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Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 06:52 PM UTC
Very Fire models has announced the August 2017 release of the never-completed US Navy Battleship Montana (BB-67) in 1/700 scale.
According to Very Fire:

At long last! A new tool plastic model kit of the USS Montana (BB-67) makes an appearance in 1/700 scale thanks to a new model company called Very Fire. This kit features parts molded in grey plastic as well as photo-etched metal detail parts!

With the design phase beginning in 1939, a full two years before the US entered the Second World War, the Montana class battleships were the largest battleships to have ever been designed and ordered by the US Navy. Upon hearing rumors of the large Yamato-class battleships fielding massive 18 inch guns, the designers of the Montana envisioned a battleship that was larger than the Iowa-class with more firepower and stronger armor. Without having to adhere to restrictions on size due to the Panama canal, the Montana-class grew to a length of 280 meters long over all (921 ft) with a beam of 37 meters (121 ft) and a displacement of 65,000 tons which was 20,000 tons heavier than the Iowa’s 45,000 tons. A trade-off of this size and weight increase meant that the Montana class was slower than the Iowa’s and other carriers in the fleet.

Five ships of the class were ordered in 1942 and given designations BB-67 through BB-71 with the BB-67 Montana being the first of her class. Sadly, no Montana’s were ever built or even had their keels laid down. The Montana class was cancelled for good in 1943 when it became quite apparent that the era of battleships was over and the navy needed more aircraft carriers and ships fast enough to escort the carriers.

The Battleship Montana BB-67 is listed by Free Time Hobbies at https://freetimehobbies.com/1-700-very-fire-uss-montana-bb-67-battleship-1945/ and can be ordered now for US$59.95.
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Nice looking kit.
AUG 03, 2017 - 04:25 AM
Do you have a photo of the PE?
AUG 03, 2017 - 06:02 AM
Chris, I added a picture of the photoetch - pretty standard components. I'd have actually preferred that Very Fire just left the etch and priced the kit lower...
AUG 03, 2017 - 08:07 AM
Crazy thing. If you buy this kit from Hobby Easy web store it comes with a wood peel and stick deck. I haven't seen the deck included in any other posts or offerings including this one. The Very Fire web site doesn't indicate that one is included. One of the guys in our club ordered his from Hobby Easy and it did come with the wood deck. So it's not a unicorn. Dave
AUG 06, 2017 - 04:12 PM
PE looked pretty complete. You'd have to buy 3 or 4 different PE sets for all the different PE. And, the supplied PE has dedicated and measured railing. I would say that's more than just 'standard'.
AUG 07, 2017 - 02:41 AM
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