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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:56 am 
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There is a 1/700 kit of both Alaska and Guam by ŘOP o.s. (formerly Samek) and there was a kit by Midship Models (formerly Classic Warships).

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:25 pm 
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maxim wrote:
There is a 1/700 kit of both Alaska and Guam by ŘOP o.s. (formerly Samek) and there was a kit by Midship Models (formerly Classic Warships).



Well thank you, now that I know they existed at some point. Been searching around and no one has either ship at the moment. Looks like it has been out of production for a while.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:28 pm 
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ŘOP o.s. recently still produced kits, I am not 100% sure, if they still do. But the availability at some shops for sure does not indicate, if it is still in production or not. It only indicates that they would have to order it - which they will not do, if nobody asks them to do it. But e.g. HLJ has USS Alaska on "backorder".

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maybe if I were to email ROP o.s Samek directly and ask about the Guam and see if they still do make it. Their direct shop sight did not show a listing of the model so hopefully I can get lucky with it.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:59 am 
There are there:

http://www.mn-modelar.com/en-detail-902042992-1-700-uss-battle-cruiser-alaska-1945.html
http://www.mn-modelar.com/en-detail-902042999-1-700-uss-battle-cruiser-guam-1945.html


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:10 pm 
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Guest wrote:



from the link, I went and placed an order. surprised that they have it.

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1/700 Sigourney DD-643
1/700 USS South Dakota BB-49


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:05 pm 
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OK got my hands on a 1/700 USS Guam from ROP s.o (former Samek) and it does not include masts. The template for the masts seem to small for 1/700, so does anyone have an estimate size on what diameter turned brass I would need to make them? Wish there was a detail up kit that included them, but alas, there is not.

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1/700 Sigourney DD-643
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:26 pm 
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Does anyone know if there still is a 1/700 photo etch detail set for Alaska class still in production? Midship models had one a few years ago I found but it's out of production now. Or could u get away with using a USN heavy cruiser or fast battleship detail up sheet from Tom's modelworks? The little sheet that comes with the samek Guam is not detailed at all.

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1/700 USS Houston CL-81

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:40 pm 
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As far as I know there is no PE set for this kit, so I would use a fast battleship set if I were you. Because it contains more radars and directors than the cruiser set. I'm planning to use the Gold Medal set when I build my Guam.

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Gabor wrote:
As far as I know there is no PE set for this kit, so I would use a fast battleship set if I were you. Because it contains more radars and directors than the cruiser set. I'm planning to use the Gold Medal set when I build my Guam.


That is the one I am probably going to settle on. Seems to be the best bang for your buck.

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1/700 USS South Dakota BB-49


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:33 pm 
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Anybody know how different the 1/350 Guam kit is from the Alaska? Is it just the paintjob? or are there more fundamental differences?

I ask as i already have Alaska, & don't really wanna 'double up'.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:56 am 
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You can buy a 1/72 scale hull and then scratch build the ship you want. :thinking:


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:56 am 
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just ordered the Hobby Boss 1/350 USS Alaska from sunlightmodelstore.com. Britmodeller and Modelshipwrights posted good reviews of the kit. (4 sheets of P/E, even an anchor chain incl.) Anyone have any experience ordering from sunlight in China ? No real rush to get it as I do most modelling in winter months, but price was best I found and just hoping it comes through unscathed in light of the tariff issues.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:55 am 
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I haven't ordered any Ship model items directly from China, but have ordered and received small photo accessories from China found on E-bay etc with decent results. In Shanghai and Hong Kong there were a number roof well stocked Hobby shops that I would visit on occasion.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:55 am 
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Update: Sunlightmodelstore.com shipped the USS Alaska almost immediately and I received it, well packaged and intact, in well under four weeks. (I think they are located in Hong Kong.)
Haven't started it as modelling for me is really confined to the winter months here, December through March, with time out for some hunting. I did inventory the parts, all good.


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A beautiful ship, like the F8F Bearcat, too late to really fulfill it's purpose. Before and early in the War the Japanese Kongo's presented some thorny potential tactical issues for the US carrier forces, escorted by cruisers. The Alaska's fit much into the same mold as the Kongo's, similar tonnage, somewhat similar armor and the Alaska's twelves were at least as good as the Japanese fourteens. As useful in the carrier escort role in many ways as an Iowa. They were occasionally badmouthed for a poor turning radius but in fact had an almost identical tactical radius as compared to the Iowa's and the Fletcher's. Discussion was made about deleting the float plane hangars and installing two more twin 5"38 mounts, but as with many things not carried out due to the delay that would ensue.

As a practical manner, an Alaska could do just about anything an Iowa could do as the Pacific war unfolded. Would six Alaska's have been as useful as the four Iowa's? Yes the Iowa's were a super ships, maybe the best Battleships ever constructed, but their talents were largely wasted as overkill...


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I hadn't realized why the Montana's and the last three of the six Alaska's were canceled. Steel shortage! The more prosaic landing craft, escorts and merchant hulls were pressing needs, especially in a two ocean war with amphibious needs. Of all those ships, only Hawaii was continued and Kentucky and Illinois partially constructed. Attrition of landing craft during an operation and restoration afterwards were important considerations. Most of the larger amphibious operations later in the war had ARL's accompanying the invasion armada.

Beautiful ships indeed!


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