New Model Kit: Photos of Upcoming 1/700 Scale Yorktown

The Trumpeter China website has posted photos of their upcoming 1/700 scale USS Yorktown (CV-5) kit. While it’s difficult to tell if they fixed all of the problems with the hull that their USS Hornet kit had, it is possible to tell that things have been changed in the model, and at least the waterline looks more accurate. Only having one in-hand will tell the whole tale.

It’s really great that, after decades of the Yorktown class carriers being largely ignored by model kit producers, to see these new kits. Between this kit, the Academy CV-6 kit mentioned in the previous post, and the announced 1/200 scale CV-5 and CV-6 kits, there’s a lot coming up for Yorktown class aficionados.

New USS Yorktown Book: Legends of Warfare by David Doyle

Over on the Modelwarships.com website, they’ve posted a review of the first book of David Doyle’s new Legends of Warfare series. The inaugural issue, covering USS Yorktown, looks to be filled with well-known and newly discovered photos.

We have a copy of the title on the way for our own review, but in the meantime, check it out here on Modelwarships.com: USS Yorktown (CV-5), Legends of Warfare – Naval, by David Doyle

Photographer Remembers Sinking of USS Yorktown (CV-5)

The Naval Historical Foundation has an article online titled “Photographer Remembers Sinking of USS Yorktown (CV-5)” at their website. Written by CDR William G. Roy, USN(Ret), “CDR Roy describes his experience as a member of the salvage party on board the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) during the Battle of Midway.”

We have added a link to the Online Resources page, or you can get to the original article by clicking HERE.

USS Yorktown in the Digital Realm

We received an email from Mark, asking us to include some links to digital models of CV-5. He provided this link to Special Aircraft Services for game modifications for their flight simulator so that you can fly from the deck of USS Yorktown. There’s some amazing work there. I’ve been out of touch with flight simulators for years, and video games in general (if I have games in the house, then models don’t get built, books and articles don’t get written, websites don’t get updated), so I’m not really up on this particular Sim, but the artwork for Yorktown looks amazing. I’ve added this to the Models page for now.

“The Pilot: Commander Tom Cheek” an interview with the CV-5 fighter pilot, on the Internet Modeler website.

Interesting stuff turns up every day on the internet. Internet Modeler did an interview with Tom Cheek, one of the VF-3 fighter pilots aboard Yorktown at Midway. The post is from 2002, so it’s been out on the ‘net for 13 or so years, but it’s still a great interview and bit of history. Link added to the Online Resources page.