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This is an absolutely amazing model kit! It is 53 inches long..... thats almost 4 and half feet! The Iowa class Battleship USS Missouri can be built in WWII configuration. Trumpeter also offers 1/200 figures so that you can model the Japanese Surrender Ceremony if you choose. You can see that set HERE
Kit consists of over 1573 parts including 11 photo-etched frets for handrails, ladders, radar parts, etc. Includes 2-piece
hull, 2-piece deck, multiple guns, two SC-1 reconnaissance seaplanes, display stand and name plate. Completed kit
measures more a whopping 53” long!
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Posted by Robert Apfelzweig on 25th Sep 2014
Having noted the previous 16 reviews of this model, I just have a few features to point out. There is little hull detail (no plating), which should have been easy to engineer on a model this size. The main decks fit precisely onto the hull with no filling or trimming needed. The 20 mm Oerlikon guns, however, are poorly formed, with only a single, central shoulder rest, as though, if firing one, that shoulder rest would push into the gunner's face and chest! That could have been easily fixed with a photoetch replacement. Having bought the plastic kit, the modeler would do well to purchase the Pontos deluxe upgrade set, with or without a wood deck. This vastly improves the 40 mm and 20 mm guns as well as the railing, ladders, antennas, masts and radars. The Pontos brass gun barrels are impressive, to. Some simple engineering of the Trumpeter kit will allow the 16-in. and 5-in gun turrets to rotate smoothly without falling out of their barbettes, although elevation of the 16-in. guns is very limited (but at least their plastic axis piece is ribbed so that the barrels don't droop).
Posted by douglas guerriero on 14th Sep 2014
I don't have the room for many models but this one is the ultimate. I already have the 1/200 scale Arizona and I guess I will have to have a bigger display case made!
Posted by Jim Talley on 2nd Jul 2014
The model arrived 6/24/14; however, I left for the Smokey Mountains the following morning and was unable to give it a close inspection.
It is without a doubt, the best model ship I will have the pleasure to complete. I am looking forward to my task. This is every thing I expected and then some. Thank you.
Posted by Mike Gebhards on 25th Jun 2014
I received my pre ordered 1/200 Missouri kit,shortly after they arrived here in the US. I was nearing completion of an Arizona kit, and started building the Missouri in late April. I'm building this one as an R/C model. The deck has a coaming around the super structure opening, which will keep the inside dry. I was more than happy with the overall detail of the kit. The only shortcoming I found was that the 20mm guns have only one shoulder rest, rather than two. That was easily upgraded with the Pontos super upgrade set. since my model is R/C, I won't be using everything in the P.E set. Many of the more fragile parts would be fine, in a display case, but would not be wise to add to an R/C model. I would recommend this model to anyone who wants to build one for radio control.
Posted by Ray on 18th Feb 2014
I have built all previous 1/200 scale trumpeter kits. I enjoyed every minute of it.but one common shortfall for all trumpeter kits in general are the instructions,
Hardly any detail color information and a lot of guess work in various assembly levels. I wished trumpeter is paying more attention to this requirement in the future.
Posted by Unknown on 4th Feb 2014
Hull should have been all one piece with slightly bigger box.
No marked water line; I have worked it out but!!!
At the price a stand would have been good
Posted by Bob Riemer on 22nd Jan 2014
There's no doubt that this is a very impressive kit; it's just too bad that Trumpeter doesn't give you the option of building a waterline version of the USS Missouri. The same could be said for Trumpeter's Bismarck kit.
Posted by Graeme Martin on 8th Dec 2013
On opening the box, was suitably impressed with the size and packaging. The box artwork is a bit amateurish but depicts the Missouri in Tokyo Bay at the Japanese signing of the peace treaty in August 1945. Anybody familiar with Trumpeters 1/200 scale kits will know that this ship kit is finished to the same degree as Bismarck and Arizona. The fit of the bow section to the main hull is not very good and will require some filler and wet and dry sanding.
But the majority of parts are beautifully executed and well laid out on the sticks.
There's squillions of parts so one has to be careful not to break off before using, otherwise? Loss or worse. Hair pulling frustration!
Currently I am working through the small armaments and am very impressed with the 40 mm guns and their depiction.
All in all very impressive kit that will take even the most advanced modeler time and effort to build.
I don't feel the Trumpeter railing is up to the standard I want, so will use Gold Medal Models photo etch, as this is slightly thicker, more economical than the Korean Pontos, some of which I would never use.
I am waiting on the blue wooden deck so at this point held up from advancing to any sort of completion.
But I suspect a very commendable result and a fabulous ship model to enhance any room in the house, den, museum.
Posted by Joe - "Firecaptain" on the Forums on 4th Dec 2013
I have been building Trumpeter 1/350 ships since they came out. So needless when the said they were coming out with a 1/200 Arizona, I told Freetime to sign me up, ditto with the Bismarck and now the Missouri.
Now I build straight out of the box, I don't take measurements and compare to scale drawings etc. To me all three of Trumpeter's 1/200 family look like the ships they are modeled after. To me if it looks more like a Missouri than a toaster oven, I'm happy. Parts are cleanly molded, minimal flash. I think you can go hog wild with future aftermarket releases that will make this into a real museum quality piece, and I believe it will be a worthy contender straight out of the box. Trumpeter's Missouri is a must have kit,,,,,,,save up it's worth the price of admission.
Posted by Jean-Michel on 1st Dec 2013
Very impressive, details are really good, the only thing is the rear part of the hull which is wrong...
With Ponto Models detail kit, it will be stunning!
* Edited 6/30/2014 (customer was asked what exactly is wrong with hull and this is the reply)
The best is to watch this thread:
Only the bow, under water part is a little off, but unless you know it impossible to see. It's really for rivet counters... Other than that this kit build out of the box is already a great one. Just add the Pontos models set and it becomes a museum piece!
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