At the start of World War Two the United States Navy had not yet recognized the importance of a robust anti-aircraft defense for its warships. Most of the cruisers and battleships were equipped with open mount 5-inch/25 guns. However, in this
regard help was just arriving in the form of the 5-inch/38 dual purpose guns fitted on the last two cruisers of the
Brooklyn Class, the USS St. Louis and USS Helena, and planned for the new fast battleship designs. For light anti-aircraft defense
the ordnance fitted were .50 machine guns. In June 1940 the King Board recommended that new large ships should mount at least four quadruple 1.1-inch gun mounts to boost the AA capabilities of the ships. This gun system soon proved to be
unreliable and very heavy. It would consistently overheat and jam. Something better was needed to replace both the Chicago Pianos and machine guns. The answer was forthcoming in two foreign designs in the Swedish Bofors 40mm guns
replacing the 1.1-inch mounts and the Swiss Oerlikon 20mm guns replacing machine guns. It was an ongoing process lasting from 1942 to 1944. By the end of the war the Oerlikon had become obsolescent, as it was too light to provide stopping
power over longer distances. Even though the Bofors was still effective, something heavier was required for future air defense. In 1944 Project Bumblebee was created at the Applied Physics Laboratory to develop anti-aircraft guided missiles. The
post war replacement for the Bofors was in the form of an automatic 3-inch gun that started to be mounted on the limited new construction and those ships selected to remain in service.
The post war threat had shifted to the Soviet Union, which was developing new generations of bombers, which were faster and heavier than anything encountered in World War Two. Something heavier with greater range and more destructive
power was needed to combat this new threat. The USN had encountered guided missile technology with the German use of the Fritz X wire guided air to surface missile (FX-1400). The German guided bombs is what spurred the Bumblebee
Program. The optimum solution was a crash surface to air (SAM) missile program to counter the Soviet aerial threat. By 1946 both the Applied Physics Laboratory and the National Research Laboratory had decided to use beam riding guidance
systems as the control sensors for Operation Bumblebee missiles. One early decision concerned on the best platform to carry the AA missiles to be developed. Aircraft carriers were one solution, as they certainly had the size to carry a large
number of missiles but that would cut into their offensive capabilities. Battleships also had the internal volume to carry the missiles but they had high operating expenses and were being placed in reserve. Destroyers were too small to carry the first
generation medium to long range missile systems. The incomplete large cruiser
USS Hawaii was given a lot of consideration in development as a missile cruiser carrying a mixed bag of missiles that included anti-aircraft missiles and V2 surface to
surface missiles, later changed to the Polaris and designated the conversion as SCB 26A for FY48. The USN concluded that the cruiser was best suited to carry the new missiles and no new construction would be needed as the USN had a wealth
of heavy and light cruisers that were no longer needed in active service.        
The development of the SAM guided missile program evolved into the 3-T family of missiles, the Talos, Terrier and Tartar. The Tartar missile was short range and was designed to be fitted on destroyers, as the missiles and mounts were smaller
than the other two. The Terrier was designed of medium range protection and the gigantic Talos was for long range protection. The USN encountered all sorts of problems in developing and fielding these new missiles. The new missiles had to
have dedicated missile control sensors for each missile from launch to strike. If four missiles were fired the cruiser would have to have four guidance sensors/radars, one for each missile in flight. Just providing the missile mounts and dedicated
sensors would require a large amount of deck space. Most of the 3-T SAM equipped cruiser conversion designs had only two guidance systems planned, limiting the cruiser to only two engagements at the same time. The Soviet aerial doctrine
called for mass saturation attacks on naval targets, which posed a huge problem for the USN. As the USN was about to field the 3-T missile systems, they started work on a new design for guidance systems that could handle more than one
missile in an engagement. This system was called the Typhon. This second generation system was stillborn as Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara, would not fund its development and instead spent the money to further develop the
unreliable 3-T systems. To McNamara one missile system was about the same as the other and why did the USN need Typhon when they already were funded for the Talos, Terrier and Tartar? To be fair, later McNamara did fund research into
what would become the Aegis system. If McNamara had not stopped work on Typhon, it would have been in service about a decade earlier than the Aegis system.
