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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Model Monkey USS SARATOGA, CV-60, Island
1970 - 1975 -- 1:720 Scale

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The era of the U. S. Navy supercarrier began with the launch of the USS FORRESTAL, CV-59, in 1955.  The second FORRESTAL-class flat top was the USS SARATOGA, CV-60.  The “Super Sara” served with distinction for 42 years, from the Tonkin Gulf to the Persian Gulf and in every ocean in between.  There have been a few kits of the SARATOGA in 1:720 scale from Testors, Italeri, and Revell, but they all generally fail to capture the intricacies of the various fits of the boat, including the ever-changing nature of the island.    

Here, Model Monkey provides a single-piece, 3-D printed island for the USS SARATOGA as it appeared between 1970 to 1975.  This is one of three islands for the SARA that Model Monkey offers, with the other two covering the late 1950s and 1960s era fits.  This set was developed from official US Navy drawings and other photographic references.  It features:

It’s not quite a direct drop-in, and some adjustment of the kit may be needed for best fit.

Here, two things really stand out: first, being somewhat familiar with the process and effort involved in the 3-D design work, I would say that the underlying design is outstanding:  precise, clean, and accurate.  The detail here is great.  But of course, 3-D models on a computer must be translated into a part, and those parts sometimes are only as good as their printers which brings me to my second point: the printing here is flawless.  3-D resin manufacturing processes “print” parts by building up very thin layers of plastic or resin atop a previous layer.  Here, the layering is extremely fine.  I can’t really even see the surface texture.

Overall, Model Monkey’s 1:720 scale USS SARATOGA Island (1970-1975) gets high praise.  We extend our sincere thanks to Steve Larson at Model Monkey for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web and order their products directly at https://www.model-monkey.com.

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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