Starfighter Decals 1/500 Essex Class Decals Decal First Look
|Date of Review||October 2013||Manufacturer||Starfighter Decals|
|Subject||Essex Class Decals||Scale||1/500|
|Set Number||500-100||Pros||Three distinctive subjects|
|Cons||Nothing noted||Skill Level||Basic|
Starfighter Decals has released this nice decal set for the upcoming reissue of the Revell/Renwall 1/500 USS Shangri-La kit. This kit represents the three Essex-class carriers that were refitted in the SCB-27C/125 configuration: USS Lexingtion, USS Bonhomme Richard, and USS Shangri-La.
This decal set provides markings for the following marking configurations:
- USS Lexington CV-16, 1958-1962
- USS Lexington CVS-16, 1963-1969
- USS Lexington CVT-16, 1969-78
- USS Bonhomme Richard CVA-31, 1960+
- USS Shangri-La CVA-38, 1960+
Markings are provided for the flight deck, island, hull, and even markings for the Cougars and Skywarriors included in the kit.
This is a really nice update for this kit and the instructions point out other aftermarket resources which can help to further detail and tailor your subject.
You can purchase these decals directly from Starfighter Decals on their website.
My sincere thanks to Starfighter Decals for this review sample!