|For anyone considering modeling a 1/700-1/720 scale modern US Navy carrier, replacing the airwing providing with the kit is something to be considered. For example, the airwing provided with Italeri Nimitz class carriers are average at best. One alternative for a replacement airwing is offered by PitRoad/Skywave. Pitroad offers two carrier aircraft-only kits, "S12 - US Carrier Based Aircraft" kit or "S13 - US Carrier Based Aircraft." The only difference between S12 and S13 are the decals provided for the airwing. The S12 kit is reviewed here. The price for these kits ranges from $16-20.|
Each box contains two identical sprues of aircraft, a decal sheet, and the kit directions. Either kit will enable the building of the following aircraft:
Two E-2C Hawkeyes
1 - The kit is molded in plastic, and is extremely high quality.
There was minimal to no flashing, and there were no pits, or seam lines
on any of the aircraft. The only parts that have a seam lines are
the deck tractors, and these could be easily removed with a sharp knife
in the matter of seconds.
1 - Extremely high quality aircraft, with excellent molding including very fine panel lines.
2 - Multiple drop tanks are provided for each aircraft, and Phoenix missles for the F-14s.
3 - Four deck tractors are provided.
|If you are looking to super-detail a carrier, and your wallet can handle it, this kit would provide high-quality aircraft for your carrier model. Though the Italeri kits are in 1/720 scale and the Pitroad aircraft are 1/700 scale, the difference would not be noticeable to the naked eye. You could even add further photo-etch details to these aircraft. Flagship Models offers "Modern Navy Jet Details" which provides photo etched landing gear, doors, weapons pylons, and weapons.|