The addition of a sixth twin-turret in the Wyoming class resulted in a weight increase of approximately 4, tons and an increase in overall length of 37 ft. Both Wyoming class ships— Wyoming and Arkansas —were ordered in and completed in During the first series of alterations during a refit took place. A variety of pre-war and wartime modifications are shown in the plans and photographs that follow. The former two funnels were trunked into a single up stake, cagemasts replaced by tripods, while the addition of new fire control systems, radar and A.
Other modifications were extensive and could not possibly be listed in detail within the parameter of this book. USS Wyoming in There was originally very little space left between her funnels and cage masts. The midship superstructure had not yet been added.
The ship was then reclassified AG Note the empty barbettes of her three former heavy gun turrets. The fantail-mounted 5 in gun had been removed. Six of her casemate guns had been mounted one deck higher and A. There was only one single funnel left. Her aft cage mast had been replaced by a tripod mast farther aft.
The drawing shows her final form after the removal of her fore cage mast. Mk 37 fire control gear is rigged amidships and on her bridge top. The side armor has been removed. During her career in this role she also took part in amphibious exercises. All her 5 in casemate guns and the belt armor were removed.
The forward cagemast—mounted on top the bridge—was retained. The assumption that the port armament was similar to that of the starboard side was not correct. Note: At the same time her classification and number changed to AG AG vessels are used for various duties, e. She still had coal-fired boilers and two funnels. Rangefinders are mounted on top of her aft gun turret and on the superstructure abaft the funnel.
The stern casemate gunport has been plated over. The heavy gun turrets in midships position have been removed. Training Ship. Three of her 12 in gun turrets are still in place. Note the various other guns fitted—5 in guns in twin- and single-enclosed mounts as well as 5 in and 40 mm and 20 mm A. The casemate gunports have been plated over. Note the camouflage painting. They were replaced by 5 in twin-turrets. Note the two-colour camouflage in accordance with Measure The forward cage mast was later removed and replaced by a light pole mast. The side armour on the hull was also removed. USS Wyoming in after the removal of her forward cage mast.
Note the camouflage painting in accordance with Measure 22, i. Range-finders are installed on three of her heavy gun turrets and on top of her bridge. Note the casemate guns still arranged on a single deck level. Bulges have been added. A catapult is mounted on the top of P-turret. Her new superstructure overlaps her beam. Her X-turret has received a second range-finder. The forward 5 in guns were raised one deck and A. During all the medium guns were removed from the superstructure deck, the forward cagemast was replaced by a lower tripod, and the A. USS Arkansas in Her forward cage mast had been replaced by a tripod mast.
All the remaining lower casemate guns had been removed. Sponson-mounted 40 mm A. SRa and SC antennas were rigged on her forward and aft masts, respectively. Platforms carrying A. Her bridge superstructure and her aft mast were modified.
Likewise, a SK radar screen was installed on her aft mast. Note the deck inclination toward her stern. Note the German naval flag on her mainmast. There are two seaplanes on the catapult on top of turret 3. Photo Collection A. An awning has been installed abreast the bridge and B-turret. Note the range-finders on top of B- and X-turrets, also the crane and the seaplane catapult. Note the traces of war actions.
The SK radar screen has been moved from an aft to a forward position SRa screen below it. Her aft mast and her bridge have been equipped with modern fire control gear and A. Photo J. Collection Fr. Rather more convenient alternatives were either five turrets of triple mounted 12 in Propulsion problems also arose with the New York class.
Not fully acquainted with geared turbines, the builders refused to adopt specifications laid down by the Navy Department. Accordingly a reversion was made to reciprocating engines, then thought to be more economical. The original cagemasts—in this class very close to the former two funnels—were replaced by tripods. Both ships were converted to oil burning. Both ships of this class were pioneers in ship- borne radar. During World War II the appearance of both ships remained little changed, apart from the installation of additional A A guns. USS New York in Her fantail-mounted 5 in casemate gun has already been removed.
