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Scale: 1/144

This multi-part kit represents the modernized SCB-125 island of Essex class aircraft carrier USS Hornet CVS-11 as it appeared circa 1967-1969.  During these years, Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 57 (CVSG-57) was embarked aboard ship.  The island was in this configuration when Hornet recovered the astronauts of Apollo 11 after their historic mission to the Moon.  A few months later, the ship recovered the astronauts of Apollo 12.  USS Hornet is preserved as a museum ship at Alameda, California.


  • overall dimension scaled from official US Navy plans with details adjusted to match features of the actual ship
  • open bridge and PriFly windows with delicate framing
  • properly positioned deck features
  • accurately shaped decks, catwalks and splinter shields for Hornet
  • accurately shaped SPS-30 radar platform, unique to Hornet
  • integrated venturis (wind deflectors) accurate for Hornet
  • deck supporting structure details accurately positioned as confirmed by photos of the real ship
  • delicate exterior piping detail correct for Hornet
  • porthole rigols ("eyebrows")
  • correct style A/T doors for Hornet, most in the open position
  • door overhead rain deflectors
  • correct number and position of PriFly splinter shield ribs
  • open funnel cap (grille not included)
  • Phasor 90 dual-cone antennas, port and aft antennas integrated with the island, 2 separate antennas for mounting on kit's radar platform supports (1 facing forward on the port side and 1 facing starboard on the starboard side - see photos in carousel) and 2 spare
  • highly detailed, Cold War-style Mk.37 director

This highly detailed and accurately shaped model is an original design developed from official US Navy drawings. 
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1/144 USS Hornet CVS-12 Island, 1967-1969, Apollo 11 Recovery

SKU: 144-CVS12-1967

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