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Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 01:36 AM UTC
Model Monkey announces the release of Vietnam War-era Essex class aircraft carrier island in multiple scales!
Calling all Vietnam War-era Essex class aircraft carrier fans!

Model Monkey is pleased to announce that in addition to several previously released, accurate and highly detailed, modernized Essex class aircraft carrier SCB-27 and SCB-125 islands, a new batch of 3D-printed islands is now being released in several popular scales.

First design of the new batch completed is USS Randolph CVS-15 as it appeared in 1968 during the Vietnam War.

1/350 scale (for Gallery Models): http://shpws.me/P3bl
1/500 scale (for Renwal): http://shpws.me/P3ED
1/530 scale (for Revell): http://shpws.me/P3Ct

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This multi-part kit represents the modernized SCB-125 island of Essex class aircraft carrier USS Randolph CVS-15 as it appeared circa 1968 during the Vietnam War. It is intended as a more accurate, direct replacement for the kit parts found in any classic Revell Essex class carrier model.

This 1/530 scale design is too small for the Renwal model kit and will not fit it properly.


  • open bridge and PriFly windows with delicate framing

  • decks properly offset to port - Revell's kits' decks are positioned too far to starboard and should NOT be centered on the island

  • properly positioned deck features

  • deck supporting structure details accurately positioned as confirmed by photos of the real ship

  • delicate exterior piping detail correct for Randolph

  • porthole rigols ("eyebrows")

  • correct style A/T doors for Randolph

  • door overhead rain deflectors

  • correct number and position of PriFly splinter shield ribs

  • open funnel cap (grille not included), ready for your favorite photoetch set

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This looks very interesting; those old Revell kits were fun, but most of the parts were not the greatest! I have a Revell WASP in the stash waiting to be built... perhaps when the upgraded island comes out for that ship I'll finally get around to building it!
OCT 03, 2017 - 07:14 PM
I have the Wasp as well...converting it to the Randolph. My understanding the Islands are pretty much the same. Lots of cleanup on the Revell a you know! LOL But at least the Island will be a one-shot deal!!
OCT 03, 2017 - 09:39 PM
Thank you, fellas! Randolph was specifically requested by Todd. It;s bridge window configuration, among other details, is noticeably different than designs previosuly released, such as USS Intrepid, CVS-11. Tim, a Wasp design is coming shortly. Details are different than Randolph. Next design released will be USS Yorktown CVS-10 circa 1968.
OCT 06, 2017 - 02:29 AM
Thank you Steve!! I am looking forward to picking up the Randolph island soon...HUGE improvement to the Revell kit!
OCT 06, 2017 - 05:28 AM
Steve, That's good news about the Wasp! If I may suggest... looking through the Revell kit parts, useful items not well represented in the kit are the life raft racks, like these on the Hornet museum: http://svsm.org/gallery/Hornet/FILE0062 With rafts in them they appeared more solid. Used in large numbers on all the Essex carriers, these might be a worthwhile items to add to your line. I for one would buy some!
OCT 08, 2017 - 06:21 PM
Really like this growing cottage industry. Think it will fill a great need to modifying kits in the future. I saw where Mardis used a different company to get the beehive island for the Enterprise. Would love to see a backdate of Yamato in 350 to 1941 config. Updates on Nimitz class also in 350. IF!! IF they ever do a cagemast could really go to town there. The hulls of the classes were similar so modification kits would be dynamite.
OCT 08, 2017 - 10:40 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.

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