Some weeks ago I finished my Loose
kit. I built her as USS
Franklin D. Roosevelt CVB-42 as the ship looked like in 1946 in the
I agree that it is a great and fantastic kit of a big carrier. But
the LCP Midway has some minor problems. The plastic flight deck has nice details but
the wrong details. It looks more like a modern flight deck on a CV.
I have studied several photographs of
the flight deck from the years 1945-1947 and the deck looks totally different. I
added some photographs of this appearance. The
other point, which caused confusion for me was the painting guide.
Midway was up to the end of 1946 painted in a dark navy blue but never in a
two-tone scheme, the same for F.D.R. No one can confirm for me the Ms. 12 or Ms.22 as it is shown in the
painting instructions for the LC kit. I decided
to paint my F.D.R. in a neutral haze grey. Every photograph I have found shows the ship in
Note: The Loose Cannon Midway kit has scribed catapult lines but the rest of
the deck features tie-down points and not tie down strips as found in the
earlier USN unarmored deck carriers. The two color photographs sent by Christoph
seem to verify the existence of tie-down points on the early flight deck.
However, there are no length-wise panel lines on the kitís flight deck, as
shown in the photographs.)