Just as I was pulling out of the garage to go Christmas shopping for my niece and nephew the mail lady drove past. I have a long driveway and by the time I got to the end of it she had turned around and pulled up in front of our block of land. We exchanged pleasantries and she said she was going down to number 11 but saw me reversing out of the garage and came back. She then told me she had two large parcels for me, and my attention immediately went up about 500%, so not the usual tiny box of paint or glue then. Could it really be? I went to her car and noticed a couple of boxes taking up the rear set of the Honda CRV, and one of them looked about the size of the Trumpeter 1/200 Bismarck box. Interest ratchets up again.
Sure enough the huge box, and the slightly smaller one were both for me! Happy dance, on the inside.
Thanked her and put the two big boxes in the back of my Pajero and reversed back down the driveway where I pulled up and took the boxes inside, Christmas shopping forgotten for the moment.
I opened the box and staring back at me was the side view of the USS Missouri. To say I was a little happy was an understatement. I have three others of the class in 1/350 to build with full PE sets for them, but I think they can all wait for a bit.
So on opening the box you find an area partitioned off with sturdy cardboard. Here you find the main part of the hull, all except the nose parts. It has a couple of cardboard boxes each end that holes have been cut in to hold the hull safely. Under the hull where two superstructure parts.
On the other side of the box were four boxes, A,B,C and D which was underneath A and B. D has the two deck pieces in it.
I will go into what is in each of the boxes in a full review later.
But I can tell you there are 34 Plastic Sprues, 11 PE frets (with custom fitted rails even! Joy), 2 metal prop shafts, 500mm of anchor chain a decal sheet, Instructions and Painting guide in full colour.
The pictures of the hull.. one has a 1/35 Su-152 on the top and the other a 12 inch ruler at the base.
Tried to give you a sense of scale.
Better photos later. Just wanted to get this up fast! :)
Quick edit; the box is about 100mm shorter than the Bismarck.
Highs: It's a 1/200 Missouri...Lows: I have to wait until PE sets and wooden decks come out before I can build her..Verdict: Hurry up with the PE sets!!
About Warren Inman (warreni) FROM: SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA
Greetings! I have been modeling for about 45 years on and off and have just started learning about weathering my AFVs etc. Started when I was about 3 or 4 and got to a peak of production in the late seventies with a Airfix or Matchbox kit every day or so at times. Most of those have gone but when I ...