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USS Indianapolis
USS Indianapolis [CA-35]
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by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]


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SUMMARY
Highs: Great historical kit and well produced.
Lows: No photo etch.
Verdict: Overall this looks like a promising new kit from Academy.
  Scale: 1:350
  Mfg. ID: 14107
  Suggested Retail: $50
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 14, 2013
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.91%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 82.06%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

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Comments

Mmmm...detail looks sharper and finer than Trumpeter - not quite Dragon, though. I didn't realize Academy could be this good. Is this kit on the shelves yet?
APR 15, 2013 - 09:36 AM
Academy really offers a good product, and I like the look of their new kits. One note, it should be CA-35 in the title. CV35 was for an Essex class carrier that was never completed.
APR 15, 2013 - 01:50 PM
Quite right Russ. Last minute typo. Thanks, Jim
APR 16, 2013 - 10:13 AM
I think it is, but in limited quantities so it may be hit and miss right now. Cheers, Jim
APR 16, 2013 - 10:14 AM
i have this kit on preorder. Looks better than expected with the exception of some of the smaller calibre guns ( those twins). I ordered the preminum editon with the photo etch anF metal tubes..so hopefully those are replaced. I think fretime Hobbies just got them in
APR 19, 2013 - 04:35 PM
I received my Indy and was impressed with the molding and surface detailing. The only fault I found so far from dry-fitting was that the foredeck didn't want to fit into the hull. Looks like the forward hull is slightly warped, or too narrow, but is easily fixable. I was much less impressed (extremely dissapointed) with the Blue Ridge photo-etch set (made by Yankee Modelworks). The only useful parts IMHO are the made-to-measure railings, and the radar screens, and a very few other pieces. Some of the plastic kit parts are better than the PE. Luckily Alliance Modelworks make better cranes and catapults, and AA weapons.
MAY 13, 2013 - 10:19 AM
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