As it was, the Navy had to decide which missile in the 3-T family to use on its first conversion of a World War cruiser into a spanking new missile cruiser. Both the ram-jet powered long range Talos program and the much simper medium
range Terrier program were well advanced. Because of its simper nature, the Terrier was selected as the system to be carried by the first missile cruiser conversion. In July 1948 the conversion of a heavy cruiser into a missile cruiser was
included for the budget for FY50. During this period the USN was in a vicious internecine fight with the US Air Force over priority in funding. The USAF claimed that there was no longer any need for expensive aircraft carriers when the USA
could be protected by a fleet of giant B-36 Peacemaker bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The Air Force won in the estimation of the sage members of Congress. The USN had to cancel the planed
USS United States, which would
have been the first modern USN aircraft carrier and upon which the
Forrestal Class was based. Another casualty was the heavy cruiser conversion. The USN tried again for the conversion in FY51 but again it was no cigars. By this time the
Admirals had decided on converting a
Baltimore Class heavy cruiser. The Wichita was ruled out because she was a prewar design and the incomplete Alaska Class large cruiser Hawaii was ruled out because the Navy was considering her for
conversion into command ship, after her 12-inch gun turrets had been removed as part of the SCB 26A program. The net result of the SCB 26A program was to make cruisers the candidates for guided missile conversion, rather than the
Hawaii. The fairly new Baltimore Class heavy cruisers, USS Boston and USS Canberra were selected for the conversion process and their funding was placed into the FY52 budget. Bingo! This time the Navy beat out the air rascals in
funding and the conversions were authorized by Congress. It is rumored that General LeMay broke into tears in the cabin of a B-36 when he heard the news that he wouldn’t be getting all of the funds in the Defense Authorization Bill.

Before the
Baltimore Class heavy cruiser, the previous heavy cruiser design was the USS Wichita, which used the same hull form as the Brooklyn Class light cruisers but carried three 8-inch gun turrets, arranged with two forward and one
aft, the same as previous pre-war heavy cruiser designs. However, the
Baltimore Class did not use the Wichita design. It borrowed more from the Cleveland Class. In appearance the Baltimores resembled enlarged Clevelands but with flat
sided funnels spaced closely together. However, the
Baltimore Class design was far more than a rehashed Cleveland. The Cleveland Class light cruisers had the priority in construction over the Baltimores and they received more than a year
more of design development over the
Clevelands. The time was spent to good use. With no treaty restricting their design, the design team was free to provided as much tonnage as needed to meet their requirements. The Baltimore was much
longer than the
Cleveland in order to provide more deck space for light anti-aircraft guns. They had no portholes and were much more resistant to battle damage than the Cleveland design. Fourteen ships of the Baltimore Class were ordered
and another two suspended in construction.
The USS Boston CA-69 was the second ship in the Baltimore Class. She was laid down on June 30, 1941 at the private Bethlehem Yard in Quincey, Massachusetts and launched on August 26, 1942. USS Boston CA-69 was commissioned on June
30, 1943.
Boston was 673-feet 5-inches (205.3m) in length overall and 664-feet at waterline, with a beam of 70-feet 9.75-inches (21.3m) and draught of 24.25-feet (7.6m). Her standard displacement was 14,472-tons and full load of 17,031-tons.
The initial armament consisted of nine 8-inch/55 main guns, twelve 5-inch/38 in six twin gun turrets, twelve quadruple 40mm Bofors mounts and twenty-four 20mm Oerlikons. The armor scheme gave her 6-inches (152mm) on barbettes and the
belt, 8-inches on turrets and 2.5-inches deck armor. The conning tower had 6-inches of armor.
Boston’s power plant developed 120,000 (133,649 horsepower on trials) horsepower for a top speed of 33-knots. The endurance estimate was 10,000
nm at 15-knots but actual endurance was 7,900 nm at 15-knots. Complement was 61 officers and 1,085 crewmen.
Boston spent all of her service in the war in the Pacific. She had her share of bombardment missions and was present at the Battle of
the Philippine Sea, Battle of Leyte Gulf , the invasion of Luzon and the Okinawa Campaign. On February 28, 1946 she returned to the US and was decommissioned on March 12, 1946.
