Review: VeryFire 1/350 USS Missouri

VeryFire 1/350 USS Missouri

There were some brass barrels and wooden decks in the box I had, but those are not included in the regular kit.

This kit is currently available at HLI for $120.00 plus shipping and that’s as good a price as you will find. There’s a coupon code at the end of the video to get 10% off at HLI until the end of May 2018. So for a month, we’re definitely the cheapest place on the planet to buy the kit.

USS Missouri (BB-63) (“Mighty Mo” or “Big Mo”) is a United States Navy Iowa-class battleship and was the third ship of the U.S. Navy to be named after the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and is best remembered as the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.

Missouri was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in June 1944. In the Pacific Theater of World War II she fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and shelled the Japanese home islands, and she fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. She was decommissioned in 1955 into the United States Navy reserve fleets (the “Mothball Fleet”), but reactivated and modernized in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan, and provided fire support during Operation Desert Storm in January/February 1991.

Missouri received a total of 11 battle stars for service in World War II, Korea, and the Persian Gulf, and was finally decommissioned on 31 March 1992 after serving a total of 16 years of active service, but remained on the Naval Vessel Register until her name was struck in January 1995. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor.

Here’s a couple of links for more info:

This kit is of the USS Missouri as she was in WW2.

The USS Missouri has been released by a few companies in this scale, but we’re essentially talking about 2 original kits and several re-boxings by other companies. The Otaki kit from the 70s is also the Life-Like and Revell kits and the Tamiya kit was first released in 1984. We’ve not had a new 1/350 Missouri in over 30 years…until now.

The box is a standard top opening box but it’s sturdier than most boxes and seems to be made of thin corrugated cardboard. Things inside the box are bagged in polythene, not the usual plastic. Everything is well protected and nothing can move around inside the box and overall the packaging is excellent.

The box contains:

  • 17 sprues of varying sizes holding 830 parts approx
  • 7 larger parts
  • 3 PE sheet holding 370 parts approx
  • 1 small decal sheet

There were some brass barrels and wooden decks in the box I had, but those are not included in the regular kit.

The instructions are in a booklet of 36 pages of full-size black and white text and images. The build is in 33 steps over 33 of the pages. The first page is a general introduction and has a little history of the ship and pages 2 and 3 are sprue layouts and explanations of the symbols used in the build to indicate options, PE bends etc. I’m not going to go through each step of the build as there are so many, but the general progress of the build is:

  • Hull halves together
  • Main turret assemblies together, complete with lower chambers and interiors and all the smaller turrets and gun mounts
  • aircraft and catapults together
  • Bow assembly: deck and all parts that attach to it
  • Stern assembly: deck and all parts that attach to it
  • Bridge and superstructure assembly
  • Placing bow, stern and midships assemblies onto the hull
  • Add final sets of railings

Key parts of the kit are made in PE and there isn’t a plastic alternative, so if you get this kit you are going to have to get involved with some small PE parts. The main and 5″ gun barrels are supplied in plastic and also in brass. The level of detail is very good in this kit and the PE makes sure you’re going to get a good kit right out of the box. Also in the box are wooden decks and paint masks for the decks and a length of anchor chain.

The paints are called out in Mr. Hobby, Victoriam and AK Interactive. The colour chart is on the bottom of the box and gives you 2 options:

  • Camouflage Measure 32, Design 22D was worn by USS Missouri during mid- and late 1944.
  • For the remainder of her wartime era service, she was painted in the horizontal “two-tone” Camouflage Measure 22.

The decals sheet contains decals for both the ship and the aircraft and looks to be good quality with a minimal backing sheet. The sheet also includes decals for the other 3 ships of the class, so you can actually build any of the 4 Iowas, but if you want perfect accuracy you might have to do some research on the differences between each class..

This kit is currently available at HLI for $120.00 plus shipping and that’s as good a price as you will find. There’s a coupon code at the end of the video to get 10% off at HLI until the end of May 2018. So for a month, we’re the cheapest place on the planet to buy the kit.

Overall it’s an impressive kit. There are over 1000 parts in the box which mean the level of detail is going to be quite high. It has more detail out of the box than the Tamiya kit and is a more cost-effective solution than buying the Tamiya kit and a photoetch set, decks and brass barrels. This kit literally brings models of the USS Missouri into the 21st century and it is highly recommended.

Many thanks to VeryFire for sending the kit along for us to have a look at.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International
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HobbyLink International
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