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REVIEW USS Indianapolis CA-35
staff_Jim
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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 04:44 PM UTC
Jim gives us a video and photo preview of this new kit from Academy. This cruiser played an important part in the last days of the War in the Pacific.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
Biggles2
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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013 - 02:36 AM UTC
Mmmm...detail looks sharper and finer than Trumpeter - not quite Dragon, though. I didn't realize Academy could be this good. Is this kit on the shelves yet?
russamotto
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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013 - 06:50 AM UTC
Academy really offers a good product, and I like the look of their new kits. One note, it should be CA-35 in the title. CV35 was for an Essex class carrier that was never completed.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 03:13 AM UTC
Quite right Russ. Last minute typo.

Thanks,
Jim
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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 03:14 AM UTC

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Mmmm...detail looks sharper and finer than Trumpeter - not quite Dragon, though. I didn't realize Academy could be this good. Is this kit on the shelves yet?



I think it is, but in limited quantities so it may be hit and miss right now.

Cheers,
Jim
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 09:35 AM UTC
i have this kit on preorder. Looks better than expected with the exception of some of the smaller calibre guns ( those twins). I ordered the preminum editon with the photo etch anF metal tubes..so hopefully those are replaced. I think fretime Hobbies just got them in
Biggles2
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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 03:19 AM UTC
I received my Indy and was impressed with the molding and surface detailing. The only fault I found so far from dry-fitting was that the foredeck didn't want to fit into the hull. Looks like the forward hull is slightly warped, or too narrow, but is easily fixable. I was much less impressed (extremely dissapointed) with the Blue Ridge photo-etch set (made by Yankee Modelworks). The only useful parts IMHO are the made-to-measure railings, and the radar screens, and a very few other pieces. Some of the plastic kit parts are better than the PE. Luckily Alliance Modelworks make better cranes and catapults, and AA weapons.