Scale: 1/350

Recommended to help build USS Shangri La CVA-38 from Gallery Model's 1/350 scale USS Intrepid CVS-11.


This multi-part kit represents the modernized island of Essex class aircraft carrier USS Shangri La CVA-38 as it appeared about 1966-1968 during combat operations off Vietnam.  During those years, Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) was embarked, equipped with Vought F-8 Crusaders, Vought A-7 Corsair IIs, Douglas A-1 Skyraiders, Sikorski SH-3 Sea Kings and Grumman E-1 Tracers among others.  

This model is intended as a more accurate, direct replacement for the kit parts found in the Gallery Models kit.  With minor modifications, it can be adapted for other Vietnam-era angle-deck Essex class carriers.  It is not suitable for USS Yorktown CVS-10 or USS Randolph CVS-15 because those ships' islands had different bridge window configurations.

Some adjustment of the plastic kit's parts may be needed for best fit.


  • open bridge and PriFly windows with delicate framing
  • decks properly offset to port - Renwal's kits' decks are positioned too far to starboard and should NOT be centered on the island
  • properly positioned deck features
  • wiper motor details on the navigating bridge
  • deck supporting structure details accurately positioned as confirmed by photos of the real ship
  • delicate exterior piping detail for Shangri La
  • porthole rigols ("eyebrows")
  • correct style A/T doors 
  • door overhead rain deflectors
  • correct number and position of PriFly splinter shield ribs
  • properly slanted and positioned antenna base outriggers
  • open funnel cap (grille not included), ready for your favorite photoetch set

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1/350 USS Shangri La CVA-38 Island, 1966-1968

SKU: 350-CVA38-1966

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