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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 bridge tower 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 difference between this tower and the 1943 version is that this 1944-45 version has:
- no armored conning tower
- signal deck lengthened aft
- external starboard side cable trunk
- additional door and catwalk portside
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Model Monkey Lexington class products:
- fully assembled
- accurately dimensioned from US Navy Booklet of General Plans drawings
- detail locations confirmed by careful study of photographs of the actual ship
- signal deck extended aft for 1944-1945
- bulkhead and Mk. 37 Director stand details properly sized and located
- two venturis for 1944-45, one on the Flag Bridge and another on the Navigating Bridge
- exterior starboard side cable trunk for 1944-45
- open A/T doors, ready for your favorite photoetch, including an additional portside door and walkway for 1944-45
- portholes (airports) properly sized and located
- detailed interior barbette and associated bulkheads with open scuttles
- raised 2-1/2 meter rangefinder tub
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."