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Recommended to help accurize your Fujimi or Tamiya 1/700 USS Saratoga kit to the ship's 1944-1945 appearance.
This model represents the shortened 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.
The major differences of this 1944-1945 version and the earlier 1942-1943 version (available separately) are:
- extended deck and splinter shielding aft of the Mk.37 Director tower
- stand for SM radar antenna, larger than the stand for the earlier SK radar at the same position
- slightly different electrical boxes and other details
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Model Monkey Lexington class products:
- 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
- proper elliptical shape, 01 level is wider aft
- correct compound curvature of the funnel cap roof (plastic kit manufacturers often get this shape wrong)
- funnel cap access hatches, properly sized and located
- open drying room vents just under the funnel cap
- access hatches for the fresh water tank (behind 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
- heavy structural deck supports, with open lightening holes
USS Lexington CV-2USS Saratoga CV-3
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."