Scale: 1/700



Recommended to help build the Korean War-era SCB-27, straight-deck, Essex class aircraft carrier USS Essex CV-9 from any "long-hull" Essex class kit:

  • Dragon 1/700 scale USS Hancock CV-19

  • Dragon 1/700 scale USS Antietam CV-36
  • Dragon 1/700 scale USS Boxer LPH-4
  • Dragon 1/700 scale USS Princeton CVS-37
  • Hasegawa 1/700 scale USS Ticonderoga CV-14
  • Hasegawa 1/700 scale USS Hancock CV-19
  • Pit-Road 1/700 scale USS Ticonderoga CV-14
  • Pit-Road 1/700 scale USS Hancock CV-19
  • ​Trumpeter 1/700 scale USS Ticonderoga CV-14
  • ​Trumpeter 1/700 scale USS Hancock CV-19
  • and more!


This model represents the SCB-27 modernized island of Essex class aircraft carrier USS Essex CV-9 as it appeared circa 1951-1952.  She had this new island but retained her straight flight deck during this time.  Uniquely positioned among the class, her Primary Flight Control Station "PriFly" and port-side flag lockers were later relocated about 1953. This design captures the 1951 position of PriFly and the port-side flag lockers. With minor modifications, it can be adapted to represent other Korean War-era straight-deck Essex class carriers.


  • fully assembled
  • open bridge and PriFly windows with delicate framing, properly located, uniquely, to Essex in 1951
  • details consistent with photos of the actual ship
  • decks properly offset to port, they should NOT be centered on the island
  • properly shaped decks and deck features
  • battle lookout details
  • deck houses, flag lockers, radar platform and splinter shielding shape specific to Essex
  • deck supporting structure details accurately positioned as confirmed by photos of the real ship
  • delicate exterior piping detail and routing specific for Essex
  • porthole rigols ("eyebrows")
  • closed A/T doors of the proper type
  • door overhead chevron-shaped rain deflectors
  • open funnel cap (grille not included), ready for your favorite photoetch set


These 3D-printed acrylic parts are designed to accurately represent features of the actual ship.  They are not 3D-printed copies of plastic kit parts.  Be advised that modernized SCB-27 islands were shorter at the aft end than they were during World War II. Some adjustment to your plastic kit's flight deck parts or other aftermarket parts such as photoetch or wood decks may be necessary for best fit.  To fit this acrylic island to your plastic kit's flight deck, please remove the raised locator strips on the plastic kit's flight deck part.  A simple cuticle cutter can cleanly and easily remove these raised locator features.

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1/700 USS Essex CV-9 Island, 1951-1952 (Korean War)

SKU: 700-CV9-1951

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