: Chasing an option but do you have a
: "scrap" Dragon Arizona kit? Will
: let you know if the option pans out.
: --Previous Message--
: I just got these two kits and here's my
: thoughts, for what its worth...
: No lower hulls doesn't bother me; I only
: build waterline anyway. New York's hull may
: not be correct, as others have posted, but
: it doesn't look horrible. Certainly not as
: bad as Hornet. It will make a nice contrast
: next to its sleek sister state battleship -
: New Jersey...
: I'm pretty sure New York's quad 40's did not
: have the rotating shields, but it looks like
: they can just be left off anyway. I'm also
: pretty sure Yorktown never had the
: "5" painted on her flight deck,
: but I'll let others confirm that.
: Overall I'm happy with 95% of these two
: kits. I hate the PE. I hate the fact that
: there are no plastic alternate parts
: included for those who can't or won't use
: PE. I know I am not the only one who feels
: this way because I have seen similar
: comments from others on this board.
: I build models for fun. PE is NOT fun. It is
: aggravating for someone like me who does not
: have the dexterity or eyesight to handle it
: properly. I do not have any desire to fiddle
: with PE funnel grilles, a simple plastic
: part with a grid I can put a flat black wash
: on looks just fine to me. The PE boat cranes
: are practically unusable for me.
: My hope is that one of the aftermarket
: suppliers (Steve from Model Monkey - I love
: your stuff!) will realize that there are
: enough people who can't or won't play with
: little fiddly PE pieces who would love to
: see slightly clunkier pieces of resin or
: plastic that are easier to handle. None of
: us is getting younger, and I don't have room
: to start over in 1/350. Tamiya's HMS Hood
: from the 1970's has very nice funnel caps...
: one piece, add a little flat black, looks
: fine for me. Trumpeter's Warspite I tried
: twice, mangled the PE both times, just
: painted the top of the funnel black and left
: it open.
: So if anybody out there is like me and would
: like a less accurate or refined, but easier
: to use piece, let your favorite aftermarket
: designer know... if enough of us ask, they
: will make it. The older kits have similar
: parts, they can't be impossible to make.
: My two cents... Jim Donnelly