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Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 01:14 AM UTC
Round 2, under the Lindberg label, has reissued Pyro’s USS Olympia.
This kit is a reissue of Pyro’s USS Olympia kit from the late 1950s. It was later marketed by Life-Like in the 1970s and subsequently by Lindberg. Originally released around the time of Revell’s Olympia in a similar scale, this model is an entirely unrelated effort. Unlike the Revell kit, this one is very abbreviated with generalized details, simpler assembly and fewer parts. Fit is reasonable and assembly can be completed quickly, but the result is toylike.

According to Round 2, who have been reissuing many old Lindberg kits:

Item No: HL402
Scale: 1/240
Parts: 78
Markings: waterslide decals
Skill Level: 3 (ages 12 and up)
Glue assembly, paint required

“The USS Olympia became famous as the flagship of Commodore George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War in 1898. This highly detailed and authentic model kit is molded in white and comes with a display stand”.

The USS Olympia is available from various on-line retailers ranging in price from $30.00 to $35.00 (US) plus shipping.

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Still remember when Pyro released this kit as both the Olympia & the Maine, by the simple expedient of molding the 'Maine' in gray plastic, instead of white like the Olympia.
JAN 09, 2018 - 06:49 AM
That’s right! The two kits were almost identical except for a few simple alterations to try to make the cruiser Olympia resemble the battleship Maine. In the Maine version of the kit, two sponsons were provided to attach to the hull sides to enable the turrets to protrude over the sides as on the Maine, and the funnels were repositioned closer together. The result was a freak that looked very little like the USS Maine! This pitiful attempt to stretch the Olympia molds apparently wasn’t a commercial success, and the "U.S. Battleship Maine" kit was soon discontinued.  photo Maine_zpsigflxzqm.jpg
JAN 09, 2018 - 10:25 AM

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