|Built by Newport News. Laid down 1 Mar 1943; originally
named Hancock, renamed 1 May 1943; launched 7 Feb 1944; commissioned 8
May 1944. Decommissioned to reserve 9 Jan 1947. SCB 27C reconstruction
at New York Navy Yard started 1 April 1952, completed and recommissioned
1 Oct 1954. Redesignated as an attack carrier (CVA 14) 1 October 1952 while
in overhaul. SCB 125 angled deck modernization at Norfolk Navy Yard 8/1956
to 1 April 1957. FATE Redesignated as an ASW carrier (CVS 14) 21
Oct 1969. Decommissioned and stricken for disposal 16 Nov 1973.
Sold for scrapping 15 Aug 1974 and subsequently scrapped.
|1/700 scale US Navy Postwar Aircraft Carrier (waterline) Media: 97 resin parts, waterslide decals|
|Length 15.140” which equals 825’ in 1/1 scale. 888’ in 1/700 scale is 15.22” The hull casting is quite familiar, as it appears to have its’ roots originating from a Dragon long hull Essex kit. The hangar bay has the same details both horizontal and vertical as Dragon’s kit. Here are the differences. The hull exterior has been modified with the increase in beam, added sponsons, enclosed bow, and the SCB-125 specific external details. Additionally, the number of hangar bay doors has been reduced accordingly and the starboard side elevator is in place.||Click images
|The extreme forward corners of the hull/flight deck have
the, ship to a/c antennas molded in place, but these were not molded completely.
After doing some research regarding these antennae, it looks that these
were removed in the late 60’s, (from pics). Also, the forward most flight
deck catwalks have some support straps beneath that need some clean up.
These may have benefited the modeler better if left as an additional part
to attach, as opposed to having been molded into the single piece hull
casting. Likewise, there are a number of closed chocks positioned
at numerous hangar deck level external locations that; once again I think
should have been left for the modeler to add on. The hull side details
at the hangar deck level are simple, (stbd side escalator, the large crane
etc), but are what made the SCB-125’s.
|The flight deck comes in 4 pieces and looks to be, (not compared to scale drawings, but to real ships’ images), accurate in shape. There is some scribed-in detail for the catapult tracks, initial a/c catapult hook up locations and the arrestor cables, but the flight deck is otherwise barren. The scribed detail present needs to be sanded smooth, as the area immediately to the sides of each scribed line was never sanded smooth. Also the scribing around the a/c catapult hook up locations did overrun; a common scribing error, and was not corrected. The barren flight deck is a blessing when it comes to applying decals, painting and masking though. The biggest potential problem with this four piece flight deck is keeping all four pieces the combined/intended overall length after removal of the excess molded material at the ends of each individual deck piece. The forward/center deck elevator is the enlarged, “5 sided”, type.|
| I was told this elevator was enlarged to fit the
then new Vought F-8 Crusader type of a/c. This elevator was seen on all
three ships; Tico, Intrepid and Hancock. The gun gallery decks have very
nice and thin splinter shields. I hate to say it, but they are almost too
thin as one of the splinter shields on this copy was split, and will need
repair. Also, the catwalks molded in place on the flight deck’s perimeter
are quite thin too. It’s nice to see a kit manufacturer make a sincere
effort to arrive at as close to scale thickness as possible regarding the
splinter shields and the catwalks.
|The island consists of 13 main parts; including the island main body itself, the external platforms, the mast, radars, the 5” gun directors and the upper bridge windows.|
|The main body of the island looks to be accurate in shape,
(compared to real ships’ pictures, but not measured and compared to scale
drawings), but the port side beneath the level of the funnel base and down
has no added detail. To some modeler’s regarding areas of no detail, that’s
no big deal and might even be preferred. The external platforms have nice
thin vertical surfaces. Be careful handling these. Also, the bottom of
the island needs to be straightened and some vertical surface irregularities
will need to be filled and sanded.
|The Weapons and Gun Directors:
There are two types of A/A weapons included with this kit: (5) 5”38 open mounts which are quite nice, and there are (4) 3”50 open mounts. If you want to build an early 60’s version, you’ll be needing more 5”38’s. The barrels and bases on both weapons are separate/detailed pieces. The instructions do not show location of either weapon, but the 5” mounts were only one per corner by the mid-late 60’s. The Mk37 directors with the radars atop are for the 5”38’s, but there are no Mk56 directors for the 3”50’s with this kit.
If the modeler wants to, the 3”50’s could be added if the kit were to be back-dated. Consult your references first; “find the differences and find the similarities”.
Small Detail Parts:
|SHIPS & CO. PHOTOS|
|The five images below were supplied by the manufacture.
|The decal sheet provided is the same one provided with other Ships & Co. kits. It is stocked with all kinds of colorful markings. They are well registered and very sharp. Hull numbers, warning circles, Battle "E"s and deck markings are included.|
|The instruction booklet is 4 pages stapled together with
nothing on the backside of the cover page. The cover page is colored and
is quite nice.
The instructions consist of a number of b/w photographs showing the kits’ parts and numbering system. The main components are clearly identified and their locations shown. There are a number of small components that are clearly numbered, but are not shown in place. Also, there are no photos of the finished model.
The Instructions are primarily for the Ticonderoga.
The instructions cover sheet lists three SCB-125 ships:
CV-11 Intrepid, CV-14 Ticonderoga and CV-19 Hancock
CV-11 was a short hull, while Tico and Hancock were long hulls originally.
The decals don’t have the large flight deck or the numbers for the island.
No airwing included in the kit.
Somehow, I don’t think that these minor shortcomings will slow many Post War Essex Fans…………not one little bit!
Ships & Co. products are produced in Italy and available in the US from Pacific Front Hobbies for $199.00.
|The preceding review has been approved by Syd!|