|Since the forecastle and quarterdeck at the maintenance deck level are higher than the amidships portion of the deck, it stands to reason that there are three parts to this level. The short forecastle has significant detail with nice anchor hawse, anchor
equipment plate and base plates for twin bollards. An unusual feature is that the bollards themselves are separate pieces rather than being part of the deck molding. There is a crisp breakwater with fairly thin support gussets, followed by two deck
hatches of different patterns. There are numerous locater holes for the forward 5-inch guns, cable reels and other equipment. There are also rectangular depressions for placement of the first two truss sets, which support the flight deck. The center
deck certainly reflects a cargo ship look. The center of the deck is raised above the sides and has locater lines for the separate hatches for the various holds. At deck edge on each side there are seven more depressions for attaching the bulk of the flight
deck support trusses. Also at deck edge are more bollard plates and many small items that appear as low support gussets for the separate solid side bulkheads. There are also a few locater holes for equipment. Most of the quarterdeck will be covered
by a level of superstructure. However, there are four more sets of truss depressions, more bollard plates, mushroom ventilators and equipment locater holes. At the very stern is the placement outline for a cabin called the dove cote. In the original
collier it housed passenger pigeons for communications, which is rather odd in an age of wireless, unless the collier did not have a radio as built. However, on Langley this cabin was used by the XO.
Trumpeter lettered the hull, maintenance deck pieces and flight deck as A, B, and C. The actual parts sprues start with the two large D sprues. Each sprue has two deck trusses and four girders. As mentioned at the start, they are solid. Brass photo-
etch with the hundreds if not thousands of openings would be light years ahead of these solid parts. Do you want a replica or do you want a toy? After market companies, come on! Save the Covered Wagon! Now that I am through with that rant, for
now, lets see what else is on the D sprues. There are some nice launches, each with separate top halves and bottom halves. The open launch has deck planking and an engine pit with an engine within. The other launch has cabins with portholes in the
bulkheads but with canvas covered tops. The bottom halves of the launches have rudder, propeller and propeller shaft detail. Other parts are nice cable reels, elevator posts, three piece anchors, side cranes, gantry trolleys, gantry operator’s cabin,
superstructure support posts, funnel swivels, J cowl ventilators, launch platforms, and stern boat booms. There are four E sprues, which concentrate of hold hatches and lattice girder supports. The truss structure, which supported the flight deck, had
13 trusses, which spanned the width of the ship. Girders connected each set of trusses and light lattice structure rose from the maintenance deck to support the girders. The lattice structure are on the E sprues but they will have a tough job in
supporting the solid trumpeter girders. Did I mention that Trumpeter provides solid trusses and girders in the kit and these parts need to be photo-etch. Tom’s Modelworks, HINT, HINT, HINT1 Eduards, are you listening? Flyhawk, I have a
suggestion. Pontos, the clock is ticking. The lattice are fine in themselves. There are four hold hatches, three long rectangular ones and one smaller square one. They have good hinge detail. Each has an open boat with good bottom detail. Other parts
on the E sprues include; open boat engines, open chocks, bollard heads, closed chocks, search lights, J cowl ventilators, life buoys, cabin support posts, davits, boat booms, and nice 5-inch deck guns.