HobbyBoss 1/700 USS Lassen DDG-82

KIT #: 83412
PRICE: $34.99 SRP
DECALS: One Option
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: Includes photo etch frets


USS Lassen (DDG-82) is a Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the United States Navy. Her current commanding officer is Commander Scott C. McClelland.

She was homeported in San Diego until she shifted homeport to Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan in August 2005, where she remains as of March 2013.

Lassen is named for Clyde Everett Lassen, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous rescue of two downed aviators while commander of a search and rescue helicopter in Vietnam.

On 15 February 2009 at 12:25 pm, Lassen collided with a Japanese 14-ton pleasure boat in Yokosuka harbor. Four people fishing on the pleasure boat, which was at anchor, were reportedly uninjured. On 23 March 2009 the Japan Coast Guard filed a case against both the destroyer's and the fishing boat's captains with local prosecutors for professional negligence that endangered traffic.

On 1 July 2009, Fox News Channel reported that Lassen was tracking the North Korean ship Kang Nam, suspected of carrying contraband.


Continuing with their 1/700 modern US destroyers, Hobby Boss has added a later version of the Arliegh Burke guided missile destroyers, the USS Lassen. Like the earlier kit of the Cole, this one has pretty well included everything, making aftermarket redundant for more modelers. The biggest thing missing from many 'upscale' ship kits are the p.e. railings, which Hobby Boss has included with this one. While on the subject, there is p.e. for the antenna mast, the safety nets around the flight deck, the deck VLS hatches and a number of other smaller bits. All very appropriate for the media.

The kit can also be built either as a waterline or as a full hull mode. A display stand is provided should you opt for the full hull option. All of the standard deck fixtures are provided in the kit, which compared to a WWII ship of the same size, would seem to be not many. Modern naval vessels are relatively devoid of deck protuberances. The kit also includes its Mark 45 main gun as well as a pair of Phalanx and other weapons. As with some previous kits, this one has a SeaHawk helo molded in clear plastic that offers the option of folded or extended rotor blades. Since this ship is not identical to the earlier USS Cole, there are some major differences in the shape of the upper deck sections and that has been taken care of.

Instructions are well done and typically offer no in-work painting information. That all must be taken from the large full color exterior painting and markings guide. Markings are provided for the Lassen and you also get a bunch of additional hull numbers, though why you'd want them is questionable as only the Lassen's ship name is provided. The sheet is not shown, but is standard stuff for HB kits. just the Cole though I am sure that of one has access to other hull numbers and ship names, other ships of the class could be built. I have darkened the nicely printed decal sheet so you can see the white markings.

The 1/700 modern ship builder will find this to be a superb kit. It has enough detail to keep most happy and the end result will be a nice model of this somewhat infamous ship. I'll close by adding that Hobby Boss has always been a leader in parts protection and this kit is no different with quite a few of the more delicate parts covered by foam wrap. It is a trend that I think some of the more established companies could learn from.



April 2013

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