Boston lay in reserve until she was selected for conversion to a missile cruiser. On January 4, 1952 USS Boston was reclassified as CAG-1 and the following month was towed from Bremerton, Washington to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the
conversion. The two funnels were trunked into one massive funnel and the
Boston picked up a large lattice foremast. The forward part of the ship had few changes from the standard Baltimore Class cruiser, however the aft portion was entirely
reworked to provide two missile launchers and two guidance sensors. After the conversion her displacement changed to 13,300-tons standard and 17,500-tons full load. Although the length stayed the same, the beam expanded to 70-feet 11.5-inches
and the draught increased to 25.85-feet. She kept her two forward main gun turrets and five of her 5-inch/38 turrets, five twin 3-inch/50 mounts and four Terrier I missiles on the rails. Complement jumped up to 80 officers and 1,650 crewmen. The
armor remained the same except that the conning tower was removed and the missile magazines received 1.5-inches of armor. Her electronic complement was SPS-6B, SPS-8B, FLA mk 71/2 and Mk 25 Mod 7. The aft superstructure was completely
replaced by the two Mk 10 twin rail mounts for Terrier I missiles. Extended missile magazines were built under the launchers with each magazine holding 72 missiles. The first Mk I Terriers had a range of only twelve miles. Between 1956 to 1962
Boston made five deployments to the Mediterranean. She was transferred to the Pacific in 1963. By 1964 the Boston was no longer considered as a front line unit because of the problems with the Terrier system. Some thought was given to
modernize the cruiser with a new missile system that was being developed, which became the Standard missile, but was rejected because of the costs.
In 1957 one twin gun 3-inch/50 guns mount was landed. In October 1957 the electronics suite had changed to SPS-10, CXRX, Mk 34, Mk 13, Mk 37, Mk 25, Mk 56/Mk 35. By July 1960 the electronics fit changed again to SPS-29, SPS-8A,,
SPS-6B, SPS-10, CXRX, and two SPQ-5 in place of the Mk 25 Mod 7. The gear in 1962 was a SPS-37A, CXRX, SPS-6B, SPS-8A, SPS-10, and retained fire control radars as in the 1960 fit. The September 1964 fit was a SPS-37A, CXRX, SPS-30,
SPS-10 with the same fire control radar. Production of the Terrier missile ended in 1966, so the writing was on the wall for
Boston that her missile cruiser status was limited. In 1967 the Boston was sent to her first tour of duty off Vietnam for gunfire
support. On April 1968 she arrived at Vietnam for her second tour of gunfire support. On May 1, 1968 the
Boston was reclassified to CA-69. In September 1968 with the obsolescence of the Terrier missile system the electronics fit started shrinking.
She had A SPS-37A and a SPS-30 and the same fire control radars. On May 22, 1969 after an overhaul,
Boston went back to Vietnam for a third gunnery tour. On October 7 she fired her last bombardment and she returned to Boston, Massachusetts
on November 15. She had provided so much fire support that the linings of her gun barrels had been worn smooth. In November 1969 the now obsolete Terriers were gone and so was their fire control radar, leaving the ship with a SPS-10. On May 5,
USS Boston was decommissioned. In 1975 USS Boston was scrapped. (History from: Cruisers of the US Navy 1922-1962 by Stefan Teribaschitsch, Naval Institute Press 1984; U.S. Cruisers by Norman Friedman, Naval Institute Press 1984;
US Navy Cold War Guided Missile Cruisers by Mark Stille, Osprey Publishing 2020)
The Orange Hobby USS Boston CAG-1 1956 Fit in 1:350 Scale - How many of you geezers out there remember the Revell kit for the USS Boston CAG-1 missile cruiser? This golden oldie kit was released in 1956 when the actual ship made her
appearance. The kit was in box scale of 1:480. The Revell
Boston actually made her first appearance as part of the Revell deluxe set entitled Guided Missile Fleet released in 1955. (Click for review of the repop Revell Guided Missile Fleet, which
includes the Boston). The Revell Boston was clearly based on their flat bottomed kit of the heavy cruiser Los Angeles, released in 1954. Since Revell was based in Venice, California at the time, picking the USS Los Angeles as the name of their first
Baltimore Class heavy cruiser model was a natural. In one of the many repops of this kit, including USS Pittsburgh and USS Helena, Revell produced a USS Canberra. This kit is of the all gun heavy cruiser not of the CAG-2 missile cruiser. At one
Iron Shipwright produced an 1:350 scale USS Boston CAG-1 in 1:350 scale but it dropped out of their product line up. Thanks to Orange Hobby the modeler has two much newer options to build the Boston as CAG-1. One is in 1:350 scale
reviewed here and a smaller 1:700 scale
Boston to be reviewed later. In December 2020 I saw that Free Time Hobbies was running a sale on all in stock items and that they had the Orange Hobby Boston in 1:350 scale. I jumped on it like a cat on a
mouse! The kit was expensive but with the
Free Time sale discount, it was affordable. The Orange Hobby Boston in 1:350 scale is one big model that can be built full hull or in a waterline format.

