USS North Carolina BB-55 Battleship

This is the 1/500 scale USS North Carolina BB-55 Battleship plastic model kit from Atlantis Model Company.

Atlantis USS North Carolina BB-55 Battleship Plastic Model Military Ship Kit 1/500 Scale #601
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Features :
  • 1/500 Scale
  • Comes molded in Gray
  • Decals included for both Washington and Carolina battleships
  • Measures approximately 17.75 inches long
  • Hobby nipper may be required to remove parts from runners
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Spotlight Review

 
"A true “Showboat” BUY IT!!!"
jrhorning12 (Groton, CT)
Coming from molds made in the 50s, and almost no build photos online, I took a shot in the dark with this model. Simply stated, this is a totally underrated kit that surpassed every expectation! Fully built, this kit embodies the true name of “Showboat” in every possible way. Pros: Detail: for a 1/500 scale and old kit, I was blown away with the level of molded detail. Port holes, hatches, everything was top notch, right down to the 20mm AA guns! Each 16” barrel is individual, allowing one to raise or lower them individually, something you never see on this scale. Quality: the plastic is phenomenal, and for a 70+ year old kit very little flash (most was on he 5” turret barrels and the radar mast, easily removable) Fit: I had only one major fit issue I’ll discuss in the “cons” but everything went together smoothly. Cons Deck fitting: the only major fit issue, there are stubs on the top of the lower hull half that prevent a clean seal, and you end up with the horrendous gap seen in the stock photos. This can be adjudicated by sanding those nubs down quite easily. Instructions: Atlantis could improve the instructions. It’s mostly one sided and shows the sub assembly for the superstructures which lead to a few pieces being put on out of order. If they made the instructions more detailed (maybe a 3 page pamphlet) it would assemble flawlessly Paint scheme: I can’t fault them heavily here, but the paint guild could improve. The ship did not have the squiggly cammo pictured, rather the Measure 32D pattern. A minor flaw that can drastically improve the models quality. Detail: this applies to the helicopter and molded railings. The helicopter was likely just a fad of the era it was made, and the molded railings are just an eyesore. You can file the helipad down with a dremmel and cut the railings off and use some 1/500 PE ones by Toms, but it also looks great without them altogether. This kit far exceeded all my expectations! Any flaws were minor and easily overcome. Novice or skilled builder, Atlantis rebooted a fantastic model that is sure to impress anyone. An absolute 10/10, 5 star model that is a must have for any ship modeler. I recommend the 2021 release for the best of best results

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Features

  • 1/500 Scale
  • Comes molded in Gray
  • Decals included for both Washington and Carolina battleships
  • Measures approximately 17.75 inches long
  • Hobby nipper may be required to remove parts from runners

Specs

  • Atlantis Product Number: 601
  • Parts: 144

Includes

Box Contents:

  • USS North Carolina BB-55 kit
  • Waterslide Decals
  • Display Stand
  • Instructions

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Reviews

  
 
"Nice Nostalgic Kit"
builders-n-scale
This is another old Renwal model originally released in the late 1950s. So, it comes with some of the faults of older molds of that era is to be expected. Renwal produced a nice set of 1/500 scale ships in this series with a far better design than Revell. The 16 guns swivel/rotate, and the nine gun barrels can be elevated individually. The rear aircraft crane and the ten 5 guns mounts can be made to rotate. The 20mm and 40mm anti-aircraft guns are fixed/glued in place. Renwal was proud of its No-Show glue design which aided the beginner modeler in building a cleaner finished kit. As usual kit needs assembly, paint and glue. Kit is easy to build. An excellent beginners kit. The kit comes with a decal sheet to build either BB-55 North Carolina or BB-56 Washington. Price is excellent! Overall quality is very good. Accuracy is questionable but good.