Cyber-hobby 1/700 USS New York LPD-21
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||New tool kit|
USS New York (LPD-21), the fifth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, is the seventh ship of the United States Navy to be named after the state of New York. The New York has a crew of 360, and can also carry up to 700 Marines. The ship is notable for using steel that was salvaged from the World Trade Center, after it was destroyed in the September 11 attacks.
The ship was launched in December 2007 and commissioned in November 2009. Two more in this class are planned.
An amphibious transport dock, also called a landing platform/dock (LPD), is an amphibious warfare ship, a warship that embarks, transports, and lands elements of a landing force for expeditionary warfare missions. Several navies currently operate this kind of ship. The ships are generally designed to transport troops into a war zone by sea, primarily using landing craft, although invariably they also have the capability to operate transport helicopters.
Amphibious transport docks perform the mission of amphibious transports, amphibious cargo ships, and the older LPDs by incorporating both a flight deck and a well deck that can be ballasted and deballasted to support landing craft or amphibious vehicles. The USS New York is the first designed specifically for the V-22 Osprey and for LCACs.
I have to say that it is great that Cyber-hobby is releasing all these modern warship types. I frankly never thought I would see something like this in plastic and now that it is here, I am pleased that it has been done. The molding is well up to Cyber-hobby standards with crisply done detailing that is appropriate for this scale. The kit does include a small photo etch fret that is basically the catch net around the back of the flight deck, as well as two watertight doors for the sides of two large upper deck bays. These can be posed open or closed, by the way. Another neat option is that the well deck hatches can be modeled in the open /position
Other niceties are that the kit can be built either waterline or full hull and a display base is provided for the latter option. You are also provided with a number of vehicles to further enhance the kit. Though it is probably not appropriate to have all these on the ship at the same time, one gets CH-46 and CH-53 helos, MV-22 Ospreys, LCACs, M1 Abrams tanks, AV-8 Harriers, standard landing craft and AH-1 Cobra helos. Most of the helos have folded blade options. All of these vehicles are molded in clear plastic. The decal sheet provides basic markings for the aircraft as well as deck and hull markings.
For a full rundown on the kit features, here is the list from the Cyber-hobby PR sheet.
- Newly tooled AAV-7A1 included
- Utility crane newly produced
- Bushmaster II 30mm close-in guns newly produced
- Octagonally shaped funnel towers delicately reproduced
- One-piece superstructure accurately presented by slide-molded technology
- Loading ramp includes optional photo-etched parts
- Rolling Airframe missile system on superstructure
- One-piece slide-molded upper hull w/undercut details realistically represented
- Sponsons are represented on lower hull by slide-molded technology
- Waterline or full-hull version can be assembled
- Display stand included for full-hull version
- Delicate air cushioned landing craft included
- Intricate helicopters V-22 and CH-46 included
- Delicate flight deck included
- Stern ramp can be assembled open/closed
- True-to-scale propellers
Cyber-hobby instructions are well written with the usual Gunze paint references.
Now that we have one amphibious warship type, perhaps we will start to see something like oilers, ammo ships and standard cargo transports as well. After all, what wins a battle is as much logistics as it is firepower.
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