|Sprue “E” is provided as a pair and they contain parts for the 8” gun turrets, the 5”/25 gun mounts, the bases for the 40mm quads, parts for the aircraft, aircraft catapult, parts for the Mk. 33 gun directors, Mk. 51
directors and tubs, life rafts and floater net baskets, inclined ladders and other smaller parts. The 8” and 5” barrels are modeled with open muzzles which is a good thing. The 8” barrels are molded separately
which will facilitate using turned brass barrels if you care to. The 5” guns are molded to the breech and will require some cutting if you wish to opt for brass replacements. The bases for the 5”/25 guns and the
40mm Bofors are somewhat simplified and could have been done with a little more detail. As I mentioned before, the catapults were molded with open girders which makes them more realistic. The inclined
ladders are solid and need to be replaced with photo-etch versions.
At this point I would like to thank Academy Models for not molding the aircraft in brittle clear plastic. Parts for both a SC-1 Seahawk, which is correct for the Indianapolis in 1945, and for the older SOC
Seagull are provided which makes you wonder if Academy is planning to release a kit of an earlier fit Indianapolis or maybe even a Portland. Sprue “G” (there is no sprue “F”) is molded in black plastic and
contains the funnel caps and screens, the 40mm Bofors barrels, single and double 20mm Oerlikons with shields, propellers, propeller shafts, rudder, anchor chain and SK radar. I don’t know why most of these
parts were molded in black as it will be a bit of a pain to paint them the light 5-H Haze Gray or any color other than black. The SK radar is completely solid and will need to be replaced with photo-etch. The
anchor chains are pre-formed but will still look better with modeling chain. The single 20mm guns are not used with this kit, which further adds to the speculation of what Academy may be planning.