USS Vincennes CG-49

Guided Missile Cruiser
Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The USS Vincennes was a member of the successful Ticonderoga Class Aegis Cruisers. Built on a Spruance Class Destroyer hull these ships added an Aegis Combat Control Center. The system is a true 3D Command and Control setup able to track multiple targets all around the ship and direct other ships and aircraft to the threats. These ships have become an important part of any Carrier Battle Group, of Task Force. 
This is an all new kit from Fujimi under the SeaWay line. Fujimi one of the original big four of Waterline model pioneers has returned to the table with several modern ships. Currently the only other Ticonderoga Class is the one by Dragon.
The hull is molded as one piece with a separate bow insert and waterline insert. The surface detail is minimal and includes raised helo deck markings. That is one detail I would have preferred not to see as decals are provided for that purpose. Shape appears to match the Ticonderoga hull shape quite well.  Click images
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The bow insert is molded with a fair amount of detail. Also on the sprue are SH-60 Helo's and various weapons.
The superstructure is molded as separate sides and this allows quite a bit of surface detailing. 
The weapons are not concentrated on any single sprue, but rather are spread over all the sprues. Upon close inspection you will notice that the parts are much finer than those found on the Dragon kit.
A photo etch fret is included with relief etched safety netting and helo blades. This fret is a nice addition and really adds to the value of the kit.
A decal sheet is included with hull numbers, flags, warning circles and helo deck markings.
The instructions are well written and include several sub assembly views. A painting and marking guide is provides as well as a little bit of history on the ship.


A nice kit overall with clean sharp molding. Available from Trident Hobbies for $39.99 with photo etch or $29.99 without it, this kit will make an important addition to your modern US Navy Fleet. Thanks to Trident Hobbies for the review sample.

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