Cruiser CA-36 USS Minneapolis 1/700 scale pitroad

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Cruiser CA-36 USS Minneapolis 1/700 scale Pitroad Trumpeter

 

The USS Minneapolis (CA-36)  on 9 November 1943.

The USS Minneapolis (CA-36) on 9 November 1943.

 

The USS Minneapolis CA-36 cruisers is a famous unit of the United States Navy. She received 16 battle stars for World War II service, placing her among the most decorated US ships of World War II.

The New Orleans-class cruisers were the last U.S. cruisers built to the specifications and standards of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. Such ships, with a limit of 10,000 tons standard displacement and 8-inch calibre main guns may be referred to as “treaty cruisers.” Originally classified a light cruiser, because of her thin armor, she was reclassified, soon after being laid down, a heavy cruiser, because of her 8-inch guns. The term “heavy cruiser” was not defined until the London Naval Treaty in 1930.

She participated in many battles during the Pacific War including Coral Sea, Midway and Tassafaronga. In the latter battle, she was severely damaged by two Japanese torpedo hits.

Now this famous vessel can be reproduced at 1/700 scale thanks to the model kits of Pitroad and Trumpeter:

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Minneapolis in December 1942,  after damaged in the Battle of Tassafaronga

Minneapolis in December 1942, after damaged in the Battle of Tassafaronga

 

Technical Specs:

 

Class and type: New Orleans-class cruiser
Displacement: 9,950 long tons (10,110 t) (standard)
Length:
  • 588 ft (179 m) oa
  • 574 ft (175 m) pp
Beam: 61 ft 9 in (18.82 m)
Draft:
  • 19 ft 5 in (5.92 m) (mean)
  • 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m) (max)
Installed power:
  • 8 × Babcock & Wilcox boilers
  • 107,000 shp (80,000 kW)
Propulsion:
  • 4 × Westinghouse geared turbines
  • 4 × screws
Speed: 32.7 kn (37.6 mph; 60.6 km/h)
Capacity: Fuel oil: 1,650 tons
Complement: 102 officers 817 enlisted
Armament:
  • 9 × 8 in (200 mm)/55 caliberguns (3×3)
  • 8 × 5 in (130 mm)/25 caliberanti-aircraft guns
  • 2 × 3-pounder 47 mm (1.9 in)saluting guns
  • 8 × caliber 0.50 in (13 mm)machine guns
Armor:
  • Belt: 3–5 in (76–127 mm)
  • Deck: 1 142 14 in (32–57 mm)
  • Barbettes: 5 in (130 mm)
  • Turrets: 1 12–8 in (38–203 mm)
  • Conning Tower: 5 in (130 mm)
Aircraft carried: 4 × floatplanes
Aviation facilities: 2 × Amidship catapults


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