|The USS Mahan was the lead ship
of a new class of Destroyers, an improvement over the earlier Farragut
class. They saw service all over the Pacific in World War Two. This is
the prewar version with five 5" 38 cal main guns and tridpod mainmast.
MidShip has produced this new kit based on the many variants of the Mahan class destroyer. Up until now the only available kit has been the old Kobo Hiryu Mahan class kit USS Drayton. This kit is a vast improvement over that one, and is easily workable into other versions of this class. Not only that, but it is available in many different varients such as the early war Mahan, and a late war reconstructed Cassin. There are enough parts in each kit to allow you to build just about any ship of this class.
|HULL AND SUPERSTRUCTURE PARTS|
|The hull is molded one piece with a bow insert. The molding is very good, the pictures below show flash where the hull breaks. This is exaggerated in the photo's and will be easily corrected with a light touch of sandpaper. The deck features some nice chock details. These destroyers were steel decked so there is not a whole lot of surface detail. The shape apprears to match my plans of the USS Cushing.|
|The deck insert is correct for the later Fanning
and Dunlap, but is lacking the wrap around shield for the number
one gun mount found on the Mahan Class. The modeler will have to
scratch one out of thin plastic sheet or brass strip. These are shown on
the box art, but curiously were left out of the kit. I hope that MidShip
will at least make these available in resin like they did in the bridge
part # R1. Most of the parts on this sprue are nicely molded and some are
very thin and fine.
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|This extra sprue includes the prewar specific parts such as the tridpod mast and extra ships boats. The front deck is molded without the extra gun tubs for the 50 cal, or 20 mm gun mounts found on war time destroyers. An extra higher deck house part is included for the aft superstructure. These parts are molded as nicely as the other sprues.|
|The decal sheet includes flags and pennants as well as both prewar and early and late war hull numbers. These are printed by Microscale and are typical of the high quality decals they usually produce. They are nicely registered and sharp.|
|The instructions are nicely done on an four pages
Page 1 includes a color profile with Model Master and White Ensign Colorcoats
paint equivalents. The color profile is however so dark it is hard to make
anything out on it, I would recommend lightening this view. A class list
and specs of the ship are included as well.