There are platform-mounted searchlights around her cage masts. Her second funnel has been removed. Her cage masts have been replaced by tripod masts of different heights. This was done to protect them from spray and waves. All the 3 in A. An additional catapult was carried temporarily on the starboard side of Q-turret. Note gradual inclination of her deck towards her stern. Light A. SRa radar is installed abaft her funnel on her tower structure. The second funnel was removed and both cagemasts replaced by tripods, the mainmast being moved to a position aft of turret Q.
One catapult was installed on turret Q, and the medium armament regrouped as in Arkansas. The 3 in A. New York was the first U. Fitted in December it had a bridge-mounted XAF antenna. Collection A. The forward casemate guns have been removed.
There is a single 5 in gun in an open mount abreast the bridge superstructure and an additional 3 in A. Note the searchlights on the aft mast platform. Note the upper bridge and the conning tower below. The 5 in L 51 gun next to the bridge is placed in an open mount. The life rafts are attached to the sides of the heavy gun turrets. SRa radar screens are carried on her foremast and abaft the funnel. Note her hull damaged below A-turret above the water line. Also note the 20 mm A. Battle scores have been painted on the side of her bridge.
The pipes visible along her hull line may be fuel pipelines. New models of fire control equipment are installed atop the bridge and on the slightly modified aft mast. Casoly, Collection Fr. She is still carrying her forward and fan tail-mounted casemate guns. Her cage masts do not carry distinct platforms. USS Texas in SRa radar antenna are installed on her fore mast and abaft her funnel on the tower structure. Her port side shows the light A. Also shown are the ways her aft mast was modified as of and carrying a SK radar antenna.
BB 35 Texas war a group of six 20 mm A. The aft mast was modified New York. In December the experimental radar in , and in the light A. During the grouped see deck plan. The date is October USS Texas in about Her appearance has completely changed since her completion. The forward casemate gunports have been plated over. Range-finders can now be seen on the B and X-turrets as well as on top of the bridge. A small-sized pennant number is painted on her bow above the water line. Note the SC radar screen placed above the SRa antenna. The casemate guns are swung out.
The camouflage painting is in accordance with Measure Numerous 40 mm and 20 mm A. Note that the radar screen on her aft mast is hardly visible. The crew are manning the rails. The ship is still carrying two SRa screens in addition to one SK antenna on the aft mast. Photo Texas Highway Dept. Nevada Class The design of these ships marked a new era in naval construction. This arrangement and the grouping of the main batteries provided the same fire power as the New York class with one turret less.
Both ships received oil burning boilers when they were built. Oklahoma was found to be beyond repair and not worth rebuilding. Nevada was luckier. After 12 months of complete rebuilding she rejoined the fleet, with her pre-war silhouette changed. USS Nevada in Four turret ships have made a comeback. There is only one funnel left. Her forecastle deck is extended, her quarterdeck is one deck lower. Her stepped stern section formerly bore a casemate gun.
Her long quarterdeck permitted the installation of a catapult on the fantail. The 5 in casemate guns have been raised a deck. Hull bulges added. Total reconstruction completely changed her appearance. She now has a slanted funnel cap and a SK radar screen on her foremast. Both her bow and her stern carry 20 mm A.
The life rafts are stowed on the sides of her 14 in gun turrets. Two catapults were installed on turret X and on the quarter deck. The bulges added at this time reduced the speed of the ship. Nevada was damaged at Pearl Harbor, but the captain succeeded in beaching her. Other changes included the removal of all medium guns and of the catapult previously placed on turret X plus its handling gear. In addition forty-eight 40 mm and twenty-seven 20 mm A.
There is a total of three aircraft on both of her catapults. She is equipped with huge tripod masts. Her long forecastle ends at the aircraft crane. She is carrying a large number of boats. Note that the forward and aft casemate guns have already been removed whereas the midships casemate guns have been mounted on the upperdeck level. One of the hawseholes is empty. Collection S.
