Academy 14107, U.S.S. CA-35 Indianapolis, 1:350 Scale

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U.S.S. CA-35 Indianapolis, 1:350 Scale

Academy Models - ACA-14107

The USS Indianapolis was one of the 'treaty cruiser' classes developed in the early 1930s, the second in-class of the Portland-class cruisers. During World War II, the Indianapolis served as the flagship for 5th Fleet under command of Vice Admiral Raymond Spruance and supported many of the major actions in the Pacific. During March of 1945, the Indianapolis was seriously damaged during a kamikaze attack and limped back to Mare Island for repairs.

When the ship was ready to return to action, she was tasked to carry a special cargo to Tinian Island to provide the nuclear materials for the 509th Bomb Group's atomic attacks on the Japanese. While this was a noteworthy mission, the Indianapolis unfortunately gained its 'fame' when it was enroute from Guam to Leyte for combat work-ups and was sunk by the Japanese submarine I-58. Around 300 sailors went down with the Indianapolis, sinking within 12 minutes of the torpedo hits. Over 800 sailors survived the sinking, but due to operational errors, the Navy didn't know of the sinking until the survivors were spotted 3.5 days later. Between the time of the sinking and their rescue, many men succumbed to their injuries, exposure, shark attack, and exhaustion. Only 321 men were rescued and of that number, 317 survived.

The Model

The kit is moulded in light grey styrene and presented on four parts trees with a separate upper deck section and upper hull. The lower hull is moulded in red styrene while two additional trees molded in dark grey styrene are provided containing the display stand, propellers and shafts, smaller caliber guns, and other small details.

Among the features and options:

  • Choice of full hull or waterline display
  • Fitted with late war Bofors guns
  • Catapult with mounted aircraft
  • Optional display stand with name plate

Markings are provided for the Indianapolis' basic wartime markings as well as national markings for its embarked seaplane. Four US flags are provided.

Glue and paint will be required but are not included.


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