The hull is divided at the waterline with large slab sided resin casting vents along the edge of both the upper and lower hulls. The upper hull also has the 01 and 02 levels of the superstructure integral to the hull casting. The most prominent feature on
the hull sides are the panel lines. They appear slightly overdone but since the ship did not have any hull portholes, the panel lines certainly add to some slight relief on the sides. At the bow are slightly oval anchor hawse fittings that can be easily
opened to the deck hawse fittings to run anchor chain through. At the top of the bow are two scuttles through which paravane chains can be run. Along the lower hull, above the belt are a series of waste water exhaust fittings that further add to the
side detail. Locater holes are present for the propeller guards and boat booms. The lower hull part is smoothly cast with the same slab resin pour vents to be removed as in the upper hull. There are also resin stalks along the centerline rib that will not
need to be removed since the upper hull is hollow. The lines of the lower armor belt are present and attachment slots for the separate bilge keels. At the stern are attachment slots for the propeller shaft skegs and propeller shaft support struts. The
bottom hull also has the rudder skeg to which the rudder is attached.
There are plenty of deck details with fine wooden plank lines with butt end detail. The forecastle and rear portion of the quarter deck are smooth, since they represent steel decks. The forecastle has nice detail with support ribs on the interior of the
forward bulkheads. Anchor chains are cast onto the deck almost to the deck hawse but there is enough room to still run chain through the deck hawse to the hull hawse. The elevated channels to the deck hawse are excellently done. There are three deck
hatch fittings, one on centerline and two to starboard. They come with separate photo-etch hatches with relief-etched hand wheels. Three twin bollard fittings are present, which accurately match the hourglass profile. Windlass palates with locater holes
for the windlasses are just behind delicate anchor chain locker entrance fittings. Two large mushroom ventilators are at the very rear of the forecastle steel deck. There are also locater holes for attachment of the jack staff, small mushroom ventilators
and some equipment. Deck plates run along the deck edge for attachment of separate open chocks. A barbette is present and well is present for the separate B barbette. Deck detail from the start of the wooden deck to the superstructure includes another
couple of large mushroom ventilators, four twin bollard fittings, three deck access hatch coamings and a flat hatch between the barbettes. The integral superstructure runs about 60% to 70% the length of the ship. On either side of the funnel position are
slots for attachment of boat cradles. Other features on the main deck on each side of the superstructure are attachment locations for deck edge boat davits, twin bollard fittings, and another couple of detailed flat deck hatches.
The short quarterdeck has one deck access hatch coaming offset to port, a couple of twin bollard fittings, locater circles for mushroom ventilators, small locater circles for stern antenna, and a deck edge fitting at the very stern. The bulkheads of the
integrally cast 01 and 02 levels are packed with detail. There are door wells for the separate photo-etch doors that can be posed open or closed. Portholes have rigolle (eyebrow) detail. Ventilators on the bulkheads have discernible mesh screen detail.
There are vertical cables and very detailed junction boxes. There quite a few other details as well, including vertical ladders and platforms on small deck houses. The deck detail for the mostly locater holes and slots for further superstructure
subassemblies and the missile radar guidance towers at the rear. On the deck of the 01 level at the stern are missile loading doors for the aft Terrier launch fitting and a fairly long longitudinal rod looking feature, whose function I do not know.

