White Ensign Models 1/350 USS Nimitz 'Late Fit Parts' First Look
|Date of Review||September 2005||Manufacturer||White Ensign Models|
|Subject||USS Nimitz "Late Fit Parts"||Scale||1/350|
|Kit Number||PE3568||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||£28.89 (+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 as well as from detail set PE3538 which provides the usual wide array of ship's details. You need to have PE3538 in addition to this set to detail out the Trumpeter kit to the late configurations..
In this set, we have the rear radar antenna mast that was fitted to the USS Vinson (CVN 70), USS Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Lincoln (CVN 72), the rear radar antenna mast that was fitted to the USS Washington (CVN-73), USS Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Truman (CVN 75), the updated mast for the USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) and the current mast that replaced the collapsed mast on the USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
This set also provides the additional platforms, updated features, etc., that have been applied to the latest of the Nimitz-class vessels, and in many cases refitted to the early examples.
NOTE: Even after installing these sets, you'll need to add some additional details that cannot be replicated in photo-etch - the variety of SATCOM and antenna domes that have been installed on all of the late-fit Nimitz-class carriers. These are subtle but very visible details that can be easily researched by cruising through the photos on the US Navy website (www.navy.mil).
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!
My sincere thanks to White Ensign Models for this review sample!