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USS Ticonderoga Class & Soviet Alfa
Cyber Hobby has created another fine
pairing in its Orange Box line of price-beating kits. The second ever 1/350
scale ship set
(Item No. 1048) boasts USS Yorktown CG - 48 and a Soviet Alfa-class submarine.
First, a little background information on these two vessels that once prowled the world’s oceans as adversaries.
USS Yorktown was a Ticonderoga-class cruiser in the US Navy after its commissioning in July 1984 before being
decommissioned in 2004. Perhaps its most famous incident occurred in the Black Sea in February 1988.
While claiming the “right of innocent passage” through Soviet territorial waters, USS Yorktown was rammed by the
Soviet frigate Bezzavetniy. Some labeled this “the last incident of the Cold War.” The other boat in this twin set is an
Alfa-class nuclear-powered hunter/killer submarine. This Soviet Project 705 type was the fastest and
deepest-diving military submarines ever built. This somewhat experimental 2,300-ton design was highly adapted as an interceptor,
with the first of seven subs commissioned in 1974. All were decommissioned by 1990 after having served in the Northern Fleet.
Alfa-class boats were 81.4m long, and required a crew of approximately 30 men.
Cyber Hobby has boxed both these models into one large package, but to the delight of all has
succeeded in maintaining a very reasonable price. To give these highly accurate plastic kits a new lease of life,
the set includes brand new decals from Cartograf. Once upon a time, these two vessels from opposite sides of the
Cold War divide may have stalked each other, but now modelers can display them side by side.
As previously released model kits, the 1/350 USS Yorktown and Alfa-class submarine come with Dragon’s pledge of quality.
All Ticonderoga Class Cruisers can be built from these
DML kits# DC005. $GONE
Decals to build other ships of the class get GMM350-1D = 8.00
Essential Skills Scale Modeling
Ingalls Shipbuilding: CG 47-50, CG 52-57, 59, 62, 65-66, 68-69, 71-73
Bath Iron Works: CG 51, 58, 60-61, 63-64, 67, 70.
Power Plant:4 General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 2 shafts, 80,000 shaft horsepower total.
SPY-1 Radar and Combat System Integrator: Lockheed Martin.
Length: 567 feet
Beam: 55 feet
Displacement: 9,600 tons (9,754.06 metric tons) full load
Speed: 30 plus knots
Aircraft: Two SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS) in CG 47-48; Two SH-60 Sea Hawk (LAMPS III)
Cost: About $1 billion each
USS Ticonderoga (CG 47), Pascagoula, Miss.
USS Yorktown (CG 48), Pascagoula, Miss.
USS Vincennes (CG 49), Yokosuka, Japan
USS Valley Forge (CG 50), San Diego, Calif.
USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51), Pascagoula, Miss.
USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), San Diego, Calif.
USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), San Diego, Calif.
USS Antietam (CG 54), San Diego, Calif.
USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), Norfolk, Va.
USS San Jacinto (CG 56), Norfolk, Va.
USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), San Diego, Calif.
USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), Mayport, Fla.
USS Princeton (CG 59), San Diego, Calif.
USS Normandy (CG 60), Norfolk, Va.
USS Monterey (CG 61), Norfolk, Va.
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), San Diego, CA
USS Cowpens (CG 63), Yokosuka, Japan
USS Gettysburg (CG 64), Mayport, Fla.
USS Chosin (CG 65), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Hue City (CG 66), Mayport, Fla.
USS Shiloh (CG 67), Yokosuka, Japan
USS Anzio (CG 68), Norfolk, Va.
USS Vicksburg (CG 69), Mayport, Fla.
USS Lake Erie (CG 70), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Cape St. George (CG 71), Norfolk, Va.
USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), Norfolk, Va.
USS Port Royal (CG 73), Pearl Harbor, HI
Crew: 24 Officers, 340 Enlisted
Armament: MK26 missile launcher (CG 47 thru CG 51) Standard Missile (MR) or MK41 vertical launching system (CG 52 thru CG 73) Standard Missile (MR); Vertical Launch ASROC (VLA) Missile; Tomahawk ASM/LAM; Six MK-46 torpedoes (from two triple mounts); Two MK 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight guns; Two Phalanx close-in-weapons systems
Date Deployed: 22 January 1983 (USS Ticonderoga)