You have seen that
several companies were releasing kits of the USS Independence,
the first was rendered in 1/700 scale.
We were pleasantly surprised when this kit arrived also in 1/350 scale.
Given the small box even in this scale, it reveals the relative size of the LCS vessels in comparison to other combatants.
As you can see from the images, the stealthy nature of this ship also ensures that the kit will also
be fairly simple to build as well. Let's take a look:
The kit is molded in
light gray styrene and presented on four parts trees plus the
upper and lower hull halves.
Two trees of clear parts are also included for the SH-60 Seahawk helicopters,
and three frets of photo-etched parts (one duplicate tree not shown) to round out the details.
Assembly of the
styrene parts will be quick and easy. Most of the time spent on
this project will be to install the
large number of photo-etched parts (including lots of tie-down fittings on the flight deck).
So despite the simplicity of the plastic portion of the kit, this project is still rated with an Intermediate skill level for all of the photo-etch.
While you can render a nice model without the PE parts, it wouldn't be the same.
photo-etched parts included in this kit are a nice set of
railings for around the flight deck,
main deck, upper deck, and around one of the forward access hatches.
If you haven't seen
these clear aircraft from Trumpeter, give one a try. Simply mask
paint the airframe black (or dark gray), then apply the normal camouflage colors to the airframe.
When you remove the masks off the windows, you'll have the illusion of an interior inside the aircraft.
This kit includes the first Fire Scout in this scale which is so small that the rotor blades are in photo-etch.