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Scale: 1/700


Recommended to help improve your Fujimi or Trumpeter 1/700 scale USS Lexington CV-2 kit to better represent the ship as she appeared on May 8, 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Photographs of the wreck of celebrated aircraft carrier USS Lexington CV-2 confirm that the splinter shields for the 1.1 inch anti-aircraft gun mounts fore and aft of the island and funnel had rounded ends.  Most model kits of Lexington erroneously depict the splinter shielding as square-ended. 

In April, 1942, splinter shielding was added around the anti-aircraft mounts forward of her island and aft of her funnel. Known officially as bulwarks, they appear on Pearl Harbor Navy Yard as-built plans in this rounded configuration (see scans of those plans in the carousel). 

Lexington's aircraft, together with those of USS Yorktown CV-5, sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho and the crippled the Japanese aircraft carrier Shokaku during the first carrier vs. carrier battle in history.


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Model Monkey Lexington class products:
USS Lexington CV-2​

  • USS Lexington Island 1936-1940
  • USS Lexington Island 1941 (Raids on New Guinea)
  • USS Lexington Island 1942 (Battle of the Coral Sea)
  • USS Lexington Funnel 1928-1935
  • USS Lexington Funnel 1936-1940
  • USS Lexington Funnel 1941 (Raids on New Guinea)
  • USS Lexington Funnel 1942 (Battle of the Coral Sea)
  • USS Lexington 1942 Rounded Splinter Shields (Battle of the Coral Sea)
  • USS Lexington and Saratoga 8"/55 Turrets 1928-1941

USS Saratoga CV-3

  • USS Saratoga Island 1931-1932
  • USS Saratoga Island 1933-1935
  • USS Saratoga Island 1936-1940
  • USS Saratoga Island 1941 (widened flight deck, lengthened aft)
  • USS Saratoga Island 1942 (Battles of the Eastern Solomons and Guadalcanal)
  • USS Saratoga Island 1943 (Raids on Bouganville, Rabaul, and the Gilbert and Marshall Islands Campaign)
  • USS Saratoga Island 1944-1945 (Battle for Okinawa)
  • USS Saratoga Funnel 1928-1940
  • USS Saratoga Funnel 1941-1942
  • USS Saratoga Funnel 1942-1943
  • USS Saratoga Funnel 1944-1945
  • USS Lexington and Saratoga 8"/55 Turrets 1928-1941
  • USS 5"/38 Mk.32 Twin Mounts (set of 8) - for Saratoga 1942-1946

1/700 USS Lexington CV-2 Rounded Splinter Shields, Battle of the Coral Sea

SKU: 700-CV2-SplinterShields
$4.00Price