Recommended to help build a Cold War-era Baltimore class heavy cruiser from:
- Iron Shipwrights 1/350 scale USS Pittsburgh CA-72
- Trumpeter 1/350 scale USS Baltimore CA-68 (1944)
- Trumpeter 1/350 scale USS Pittsburgh CA-72 (1944)
- Yankee Modelworks 1/350 USS Baltimore CA-68
These 3D-printed parts are intended to help you convert your World War Two-era Baltimore class heavy cruiser model kit to USS Saint Paul CA-73 as she appeared during the Vietnam War. USS Saint Paul was the most decorated ship of the Baltimore class.
This is NOT a complete conversion kit. These parts are designed to represent only the upper, forward superstructure of the ship and the fire control directors for both forward and aft superstructure. These parts include the enclosed navigation bridge, enclosed flag bridge, their associated decks, the open air defense platform, and the enlarged foremast. Some scratch-building will be necessary to complete the conversion. Please use your favorite photo-etch for any radar antenna and TACON beacon supporting structure. Photo-etch is not included.
A set of four 3"/50 cal. tubs is available separately.
Depending on which 1/350 Baltimore class model ship kit you have, some adjustment of your plastic or resin kit's parts may be necessary for best fit.
Overall dimensions of this design are based on official US Navy drawings of sistership USS Los Angeles CA-135 adjusted to match high-resolution photographs of USS St. Paul (USS Los Angeles had slightly different features). Copies of sistership USS Los Angeles plans can be obtained from The Floating Drydock. Link:
Assembly instructions are not provided with this product when shipped to you. Please study the images shown in the carousel on this webpage to learn where each part goes, as well as online references such as photographs of USS Saint Paul CA-73 found on NavSource. Link:
This model includes a set of directors needed to complete the conversion to the ship's 1968 appearance. There are enough directors provided in this set for both the forward and the aft superstructure (the aft superstructure is not included). Please study the photos in the carousel on this webpage to learn where each director and antenna should be located. The set includes:
- two Mk.34 Directors
- two Mk.13 airfoil-shaped radar antennas
- two Mk.37 Directors
- four Mk.56 Directors
- one AN/URN-3 TACAN Beacon
© Model Monkey Book and Hobby. This 3D-printed item may not be copied or recast.