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An accurate and highly detailed funnel for USS Lexington CV-2 as the she appeared from 1936 to 1940 is now available in 1/700 and 1/350 scales
About this Product

Scale: 1/700

Recommended to help convert or accurize your Trumpeter or Fujimi 1/700 USS Lexington CV-2 kit or convert your Trumpeter 1/700 pre-war (tall funnel) USS Saratoga CV-3 kit to USS Lexington's 1936-1940 appearance.

This product's high cost is due to the extraordinary amount of acrylic plastic necessary to produce it and the time required to print it. It is not printable in other materials.

This model represents the massive funnel of celebrated aircraft carrier USS Lexington CV-2 as she appeared in the late 1930s during which she and her crew participated in extensive training activities laying the foundation for modern carrier warfare.


fully assembled
accurately dimensioned from US Navy Booklet of General Plans drawings
accurate eliptical shape, fatter aft, not slab-sided a some plastic kits are
detail shapes and locations confirmed by careful study of photographs of the actual ship
open smoke pipes, accurately sized and properly sloped and compartmented, passing all the way through
properly sized and accurately shaped secondary conning station/aviation control station with open windows
open drying room vents just below the funnel cap
funnel cap roof has the correct complex curve - plastic kit manufacturers get this shape wrong
funnel cap roof access hatches (three)
ammunition hoists on the starboard side of the AA platform with delicate guide rails extending to the flight deck level
access hatches on the roof of the fresh water tank (the boxy structure on the 01 level forward of the stack)
accurate splinter shield shapes with ribs properly numbered, sized and located
accurate aft 8" fire control station "fighting top" on the funnel with open windows
detailed, internal, twin 8" Mount #3 barbette and associated bulkheads with open scuttles which will be visible through:
open A/T doors, ready for your favorite photoetch
open portholes (airports) properly sized and located
delicate exterior electrical cabling, properly positioned and routed
subtle, raised locators for searchlights, directors and 20mm Oerlikons
heavy structural supports included
light structural supports, railings and ladders omitted, ready for your favorite photoetch

Available Separately:

set of four 8"/55 cal. turrets, accurate and highly detailed
USS Lexington CV-2 bridge tower, as it appeared from 1936-1940
USS Lexington CV-2 bridge tower, May 8, 1942 (Battle of the Coral Sea)
USS Lexington CV-2 alternative splinter shielding with rounded ends for the island's 1.1-inch "Chicago Piano" mounts (Battle fo the Coral Sea)
USS Saratoga CV-3 bridge tower, 1931
USS Saratoga CV-3 bridge tower, 1933
USS Saratoga CV-3 bridge tower, 1936-1940
USS Saratoga CV-3 bridge tower, 1941 (widened flight deck)
USS Saratoga CV-3 bridge tower, 1942 (Battles of the Eastern Solomons and Guadalcanal)
USS Saratoga CV-3 bridge tower, 1943 (Raids on Bouganville, Rabaul, and the Gilbert & Marshall Islands Campaign)
USS Saratoga CV-3 bridge tower, 1944-1945 (Battle for Okinawa)
USS Saratoga CV-3 funnel, 1941-1943
USS Saratoga CV-3 funnel, 1944-1945

Some part cleanup will be necessary. The 3D printing process uses a waxy substance to support certain part features during the printing process. Although the parts are cleaned by Shapeways, some waxy residue may remain. It can be safely removed with water and a mild aqueous detergent like "Simple Green" using an old, soft toothbrush, Q-tips or pipe cleaners. Customers report that "Bestine" and "Goo Gone" also work well.

During the printing process, liquid resin is cured by ultraviolet light. Microscopic bits of resin may remain uncured. Let your parts sit in direct sunlight for a few hours to fully cure the resin.

Water-based acrylic paints meant for plastics is strongly recommended. Other paints, especially enamels, may not cure on Frosted Detail 3D-printed plastics. A inexpensive "air eraser" emitting common household baking soda can help smooth surfaces before painting.

Model Monkey Book and Hobby. This 3D-printed item may not be copied or recast.

MSRP - $56.40

Available through Shapeways - http://www.shapeways.com/product/PUYHVTGSG/1-700-lexington-36-funnel
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