Trumpeter's 1/350 scale
CVN-68 USS Nimitz
CVN-68 USS Nimitz
1/350 scale Nimitz is available online from Squadron
Here is Trumpeterís 1/350 scale CVN-68 USS Nimitz
This is one of my ďeasy buildĒ class of kits and it is big - like 38
inches long. The hull comes as two sections, upper and lower, offering
the easy option of a waterline model.
The upper hull has metal strips for bracing as a waterline model and
just lies nicely on the lower half if you prefer, with just a hint of
cement, applied from the inside, the whole lot is fixed permanently.
There is a full hangar deck and four moveable lifts and openings to this
deck but should you decide not to do the interior there are closures for
There are a few minor cuts to be made before
construction begins depending on your requirements. Once the hull is
ready it is just a matter of adding details before the flight deck goes
on, The deck is nicely detailed and is in three parts which fit together
reasonably well for such large pieces, the detailing is nicely done with
tie down spots engraved on the surface, optional position blast
deflectors and there are loads of tiny antennas to be added to the
edges, these are the parts that look like fishing rods hanging over the
sides on the real vessel. One small point here these are very delicate
and they have a number of feeds to each one on the frames so require
very careful removal to avoid damage.
There are some missile defense systems, a huge crane and lots of tiny
life rafts all making quite a nice interesting scene.
The island is a free standing model in itís own right and if you donít
cement it to the deck then the model can be kept in itís own box,
details are nice and look accurate with various decks for the bridge and
vultures row along with some rather over scale radar and aerials which
might benefit from an etched brass set if any are available as would the
main radar mast which though nicely done is a little heavy on detail.
On deck, the ship is depicted as it was in 1975 when the aircraft were
launched with cat strops and as such she has the three extensions to the
ends of the launch rails which are not there today, decals are supplied
for the deck markings but not all of them are used at one time, your
research will show which are needed, even the 68 bow number was painted
differently at various time so be aware.
Now the good news - you get lots of deck machinery: four mobile cranes,
eight tow trucks and eight fork lift trucks to handle all the aircraft
which include, 1x SH-3 sea king, 1x RA-5 Vigilante, 1x E-2C Hawkeye, 2x
A-3s, 2x S-3 Vikings, 3x A-6E Intruders plus six each of F-4J Phantoms
and A-7E Corsairs. Each comes on a frame with three colour plastic, grey
black and clear and there are folding wings separate wheels etc. etc.
took for ever to build but then the result really sets the ship off.
Decals are provided for each of these aircraft, full markings. The only
thing missing are the pilotís names. It took me longer to do the
aircraft than the rest of the whole ship, the time involved in painting
each one and then the decal application for such tiny items nearly had
me clearing the decks a few time but I persevered and I am pleased with
the model now.
Trumpeterís 1/350 scale Nimitz is lot of model for the money, Iíll
recommend it to any ship enthusiasts
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2005 by Ted Taylor
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20 March, 2005
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