Balsa wood kits from the 1930s are a part of the heritage of building warship models that most of today's modelers do not know exist. These ships and
kits are also humbling, even to a skilled modeler. This kit by Whitman of
USS Yorktown was produced in 1940. It was one of the most difficult I have
built because it was so deteriorated. The hull as a balsa rib over keel with paper cover and it simply disintegrated because of age every time I touched
it. I gave up and used a balsa hull, poorly done but as good as I could do just fitting the deck to it and working backwards downward. This is actually
two of the same kit with parts from each end being good to make one. If one has a really good, not deteriorated, kit it would really make a nice model.
Tom Ratliff