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New Mexico Class 1/350
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Virginia, United States
Joined: September 15, 2010
KitMaker: 36 posts
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Posted: Sunday, June 04, 2017 - 04:01 AM UTC
Although none of the kits are perfect, and one promised kit has never been released (Dragon - USS Pennsylvania 1944), the last few years have seen a huge increase in the classes of battleship available in plastic in 1/350 scale. What I can't find is anything about a New Mexico class battleship.

I wonder if a Pennsylvania/Arizona class kit could be used as a start. Although the superstructure is completely different, the clipper bow was apparently the major change in the hull

Anyone tried building one of this class in the post 1941 fit.
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Delaware, United States
Joined: November 05, 2004
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Posted: Sunday, June 04, 2017 - 03:31 PM UTC
USS New Mexico and the Pennsylvania/Arizona are two different class of ships
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Ohio, United States
Joined: December 01, 2009
KitMaker: 232 posts
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Posted: Sunday, June 04, 2017 - 05:23 PM UTC
The change from the Pennsylvania class hull to the New Mexico class is almost certainly too much of a stretch. If you wanted to start from an existing hull, a better start would be a Tennessee class hull which is the same hull with the clipper bow. The major difference between those two hulls would be the underwater hull protection which may not be a factor in a conversion. Of course, only resin kits exist of Tennessee, so that may be a non-starter as well, though at least there is a kit unlike the NM. Also, you would have to start with an unrebuilt version as the rebuilt Tennessee had additional bulges with a 17' broader beam.

A thought might be to make a mold of a TN bow, cast a replacement then attach it to PA hull to make a mostly plastic NM hull. Then you can start the extension conversion to the rest!!
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 08:56 PM UTC
That was my thought
A quick look at the deck plans of the USS Pennsylvania and the USS New Mexico seem to be almost the same from the first casement gun position to the stern - not perfect, but very close.
Only the clipper bow would be a major scratch job. Much of the base superstructure was similar.
With all of the work needed to create a late war Pennsylvania, it doesn't look like that much more is needed for a New Mexico class which doesn't appear to be modeled in any post 1941 configuration either in resin or plastic.
I need to lay the deck plans over one another to see how much change is needed.
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Texas, United States
Joined: September 15, 2002
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Posted: Sunday, July 09, 2017 - 11:57 AM UTC
To the best of my knowledge the only US non fast battleship kit in 350 is the Arizona in plastic. A lot of modification indeed... the Az was 16 feet shorter besides lacking clipper bow.

Iron shipwrights did a 350 resin kit of the NM. There is one on ebay for $325 plus 21 shipping. No plastic of her in any scale I can find ( 1250 metal one)

My recommendation is to bug trumpeter into making a cage mast ( CA MD WVa or TN). Then you have something much closer. LOL I been begging for years. Would love to see a NM class as well...but they they only promised us a Rodney/Nelson would be out 2 years ago,and it still ain't here. Also waiting for a Baltimore/Pittsburgh