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USS Lexington CV-2 Ship Models
This is what the kit looks like built
straight out of the box.
kit# A102 - $119.95 - 30" long - ready to ship.
|In this latest aircraft carrier release from
Trumpeter, the USS Lexington CV 2 is molded in light gray styrene with the
exception of the full hull below the waterline or the plate that
represents the waterline - these are molded in hull red. The display stand
and name plate are molded in black.
According to the specifications, the kit is comprised of 583 parts on 20 sprues, but on examination of the kit, this appears to be one of the easiest, least complex builds. The lower hull is fitted with a storage bays that contain the launches, life boats, etc., and these are installed into the hull sides at assembly.
The flight deck has the wooden planks nicely represented, though the scribed lines between the planks might be slightly overdone. Nevertheless, after painting the deck and applying a dark wash into those gaps, the effect would be very effective.
The unique island and funnel are nicely captured and are provided with some nice detailing to capture the scale look of the carrier as it was fit in in 1942.
As with the previous carriers in the Trumpeter line, you have your choice of a full-hull ship, complete with screws and rudders, or you can opt for the waterline version. The full hull version also includes a display stand, and either version can use the included name plate.
The air wing for this ship consists of four F4F Wildcats, six SBD Dauntless and three TBD Devastators. You can expand the aircraft compliment by purchasing the additional aircraft, sold separately.
Fully assembled, this kit is over 30 inches long. Its distinctive profile will add nicely to your growing fleet of flattops. This is a nice addition to the 1/350 ship line-up! With the growing list of the 1/350 ship models and accessories available from DML, Panda, Trumpeter, Tamiya and Yankee Models, we have more kits, subjects and eras to choose from.
"Basics of Ship
Building" by Mike Ashey
USS Lexington CV-2
displacement: 41,000 tons
length: 888 feet
beam: 105½ feet
draft: 32 feet
speed: 34¼ knots
complement: 2,122 crew
armament: 8 eight-inch and 12 five-inch guns
After fitting out and shakedown,
Lexington joined the battle fleet at San Pedro, Calif., 7 April 1928. Based
there, she operated on the west coast with Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, in
flight training, tactical exercises, and battle problems . Each year she
participated in fleet maneuvers in the Hawaiians, in the Caribbean, off the
Panama Canal Zone, and in the eastern Pacific. In the fall of 1941 she sailed
with the battle force to the Hawaiians for tactical exercises.
On 7 December 1941 Lexington was at sea with
Task Force 12 (TF 12) carrying marine aircraft from Pearl Harbor to reinforce
Midway when word of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was received. She
immediately launched searchplanes to hunt for the Japanese fleet , and at
mid-morning headed south to rendezvous with USS Indianapolis (CA 35) and
USS Enterprise (CV 6) task forces to conduct a search southwest of Oahu
until returning Pearl Harbor 18 December.
Lexington sailed next day to raid Japanese
forces on Jaluit to relieve pressure on Wake; these orders were canceled 20
December, and she was directed to cover the
USS Saratoga force
in reinforcing Wake. When the island fell 23 December, the two carrier forces
were recalled to Pearl Harbor, arriving 27 December.
Lexington patrolled to block enemy raids In the
Oahu-Johnston-Palmyra triangle until 11 January 1942, when she sailed from Pearl
Harbor as flagship for Vice Adm. Wilson Brown commanding TF 11. On 16 February,
the force headed for an attack on Rabaul, New Britain, scheduled for 21
February. While approaching the day previous, Lexington was attacked by
two waves of enemy aircraft, nine planes to a wave. The carrier's own combat air
patrol and antiaircraft fire splashed 17 of the attackers. During a single
sortie Lt. E. H (Butch) O'Hare won the Medal of Honor by downing five planes.
Her offensive patrols in the Coral Sea continued until
6 March, when she rendezvoused with USS Yorktown's TF 17 for a thoroughly
successful surprise attack flown over the Owen Stanley mountains of New Guinea
to inflict heavy damage on shipping and installations at Salamaua and Lae 10
March. She now returned to Pearl Harbor, arriving 26 March 1942. Lexington's
task force sortied from Pearl Harbor 15 April, rejoining TF 17 on 1 May. As
Japanese fleet concentrations threatening the Coral Sea were observed,
USS Yorktown (CV 5)
moved into the sea to search for the enemy's force covering a projected troop
movement. The Japanese must now be blocked in their southward expansion, or sea
communication with Australia and New Zealand would be cut, and the dominions
threatened with invasion.
On 7 May 1942 search planes reported contact with an
enemy carrier task force, and Lexington's air group flew an eminently
successful mission against it, sinking light carrier Shoho. Later that
day, 12 bombers and 15 torpedo planes from still-unlocated heavy carriers
Shokaku and Zuikaku were intercepted by fighter groups from
Lexington and Yorktown, who splashed nine enemy aircraft.
On the morning of the 8th, a Lexington plane
located the Shokaku group. A strike was immediately launched from the
American carriers, and the Japanese ship was heavily damaged.
The enemy penetrated to the American carriers at
1100, and 20 minutes later Lexington was struck by a torpedo to port.
Seconds later, a second torpedo hit to port directly abreast the bridge. At the
same time, she took three bomb hits from enemy dive bombers, producing a seven
degree list to port and several raging fires. By 1300 her skilled damage control
parties had brought the fires under control and returned the ship to even keel.
Making 25 knots, she was ready to recover her air group. Then suddenly
Lexington was shaken by a tremendous explosion, caused by the ignition of
gasoline vapors below, and again fire raged out of control.
At 1558 Capt. Frederick C. Sherman, fearing for the
safety of men working below, secured salvage operations, and ordered all hands
to the flight deck. At 1707, he ordered, "abandon ship!", and the orderly
disembarkation began, men going over the side into the warm water, almost
immediately to be picked up by nearby cruisers and destroyers. Admiral Fitch and
his staff transferred to cruiser USS Minneapolis (CA 36); Captain Sherman
and his executive officer, Cmdr. M. T. Seligman insured all their men were safe,
then were the last to leave their ship.
Lexington blazed on, flames shooting hundreds of
feet into the air. The destroyer USS Phelps (DD 360) closed to 1500 yards
and fired two torpedoes into her hull. With one last heavy explosion,
Lexington sank at 1956 on 8 May 1942 at 15º 20' S., 155º 30' E. She was part
of the price that was paid to halt the Japanese overseas empire and safeguard
Australia and New Zealand, but perhaps an equally great contribution had been
her pioneer role in developing the naval aviators and the techniques which
played so vital a role in ultimate victory in the Pacific.
Lexington received two battle stars for World
War II service.