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USS Essex-Class Perforated Catwalks

White Ensign Models 1/350 USS Essex-Class Perforated Catwalks First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2005 Manufacturer White Ensign Models
Subject USS Essex-Class Perforated Catwalks Scale 1/350
Kit Number PE3554 Primary Media Photo-Etch
Pros Provides different catwalk configurations around and under the flight deck Cons
Skill Level Advanced MSRP (USD) Approx $30.00

First Look

White Ensign Models continues to turn out some very interesting detail sets in their 1/350 scale range. This release provides an interesting array of catwalk configurations around the edge of the flight deck, including variations seen on some specific ships in the Essex class. You'll need to check your references to select the catwalk types for the specific ship that you're modeling.

USS Essex-Class Perforated Catwalks USS Essex-Class Perforated Catwalks

This set includes:

  1. Flight Deck Edge Catwalks
  2. LSO Catwalk
  3. Whale Boat Platforms
  4. Catapult Gear Suspended Catwalks
  5. Aft Thwartships Full-Width Catwalk
  6. Forward LSO Platform
  7. Catapult Gear Rear Access Catwalks
  8. Long Inclined Ladders
  9. Upper and Lower 5" Gun Platforms
  10. Standard Inclined Ladders
  11. Two and Three Bar Handrails

This set provides a nice range of details to dress up the edge and bow catapult areas with those fine details that can only be done in photo-etch. The instructions walk you through the assembly and options for each particular detail and you'll love the results!

Just when you thought you couldn't find any greater detail in 1/350 scale, White Ensign Models has come alongside with their latest creations.

My sincere thanks to White Ensign Models for this review sample!