Starfighter Decals 540-100 Essex Class CVS  Markings


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Scott Van Aken



Those who like to build old ship models, and I mean models that are old, not the ships, will be very pleased with this one. Starfighter Decals has produced a very nice decal set for the old Revell 1/540 USS Essex kit that has been released over the years. This is one of the few kits done of the angle deck Essex class carriers and they really need decent markings.

Starfighter has produced a set for these ships, which differ from other similar ships as they never got the enlarged deck edge elevator. Markings are included for the USS Essex, Yorktown, Hornet, Randolph, Wasp and Bennington. These are for the years when they were classified as a CVS. Alternate markings for around the elevators are provided as well as the helo landing spots. Full color painting and markings diagrams are provided, but a wise modeler will check photo references when it comes to exactly what was used as well as the colors these ships were painted. These were wooden deck ships so have a blue upper surface. The instructions provide more insights into this kit as well as what can be done to increase its accuracy.

The decals are superbly printed by Cartograf so you know the quality is world class. A fine sheet for the carrier builder and one you should seriously consider picking up before it sells out.

Thanks to for the review sample.

April 2014

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