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    Are there any 1:350 CVA’s or SCB-27 upgrades for the Trumpeter Essex?

    My 1:96 RC model of the USS Kearsarge, the screw sloop launched in 1861, is progressing nicely.

    While looking for additional pictures of the prototype, I stumbled across 1:350 models of LHD-1 (sister ship to the current Kearsarge LHD-3), Kearsarge BB-5, and CV-9 (sister ship to the Kearsarge CV-33). Upon seeing this, I began thinking about how cool it would be to create a fleet of RC Kearsarges, depicting each ship to carry this name.

    While researching CV-33, an Essex class carrier to carry the name Kearsarge, I quickly discovered that while this carrier didn’t do anything noteworthy as a regular Essex ‘CV’, her aircraft performed more than 6,000 sorties in the Korean War, but this is after she received an SCB-27 upgrade in which significant visual alterations were made to her island and defensive armament and changed her designation to CVA.

    Obviously, I want to construct a model of the Kearsarge in the configuration in which she contributed most to our nations security, so I was wondering if there were any 1:350 CVA carriers, or an kit that would allow me to upgrade a CV kit to be a CVA…

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    RE: Are there any 1:350 CVA’s or SCB-27 upgrades for the Trumpeter Essex?

    Every model of the Essex/Ticonderoga class carriers I've seen were either in their WWII or angled deck configurations. What you COULD do is see if you can get a set of plans for the island and scratch build a replacement for the one supplied with the kit. Most of the rest of the changes could be made using pictures as a guide and plastic sheet. Another option would be to find one of the angled deck versions of the Lexingtion that Revell produced and use it as a guide since you will have to do some patch and repair on the flight deck to remove the four twin turret mountings.


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