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This model represents the bridge tower of celebrated aircraft carrier USS Lexington CV-2 as she appeared on the day of her sinking. Lexington's aircraft, together with those of USS Yorktown CV-5, sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho and crippled the Japanese aircraft carrier Shokaku during the first carrier vs. carrier battle in history. This model captures features confirmed by examination of the wreck.
- fully assembled
- overall dimensions taken from US Navy Booklet of General Plans drawings
- detail locations confirmed by careful study of photographs of the actual ship as it appeared in service and the wreck
- proper asymmetrical deck shapes for Lexington (sistership Saratoga's were shaped differently)
- accurate Spotting Top with open windows and dropped director platform shutters just as they were on May 8, 1942
- upper top Fire Control Station (the large uppermost platform on top the tripod) includes supporting structural framing with lightening holes, subtle locator disks for rangefinders (not included) and splinter shielding of a slightly different shape than Saratoga's
- open A/T doors (doors available separately)
- open portholes (airports) properly sized and located
- detailed interior barbette and associated bulkheads with open scuttles
- heavy structural supports included
- light structural supports, railings and ladders omitted
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, 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.
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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.