|The Franklin D. Roosevelt was the second
member of the Midway-class carriers. She was laid down at 01.Dec.1943 at
the New York shipyard and commissioned on the 27.Oct.1945. Too late for
playing a combat role in WWII. The Midways were the first US carriers with
an armored flight deck After WWII the three Midway carriers were the most
powerful carriers of the US Navy. In the middle and late 1950ís all three
ships were reconstructed in a program SCB 110 which paralleled that specified
for the Essex-class carriers. Midway and Franklin D. Roosevelt had their
flight decks modified to incorporate an angled landing area and had their
flight deck gear replaced to accept heavier and larger aircraft. Three
C11 steam catapults were installed, stronger arrester gears and their lifts
were reconfigured. The Franklin has got an new pole mast on the top of
her enlarged island to carry the new and improved radar's. Also the open
bow was sealed.
This configuration was the basis for the new HP models kit of the Franklin. D. Roosevelt carrier
The kit doesn't have many resin parts. The hull, the flight deck, pole mast, mast, four parts for the island, one platform for the stern, two mk37, three lifts and the 5 inch and 3 inch weapons.
|Also the kit includes four A3D Skywarriors and six F3 Demons
But I saw that the JSP Midway was over scaled a little and in comparison to the LC kit there were in fact only minor differences.
|This is the construction drawings: The first two pages
The catwalks are nice but also a little too small. I have them cut away and added a small plastic strip.
My air group consist of F8 Crusaders, F3 Demons, A4 Skyhawks, A1 Skyraiders, and A3 Skywarriors.
I have built the USS F.D. Roosevelt CVA 42 as she has looked in 1959-60.
|Overall it is a nice kit. One of the biggest 1/700 scale
resin ships. The price is high and it is frustrating that the kit has no
PE for radar, crane and so on. The price in Germany is today 180 Euros
or nearly $200 us.