U.S.S. Ronald Reagan
This model of the
latest Nimitz Class aircraft carrier is in 1/720th scale and measures
less than 18-1/2 inches long. It was built from the "Italeri" kit
"box stock". The only modification I made was to correctly
balance the ship with ballast and add (hidden by the nameplate on the
display stand) a receptacle on the bottom so that a small
self-contained torpedo-style motor can push it through the water! It's
rather difficult to get these top-heavy and asymmetrical aircraft
carrier models, especially those as small as this one, to float
properly on the waterline without tipping over! I also had to "sweep"
the wings back on a couple of the F-14 Tomcat fighter jets because all
of them came molded with the wings open, and they usually fold the
wings back when parked on the deck except when landing or taking off.
aircraft populating the deck are less than an inch long.
The kit was obviously
designed to replicate more than one type of
Nimitz class carrier as it comes with extra parts to build the
different configurations, but in some cases the instructions were
rather vague as to exactly how some parts were to be installed.
Therefore a little bit of research was necessary, locating pictures of
the real ship to make sure that the parts were more accurately placed.
However, some of the decals are not quite accurate from what I've been
able to tell.
The kit is actually
quite reasonably detailed for it's diminutive size, although the large
flat deck of the ship doesn't lend itself to much extra detailing other
than paint work. I'm hoping that the "Trumpeter" model company
makes a "Reagan" version of their current Nimitz carrier kit, as they
are the only ones I know of who make a detailed kit of such carrier
models in larger scale (1/350th, which would make the model about three
feet long... a good size for radio control!).
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