Scale: 1/530

Recommended for:

  • Revell 1/530 USS Essex CVA-9 and CVS-9 Angle-deck carrier  
  • Revell 1/530 USS Hornet (CV-12) "Hornet +3" Apollo 11 Moon Mission Recovery Vessel 
  • Revell 1/530 USS Lexington (CVA-16) Sea Power Issue  
  • Revell 1/530 USS Wasp CVA-18 and CVS-18 Gemini Recovery Vessel 
  • Revell 1/530 USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 Picture Fleet Issue
  • Revell 1/530 USS Oriskany CVA-34  
  • Revell 1/530 USS Shangri-La CVA-38  (not the 1/500 Renwal kit)
  • Revell/Lodella 1/530 USS Ticonderoga CVA-14  (not the Renwal 1/500 kit)


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 any classic Revell Essex class carrier model.  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.  Check your references to confirm the details of those ships.

This 1/530 scale model is too small for the Renwal 1/500 scale kits and will not fit them properly.  A Shangri La island precisely scaled specifically for the Renwal 1/500 USS Shangri La CV-38 model kit is available separately.


  • open bridge and PriFly windows with delicate framing
  • decks properly offset to port - Revell's kits' decks are positioned too far to starboard and should NOT be centered on the island
  • properly positioned deck features
  • wiper motor details, proper number and placement, on the navigating bridge
  • deck supporting structure details accurately positioned as confirmed by photos of the real ship
  • delicate exterior piping detail specifically 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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1/530 USS Shangri La CVA-38 Island, 1965-1968

SKU: 530-CV38-1965-1968

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