Along with the Lexington
parts I ordered, I also received Model Monkey's new USS West Virginia 1941 Superstructure
Full disclosure: this product was the end result of my query to Model Monkey. I requested it, I shipped him the kit for reference and measurements (the part HAD
to fit the kit) and a copy of the Booklet of General Plans. I also e-mailed him many Big 5 class photos given to me by Roger Torgeson. So please take that into account when reading my comments.
This superstructure is meant to replace the resin superstructure in the Blue Water Navy/Yankee Modelworks 1/350 USS West Virginia. As a result of my experience
with the thief Gerry Marks, the BWN West Virginia I sold him (that was retrieved and returned by the local constabulary) was heavily damaged, especially the 01 level. The damage was enough that I felt that it needed replacing. Therefore, I asked Model Monkey if he'd tackle the project for me.
Model Monkey used the plans and photos to design this part, which is scaled to fit the Blue Water Navy kit. I can not say if it will fit the Toms Modelworks/Iron Shipwright West Virginia kit. This started out a a straight up replacement for the 01 deck and integrated superstructure, but as MM and I talked, it became apparent that he should just keep going and replace the rest of the superstructure. The superstructure is broken down into three parts, which should help when painting. The entire gun deck of the 01 level is open and compartmentalized, you'll have to source 1/350 5/51 cal guns to go inside the openings. The parts are crisply printed, with some layering visible. Some light sanding or use of an air eraser should take care of this. The windows, splinter shields and bracing really look great. There is even visible planking on the boat deck.
Overall, I'm thrilled with the way this turned out. So, while I may be biased, because I requested this product to be created, I feel that the end result is spectacular. To me, it's saved an expensive resin model from the dustbin. Well done, Model Monkey. As with the Lady Lex island and funnel, part are via Shapeways, courtesy of my (overworked) Visa.
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