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Modern USN Carrier Deck Display Base

Skunkmodels 1/48 Modern USN Carrier Deck Display Base Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2011 Manufacturer Skunkmodels Workshop
Subject Modern USN Carrier Deck Display Base Scale 1/48
Kit Number 48016 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Modular display base Cons See text
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $13.99

Review

Modern USN Carrier Deck Display Base
Modern USN Carrier Deck Display Base
Modern USN Carrier Deck Display Base
Modern USN Carrier Deck Display Base
Modern USN Carrier Deck Display Base
Modern USN Carrier Deck Display Base

Skunkmodels has been busy. With its sister brand, Kinetic, turning out a variety of very nice 1/48th scale carrier aircraft such as the EA-6B Prowler, E-2C Hawkeye, and C-2 Greyhound, Skunkmodels have been releasing a variety of vehicles and accessories found on the flight decks around these aircraft. Here we have a pleasant addition to that line-up: the flight deck itself!

In this release, Skunkmodels has produced a modular kit that literally snaps together to create a base out of six black plastic squares. The kit provides these squares along with a complete supply of deck edges, corners, and inter-square connectors. Within just a few minutes, this box of parts became a display base.

Also included in the box are three color-printed cardboard sections representing different sections of a typical modern aircraft carrier deck. Each of these drops into the recess atop the display base and allows you to swap out the sections at will. The color-printed sections are sized to 1/48 scale so you can pose any of your modern fixed-wing or rotary-wing subjects on this base.

Since this base is literally a snap-together system, you could transport it in smaller pieces and assemble it at contests, though I'd be inclined to use the snaps to get the base completely squared-up, then add some liquid cement to the various edges to make that display more permanent.

Here is a nice and inexpensive display for your modern US Navy carrier aircraft. While I like many of the pre-printed displays that have been produced by a variety of manufacturers, it still requires me to find some suitable medium to mount the cardboard/cardstock. With this release, Skunkmodels has solved that problem by providing a complete base and three alternative display options for your next project.

My sincere thanks to Lucky Model for this review sample!

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