USS Long Beach CGN-9
Unassembled plastic model kit with photo-etch parts.
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Select a thumbnail to see the picture full-size. In Stock (Ships in 1-3 business days)List price: $44.00You pay: $29.79(All prices in U.S. Dollars)Manufacturer: CyberHobby Stock Number: CHC 7135Scale: 1/700View all products of type "Long Beach"
This model kit requires assembly. Cement, paint and other construction materials not included unless specifically stated in the description.
- Ship presented w/realistic superstructure
- Newly tooled antennae included
- Harpoon missile launchers reproduced in subtle detail
- Intricate whaleboats available
- True-to-scale ASROC launcher is present
- Superstructure features details such as hoses and portholes
- Ladders provided as photo-etched parts
- Turret w/realistic detail
- 5-inch gun realistically produced w/extra knuckle
- Authentic gun barrels are slide molded w/hallow ends
- Optional barrels w/blast bags provided for gun turrets
- Detailed MK 56 gun directors are accurately presented
- Flight deck molded w/intricate details
- Mk10 terrier launchers w/accurate details
- An/Sp-44 Terrier launchers are authentically produced
- Structures made from 3-directional slide mold
- Antennae and ladders are newly formed from photo-etched parts
- Waterline or full-hull version can be assembled
- One-piece slide-molded upper hull w/undercut details realistically represented
- Sponsons are represented on lower hull by slide-mold technology
- True-to-scale propellers reproduced
USS Long Beach (CGN 9) was a unique ship, principally because she was the only vessel in her class. She was a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser commissioned into the US Navy (USN) on 9 September 1961. She also had the distinction of being the USA's first all-new cruiser design since WWII, and since cruisers since then have generally been based simply on scaled-up destroyer hulls, her crew aptly described her as "The Only Real Cruiser." USS Long Beach had a pair of 5-inch 38-calibre guns mounted amidships, and in 1979 she began a midlife upgrade at Puget Sound. At that point the original aft-mounted RIM-8 Talos launcher was replaced by twin four-cell Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers. The cruiser saw combat in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War, and also endured long enough to provide support during the 1991 Gulf War as a carrier escort.
The market has proved exceptionally responsive to Cyber-Hobby's line of 1/700 scale warships, owing to their high quality and unique subject. The newest Cyber-Hobby kit depicts the nuclear-powered cruiser as it appeared in 1980. Parts are cleverly engineered to fit accurately and without fuss, plus the detail is exemplary. The original USS Long Beach was a one-of-a-kind ship, and this 1/700 model is equally special. Modelers can now add a 'second' novel nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser to their collections!