USS Coronado LCS-4

Published: June 25th, 2011     
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Reviewed by: 
Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/700
Company: Cyber-Hobby
Price: $29.50
Product / Stock #: 7180

USS Coronado, scheduled for commissioning in October 2012, is an Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS). Designed by Lockheed-Martin and constructed by General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works, Coronado is the second of her class, and features a high-speed trimaran hull and reconfigurable mission bays tailored to specific mission profiles.

Cyber-model's rendition of this future warrior, although diminutive in 1/700 scale, is crisp and inviting. Molded in light gray styrene, the combination of raised and recessed detail strikes a clean look faithful to the lines and features seen on web-based pictures of Independence. The towed array and helos are crisply molded with recessed detail with convincing proportions. Two frets of well-executed photoetch contain flight deck safety nets, helo rotors, and towed array details. The decal sheet is small and jam-packed with markings for the ship and the helos - all probably best cut out with a sharp hobby knife given the close quarters.

Dry fit of superstructure and hull didn't indicate any significant fit issues, and a waterline hull option is provided. For those wishing to display Coronado with a full hull, a tasteful display stand is included. With only 85 styrene parts and the nifty compliment of PE, this little LCS promises to build up quickly and nicely.

Looks like cyber-hobby.com 's  latest Smart Kit installment in its Modern Sea Power Series is a winner. Recommend this kit for modelers of all skill levels beyond snap fit, but suggest modelers with minimal or no photoetch experience have a PE-experienced buddy nearby to coach them through the process.

Thanks to Dragon Models USA, Inc. and to IPMS/USA for the sample kit!