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USS San Francisco
(CA-38)
Iron Shipwright
1:350 Scale  Kit

Photographed
by
Rob Mackie

Iron Shipwright has announced a 1/350 scale model of the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco. Mastered by Jon Warneke, the kit is a one piece full-hull model depicting the cruiser in its October 1944 fit.  A distinguished veteran of many Pacific campaigns, the USS San Francisco changed substantially as she underwent successive Mare Island refits. The Warship USS San Francisco photo archive has 16 clear US Navy photos showing San Francisco throughout her distinguished career.

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USS San Francisco October 1944 in Measure 33 after Mare Island refit

The Iron Shipwright model shows her with the heavy AA fit characteristic of late war US cruisers, as well as the reduced top hamper it necessitated. Those of you partial to splinter schemes can look forward to painting her in the distinctive measure 33d camo pattern adorning her when she emerged from Mare Island in October 1944.

The resin kit (no white metal) includes etched brass, anchor chain, and brass rod. See the photo gallery below for pics of the hull casting. Photos of the smaller resin parts will be published later this week. The kit will be available January 15, 1999.  Price will be $210, including shipping and handling if ordered directly from Iron Shipwright. (Non US customers add 20% for shipping).

Due to the extraordinarily low price, kits will be limited one per customer/per address and there will be no dealer sales. Orders will be taken on a first come/first served basis.  The offer is good until 6 January 1999 and 100 kits are available.

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Bridge levels
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Guns
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Stacks & deckhouses
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Forward plan view
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Quarterdeck profile
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Quarterdeck plan view
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Aft AA tubs
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Bow profile
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Gun tubs and flightdeck
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Hangar
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Quarterdeck plan view
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Plan view
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Bow profile
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Hull
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Profile
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Hangar closeup

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