Catalog (click here)
Scale: 1/144 (1 inch = 12 feet)
This accurately shaped and highly detailed model represents the 1942 appearance of the island of celebrated US Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet CV-8, veteran of the Battles of Midway, Guadalcanal and Santa Cruz, and ship that launched the Doolittle Raiders to fame over Tokyo.
- fully assembled
- overall dimensions accurately scaled from the official builder's plans drawn by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, dated April 5, 1940, adjusted for 1942
- details specific to USS Hornet confirmed by careful study of builders plans and period photographs of the real ship
- properly asymmetrical Pilot House, a feature every plastic kit manufacturer gets wrong
- accurately sited Tripod and Fighting Top (Hornet's was further aft than the tripod of her elder sisters)
- open Primary Flight Control "PriFly" windows
- open Battle Lookouts, aka "Vision Slits"
- open doors (a set of doors is available separately)
- accurately shaped decks
- accurately shaped splinter shielding with interior rib detail
- properly shaped funnel cap
- properly sized and located, open, scale 16" and 12" diameter portholes
- properly scaled smokepipes passing through the entire island - forward smokepipe at the correct slope
- delicate exterior electrical cabling
- heavy structural deck support details
- aft cutout for crane
Notice: due to the large size of this model, it is only available in the more economical "White Natural Versatile Plastic", a kind of nylon. This material is waterproof and durable, a very good choice for Radio Control models where durability is important. When compared to "Fine Detail" acrylic plastic, available separately, sharp edges appear less defined and more rounded when printed. Being nylon, "White Natural Versatile Plastic" is generally not sandable and fewer types of paint will adhere to it. Care is recommended in choosing a paint that will adhere to, and fully cure upon, nylon. Google "paint for nylon" and "primer for nylon" to find several good choices.
Customers report that "White Natural Versatile Plastic", when compared to "Fine Detail" acrylic plastic, will have noticeable striations (print lines). To help smooth "White Natural Versatile Plastic" surfaces, apply thin layers of primer meant specifically for nylon. Allow the primer to harden. Then smooth the hardened primer.
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