JAG's 1/700 USS Albany CG-10

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The USS Albany was built as an Oregon City Heavy Cruiser with 8" main guns. In the early 60's she was reconstructed as an all Missile Cruiser with the then new Talos Missile system. Albany was later upgraded again in the late 60's but it is in her initial construction that JAG has chosen to model her. This is one of the older JAG kits, but it is still worthly of a look.
The hull is typical of the sharp clean casting that JAG has become famous for. The superstructure is mostly cast onto the hull. There is plenty of surface detail and no evidence of any defects. Instead you will find overhanging surfaces that are cleanly cast top and bottom, a testament to the care in which the castings are removed from their molds. Click images
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The other parts include the rear tower and miscellaneous platforms are cast on a thin resin wafer and several resin runners. These smaller parts are not as impressive as the hull casting. But are well cast and have only a minimum of flash to remove.
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Extra plastic rod and strips are included so you wont have to make any last minute runs to the hobby shop for supplies.
The instructions consist of the front and back of a B- sized sheet (11" x 17"). This a little beyond the max size of my scanner, so the instructions are separated into two images. One side shows an exploded view of all the components with plan and profile as well the parts breakdown and stats of the ship. The other side shows the separate views for the radar assemblies. These are adequate to build this ship Out of the Tube.
As you can see this kit builds up into an impressive ship  as witnessed by Peter Van Buren's Build of this kit.

Finely cast and very detailed, this kit will make a fine addition to your cold war navy. It is yet another reminder why JAG is leader in 1/700 Cold War ships. This is kit #JAG 007 USS Albany CG 10 retailing for $83.00 available direct from JAG or wherever fine model ships are sold.

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