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Note the unique funnel cap, and the four MK 37 gunnery control equipments on top of the bridge, abreast the funnel, and directly abaft the short aft tripod. Note the break in her quarterdeck and the small-sized pennant number aft, close to the 40 mm A. Two SRa radar antennas are installed. The midships catwalk overlaps the deck side. The aft aircraft crane has been mounted on the fantail. She is still carrying two SRa radar antennas, but has been rigged with an additional SK antenna on her foremast. The 5 in guns are swung out and elevated against enemy aircraft.
Note the elongated counter-sunk 20 mm A. Her A. The SK and SRa antennas are visible on her foremast. Note the supporting structure of the catapult on top of X-turret USS Oklahoma two years after her completion. A total of eight searchlights are mounted. Her forward casemate guns have been removed. Note the gunport blinds opened for the occasion. The ramp for a light airplane can be seen on B-turret. Note the similar arrangement of both her mast platforms.
Note the muzzle covers on the gun barrels of A-turret. All her guns are swung out. Geared turbine engines were at last adopted. This was in response to designs adopted by the Japanese for their battleships Fuso and Yamashiro , then under construction. Again the United States preferred to follow the example of other seapowers, rather than to initiate innovations. The modernisation of the Pennsylvania class after World War I and again between and was similar to changes made to the Nevada class.
During the war the catapults on the X turret were removed and replaced by three splinter-proof protected mounts for 20 mm A. The B turret also received a similar mounting. Her wreck was not raised. She is similar in appearance to the ships of the Nevada class. All her heavy guns are mounted in triple-turrets. Note the obsolete shape of the ventilator coamings. Covering force duty off the West Coast and Hawaii.
Dockyard overhaul. Covering force duty off the West Coast and Attu. Work up period off Hawaii, Makin. Period in dock. Work up off the West Coast. Wake, Okinawa. Her midships casemate guns have been raised to a higher deck while her fore and aft casemate guns have been removed and all gunports plated over. Her cage masts have been replaced by heavy tripod masts. Her armament has been reinforced by A. The height of her funnel has been increased. USS Pennsylvania in Her aft tripod mast has been replaced by a tower superstructure. The ship was equipped with only two Mk 37 fire controls.
The radar equipment carried as of summer one CXAM antenna on her aft pole mast, two platform-mounted SRa screens on her fore mast. Pennsylvania was in dry dock at Pearl Harbor on December 7th , and did not escape serious damage. At that time she already carried the CXAM radar aerial on her forward tripod mast. Only two Mk 37 radar directed fire control equipments were installed. The light A. The catapult on turret X with its aircraft handling gear was removed, and the heavy aft tripod mast was replaced by a light pole mast carrying the CXAM antenna that had formerly been fitted on the forward tripod mast.
Pennsylvania received considerable damage from a Japanese aircraft torpedo attack in August , and her career ended as a target ship for nuclear bomb tests in Pre-war modifications to Arizona were similar to those made to her sister ship Pennsylvania , except that the height of the funnel was not increased.
She still has her two cage masts. Note her wooden deck and the narrow space between the 14 in gun barrels. Her aft cage mast has been replaced by a tripod mast. There are chine-type frames on the fore part of her hull. USS Pennsylvania immediately after her wartime reconstruction in February All portholes have been plated over.
In this photograph the enlarged bridge gives a false impression of her funnel having been removed. Note the range-finder in front of her bridge. Note the barrels of Y-turret closed by muzzle covers and the derricks placed abreast the aft 14 in gun turret. The latter carries the SRa antenna. Also note the catapult with the fan tail-sited aircraft handling crane and the 20 mm A.
Two of the 5 in twin-mounts on her port side and some of the 40 mm four-barrelled A. The SK-2 radar is installed atop her foremast with the platform-mounted 20 mm A. Note the covered cockpits of the shipborne aircraft. A shrine was later Radar Equipment erected above her. Two of her 14 in gun turrets were recovered and installed as coastal defence artillery Up to the time of Pearl Harbor no radar had been on the island, in which role they were manned by fitted to Arizona. USS Arizona in Both her bow and stern casemate guns have already been removed. Her armament was reinforced by A.
