|1:700 USS Lexington CC-1 (1921)|
The Lexington class ships were the only battle cruisers ever designed for the US Navy. At first, the USN favoured slow, well-armoured battle ships over a fast, heavily armed type of ship, but contemporary World War I experience showed the advantages of such a ship, and designs were being prepared in 1916. The earliest designs were not satisfactory, and it wasn't until the USA entered World War I and the British Naval Attache in the US showed the US Navy the plans for the new HMS Hood, that a new and adequate design was prepared. The final design had eight 16" guns, a 7-inch thick armour belt (still inadequate for a ship of that size), and a 35-knot top speed. The long, slim hull allowed for a high speed and lots of high-powered machinery. The ships were begun after WW1 but were all cancelled in accordance with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1921. Two of the projected class of six (Lexington and Saratoga) were permitted by treaty to be completed as aircraft carriers.
This 'Apprentice' Series Lexington CC-1 kit is designed with the scratchbuilder in mind. The kit consists of fine-quality resin hull and parts for the 16" twin turrets, superstructure and funnels. You'll need a good parts box, aftermarket details, brass barrels and 3D-printed or PE cage masts, along with some skills and imagination. The kit could also make use of a Trumpeter Maryland/West Virginia BB kit for the rest of the structure and armament.
BASIC RESIN KIT FEATURES:
*Length: 15 inches (381mm)
*Detailed resin waterline hull
*Resin main turrets, superstructure and funnel
*Basic Instructions Available Here: Page 1 Page 2
(Note some parts shown no longer included in kit; instructions show placement of resin parts for reference)
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