White Ensign Models 1/350 USS Nimitz 'The Ship' First Look
|Date of Review||September 2005||Manufacturer||White Ensign Models|
|Subject||USS Nimitz 'The Ship'||Scale||1/350|
|Kit Number||PE3538||Primary Media||Photo-Etch|
|Pros||Adds significant detailing to an already magnificent model plus adds options unique to other members of the Nimitz Class||Cons|
|Skill Level||Advanced||MSRP||£33.62 (+VAT)|
White Ensign Models continues to turn out some very interesting detail sets in their 1/350 scale range. Their photo-etch detail sets add levels of detail and fidelity to a variety of ship subjects, and this release is definitely no exception!
This set is designed for the Trumpeter 1/350 USS Nimitz (CVN 68) kit which was released in its 1975 configuration. This detail set picks up where Trumpeter left off and replaces the radar antennas from solid plastic to realistic-looking photo-etch.
The communications and sensor masts are also replaced with photo-etch, and upon these the proper look of the unique antennas are added. Pay attention to the instructions as some of these options were fitted later in the Nimitz's career or on the USS Eisenhower (CVN 69).
The signature radar mast that was mounted aft of the superstructure is provided in the initial version, the updated version (that later collapsed), and the Ike version.
One significant detail missing in the Trumpeter kit is the Landing Signals Officer (LSO) platform on the port side of the rear deck. Once again, WEM to the rescue!
In addition to the nice array of antennas, this set also provides a complete set of railing, safety nets, ladders, and even deck vehicle details.
Just when you thought you couldn't find any greater detail in 1/350 scale, White Ensign Models has come alongside with their latest creations. This set is a must-have for the Trumpeter kit! Check out the companion set that updates the Nimitz kit to later Nimitz-class carriers.
My sincere thanks to White Ensign Models for this review sample!