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The following Work in Progress is being submitted by P.Hensley.
This is the DML 1/350 kit of the Aegis Class Cruiser. This kit, like most all other DML or Dragon, is made off the same molds as the other Frigates and Destroyers in the DML line of their 'Modern Sea Power Series'. The only difference being on this is on the upper superstructure forward and aft, which has the AEGIS Radar systems, and the angular superstructure signature. Other than this, the hull and all other parts are the exact same thing. One must for these are ready accurate kits would be to add the Gold Medal Models Photo Etch brass sets. These are the most accurate and the most easy to handle of all the aftermarket Photo etch parts company's, and are highly recommended.
(below) The parts layed out.
(below) The two photo's below show the putty that had to be used to fill in the gap where the top bow deck meets the hull. The fit in this area was very uneven, and required alot of filler, as can been seen.
(below) Here I'm having to plug the holes for the model stand, as I will be using strips of basswood instead of the kit supplied stand. I just cut these off and sand them flush.
(above) The spy1 radar array subassembly is shown here.
(below) The fit between the superstructure and the deck have a few gaps that needed filling. Here i've thinned down some putty and ran along the seam, then sanded.
(below) The SPS-49 Radar