MidShip Models 1/700 USS Nevada BB-36 1941

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The USS Nevada was the lead ship of a two ship 27,500 ton battleship class. The Nevada class was an improvement over the earlier New York class with better armor and her 14" guns distributed in two turrets fore and two aft. Her guns were mounted in a twin over triple turret arrangement. She was commissioned in 1916 and operated in the Atlantic and Caribbean until finally deploying to the UK as America became more active in the war. In the post war years she sailed all over the world and was finally modernized towards the end of the 1920's. Gone were the basket masts, changed out for new tripod masts with large fighting tops on both masts. New 5" 25 cal. anti aircraft guns were installed between the tops to give her protection against the newest threat to warships.

She returned to service in the Pacific fleet and there until war in the Pacific began. When the Japanese launched their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Nevada was the only battleship to get underway. Her movement soon attracted the attention of numerous attack aircraft and she was hit by several bombs and one torpedo. Now in danger of sinking and blocking the channel into Pearl Harbor, Nevada beached by Hospital Point. After the battle temporary repairs were made and she sailed for west coast for more permanent repairs. Those repairs resulted in a drastic remolding of the battleship that completely changed her appearance. The fighting tops were removed and replaced with a more compact foremast that somewhat resembled the old tripod mast. She now bristled with 20 mm and 40 mm gun mounts and the latest 5" 38 cal twin mounts. New radar and torpedo blisters gave her a better chance to fight off air attacks. 

When Nevada returned to the Pacific it was May 43 and she enacted her revenge in support of the landings at Attu. She headed to the Atlantic to lend her guns to the Normandy landings in 44 and operated in the Mediterranean for the next few months. She again returned to the Pacific to bombard Japanese forces on Iwo Jima and Okinawa in 45. Remaining the the western Pacific, Nevada prepared for the final assault on Japan. That was never to happen as the US dropped two atomic bombs on Japan and forced them to surrender without a costly invasion. With the war at an end, the Nevada was one of the oldest ships in the fleet. She became a target ship at Bikini Atoll and while she survived the blast, she was left highly radioactive. Finally in 1946 she was decommissioned and sunk as a target.

Nevada received 7 battle stars for World War II service. 

This new kit from Midship is actually the old Classic Warships kit. New molds have been made from the master and new parts have been added. The kit depicts the ship during 1941 and is perfect for Dec 7th.

The hull is nicely cast with lots of surface detailing. Casting is pretty good on this ship with only minor cleanup needed. The distinct lines of the ship are well done and the old deck level casements are cleanly cast. The kit features nice bow detailing with cast on anchor chain and pronounced hawse pipes. The deck features nice wood planking and there is a gutter that runs along the perimeter that will be helpful when you apply the photo etch railings.
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This is the same hull as used on the Oklahoma. 
The rest of the superstructure and the fighting tops are cast on resin wafers. Casting quality is pretty good with some flat sanding needed to completely remove the excess resin. But the other parts are well done although a little lacking in wall details such as doors and portholes.
This kit shares a lot of common part with the Oklahoma with only one platform as indicated on the instructions being different. 
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Main guns are well done with resin cast gun barrels. Note the gun barrels while individually cast elevated as a set so keep that in mind when building your ship. The 5" 25 cal guns are the same as those used in many of the old Classic Warships kits and current Midship kits and while they are well cast they are not correctly shaped. They are probably good enough for most modelers but you might consider replacing them with Corsair Armada versions. 
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Three  of the larger whale boats and two covered launches are provided cast in resin. Detail is pretty good and these will just need the casting gate removed from the stern and some minor cleanup.
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This kit features two of the MidShip standard weapons sprues to supply the small weapons and fittings. The rafts are molded in two styles and are both nicely done.   This will supply the small weapons as well as give you a bunch of extra spare parts you can use for other projects.
There are a number of parts that are supplied cast in white metal. These include the cranes, main and secondary gun directors. There are also  two Kingfisher float planes and some 3" guns. These are pretty good with a little flash that needs to be cleaned up.
A photo etch fret is supplied to add the fine details to this kit. These include nice aircraft catapults, and cranes. Inclined ladders and lots of railings are provided. These parts are relief etched to help give them a 3D appearance. This is a complete fret and really enhances this kit.
There is also a length of plastic and brass rod included to fabricate the tripod legs for the fighting tops.
The decal sheet is a real treat and includes flags and pennants as well as both prewar and early and late war hull numbers. These are printed by Microscale and are typical of the high quality decals they usually produce. They are nicely registered and sharp.
The instructions are eight pages with a bill of materials, subassembly views and exploded views. These are pretty good, but I would like to see more 3D subassembly views.
This kit is one of the best Midship resin kits on the market. It was very good when Classic Warships first released it and Midship made it even better with photo etch and other new parts. This kit and the the sister ship Oklahoma are your best bet for a full Pearl Harbor battle line. This one has a list price is $100 US. But I found it for $75 online. A good price when you consider the complete photo etch, sharp decals, extra weapons sprues, and an overall well cast kit. These kits are available now at Pacific Front and Freetime Hobbies

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