Warfare generates tremendous leaps in technology as nations try to develop a winning edge over their adversary. In World War Two one area that leaped ahead was radar. From no radar in 1939 the USN had rudimentary radar by December 7, 1941. However, it was far from perfect. Even by August 9, 1942 Japanese cruisers, slipped by radar-equipped picket destroyers, to sink four allied cruisers at the Battle of Savo Island, as the Japanese ships excelled in night vision devices. However by 1943 the tables had turned at the advances in radar gave a decided edge in night fighting to the United States Navy. By 1944 it was a overwhelming advantage as shown by the one-way pounding at the Battle of Surigao Strait. The Japanese Fuso and Yamashiro had no chance against the line of American battleships. The American battle line could not only detect the Japanese ships far outside the range of the best vision devices, but they also could correct shot, as fire director radars had joined search radars on USN ships. There are quite a number of World War Two warships produced in 1:700 scale in injected plastic. Invariably plastic radar pieces are solid, clunky parts that poorly represent the fragile open framework of the actual radar arrays. The solution is to replace the plastic radars with photo-etch parts. Lion Roar now allows that to happen as they have produced a photo-etch set of USN radars in 1:700 scale.
Lion Roar set LE-700011 contains a wide variety of radar arrays for the models. The parts included for the various search radars are: three SC-1, two SC-4, three SK. There are three late war parabolic SC-2 radars. Each of these dishes are comprised of ten photo-etched parts. The rims of the dish already have notches for fitting the frames. For radar directed fire of the main guns on cruisers and battleships the fret contains parts for three Mk 8 directors. Each Mk 8 is composed of five photo-etch parts. Also included are three of the earlier Mk 3 main gun fire control radars. For the Mk 37 directors of the 5-inch/38 twin turrets Lion Roar provides parts for six Mk 12 gun director radars. There are actually eight arrays but the limitation comes into play with the bases and cradles, of which six of each is provided. The radar is a Mk 12 because there are also six small elliptical height finder radars that were added to the main array for the Mk 12. The earlier Mk 4 radars on the Mk 37 directors lacked the height finder, so the arrays could be used for the earlier Mk 4 as well. Lion Roar set LE-700011 is in stock and available, along with the entire Lion Roar lineup, from Georgetown Hobbies.