Cyber-Hobby 1/700 USS Zumwalt DDG-1000
Cyber-Hobby 1/700 USS Long Beach CGN-9
Reviewed August 2014
by Timothy Dike
The US Navy’s (USN) pending new guided-missile destroyer class looks like something entirely out of a science fiction movie. Known as the Zumwalt class (Admiral Elmo Zumwalt was the youngest officer ever to serve as Chief of Naval Operations, and he led the USN during the time of the Vietnam War), it features a wave-piercing hull and sleek form to reduce its radar cross-section. The first-of-class USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) was launched in October 2013 and she’s expected to reach initial operating capability in 2016 at a cost of about $1.4 billion. Only three 14,654-ton Zumwalt-class destroyers will be built by General Dynamics. With a crew of 142, USS Zumwalt will reach speeds of 30.3 knots. Her armament includes 20 MK 57 VLS missile modules, two 155mm guns and two Mk 46 30mm cannons, plus she will carry two SH-60 helicopters and three MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

The Dragon Black Label line is new to ships. It is fitting that it this new stealth Destroyer. The kit features new tooling and is smartly engineered to produce a good kit right out of the box. 

The hull and superstructure sides are molded on this sprue with sharp lines and nice molding. Brick-like tile is molded onto the surface. This simulates the radar absorbing tiles. They are exaggerated to allow them to show up in 1/700 scale. the deck edges have the VLS hatches molded onto the surface. Click images
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The lower hull is also nicely molded without the sonar dome and bilge keels. The helo deck doors are molded open. The bridge face includes the same brick-like pattern on it. The stern has an access door molded closed but mooring openings molded open.
This sprue contains the separate bilge keels and bulbous bow. The gun mounts are nicely done with possible gun barrel, and hatches that can be shown open or closed for stealth or action. Props and rudders look good. 
Sprue D is the familiar weapons sprue with a newly tooled MH-8 drone added. Most of the other parts will not be needed. The helo is actually the familiar old SH-60, not the more modern MH-60S. 
A simple photo etch fret is included with the rotors and landing skid for the MQ-8 Drone. 
The decals are the usual sharply rendered ones produced for them by Cartograph. They include helo deck lines, warning circles, and of course flags and hull numbers for DDG-1000. Draft marks, and ships crest are also included. 
A base for this kit has been designed based on how most modelers like to display their ships in full hull mode. The stands which resemble lamp finales are even slide molded so they have no seams to fill and sand. Hole locations are provided so all you have to do is open them up with a knife or drill. 
The instructions are four pages with lots of subassembly views that are easy to follow. The last page features a painting guide showing decal placement and marking for the Zumwalt. 

I am glad to see Dragon release the Zumwalt so soon. Now modelers can have their own Stealthy DDG even before the real ship enters service. I suspect as the DDG-1000 program evolves, that there will be subtle changes to the ship and future versions. However you have the base for an accurate Zumwalt to sail with your modern fleet. How cool is that!

This is kit #DRA-7141 1/700 U.S.S. Zumwalt Class Destroyer DDG-1000 "Black Label Look for them on the shelves of your favorite hobby shop or get it direct from Dragon USA or Cyber-Hobby for $34.95