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Dragon 1/700 USS Pennsylvania BB-38

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  • Member since
    February, 2010
Dragon 1/700 USS Pennsylvania BB-38
Posted by paulhelfrich on Sunday, June 26, 2011 11:20 PM

Here are some photos of my recently completed USS Pennsylvania in her late war fit, the 1/700 kit from Dragon. 

This is one of the nicer 1/700 kits I've built.  The box is completely packed with sprues, and it's hardly less full even after the model is finished!  It's a complete spares box in itself, and many of my unbuilt older 1/700 kits will definitely be getting some of the leftover 20 mm, 40 mm, and 5" guns from this kit.  The photoetch included is a nice bonus, particularly since you get railings as well as radars.  The railings look a little under scale, and I was disappointed that a PE catapult was not included.  But that really seems like quibbling, given all that you get with this kit. 

My biggest issue with the kit would probably be the instructions.  They're Dragon's usual exploded diagrams, and they're mostly OK, but certain structures, like the tripod foremast, would benefit from a greater degree of illustration and explanation.  There's also no explanation about the radars and which are appropriate to which year.  And the mainmast appears to be circa June 1945, after Pennsy's final refit, not 1944 as the kit describes itself.  I tried to model the ship as she appeared in August 1943 in the Aleutians.  I extended the mainmast a bit with that mind.

The Pennsylvania spent the entire war (after her post-Pearl-Harbor refit) in Measure 21, the all-Navy Blue scheme.  The key to making Measure 21 look good, in my view, is lots of washing and drybrushing. 

Here's a photo of the Dragon Pennsy with my HobbyBoss Arizona in her Pearl Harbor fit. 

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Rain USA, Vancouver WA
Posted by tigerman on Sunday, June 26, 2011 11:32 PM

Really nice looking build.

The rebuilds unfortunately were necessary, but I have to admit that I'm real partial to the cage and tripod masts. sigh.


  • Member since
    September, 2010
Posted by potchip on Sunday, June 26, 2011 11:33 PM

Dragon's BB-38 is notorious for many inaccuracies. If you find the right drawings the instruction can be pretty much ignored (and 1/3 of the model) so it is almost a moot point.

Regardless, nice build, the colour contrast is just right to show off the many weapons.

  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: West Virginia, USA
Posted by mfsob on Monday, June 27, 2011 8:13 AM

I especially like the finish - not overdone, just enough to make the details stand out. Well done!

  • Member since
    March, 2006
Posted by TD4438 on Monday, June 27, 2011 10:31 AM

I love 'em both.

Must add to stash!


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