Wednesday, September 14

Preview: Two large subjects in convenient scales (& price) in November from Trumpeter

Trumpeter's new USS Hawaii CB-3 & the MAZ-537Gtruck with MAZ/ChMZAP 5247G semi-trailer are new in November. These are both in convenient scales for modellers who need more room at the bench and in their house (if they like collecting boxes for insulation). We have boxart, colours, decals, plastic and metal parts all on display in our preview today...

Preview: Two large subjects in convenient scales (& price) in November from Trumpeter

USS Hawaii CB-3
Model kit no: 06740
1/700th scale
Price: $32 USD from Hobbylink Japan
USS Hawaii (CB-3) was launched 3 November 1945 by New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. Joseph R. Farrington, wife of the delegate from the Territory of Hawaii. One of a projected class of six battle cruiser type ships, of which only two were completed, Hawaii and her sisters were designed to cope with the large German "pocket battleships" and Japanese armoured cruisers. Due to the reduction in defence expenditures after World War II, USS Hawaii (CB-3)'s construction was suspended. In September 1947 she stood 84 percent complete. 

The colour profile included in this kit
For a time, it was planned that USS Hawaii (CB-3) should be converted to the Navy's first guided missile ship, but she remained in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Her classification was changed to large command ship, CBC-1, 26 February 1952 when conversion was again contemplated; but she reverted to her original classification 9 October 1954 and was sold for scrap to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Md., in 1959 after being struck from the Navy List 9 June 1958.

The decal sheet included in the kit 
Model Length: 352.1mm / Beam : 40.2mm
Total Parts: 380+
 - hull made from multi-directional slide moulds.
-Deck wood pattern finely rendered
-Contains display stand and engraved name plate
Total of 9 sprues; hull & deck
The sprues of this kit
-Photo-Etched parts & Anchor chain included

MAZ-537G intermediate type with MAZ/ChMZAP 5247G semi-trailer
Model kit no: 07194
1/72nd scale
Price: $27 USD from Hobbylink Japan
The first prototypes of the MAZ-537 were built in 1958 and series production was launched in 1960. The new vehicle incorporated an engine developing 525hp at 2100rpm-a very high figure for that time, even armoured vehicle and tanks had offer fewer hp-and many significant changes in the fuel supply, cooling system and lubrication which made a complete redesign of the engine compartment covers and louvers necessary.Nearly all components of the frame and chassis were reinforced as well, increasing the total weight to 21.6tons (total gross weight 87tons) allowing a load of up to 50 tons to be towed.

The colour profile included in this kit
The first series of the MAZ-537 remained in production in Minsk until 1964 before it was shifted to Kurgan Factory as was done with the MAZ-535.

The decal sheet included in the kit 
Model Length: 322mm / Width: 46mm
Total of 5 sprues, cab, frame and tires
The kit consists of over 150 parts
-Rubber tires
The sprues of this kit