This is my build of the Dragon
Premium Edition 1/700 scale kit of the U.S.S.
Juneau. This is repop of the
old Skywave kit, with a full hull option, some newer Dragon weapons
sprues, and a photo-etched fret added. The PE fret provides some, but not
all of the railings you will need, as well as radars. Conspicuously
missing is the boat crane. The newer weapons sprues are a big improvement,
for example the 5 inch gun houses are much better than the old Skywave examples.
The hull still has its problems with an out of scale armor belt, no hawsepipes
for the forward anchors, and completely missing the stern anchor. The
instructions are a real weakness. They do not mention the 20mm Oerlikons
or their gun tubs. They also indicate 40mm Bofors instead of quad 1.1 inch
medium for medium AA. In fact no 1.1 inch weapons are included in the kit.
I received a copy of David Griffith's fine book "Building Ship Models from
Kits" for Christmas, and decided to use this build of the
Finally, I tried rigging with
Caenis, an incredibly fine black thread used for tying small fishing flies.
Here I had mixed results. Overall, I like the in scale look this material
provides, but I am going to have to work on my technique to get everything on
the model and tightly stretched. The overhead photo of the starboard quarter
shows the rigging and the problems I had. Keep in mind that this larger
than life photo makes it look worse than the actual model does, but still, I'd
like it to look better. I will keep working on it with future models, but
for now, this is taking one step back to make two steps forward later. On the
whole, I am happy with the build. If you don't try something new, you
never get any better.