|The much anticipated 1/350 USS Helena is available again. This St. Louis class light cruiser was an improved Brooklyn Class cruiser distinguished by a more compact superstructure and enclosed twin 5" 38 Cal guns instead of single open mounts. After being damaged by a torpedo at Pearl Harbor, the Helena traveled to Mare Island San Francisco for repairs and a refit. She returned to the Pacific with a unique bridge arrangement. The Helena was in the thick of the action from then on to her sinking at Kula Gulf. Her appearance during 1942 and 43 was pretty much unchanged. It is in the fit that Classic Warships has chosen to represent her.|
|The hull is two piece, not perfectly flat but pretty good
for a resin hull of this size. The hull is very plain in the middle with
the little details being provided separately. This may be more work for
the modeler to attach but you will not have to worry about replacing poorly
formed cast on parts.
|The funnel castings are finely detailed with piping details
cast in place and a partially hollowed funnel.
|Cast metal parts are pretty nice looking. Main gun barrels
are cast with blast bags in place. I plan to replace these with the 6"
45 cal machined brass replacements available now. But the castings are
nice enough that you could use them as is.
|I may be a little biased here, as the Helena is the ship that got me hooked on modeling again. It is one of my all time favorite ships. I am thrilled to have it available in this scale. Everything you need to build this ship is included, except paint and rigging. You should get many hours of enjoyment from this kit, and won't have to worry about making a bunch of corrections for accuracy. This kit is available exclusively for $210.00 from Pacific Front Hobbies. A great value for such a complete kit. If you would like to see this kit being cast check out the photo tour of Classic Warships casting facility.|