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USS Independence LCS-2
1/350 Scale Ship Models

Kit# DC053B  $38.95 -  model is 15" long full photo-etching
USS Independence, USS Fort Worth and USS Coronado
 

 

Specifications - LCS Littoral Combat Ship (Flight 0, first generation):
Hull Type: Stabilized Trimaran Monohull
Displacement: 2176 tons (light), 2784 tons (full)
Dead Weight: 608 tons
Length: 418' (oa)
Beam: 93.2' (extreme)
Draft: 13' (Maximum Navigational Draft)
Propulsion: Two gas turbine engines, two propulsion diesels, two water jets
Speed: 47 kts (sprint), 50+ kts (top speed)
Armament: Bofors 57mm naval gun; Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher; 4 - .50 caliber machine gun mounts
Combat Management System: Northrup Grumman ICMS
Electronics: Ericsson Sea Giraffe (air / surface surveillance, weapon assignment);
Decoy System: 3 - Super RBOC; 2 - Nulka Decoy launchers
Complement: 26
Independence (LCS 2) Building and Operational Data:
  • 14 October 2005: Contract Awarded to General Dynamics Corp.
  • 19 January 2006: Laid down at Austal USA, Mobile, Ala.
  • 29 April 2008: Launched
  • 4 October 2008: Christened, sponsored by Mrs. Doreen Scott, wife of Terry D. Scott, 10th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
  • 18 October 2009: Completed builder's trials in the Gulf of Mexico
  • 18 December 2009: Delivered to, and accepted by, the U.S. Navy
  • 16 January 2010: Commissioned at Mobile, Ala., Cdr Kurt A. Renshaw (CO Blue) and Cdr Michael B. Riley (CO Gold) in command
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    What's in the kit look below.

    The kit!

    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.

    Among the 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 the windows,
    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.

    The Ship

    Commissioned on January 16, 2010, the Independence (LCS-2) is a brand new class of littoral combat ship for the US Navy.
    Just a glance at the vessel reveals it is very advanced in concept and design. Based on a trimaran hull, the ship is designed for
    use as a small assault transport that can be converted easily for other tasks via the use of mission modules. The 127m-long
    USS Independence can move at sustainable speeds of up to 50 knots, and it is crewed by 40 sailors. The craft’s flight deck
    can accommodate a pair of SH-60 Seahawk helicopters. Despite only entering US Navy service a few months ago,
    this modern hi-tech naval vessel is now appearing in kit-set form as part of Dragon’s 1/700 Modern Sea Power Series.

     

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