Here is the first kit of this cruiser class to be released in 1/350 scale plastic. The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on four parts trees plus a separate upper deck section and upper hull. The lower hull is molded in red styrene while two additional trees molded in dark gray styrene are provided containing the display stand, propellers and shafts, smaller caliber guns, and other smaller details.
Among the features and options:
- Choice of full hull or waterline display
- Fitted with late war Bofors guns
- Catapult w/mounted aircraft
- Optional display stand with name plate
Markings are provided for the Indianapolis’ basic wartime markings as well as national markings for its embarked seaplane. Four US flags are provided and here is the only glitch I see in this kit. All four flags are post Alaska/Hawaii 50-star flags instead of the 48-star flags flown during World War II. This is minor and there are plenty of correct flags in the aftermarket as this is far from the first kit to have such a glitch.
This kit will be a straightforward build that I do recommend some modeling experience only because of the number of very small parts provided to arm and fit this vessel.
USSÂ IndianapolisÂ (CL/CA-35)Â was aÂ Portland-classÂ heavy cruiserÂ of theÂ United States Navy, named for the city ofÂ Indianapolis, Indiana. The vessel served as theÂ flagshipÂ for the commander ofÂ Scouting Force 1Â for eight pre-war years, then as flagship forÂ AdmiralÂ Raymond Spruance, in 1943 and 1944, while he commanded theÂ Fifth FleetÂ in battles across the Central Pacific in World War II.
In 1945, the sinking ofÂ IndianapolisÂ led to the greatest single loss of life at sea, from a single ship, in the history of the US Navy. The ship had just finished a high-speed trip toÂ United States Army Air Force BaseÂ atÂ TinianÂ to deliver parts ofÂ Little Boy, the firstÂ nuclear weaponÂ ever used in combat, and was on her way to theÂ PhilippinesÂ on training duty. At 0015 on 30 July 1945 the ship was torpedoed by theÂ Imperial Japanese NavyÂ submarineÂ I-58, and sank in 12 minutes. Of 1,195 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship.Â Â The remaining 900 facedÂ exposure,Â dehydration,Â saltwater poisoning, andÂ shark attacksÂ while floating with few lifeboats and almost no food or water. The Navy learned of the sinking when survivors were spotted four days later by the crew of aÂ PV-1 VenturaÂ on routine patrol. Only 316 survived.
On 19 August 2017, a search team financed byÂ Paul AllenÂ located the wreckage of the sunken cruiser in theÂ Philippine SeaÂ lying at a depth of approximately 18,000Â ft (5,500Â m).