Ship Ahoy!

I’ve built lots of models in my lifetime. And if I say lots, I mean it in every sense of the word. At least over a fifteen hundred! I’d lost count long time ago. Not to mention the unbuilt kits I have amassed over the years. Better not bring that up too much. I might nose-dive into despair!

Planes, armor, even cars! You name it, I’ve built it or collected it at some point in time.

What I never have built, except for a few sail vessels when I was ten, are ships. Although I am fascinated by oceans and seas, there was never enough drive to build a ship model. To my defense, there were so many aviation and armor projects that kept me busy, that I did not even bother to focus on anything connected to water. Other than taking a shower every day and staring at Lucky, our goldfish during feeding time, my aquatic interests are at bare minimum!

Was I ever tempted to build a ship? The answer is yes. It might sound contradictory of what I just told you but there were a few occasions, that I actually reached for my wallet and made the purchase. Only to sell it again, a year later!

Still I am in awe when I see ship modelers doing what they do. To me, ship building is the most intense facet of our hobby and also the most complicated. The photo-etch, the wiring and intricate painting make these projects a serious and daring endeavor but also so rewarding, when finished. Whenever, I attend a model show and see these plastic masterpieces adorned with PE and rigging up the wazoo, I get envious. My fantasy gets ahead of me and I usually leave with a kit under my arm.

Throughout the history of warfare, ships always have played a major factor; from bombarding shores before a land invasion and carrying aircraft closer to the front, to mine sweeping, safeguarding and protecting our borders.

With Trumpeter’s release of the Yorktown in 1/200th scale, I feel the urge of doing something about the hole in my modeling repertoire. If there was a ship that made a name for itself during WWII, it was the USS Yorktown CV-5. Although sunk during the Battle of Midway, the Yorktown participated in several decisive Pacific sea battles until her demise on June 7th 1942. Later her legend continued when a new carrier, the “Bonhomme Richard” (CV-10) was renamed in her honor.

Trumpeter’s rendition is almost 50” long! Quite impressive. 1120 pieces on 44 sprues! That will keep someone busy for a while.

Oh well, I’m gonna go for it this time!

Worst thing that can happen, is that I will end up with a 4-foot styrene canoe!


Jef V.

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