|For decades the angled deck Essex conversion seemed to e standing behind the door when it came to plastic kit releases. There were two golden oldies, the flat bottom
Shangri La in 1:500 scale from Renwal released in the early 1960s, and the even older Revell kit, originally released as USS Essex in the 1950s. I believe that Linburg
also released a small kit of an angled deck Essex Class. It is still a mystery why no producer has released a 1:700 scale plastic kit of the modernized kit but we finally
have a 1:350 scale model of USS Intrepid in 1:350 scale from Gallery Models. You don't have to live in New York City, where the actual Intrepid is berthed, or adjoining
Nassau County, where Felix Bustelo is berthed, to appreciate this kit. It is a good kit but as with any kit, it can be improved. Well,behold, Model Monkey has stepped
into the breech and in addition to releasing upgrades for the old Renwal and Revell kits, has released improvement parts for the Gallery Models Intrepid.