Eleven of the smaller resin parts are cast separately with four superstructure parts, the two main gun turrets and five secondary gun turrets. The largest superstructure part is for the forward superstructure, which has levels 03 through 06. Each level
has integral overhanging platforms with support ribbing on the bottom surface. Nice bulkhead detail includes bridge windows on two levels, a detailed door on the 06 level, a door well for a photo-etch door on the 04 level, vertical ladders, vertical and
horizontal cables and a life buoy fitting. The part for the funnel base is another of the single castings. It has two levels and is easy to identify because it has a large number of ventilation grill wells on each side. The deck has two platforms with base
mounts for gun directors. It also has a well for the funnel attachment. Bulkhead detail includes piping, detail doors, junction boxes and inclined ladder. A long narrow part is the 03 and 04 levels of the aft superstructure. Detail here includes a large
number of detailed doors, a well for a photo-etch door, horizontal piping, vertical ladders and wells in the deck for upper aft superstructure and main mast.  The small aft superstructure part has the 05 and 06 levels topped by a square platform. Bulkhead
detail includes junction boxes, vertical ladder, and ventilator shrouds. The deck has a centerline locater hole for a radar array. Both the 8-inch gun turrets and the 5-inch gun turrets are cast separately. The two 8-inch gun turrets have rivet detail on the
crown and along the base. Other crown detail includes a periscope, locater holes for separate gun cupolas, turret hatch and range finders on the crown of B turret. On the turret sides forward are locater circles for rnage finder extensions (ears). The
5-inch gun turrets are also loaded with detail. These include doors and range finder extensions on the sides, detailed entrance doors, vertical ladder on the front face, climbing rungs, detailed entrance doors and shell casing ejection chute doors on the rear
There are numerous small resin parts found on 32 runners. The largest of the parts share a runner. Most prominent is the three level bridge face. The bridge windows are solid and will need to be painted. In 1:350 scale, I am disappointed that there
are no open windows. I always prefer open windows that can be glazed with MicroKlear. The top of the upper level has the overhead with horizontal support ribs and there is piping on the two upper levels of the bridge. B barbette has two halves
on this runner with ventilation pipping, bevel relief, and vertical ladders. Two other parts on this runner are an upper level bridge platform and small deck house that fits between the forward superstructure and amidship funnel base. The two B
runners each have two of the propeller shafts. C runner has all lower hull running gear. These include the rudder, four propeller shaft struts and two propellers. D runner has two of the propellers, four anchor windlasses, four ventilation fittings, a
deck winch and another piece of equipment. Both anchors are on E runner, along with four hull side boat booms. F runner has five detailed deck winches, two propeller guards, four deck pipes with hand wheels for the forecastle, a piece of
forecastle equipment and the ship’s bell. G runner has platforms for twin 3-inch/50 gun mounts. Each of the two I runners have two large boat davits, four small boat davits, three small signal lamps, one searchlight, four bulkhead junction boxes,
and a large aft superstructure locker. All of the five parts on H runner are boat skids/cradles. The J runner has two 3-inch guns, a large and medium mushroom vent, five life raft canisters, a 01 level deck locker, a large 01 level shack with awning
to the 02 level, a junction box, and a small locker. The four 5-inch/38 side platforms are on the K runner. L runner has numerous interesting, detailed parts, two of them are steam pipes for the funnel. The other parts deal with the Terrier missile
launchers, which include the four halves of the missile launcher bases, as well as a detailed deck part for the upper launcher with detail for missile loading hatches. Six ship’s boats and the two halves of tower for the guidance radar of the forward
Terrier mount are on runner O. The boats have very nice bottom detail and equipment fittings. Seven large detailed lockers are on the M runner.  Also included on this runner are bridge wing platforms, siren and siren platform, and three smaller
The N runner has seven parts. Two are for a sensor base, one is for the forward face of the forward sensor base, the largest is a platform between the forward superstructure and funnel, a platform for the lattice mast, and a couple of other small
parts. The two R runners have quite a number of very small parts. The three parts on the P runner are all part of the lattice fore mast. Two are side faces of the tower and the third is a brace at the top.  The eight parts on Q runner are two platforms
for the lattice mast, two pieces of equipment for the lattice mast platforms, and four v shaped braces. Each R runner has twelve deck edge open chocks, a guidance sensor arms, three small dish radars, a deck bulkhead that is located on either side
of the funnel and a narrow bulkhead cable reel. The two S runners have quite a few parts. One is the Terrier launcher with climbing rung and crown detail’ Three of the parts are the control houses for smaller radars. There are four sighting cupolas
for an 8-inch gun turret on each of the runners. The cross bar that is the base for the turned brass 8-inch guns is on each runner, as well as the turret director extensions (ears). Lastly there are cupolas for the crowns of the 5-inch gun turrets. T
runner has six pats. Two of these parts are the top platform and radar base for the lattice fore mast. One is a gun director. One is a superstructure vent. The last two are the support yards for the main mast platform and a radome for the same
platform. The U runner has a variety of assorted parts. These include a binnacle for a platform aft of the forward superstructure, the base mounts for the amidship radar and main mast radar, a pipe that fits between the two guidance sensor towers,
forward radar base mount and radar, and pole tower aft of the bridge. The radar on this runner should have been provided as photo-etch. Although the solid resin parts captures the shape of the radar but not its intricacy. V runner has only three
parts. Two of these are the control houses for the tracking sensors with a great deal of integral details and the third is the pole main mast with vertical ladder detail. There are two W runners. Each has two very detailed mounts for the twin 3-inch
guns, the gun blocks for the 3-inch guns, shell ejection chutes for the 3-inch platforms and two Terrier missile rails. All of these parts have intricate detail. X runner bas the other main gun turret base, and three superstructure parts, one side of the
lattice fore mast and the two boat kingposts and booms. There are only two parts on Y runner. One is the aft face of the lattice fore mast and the other is the top platform with yard arms for the main mast. On the Z runner are two parts for the
funnel, the base of one main gun turret, and one a platform for the aft superstructure. The funnel and cap are highly detailed with ventilator openings and detail steam pipe on the funnel and steam pipe heads and clinker screen partitions on the cap.
