JCS 1/400 USS Indianapolis

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The USS Indianapolis is probably the best known American cruiser. Torpedoed after delivering the Atomic bomb to Tinian, her crew suffered greatly. Her loss has been the subject of many books and documentaries. Now you can build your own in 1/400 scale with the JCS Paper Model.
The pages of the kit are illustrated below, they are printed on heavy cardstock. I have heard many paper modelers say that it is best to laminate these pages onto heavier card to make them even more rigid. There is nothing to stop you from laminating it to styrene for the ultimate plastic scratch build.
The beauty of this type of model is that you can use a copier to reduce or enlarge the pages to produce most any scale of ship that you like. In fact I would recommend that if this is your first ship that you begin working with a photo copy of the ship. In case you are thinking you can simply download and print the above images, you should know that they been resized at different scales so they will not match up well.

The instructions are in Polish but are numbered and where two connect there are interlocking numbers. The exterior parts are printed in color so no painting is necessary. Plan and elevation views are included as well as some detail views of the sub assemblies. These are adequate to build this ship, but a few extra subassembly views would be helpful.

     This kit is priced at 6,90 EUR which is about $8.50 US a pretty good price for a 1/400 ship. Check out the e-papermodels.com website for even more ships and detailing accessories to enhance your kit.

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