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REVIEW
Bronco 1/350 USS Fort Worth LCS-3
warreni
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 - 07:36 PM UTC
Bronco have released a 1/350 scale USS Fort Worth. Todd Michalak (Callsign TRM5150) has written an In-box review and provided a large number of images to give us all an idea of how good the new kit is and if it is worth spending your hard-earned Dollars/Pounds/Kroner/Euros/Yen on.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
Biggles2
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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 04:02 AM UTC
Slightly off-topic but I just wanted to comment on Bronco models in general. I just completed their 1/350 Chih Yuen and was thoroughly impressed with the level of detail, excellent fit, and ease of assembly. Complete PE with all deck railings and down to tiny block and tackles for the boat davits and ammo hoists, and oars for the ship's boats. The only thing I added was some real chain for the anchors as the PE chain was PE. Their military (armor) kits are also excellent. Bronco is quickly on the way to surpassing Dragon in quality kits!
JeffHead
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 09:27 AM UTC
GREAT OOB Review. I have this kit in my stash along with the Trumpeter Kit for the USS Freedom, LCS-1. I intend to build both simultaneously and do a comparison Build-up review when I do.

Both look very good and very similar, but there are some pretty good diferences too. For example, the LCS-1 by Trumpter includes PE tie downs for every one of the helo deck tie down points instead of having them molded into the deck in detail like the Bronco Model. This helps drive the Trumpter part count up to 500 prts.

Anyhow, thanks for the review, it was nicely done.
TRM5150
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 09:57 AM UTC
Thanks Jeff! Wow, all those tie downs!! I suppose it would be easier to paint them rather than pick out the details but kind of like Dragon Armor...47 parts to something that can be molded in 6. I will keep an eye open for the comparison build for sure. Trying to clear the bench of some things and I will be diving in myself....love the look of these!!
JeffHead
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 07:58 AM UTC
No problem...and thanks for the response.

The two kits are very similar in some ways but do have differences. In fact, I just finished my 1/350 scale DDG-168 Guangzhou Chinese Navy (PLAN) destroyer the other day and have started the build for the Trumpeter 1/350 scale USS Freedom.

I have the start of that review (the OOB and the start of the build) up on my site and will be adding it Fine Scale Modeler, and probably here too.

You can see it on my site at:

http://www.jeffhead.com/modelbuilds/US-LCS01.htm

I am in the process of building complete Carrier Strike groups in 1/350 scale, including the carriers and all of their escorts (CGs, DDGs, FFGs, and SSNs), for all the major Sea Power nations. The US, China, the UK, Japan, France, and Russia now.

Later, if the kits come out, I will add Italy, Spain, Australia, India and Brazil to that mix. You can follow all of that at my main site at:

http://www.jeffhead.com/modelbuilds/

Anyhow, I am also looking forwad to doing this model of the Ft. Worth, LCS-3 and adding it to an ARG I will be building for my US Forces.

TRM5150
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 09:29 AM UTC
WOW Jeff!! Ambitious Projects there!! Love the Big E. Seen one at a show all lit up and a full compliment like yours...Impressive to see up close!! Nice to see you having your own "Group" build with the carrier groups! Easing my way into the modern age! I just started a 1/700 HMS Warspite...love the old school battle tubs!! If I can get my hands on a 1/350 Ticonderoga I would scratch convert her to the Randolph from the mid 60's for my Dad. Trying to imagine build a fleet or fleets like you have. Big basement?