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MANY THANKS TO ALL FOR THE HELP!
I am sold on these USN dreadnought models. I have waited 60 years for models like these. Years ago a modeler told me how he had constructed cage masts in 1:200 scale. I was not intimidated by the scale but by the complexity of building the cage masts---way beyond my ability. I saw a detailed "how to" build them in a ca. 1970 book on modeling ships. Not being an engineer, it was beyond my ability. The Samek USN dreadnoughts were not the solution because of the unsatisfactory photo etch cage masts. Ironically, in the interim, the only cage mast battleship models that looked good to me were the tiny GHQ 1:2400 warship range. If they were painted cleverly, at least they looked like real cage masts on the ships.
I am very interested in the SSModel WWI-era Arkansas and North Dakota. I am leery of their advertising, though. They appear to use the same images for all scales from 1:1250 to 1:350, which benefits the smaller scales, and makes them appear to have an amazing amount of detail.
Has anybody bought one of these ships? I am very keen on the them because 3D has given model designers a way to approximate the look of cage masts; the bogey that has kept a fleet of great dreadnoughts from being modeled.
Any help would be very appreciated. Reviews or images of completed models would be helpful.
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