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1. Clean all parts in a mild detergent before painting.
2. Dry fit all parts before gluing.
3. Use superglue or epoxy for assembly.
4. Pinholes can be filled with putty or gap filling superglue.
5. Use a modeler’s saw to remove all parts from the sprue. Resin parts are brittle. Handle carefully!
6. Straighten warped parts by warming with a hair dryer or hot water.
7. Sanding dust from resin parts can be TOXIC. Avoid breathing or ingesting it.
Visit the Navsource web site for numerous pictures of Long Island at www.navsource.org.
This kit can be built as either the as commissioned version CVE 1 or the later AVG 1 aircraft
transport. There were few external changes other than the expanded mast and various paint jobs.
Three different paint schemes are included.
Long Island was the first US Escort Carrier, converted from the C-3 freighter Mormacmail
in late 1941. A sistership was sold to the British and became HMS Archer.
Long Island was initially outfitted with Seagull scout planes and Vindicator dive bombers, and deployed to Scapa Flow in 1942.
Long Island is best known for being the only carrier available to transport Marine aircraft to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal during the early phase of the struggle for that island.
After Guadalcanal she remained in the Pacific and served as an aircraft transport for the remainder of the war.
After the war Long Island was converted back into the passenger ship Seven Seas and used as a floating school.
This model was built from drawings in the Long Island Booklet of General plans & photographs taken at Puget Sound & Mare Island in the 1944 &45 time frames. All the material was loaned to me by A. D. Baker III and was much appreciated. The photos show very little change to Long Island from her early war configuration. About the only visible changes were the relocation of the rear searchlight platform to the aft port corner of the flight deck & replacing the 5”51 gun with a 5” 38.
No aircraft are provided in the kit, as the major modeling companies now offer injection molded planes at reasonable prices. Photo etch propellers & late war decals are provided in the kit.
We would like to thank A.D. Baker III for his generous loan of the Long Island Photos & plans without which this kit would not have been possible.