The Merit 1/350th scale kit of CV-5 is now in the states. Most distributors and even hobby shops should have the kit in-hand by Christmas, and if not by then, relatively shortly after.
Here are some photos of some of the detail you can expect from the kit. Overall it looks VERY nice.
Added a review of a 4-sheet set of drawings of CV-5 in her 1940 configuration to the Reviews: Photos and Plans page.
Some of the reference items have been re-categorized as well. Most notably the Photos section is now the Photos and Plans section. We hope to be able to add some more drawings in the near future, and we’ve come into possession of new (at least to us) photos that we will be posting as soon as we get the okay from the owners and the files in hand.
Added review for “Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway”. This is an amazing book that really goes into details and aspects of the Battle of Midway from the Japanese point of view. As the focus is on Midway, there is of course much on CV-5 within the text.
Added to the Books and Film Reviews section.
The IPMS USA National Convention was this past weekend in Hampton, VA. At the show, Merit International announced their forthcoming 1/350th scale kit of U.S.S. Yorktown in injection molded styrene. This kit has been in the works for some time, and in recent months representatives from Merit have been working with members of this website to ensure that the final product is as accurate as possible. Several people were able to hold an early test shot of the hull and verify that it is far more accurate in shape than earlier attempts in this scale.
Work continues, and we here will do as much as we can to ensure that the kit is as accurate as possible and worthy of the name Yorktown. Expect to see announcements concerning release date and retail pricing in the coming months.
Recently discovered this posting at the War Tales website that relates the experiences of Bill Roy, the U.S. Navy photographer that served with U.S.S. Yorktown at Midway, and took the final photographs of her. You can read read the article HERE.
Browsing the magazine rack at Barnes and Noble yesterday lead to the discovery of the current issue of “WWII Quarterly” Magazine, and the piece “Mayhem at Midway”. I’m a sucker for history told from the enlisted man’s point of view, and this one doesn’t disappoint.
Added to the Reviews section. You can access the page directly HERE, or by clicking the cover photo.
It’s a massive tome of drawings, plans, and other assorted U.S.S. Yorktown information. USS Yorktown (CV-5): A Study in Blueprints review has been added to the Reviews section.
Click photo to the left to go to the review, or click HERE.
For those of you with the old Revell Yorktown class carriers, here’s a set of photo-etched brass that will correct some of the errors of the kit, and detail it out to make a real showpiece. Review HERE.
Here’s a bit on a book I’d never had thought would pertain to USS Yorktown, but it indeed does. Aces Against Japan: The American Aces Speak is a collection of first-person accounts by many fighter pilot aces of the Pacific War, one of them being Scott McCuskey, who started out in USS Ranger’s VF-42, and came to the Pacific with Yorktown in December of ’41, and stayed with her through Midway.
For some reason, I failed to include the overall shot of the photos in the previously posted “Life” magazine article. I’ve updated the page in question, which you can view by clicking the photo to the left, or by clicking HERE.