|The USS Nimitz was the lead ship of a
new class of supercarrier that would soon come to dominate the sea lanes
around the world. These Nuclear powered Aircraft carriers are the largest
warships ever built. They were built to operate 90 aircraft of different
types as virtual floating air bases. When there is trouble in the region,
it is these supercarriers that are sent in to project US Air power into
the hots spots around the world.
Like the real ships this new kit from Trumpeter is huge. The kit comes well packed in a large box with cardboard divides securing things in place.
|The hull is molded in two parts split at the waterline.
The large hull is internally braced with aluminum straps that bolt together
for strength. The lower hull is cast in red and test fitting indicates
a pretty good fit. A separate waterline flat bottom is also included so
you can display your ship at sea. A full hanger deck is provided in two
parts with tie down detail molded in place.
The hull is very well molded with perhaps the best door and hatch detail I have seen on an injection molded kit. The many openings are well done and I am surprised at how well detailed this hull is. The mold used to produce this kit is obviously very complex with multiple slides that allow such fine details as the ladders to be molded in place.
|The flight deck is molded in three parts as shown. Detail
is very good and test fitting appears to show a real nice fit with very
little seam to hide.
Random close-ups of the sprues are shown below so you can see the really nice detailing.
If you need additional aircraft they are available separately as:
|Decals are nice and sharp with markings for most of the
squadrons represented by the airwing. They include insignias and tail markings
as well as all kinds of other smaller items such as intake warnings.
The decals for the ship include deck makings such as the warning stripes around the elevators and the flight deck stripes.
|A large folded B-size color plan and profile is provided
for a painting guide and decal placement.
The instructions are a 24 page booklet showing the assembly in a step by step process that is easy to follow. Very thorough and well written.
A well designed kit with very little to complain about. This kit retails for $199.00, but can be found on sale for less in most places. That may sound high to some of you. but with almost 1000 parts, this kit will provide hours of enjoyment. That gives you a lot of bang for your hobby dollar.
Thanks to Stevens International for the review sample. They are the exclusive importer for Trumpeter kits in the US. If your hobby shop does not carry Trumpeter kits have them contact Stevens International or try their Hobby Shop Locator to find one.