First released in 2001, Revell’s 1/700 Wasp-Class US Navy assault carrier is available once again, as CHRIS CLIFFORD discovers.


Maritime modellers had quite a treat when Revell’s Wasp Class kit hit the shelves just over 20 years ago. It replicated the first of what was a new class of multi-purpose amphibious assault vessels, with internally housed landing craft, hovercraft and aviation assets. While there are several areas in which more care could have been taken, the kit is generally rather pleasing.

This re-release (05178) features the same parts as the original and its two subsequent reissues. The components come on five light-grey styrene runners; the hull is halved vertically (with a separate flat bottom), there being just waterline format provided. A hangar deck floor with end walls is the only nod to interior detail. Otherwise it’s like the Taylor Swift song… blank space.

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