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Re: USS Cleveland CL 55 1/350
They (Trumpeter) has figured it out all right. I just don't think they really want to produce two separate hulls and decks for both versions of the Baltimore. I would suspect that it is these two parts which are the most expensive to produce, and the way they did these two ships in 1/700 was, to me,highly unsatisfactory. I would think this would be particularly true if they follow their recent practice of producing full hull cruisers.
Of course all this is speculation on my part. I don't know the real reason that my grandchildren have reached maturity while I am waiting for these two kits.
It takes a decade+ to figure out if the stern should be rounded or square? Nope. That doesn't cut it. Pick the most iconic version of that ship class and produce it. Maybe Academy is up to the job.
It is just speculation on my part, but what may be delaying Baltimore and Pittsburgh is that Trumpeter has yet to figure out how to deal with the squared off and rounded sterns of these ships respectively, without having to mold two different hulls and two different decks, thereby adding to the expense of the whole project.
If they try to go cheap like they did with these two ships in 1/700, then as far as I am concerned they can keep their models, for I will not buy either one.
It would be nice though if one could build and collect at least one example of all the war built cruisers, and as someone on this thread mentioned CAG's CLG's and modernized Baltimore and Oregon City too.
Hooray! If Trumpy can't spit out a 1/350 Baltimore after a decade of shilly-shallying (Can you say 'pantograph' boys and girls???) then I will be more than happy for a 1/350 Cleveland.
As they say a Cleveland in the hand is worth two Baltimores in the bush.
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