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Re: What was the first REALLY accurate injected plastic model of a steel warship?
Some of the Eaglewall 1/1200 kits produced in the 1950s were really nice, e.g. the Maas and Von Roeder destroyer kits, and the various British destroyers. But whilst Eagle tried hard, too often a kit was spoilt by an unfortunately shaped part, e.g. the main turrets on the Warspite and Ajax / Achilles kits, or the 14-inch gun barrels on the KGV class.
The Airfix 1/600 KGV and Repulse were considered excellent in their day. The Italeri 1/720 Graf Spee was very nice too.
The Lindberg kits had character rather than accuracy. Lindberg loved steel plate lines!! They had a 1/300 DE that as a small boy I carried around everywhere in case I saw a suitable puddle to float it in, but inevitable the gun barrels all got broken off. And I loved the "Bobtail Cruiser" too.
Lindberg got somewhat close, no cigar.
Revell's 1/426 (?) Arizona is accurate but for the "pill box" 5" casemate guns. The Yorktown isn't bad. The 1/72 PT 109 isn't too bad.
I'd give the award to Tamiya for coming out with the 1/350 battleships some years past.
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