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Kit manufacturer: Italeri
Vehicle type: Military
Engine type: Nuclear
Country of origin: United States
Model scale: 1:700
America is the US aircraft carrier of Kitty-Hawk class. The class was named after the first built aircraft carrier “Kitty-Hawk”, in total during 1960s 4 ships were built. In fact, they are an extension of the previous class, “Forrestal”. The main differences from the “Forrestal” class lie in the greater length of the ship and in a different location of elevators.
It was founded on January 9, 1961 at the shipyard of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, launched on February 1, 1964, entered the Navy on August 23, 1965. The ship was decommissioned on August 9, 1996.
The first campaign to alert the carrier committed to the Mediterranean Sea in 1964-1965, during the campaign America visited such cities as Cannes, Genoa, Toulon, Athens, Istanbul, Valletta, Taranto, Palma de Mallorca.
Some facts from the life of the aircraft carrier America
The second campaign took place also in the Mediterranean Sea and started in January 1967, this campaign has been marred by a number of avia accidents. On March 6, 1967, in the air, 20 miles away from the aircraft carrier, two Phantom II crashed against each other, both pilots successfully ejected and were rescued. On March 15 another plane was lost, because of problems with the steam catapult the pilot was burned alive. In total during this campaign 5 aircrafts were lost. Because of the beginning of the political crisis, the aircraft carrier arrived to the shores of Greece in order to evacuate American citizens in case of the civil war. During this campaign aircraft carrier group was constantly accompanied by the Soviet naval vessels. As a result of the beginning of the Middle East crisis the ship was sent to the shores of Israel. Arab countries accused the US of involvement of the American aircrafts in the Six Day War. The following three campaigns that happened were aimed to the coast of Vietnam, the aircraft carrier participated in numerous operations during the Vietnam War.
Last year of the navy ship America
Since the beginning of the 80s the campaigns to the Mediterranean Sea renew, the ship provides the US military presence in the region during the Lebanese and Libyan crisis. It participated in the “Eldorado Canyon” operation.
In the early 90s the aircraft carrier America performed campaigns in the Persian Gulf.
The last ship’s campaign took place in the Mediterranean Sea, “America” was involved in supporting the peacekeeping operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The aircraft carrier was decommissioned at a special ceremony on August 9, 1996, after serving about 30 years, becoming a victim of budget cuts, as people consider. It was decided to shoot the ship from different types of weapons to test the damage inflicted to such large ships. In the US emerged a lot of movements against such a ship recycling, because “it carries the name of the nation”, it was expected to make a museum from the ship. Finally, all efforts of opponents of drowning the aircraft carrier came to naught, and on April 19, 2005 on the aircraft carrier several charges were blown up, modeling the hits of torpedoes and cruise missiles. May 14 at about 11-30 the aircraft carrier was sunk.
Construction of plastic ship model
That’s my first model. I was assembling it without any additions, painted it with HOMA paint using a brush.
I’ve taken the notebook, the pen, and I’m ready to write down your tips and listen to your criticism!