Her remaining casemate guns had been raised to the next deck, but there were still two more of them than on board th z Pennsylvania. A catapult was mounted on top of her X-turret. There are hardly any changes in her appearance as compared to She now carries platform-mounted machine guns on her masts. The number of 5 in A. They all received splinter-proof shields. She was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, Note the two aircraft handling cranes abreast her aft tripod mast mounted high for the purpose of lifting seaplanes onto the X-turret catapult.
During construction some of the 5 in casemate guns were raised to a higher deck level to keep them dry in heavy seas. Contrary to the normal practice of building two ships in each class, the U. Navy ordered three New Mexicos. As a result of the rebuilding, the New Mexicos remained the most modern battleships in the U. Navy until the advent of the North Carolina class. As none of the three were at Pearl Harbor at the end of , their appearance was not changed by repair or rebuilding as happened to ships that were damaged.
Only more A. After the war one of the class— Mississippi — served as an experimental gunnery training ship and later as a guided missile test ship. Note the similarity of her fore and aft tripod masts. Period in dock, Makin. Saipan, Guam. Occupation of Japan. Note her clipper bow. From the beginning her midship casemate guns were emplaced one deck higher than those on other battleships.
She carried only a few A. Her former cage masts have been replaced by tower superstructures. The number of A. She has a catapult on X-turret see plan of the Mississippi in USS New Mexico in All casemate guns and the catapult once installed on top of X-turret have been removed. She is equipped with improved fire control gear. All A. The drawing shows her midship section. SK radar has been installed on her fore mast top, and the SRa screen can be seen on her aft tower.
Her funnel has received a cap. The 20 mm A. The forward tower with a short tubular topmast incorporated the bridge. The A. As they were stationed in the Atlantic at the time the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, all three ships of this class avoided damage then. This arrangement was carried by New Mexico until about New Mexico was twice hit by Kamikazes, in January and August Kamikazes were Japanese aircraft loaded with explosives, and guided onto their target by suicide pilots. This desperate weapon was deployed by the Japanese in the last phase of the war.
More than U. Note the casemate gun recesses with their gunports plated over. Note her tower bridge superstructure, her oval citadel, and her stepped hull shape with its vertical armour plating. A canvas awning covers the fantail. Also note the recesses where the casemate guns were formerly mounted. All casemate guns have been removed. Each platform carries six 20 mm A. There is a SK radar screen on her foremast whereas a SRa antenna is mounted on her bridge superstructure, and another SRa aerial on her aft tower superstructure. Note her sharply contoured clipper bow and her bow hawsepipe without an anchor.
Training Exercises. Her former bow and stern casemate guns have been removed. There was no difference between her appearance and that of New Mexico at this time. Note the new shape of her 14 in gun turrets. USS Mississippi in A SK radar is rigged on her aft mast. The platform-mounted 20 mm A.
Her funnel has a slanted cap. She has been converted into a gunnery experimental ship. Only her aftermost 14 in gun turret is left. Note the various 5 in gun single- and twin-mounts. Her forward top bears a radar screen. Her aft tripod mast shows an early model of the SPS 8A radar antenna. The four aft 40 mm gun mounts belonging to her former wartime A. This 6 in twin-turret type was originally fitted on the two A. The type of radar shown in this plan of may not be correct—see the photographs on the following pages showing radar equipment carried in other years.
BB 41 Mississippi Mississippi's pre-war modifications were similar to those made to her sister ship, New Mexico. At the time America entered the war she was stationed in the Atlantic. Around a slanted funnel cap was fitted. Mississippi was twice hit by Kamikazes in January and June and slightly damaged. Soon after the war February work was started on converting Mississippi into a gunnery test ship see drawings and photographs , reclassified as AG After completion she replaced AG 17 Wyoming.
