has features unique to Lexington, different than those of Saratoga during this period.
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- fully assembled
- accurately dimensioned from US Navy Booklet of General Plans drawings
- accurate elliptical shape, not slab-sided a some plastic kits are, and the 01 level is wider aft
- detail shapes and locations confirmed by careful study of photographs of the actual ship
- open smoke pipes, accurately sized and properly sloped and compartmented, passing all the way through
- properly sized and accurately shaped secondary conning station/aviation control station with open windows
- open drying room vents just below the funnel cap
- funnel cap roof has the correct complex curve - plastic kit manufacturers get this shape wrong
- funnel cap roof access hatches (three)
- access hatches on the roof of the fresh water tank (the boxy structure on the 01 level forward of the stack)
- starboard side searchlight platforms positioned at the correct height for Lexington (Saratoga's were lower)
- gently curved starboard side only catwalk with delicate supporting structure (unlike Saratoga, which has a catwalk on both starboard and port sides)
- accurate aft 8" fire control station "fighting top" on the funnel with open windows
- detailed, internal, twin 8" Mount #3 barbette and associated bulkheads with open scuttles which will be visible through:
- open A/T doors, ready for your favorite photoetch
- open portholes (airports) properly sized and located
- delicate exterior electrical cabling, properly positioned and routed
- heavy structural supports included
- light structural supports, railings and ladders omitted, ready for your favorite photoetch
From Wikipedia: "USS Lexington (CV-2), nicknamed "Lady Lex", was an early aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy. She was the lead ship of the Lexington class; her only sister ship, Saratoga, was commissioned a month earlier. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted into one of the Navy's first aircraft carriers during construction to comply with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922, which essentially terminated all new battleship and battlecruiser construction. The ship entered service in 1928 and was assigned to the Pacific Fleet for her entire career....
"Before Fleet Problem XIV began in February 1933, the Army and the Navy conducted a joint exercise simulating a carrier attack on Hawaii. Lexington and Saratoga successfully attacked Pearl Harbor at dawn on 31 January without being detected. During the actual fleet problem, the ship attempted to attack San Francisco, but was surprised in heavy fog by several defending battleships at close range and sunk. Fleet Problem XV returned to the Gulf of Panama and the Caribbean in April–May 1934, but the participating ships of the Pacific Fleet remained in the Caribbean and off the East Coast for more training and maneuvers until they returned to their home bases in November. Most notably during Fleet Problem XVI, April–June 1935, Lexington ran low on fuel after five days of high-speed steaming and this led to experiments with underway replenishment that later proved essential to combat operations during the Pacific War."