Laid down about a year after the Battle of Midway, the CVB-41 Midway class represented an attempt to address the main deficiency of U.S. Navy carriers of the time by incorporating an armored flight deck on a fleet-sized flattop. Integrating the armored deck as part of the superstructure, the design succeeded in providing good protection without sacrificing airgroup strength. In fact, when commissioned the Midway had an airwing of almost 130 aircraft-more than any other World War Two aircraft carrier.
This kit is one of the early polystyrene plastic model ship kits, appearing just a year after the granddaddy of them all, Revell's 1/535 scale Missouri.
The kit represents the ship as she appeared not long after completion but with the original 40mm Bofors quads replaced with 3"/L50 twins. The Mk.37 directors are still fitted with the WWII-era Mk. 4 radars though, so I'm not certain of the precise date; somewhere in the early 1950s seems likely. It is definitely represents Midway before the ship's major 1955-7 refit because of the open bow, straight flight deck, and numerous 20mm Oerlikon mounts. The kit comes with a small airgroup consisting of 16 Cougars, 6 Corsairs, 2 Skyraiders, and 2 helos.
1:542 Scale model
For collector or avid model hobbyist