Her aft and forward casemate guns have already been removed. Range-finders are installed on top of her bridge and her X-turret. USS Mississippi in the s. The cage masts have already been removed and replaced by a tower bridge in the forward position and a control tower in the aft position. Note the improved range-finder equipment. Aircraft are carried on both catapults. USS Mississippi in the early months of before the casemate guns were removed. Her camouflage painting corresponds to Measure Her funnel is still without a cap.
She now has a funnel cap, numerous A. Her small-sized pennant number is painted on her bow. For her silhouette see the drawing on p. The aft 14 in gun turret is still fitted. Note the early model of the SPS 8A air search antenna. The Mk 37 fire control gear is carried on the bridge superstructure. Collection G. Albrecht USS Mississippi after —see also the drawing on p.
The crane has been removed and two Terrier launchers have been installed aft. She carries a SPS 6 radar antenna on her foremast, MK 56 fire control gear in front of the bridge, and an early model of the Mk 68 fire control gear on top of the bridge. A large-sized pennant number is painted on her bow. Collection F. She carries two experimental Terrier launchers aft. A Mk 37 fire control gear with an additional radar screen for guided missile control above it is installed on the aft tower superstructure.
A SPS 6 radar antenna is carried on the foremast. The rarely installed SPS 8B radar antenna is carried on her aft mast. Fraccaroli of the last photographs of USS Mississippi before her decommissioning. Note the 8B antenna atop her aft mast. Photo April , W. Dockyard repairs. Ma- kin. Work up period. Saipan, Guam, Southern Palau islands.
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AMc69 Combat. AMe70 Conqueror. AMc71 Conquest. AMc72 Courier. AMc73 Defiance. AMc74 Demand. AMc75 Detector.
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AMc Skipper. AMc Stalwart. AMc Summit. AMc Trident. AMc Valor. AMc Victor. AMc Vigor. AMc Agile. AMc Affray. AO1 Kanawha. AO2 Maumee. AO3 Cayama. AO4 Brazos. AO5 Neches. AO6 Pecos. AO7 Arethusa stricken. AO8 Thompson, Sara stricken. AO9 Patoka. AO11 Sapelo. AO12 Ramapo. AO13 Trinity. AO14 Barnes, Robert L.
AO15 Kaweah. AO16 Laramie. AO17 Mattole. AO18 Rapidan. AO19 Salinas. AO20 Sepulga. AO21 Tippecanoe. AO22 Cimarron. AO23 Neosho. AO24 Platte. AO25 Sabine. AO26 Salamonie. AO27 Kaskaskia. AO28 Sangamon. AO29 Santee. AO30 Chenung. AO31 Chemango. AO32 Guadalupe. AO33 Suwannee. AP1 Henderson.
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AP25 Leonard Wood. AP26 Joseph T. AP27 Hunter Liggett. AP28 Kent. AP29 U. AP30 Henry T. AP31 Chateau Thierry. AP32 Saint Mihiel. AP33 Republic. AP34 J. Franklin Bell. AP35 American Legion. AP36 Irwin. AP37 President Jackson. AP38 President Adams. AP39 President Hayes. AP40 Crescent City. AR1 Medusa. AR2 Bridgeport now AD AR3 Prometheus. AR4 Vestal.
ARS1 Viking. ARS2 Crusader. ARS3 Discoverer. ARS4 Redwing. ARS5 Diver. ARS6 Escape. ARS7 Grapple. ARS8 Preserver. ARS9 Shackle. AS1 Fulton now PG49 stricken. AS3 Holland. AS5 Beaver. AS6 Camden now IX AS7 Rainbow stricken. ASS Savannah stricken. AS9 Canopus.
