Good evening all,
I have been fascinated with cruisers and destroyers for a long time and my particular favorites have been the USNís heavy cruisers and especially the Baltimore class. I knew about the aborted Lexington class of battlecruisers but always thought the class died with them. Then in 2002, from a book about WWII cruisers, I found out about the Alaska class of ďLargeĒ cruisers developed to counter the IJNís battlecruisers. I never heard of them before. I have been fascinated with them ever since. Imagine my surprise when I found out that HobbyBoss marketed a kit of them! I had to get one.
Iím primarily an armor modeler, but have always loved ship models and cut my modeling teeth on them in the 60ís. I watch this site often, marveling at the detail in so small a scale. You guys do wonderful work.
So, here I am, back to my roots with the USS Alaska in 1/350. Iíll also be using the Master Models USS Alaska/Guam armament set.
And here is the start. The hull is one piece and required minimal clean up on the mold seams. The main deck is two pieces.
I havenít done the shafts, screws or rudder as yet, as Iíll probably break them off while handling the hull. Iíll save them for just before I paint the hull.