The Essex class was built in large numbers during World War II. After the war, it underwent several modifications and remained in service until the 1970s. This kit is a very valuable type that can reproduce the 1960s Essex class that participated in the Vietnam War. It features an angled deck and an enclosed bow.
In the past Dragon has released an Essex class equipped with an angled deck, but it was not the type equipped with a hurricane bow.
Water line only, not full hull
The characteristic hurricane bow is also beautifully reproduced. I think the side molds are pretty good too.
This is what surprised me. Although it is not explained at all, it is a mold of a fixing nut. Compatible with M3 screws. However, since there is no lid part, it is necessary to fix it with epoxy adhesive after setting the nut.
The hangar deck is also reproduced
The mold of the hangar deck is also reasonably reproduced.
The flight deck feels a little overscaled, but the precision is high.
There are decals for the markings on the deck, but since it has a concave mold, I think you can finish it with paint.
This is the mold on the side of the hull. Precise and sharp, good impression
I think A-4 is also a good result. I think there are people who want clear parts, but for 1/700 carrier-based aircraft, clear parts have a negative side (easier to break), so I prefer normal gray shaping.
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It’s E-1. The shape of the radome is a little strange, so if you are confident in your arms, add a plastic plate to shape it.