AS11 Fulton. AS12 Sperry. AS13 Griffin. AS14 Pelias. AS15 Bushnell. AS16 Neptune. AS17 Nereus. AS18 Orion. AS19 Proteus. AS20 Otus. AS21 Antaeus. ASR7 Chanticleer. ASR8 Coucal. ASR9 Florikan. AT10 Patapsco stricken. AT11 Patuxent stricken. AT12 Sonoma. AT13 Ontario. AT14 Arapaho stricken. AT15 Mohave stricken. AT16 Tillamook now YT AT19 Allegheny. AT20 Sagamore. AT23 Kalmia. AT24 Hewaydin. AT25 Umpqua. AT26 Wandank. AT27 Tatnuck. AT28 Sunnadin. AT29 Mahopac. AT30 Sclota. AT31 Koka stricken.
AT32 Napa. AT33 Pinola. AT34 Algorma. AT35 Carrabassett. AT38 Keosanqua. AT39 Montcalm. AT46 Iroquois stricken. AT47 Osceola stricken. AT49 Piscataqua stricken. AT55 Genesee. AT56 Lykens stricken. AT58 Undaunted. AT59 Challenge now YT AT63 Acushnet. AT64 Navajo. AT65 Seminole. AT66 Cherokee. AT67 Apachee.
AT68 Catawba. AT69 Chippewa. AT70 Choctaw. AT71 Hopi. AT72 Kiowa. AT73 Menominee. AT74 Pawnee. AT77 Tuscarora. AT78 Carib. AT79 Yuma. AT80 Yaqui. AV1 Wright. AV4 Curtiss. AV5 Albermarle. AV6 Patoka. AV7 Currituck. AV8 Tangier. AVD3 George E. Badger ex-DD AVD7 William B. Preston ex-DD AVP10 Barnegat. AVP11 Biscayne. AVP12 Casco. AVP13 Mackinac. AVP21 Humboldt.
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BB55 North Carolina. BB56 Washington. BB57 South Dakota. BB58 Indiana. BB59 Massachusetts. BB60 Alabama. BB61 Iowa. BB62 New Jersey. BB63 Missouri. BB64 Wisconsin. BB65 Illinois. BB66 Kentucky. BB67 Montana. BB68 Ohio. BB69 Maine. BB70 New Hampshire. BB71 Louisiana. CA2 Rochester stricken. CA4 Pittsburgh stricken. CA5 Huntington stricken. CA7 Pueblo stricken. CA8 Frederick stricken. CA9 Huron stricken. CA11 Seattle now IX CA12 Charlotte stricken.
CA13 Missoula stricken. CA18 St. Louis stricken.
CA19 Charleston stricken. CA24 Pensacola. CA25 Salt Lake City. CA26 Northampton. CA27 Chester. CA28 Louisville. CA29 Chicago. CA30 Houston. CA31 Augusta. CA32 New Orleans. CA33 Portland. CA34 Astoria. CA35 Indianapolis. CA36 Minneapolis. CA37 Tuscaloosa. CA38 San Francisco. CA39 Quincy. CA44 Vincennes. CA45 Wichita. CA68 Baltimore. CA69 Boston. CA70 Pittsburgh. She was torpedoed at Saipan, causing a mangled bow, and was struck by a kamikaze aircraft at Leyte, and again at Okinawa.
She was finally modernized in July , but too late to see action again. She was mothballed in and scrapped in Parts were packaged extremely well - a lot of cushioning was wrapped around pieces, especially the pointy parts of the hull. All parts arrived in good shape. Trumpeter has wisely designed their kit content with the intent to be used for all three Colorado class battleships, and hopefully also in their different guises as the war progressed, as the sprue designations indicate.
Thus, you will see Colorado on the backs of some pieces. You get fifteen sprues containing parts, plus the upper hull, lower hull, bottom plate, stand, front and rear decks, a page instruction booklet, one decal sheet with flags and aircraft markings, and a small brass photo etch fret for cage masts, catapults, and cranes not railings or weapons. Obviously, there will be many leftover pieces, which are always appreciated by modelers - only about were used to build the kit. Parts are detailed and sharp with no flash, indicating a new mold. Kit is complete for fit without railings or rigging.
