Edited by board administrator November 1, 2013, 22:28:15
Just like their state namesakes, USS Texas and USS Arizona were close - not right "next to" each other (like USS Nevada - and we'll get to her), but pretty darn close. That is the indication of the following graphic-overlay analyses, involving the Revell Arizona as well as three other, similarly-accessible kits:
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The following kitbash options are thus indicated:
- From Revell ARIZONA => 15.1" LOA, 1:456 scale TEXAS
- From Revell (ex-FROG) ROYAL SOVEREIGN => 13.1" LOA, 1:524 scale TEXAS
- From Airfix IRON DUKE => 11.4" LOA, 1:605 scale TEXAS
- From Airfix WARSPITE => 10.5" LOA, 1:654 scale TEXAS
Note from the above that virtuall all wind up with a Texas smaller than (Revell's nominal 1:426) scale of the Arizona kit - pretty much spanning the range between 450- to 650-scales. The Revell Arizona kitbash would itself be just a hair (1.3%) smaller than 450-scale, while the next-biggest - using the Revell Royal Sovereign - would be slightly (4.8%) smaller than 1:500.
These two kitbash ideas are demonstrated in more detail by the following "graphic dry-fits" for them:
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That said, the indicated over-extensions (green), particularly for Arizona, are not as bad as they may appear, being in areas where the hull-sides can easily be angled/bent inward, once the excess deck-edge has been trimmed away. Likewise, each scheme leaves a significant gap (pink) amidships, roughly abaft Texas' fifth turret, there - however this flush deck section would be even easier to construct out of plasticard or even the leftover sections.
The above is particularly true for the option using Royal Sovereign - yielding you a Texas which, at 524-scale would be a near-perfect compatriot to your Revell Iowa, Lindberg DE and -Essex, and within 5% of your Renwal North Carolina - even "close enough" to your Revell Yorktown-class ("Battle of Midway" - though by rights, alongside Texas it should be a late-war Enterprise) carrier. The Arizona kitbash, for its part, will be near-perfectly compatible with the classic 1:450 Hasegawas - Iowas, Yamatos, Vanguard and (best of all) Akagi - and just slightly (5.2%) larger than your Revell Helena/Baltimore cruiser. Plus, within 7% (smaller) of your already-built Revell Arizona.
Or - even better - a Revell late-war Pennsylvania (and we'll get to her, too)...