|The USS Bainbridge was basically a nuclear
powered version of the Leahy.
She operated with the USS
Enterprise CVN-65 and the USS
Long Beach other nuclear powered ships. These three ships formed Task
Force 1 for the round the world cruise known as Operation Sea Orbit to
showcase the benefits of Nuclear powered propulsion.
Bainbridge served throughout the Cold War and saw action in the
first Gulf War as an escort for the USS Eisenhower and finally in operations
off Yugoslavia. She was decommissioned and stricken from the navy list
in September 1996.
The Bainbridge was refitted and upgraded quite a few times over her career. It is in her mid to late 80's fit that JAG has recreated her in 1/700 Waterline form. When you open your tube you will be greeted by the typical high quality JAG kit components. For those of you that have never seen a JAG kit, let me just say that they are among the best in the world. Excellent casting, and detail, crisp white metal parts, a nice photo etch fret, a sharp decal sheet and large well drawn instructions.
|The hull is extremely well cast with lots of cast detail. Most of the superstructure is cast in place even overhanging platforms. You can make out the plumbing details on the superstructure walls and the latches on the doors and hatches.||Click images
|The other resin parts include platforms for the lattice
mast and various fittings. The SAM missiles on my kit were bent. But this
is easily fixed by dipping the resin spure in hot water and gently straightening
The white metal parts are very crisp and fine in detail. These are among the best I have seen in this scale. Ships boats, harpoon launchers, CIWS and other parts are very fine. Only a tiny bit of flash can be found on them.
The Photo etch sheet consists of everything except the handrails. JAG's provides the parts necessary to build the ship but leaves the outer railings for us to supply. This keeps the costs down, and besides most of us that prefer adding railings already have a big supply of them in our spare parts box.
Decals are nicely registered, and include hull numbers, warning circles, salad bars, and helo deck markings.
I never cease to be amazed by the high quality kits that Tom Gardner and now Pavel Vacatta are producing. Finely cast and very detailed, this kit will make a fine addition to your Cold War to 90's Navy. This is kit # JAG014 CGN USS Bainbridge and sells for $75 retail. It is available now wherever fine kits are sold (check our main page for online hobby shops to get yours now).
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