|The Iron Shipwright 1:350
scale USS Nashville is a two-piece
full hull model. Launched in 1937, Nashville was one of nine Brooklyn
class light cruisers. The London Treaty of 1930 limited the construction of 8" gun
heavy cruisers. The Brooklyn class, with its 6" gun main armament was the
result. The appearance of Japan's Mogami class cruisers with their fifteen
6" guns dictated that the Brooklyns, then in the design stage, carry at
least this many. The result was the distinctive three turrets forward, two aft
configuration unique among US Cruisers. Not coincidentally the Brooklyns shared
this configuration with the Japanese Mogamis.
The USS Nashville
saw extensive action in the Pacific Theatre, earning more battle stars than any other Brooklyn
class cruiser. In December 1944 she was hit by a kamikaze while en route to Mindoro in the
Philippines. Seriously damaged and with 310 men dead or wounded, she was knocked out of
the war until April '45, when she returned to action in the Philippines. The Nashville
was sold to Chile in 1951. Renamed Capitan Prat,
she served in the Chilean Navy until her 1984 decommissioning.
Brooklyn Class Vital
Displacement: 9,767 tons; 12,207 tons full load
Length: 608'4" oa, 600' wl; Beam: 61' 9"
Range: 10,000nm @ 15 kts; Top Speed: 32.5 kts
Armament (as built): Fifteen 6" (5x3); eight 5"(8x1)
Aircraft: four, Catapults: 2
The Iron Shipwright kit depicts Nashville
as she appeared 1944-45. Like all front line US cruisers, her AA fit was augmented
throughout the war. By 1945 she had twenty-eight 40mm (4x4, 6x2) and nine twin 20mm. Paint
schemes during this period included the splinter scheme shown above and the late war
USS Nashville 1945 (click to enlarge)
I find Brooklyn class cruisers sleek and uncluttered, even in their late war fit.
Perhaps it's the lengthy forecastle,uncluttered quarterdeck or the evenly spaced funnels,
but somehow this design works for me. The Iron Shipwright kit is an all resin affair.
There is no white metal. A customized etched brass fret is included, as well as the brass
rod needed to fabricate the masts. Jon Warneke fabricated the master pattern and provided
production assistance. The full hull kit will be available late May at a suggested retail
price of $180. I will add the instructions and etched brass artwork to this preview when
they become available.
For further information contact
Commanders Models, Inc.
Iron Shipwright Series
551 Wegman Road
Rochester, NY 14624
Phone: 1-888-IRONSHIP (1-888-476-6744)
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