Scale: 1/500

Recommended for:

  • Renwal 1/500 scale USS Shangri-La 
  • Renwal 1/500 scale USS Ticonderoga 


Model includes 12 additional Phasor 90 Paired-cone Antennas for further detailing.


This multi-part kit represents the modernized island of Essex class aircraft carrier USS Shangri La CVA-38 as it appeared about 1965-1968 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 Renwal model 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.

This 1/500 scale design is too large for the 1/530 scale Revell model kits and will not fit them properly.  A Shangri La island precisely scaled for Revell kits is available separately.

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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1/500 USS Shangri La CVA-38 Island, 1965-1968

SKU: 500-CV38-1965-1968