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Re: ..and for some here, only those well-aged,
I am like you Michael and have some of the Kobo Hiryu resin kits of these in the stash along with the Midship versions. I also have one each of the old Classic Warships versions of the Kobo Hiryu kits.
Steve improved them a little and added metal weapons, etc so you didn't have to use a Skywave weapons set to finish the model like the original Kobo Hiryu kits.
The problem with the resin kits by both CW and KH is that they are all 0.10 to 0.14 inch too short. This made the finished model very crowded around the torpedo tubes and aft deck house. Most of the missing length is between the torpedo tubes on the Bagley/Gridley and aft of the torpedo tubes on the Benham. The Midship plastic kit corrected this on the hull and got the length right. The same holds true for the Mahan kits.
Midship purchased the CW resin line and the DDs were part of that purchase. Only Farragut was issued in resin and the rest went to the plastic versions. The CW/KH Farragut was 0.06 inch short, but Midship corrected the length in their resin release.
One thing that Midship did not correct on the Benham/Bagley kits is the placement of the aft deck house and number 4 5" mount. While they corrected the hull length they still show placement of these two items based on measurements from the bow as on the too short resin kits. If placed as in the instructions the area around the aft deck house and aft TT is still too crowded.
might have a round dozen or so of the Kobo Hiryu renditions that might serve as well.
If they can print the parts why not the hull? Ok time consuming and expensive but why do upgrade sets for kits no longer available? Like trying to find a chicken with teeth. Even if you found the kits and not cheaply I might add it is pretty damning that they need the additional expense for proper parts.
Not trying to discourage their efforts to each their own course but doubtful many are sitting on Midship DD kits. Far more accurate representation of the Pre-war classes of DD is needed in the hobby but maybe the horse should come before the cart. Just my opinion
Sets for the Midship Kits, are the Midship Kits still available?
Just wanted everyone to know that the 3 latest 1/700 1,500 ton USN DD Upgrade/Conversions are ready to order in our shop.
First up we have a set to build 2 Famous Bagley class members as they were in August of 1942
The USS Patterson DD-392 who flashed the famous message that the USN was about to suffer it's worst defeat since Pearl Harbor. She engaged the Japanese Cruiser force suffering 18 casualties and damage to her aft 2 5-inch guns.
The other ship that can be build from this set is the ill-fated USS Jarvis DD-393 who would be severely damaged during the landings and ultimately sunk by air attack with all hands.
Next we have another pair of Bagley's who also took part in the Battle of Savo Island, the Northern Picket Destroyers USS Blue DD-387 and USS Ralph Talbot DD-390.
Blue was stalked by the oncoming Japanese surface force but was ultimately lucky as she sailed away unknowingly from their trained guns.
The Ralph Talbot engaged the retiring force and was hit repeatedly loosing 12 of her company including the ship's Doctor and Chief Pharmacist Mate when a shell hit the Wardroom.
We also have finally released our first of Late-War fits for these ships, this one is the Benham Class USS Rhind DD-404 as she was in 1944 in MS32/3D and sporting 2-twin 40mm Bofors.
More to come soon including a pair of Late-War Bagley class!
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