Trumpeter 1/350 USS New York BB-34 

Reviewed January 2015
by Matt Enochs 
History: (courtesy of WikiPedia)
USS New York (BB-34) was a United States Navy battleship, the lead ship of her class. Named for New York State, she was designed as the first ship to carry the 14 inch/45 caliber (356 mm) gun. Entering service in 1914, she was part of the U.S. Navy force which was sent to reinforce the British Grand Fleet in the North Sea near the end of World War I. During that time, she was involved in at least two incidents with German U-Boats, and is believed to have been the only U.S. ship to have sunk one, during an accidental collision in October 1918. Following the war, she was sent on a litany of training exercises and cruises in both the Atlantic and the Pacific, and saw several overhauls to increase her armament. She entered the Neutrality Patrol at the beginning of World War II, and served as a convoy escort for ships to Iceland and Great Britain in the early phase of the war. She saw her first combat against coastal artillery during Operation Torch around Casablanca in North Africa, and later became a training ship. Late in the war, she moved to the Pacific, and provided artillery support for the invasion of Iwo Jima and later the invasion of Okinawa. Returning to Pearl Harbor for repairs until the end of the war, she was determined to be obsolete and was chosen to take part in the Operation Crossroads nuclear weapon tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946. She survived both explosions and the effects of radiation on the ship were studied for several years. She was eventually sunk as a target in 1948. She received three battle stars for her service
As usual, the kit comes in a heavy cardboard box, well packed to keep the contents safe inside Click images
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The Hull:
Quite possibly no kit's hull has drawn this much attention with exception of Trumpeter's 1/350 USS Hornet. Trumpeter has departed their old waterline casting style in favor of the Port and Starboard hull half method. Both halves are molded very sharply with lots of minute detail, unlike their Indianapolis kit they are not a mirror image of one another. Trumpeter has given itself the reputation of poorly executed hulls, and unfortunately this kit only adds fuel to the fire. Length and Beam actually match up very well to my sources, the profile of the bow is right on and there is only a slight variance in the sterns profile. Where they went wrong this time is in the hull blister. According to my sources, the blister should have about a 2' foot shelf at it's top, then slightly increase in width as you approach the waterline. It looks like they took the maximum width of the blister and extended it all the way to the top on this kit. This creates a blister shelf that is about 6 1/2' feet wide, fine if you are on the starboard side of the USS Saratoga, but not a New York class battleship. The weld seams are also a nice touch, but massively out of scale and most modelers will want to sand them down to more of a scale appearance. NY03
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The Deck:
The deck comes molded in two pieces, forward and aft. Good news is that the seam should not be a problem as it will be covered by the midships superstructure. These exhibit Trumpeters standard deck detail with individual planks, although i feel they are not as prominent as in some of there other releases. Bollards, Deck hatches, vents and other deck gear are nicely molded on. All of the main deck level AA gun tubs are molded into the deck, while these may save assembly time, it will be a challenge when painting. Sheilds are nicely molded for injection plastic NY08
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Sprue "E":
Sprue E contains the name plate, sides of the midships casemate, Funnel, bildge keels, props and other details. The Props are molded to counter rotate.  NY12
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Sprue "K":
Sprue K contains most of the major pieces to construct the Bridge of the ship. These parts have nice detail and even have underside detail. Only issue is some of them have some hefty ejection pin marks. How visible will they be once assembled? I am not sure, NY16
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Sprue "J":
There are 5 "J" sprues included. These mostly with the business side of a battlewagon, including the main battery, 40 and 20 MM's. The 40MM's are average, the 20's aren't bad when mixed with their PE shields. The main turrets are very nice and the barrels even are molded with the ends hollow. NY21
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This is a standalone part that makes up the bulk of the "01" deck. It is very well molded with lots of detail molded in. I think it is pushing the limits of the molding limits, one of the 40mm tubs is a little rough. Nothing that can't be cleaned up with a little sanding. NY28
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Sprue "H"
There are 2 of these included, They include the 5/51's, Barbettes 2 and 4, Battery directors and the whaleboats. NY31
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Sprue "D"
Sprue D is the internal bulkheads for the hull, rudder and superstructure parts.
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Display Base
A standard Trumpeter Display Base is included NY39
"G" & "L" Parts
These parts were packaged underneath the display stand in individual parts bags. They include the fighting tops and bridge levels. I like how they are molded open, only some minor flash clean up is needed. NY40
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This is another large piece only, it makes up the backhalf of the 01 deck. Again very nicely molded with lots of detail molded in. NY43
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Photo Etch:
The kit comes with 4 frets of PE, 2 unique and 2 that are the same. 
  • Fret A has railings, supports and the yardarm. 
  • Fret C is Radar's, Catapult and more railings. 
  • Fret D(x2) contains the 20mm shields, floater baskets, ladders and crane arms.
Typical Trumpeter decals are included. The Hull numbers seem way too large and an interesting feature is the name of the ship in gold, a feature the ship wouldn't have had. NY49
The kits comes with Trumpeter's standard style of instructions and painting guide. The paint scheme looks close to the design sheet, but I have not checked it against photos of the New York.  NY50
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