The hull, decks, and major pieces have a lot of fine detailing, and the wood deck scribing is intense and perhaps a little over-scale, but this looks better than a featureless deck. The aircraft sprue with two O2SU Kingfishers is clear - a good idea. The kit hull measures Kit beam, including large bulges, corresponds to feet, very close to the actual feet for her first-in-class, early bulge refit, which makes the kit close to accurate for her Pearl Harbor appearance.
The kit deck itself measures 92 feet across, which is slightly narrower than the listed 98 feet beam for this time period deck beam plus armor belt. Close enough! Trumpeter has shifted some of the injection stubs to better locations on parts than in earlier model kits. This makes clean-up easier and is much appreciated.
The instructions say to read it carefully and that is good advice - this kit has a lot of parts and some are not going to be used. By not reading the instructions carefully enough, I made a few rookie mistakes that, fortunately, were not fatal. I immediately decided to make my model a waterline version, so after looking at the instructions, I determined that I could glue the red bottom plate to the hull with Tamiya Extra Thin Cement.
I sanded and scraped the bottom plate to be flush with the hull. I usually do not put the waterline stripe on most waterline models since most WW2 warships were overloaded before the war started, even at anchor in port. It also means less work not to mask and paint a thin stripe. Or, you can leave off the bottom plate. Photographs of the Maryland at Pearl Harbor showed the black stripe was not visible, although this might have been due to the flooding forward from the two bomb hits.
I prefer to follow my own sequence of building rather than closely following instructions. First, as always, wash the sprues with soapy water and rinse well to remove anything that impedes paint adherence. This time, I planned to approach painting this kit differently. Instead of hand-painting the decks and their itty-bitty accouterments by hand, I first airbrushed the deck color to the three deck pieces and to insides of boats.
When dry, copious amounts of masking tape were applied to cover all the wood deck color, leaving exposed the areas that needed to be Dark Gray. This traded hours of tiny paintbrush work for hours of cutting tiny pieces of tape. It also cuts down on brush marks and several rounds of touch-ups. Next, I needed to remove and clean up all pieces that needed to be Dark Gray, including the hull.
That was a lot of pieces, and the majority of time spent on this kit is in cleaning up parts and adhering them to double-sided tape on cardboard for airbrushing. And yes, this is a better way to go. This kit was easy for this method because almost everything was Dark Gray, even horizontal surfaces. The plan was to get the hull finished first and main decks second, then remove, clean up, and paint parts and subassemblies third, then build from down to up, from middle to ends.
This makes it easier to attach parts, deal with seams or touchups without other assemblies being in the way, and lessens the risk of breaking subassemblies because of less-than-perfect fit. So, right away, I disagree with the instructions and recommend putting the bottom plate on first Step 3 , not last Step 17! Saves a lot of trouble sanding the seam and painting and handling the model. I have seen many otherwise beautifully done models with an ugly seam to the bright red bottom plate that ruined the workmanship on the rest of the model. That means cleaning up all parts and airbrushing them the main color once, adding additional paint colors, and then starting assembly.
All pieces were removed from sprues and cleaned up and taped to cardboard and airbrushed. I built the bridge as a subassembly stand-alone unit first. Other subassemblies were completed, and paint touch-up was done. Main decks were then added to the hull - they fit very nicely with virtually no seams.
In fact, the rear deck was not glued, it fit so well. The casemate 5in 51 low-angle guns were installed after adding the superstructure walls. In retrospect, building the bridge as a subassembly was a mistake. So I did not follow my maxim and the bridge did not fully seat on the deck. In fact, it is noticeably tilted to starboard. The pattern continued the higher up the bridge decks went. This also had negative ramifications for the B turret, which now hit the bridge if rotated, and then A turret, too - a domino effect.
Normally, I would tear up the bridge and start over, but this is a review kit with a deadline, and one purpose of reviews is to point out trouble spots. I also made a few rookie mistakes all by myself by not paying attention - the port photo etch boat crane was mounted backwards, which is why it faces forward, but that is artistic license. I also did not notice the mainmast aftmost cage mast fighting top was not in register.