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  1. Photo-etch USN Carrier Decks 1943-44 & 1944-45 Eduard 1:72 Eduard have recently increased their range of carrier deck bases in 1/72 scale with these little gems creating even more opportunities to bring your 1/72 scale USN collection to life. If you don't have one, now there's even less reason not too ! 73420 USN Carrier Deck 1943-44 This sheet portrays one of the varnished wooden decks with the inter-weaved plank layout typical of USN type in service in this era. It’s a generic format with no reference to a particular carrier. The lines of planks have subtle variations in colour which really give a realistic look. What I like about the varnished look is that if you’re model is blue, and most aircraft using this type of deck were, you get a nice contrast. Lines of drains and deck markings are finely created to add some detail to the surface and break the monotony of the planking up. 73422 USN Carrier Deck 1944-45 This sheet is pretty much identical to the other one except for portraying the blue painted deck rather than earlier varnished one. Again, some subtle wear and tonal variation on the planking gives a realistic look. With a few figures around the aircraft, there is a great potential for a compact diorama bursting with late war character. The sheets are quite small being 132 x 110mm, so they’re best suited to the single engined fighters such as the Wildcat & Hellcat. If you want to display a larger aircraft, it may be feasible to fit too together although the join may need a little work to blend it in. The sheets are typically thin, so should ideally be fitted to a rigid base. Care should be taken handling them, particularly around the edges to prevent any damage as I’ve found out ! Conclusion These decks are wonderful additions to USN fighter displays of the era. Creating realistic bases is difficult to achieve and doing them poorly spoils any good work done on the kit itself, so having a solution out of the pack is no doubt a popular solution. They are probably too small for larger aircraft such as the Avenger which is unfortunate, however the great thing about the range offered by Eduard is that you can have a selection of models on display together, each with slightly different display bases but equally looking the part. Review sample courtesy of
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