|When Free Time Hobbies was at its previous location, they would have open house once a month. At one time these were scheduled in conjunction with an IPMS show at the Free Time location. On one of these occasions one of the ship entries was
the Trumpeter USS Arizona in 1:200 scale. It was an absolutely spectacular presentation and immediately spurred me into buying the kit. At a price of below $200 at several locations, this Arizona kit is the most affordable of the 1:200 WWII battleship
kits. The USN had unique control tops on their older battleships and every battleship at Pearl Harbor had them, whether on a tripod like Arizona or on a cage masts. Indeed, the control tops on the Arizona kit are a focal point of the model, just as they
were in reality. The Trumpeter control tops can be termed as adequate but not more. This review will look at how they can be dramatically improved with the Model Monkey Arizona control tops in 1:200 scale. When you look at the contrast of the
Model Monkey tops versus the Trumpeter tops, the difference is overwhelming.