USN Yorktown CV-10. At last, a 1/350 WWII aircraft carrier, thanks Trumpeter!

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Basically is a good kit, but if you want “make the difference” you need the photo etched parts dedicated to the Essex Class, produced by the Golden Medallion, providing reels, stairs, radar antennas, all the aerial and a lot of many other details like undercarriage doors covers, landing gear struts etc.

The box offers two ways for displaying the model: waterline and full hull. Even if I decided for an “action diorama” I used the second option, in order to “immerge” my ship in a water made of styrene foam modelled with a soldering device and painted with acrylic varnishes of various shades ranging from deep blue to emerald green.

Over the entire surface I applied a generous coat of clear gel. Top of waves can be dry brushed in white.

Before painting the water, I set into position the York (without upper bridge) fully painted and weathered ( I used Gunze as per instructions and Tamiya pastels). It will be necessary use some water based putty to fill the gap all around the hull.


I wonder why but all the side doors are closed. I decided to open some of them to allow the lower bridge to be seen from outside. The lower bridge won’t be so visible at the end of your work, so I decided not to waste much time in super detailing the entire surface but only the area around the elevators. Do not forget to place in position some aircraft before close the top!


At this point I started to work the island. It’s a very killing time job if you decide to use the photo etched parts offered by Golden Medallion but is worth to! Some difficult may arise for the masking process according the “measure” used in’43.

I strongly suggest to gather as much information and pictures as possible because all the Essex class where different from each other and underwent to many improvements and changes during their operational life, mainly for the position of various antennas, a/a guns etc.

One of the weakest points of the model is the main bridge offered in three separated parts. It’s a very challenging job glue them together avoiding the joint to be visible, even because the surface detail could be easily rubbed off with putting and sanding. I solved the problem re engraving the surface after sanding. Furthermore I reinforced the flight deck with plastic rod below.

Painted in blue (the information about colors given by Trumpeter are correct), has been weathered with a wash of reddish brown and dry brushed with gray, dark brown and black. The latest to simulate the rubber streaks produced by tires when landing.

At last, the aircraft. Well detailed, considering the scale, the only evident missing parts are the landing gear doors. Some can be scratch built with a very thin plastic sheet due to the insufficient number present in the photoetched fret. (I really wonder why?!)

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