The aft platform has base rings for gun directors and various lockers.
If you like brass, the Orange Hobby 1:350 scale USS Boston fulfills your utmost desire. Count them, twelve brass photo-etch frets are included in this kit. A large number of the parts are relief-etched. Fret A is mostly custom cut railing with each
run designed for a particular location. You get windshield washers for the windows of the bridge. There also support struts for a platform on the fore mast and a small radar for the main mast. B fret continued coverage of railing, as all parts on this
fret are ship’s rails. The railing, including boat railing, continues on C fret. Also included is a radar support frame and radar array. Fret D continues with mostly railing but there are also parts for hatch hand wheels, and bridge platforms. Finally with
E fret we depart from railing to a mixed bag of other parts. About half the fret are inclined and accommodation  ladders. These have trainable treads and safety railing. Four different large radar arrays are on this fret. Two boat handling rigging parts
with fall lines and hooks with block and tackle are included. Safety railing for the 3-inch gun platforms are included. The main mast platform gets four parts of platforms and supports. Other parts include Terrier fins, small dish radar center tripods,
anchor hawse covers, a support structure for the fore mast platform, and radar platform railing. There are 16 steel bar superstructure platforms, including turret rear face platforms, and three inclined ladders on Fret F. Fret G is another mixed bag
of parts. Included are some small platforms with railing, some short railing, guidance radar platforms, yard fittings, cable reel ends and frames, ventilator rings, sides for the top of the lattice mast, funnel foot rung, radar house paneling, platform
struts, and radar support lattice. H fret is about half vertical ladders. Other parts include solid bulkheads, missile deck platforms, quarterdeck tower, X style railing, platform supports, main mast radar platform bulkheads, yard arm fittings, search
light lattice tower, jack staff tripod, forecastle tripod, deck hatch, and fore mast supports. The I fret has another mixed bag of parts. On this fret you will find wind screens, propeller shafts, rudders and propellers for the ship’s boats. Other parts
are bulkhead cable reel frames, door frames, platforms, accommodation ladder support struts, bulkhead panels, running lantern platforms, doors, flag staff, deck hatch frames, fre mast detail, antenna and platform, funnel frames, ventilator top caps,
kingpost tops, and fore mast details. Fret J are all relief-etched doors in three patterns. Two are waffle patterns, one with a hand wheel and one without. The third pattern has dogs. All are open doors with highly detailed frames that can be posed
open or closed. Fret K has parts for support frames, bulkhead detail, porthole frames, support posts, bulkhead gussets, guidance tower details, guidance arrays, main mast details, and whip antennas. The two bilge keels are the only parts on L fret.
But Wait! If twelve brass photo-etch frets were not enough, you also get a pot load of turned brass parts. About half of them are gun barrels. The 8-inch gun barrels, 5-inch gun barrels, and 3-inch gun barrels have hollow muzzle ends. Other turned
brass parts are deck winch end caps, Terrier missiles, and communication domes. A small decal sheet is included with the national flag in four different sizes. The blue appears too light and bright for me on the flags. Also on this sheet is the stern
name and bow and stern hull shadowed numbers. Included in the kit is a four piece wooden stand.

The instructions are nine pages in length with four back-printed sheets and a smaller single sided sheet.
Orange Hobby could have easily added another eight pages to the assembly instructions, as the existing assembly modules are crammed with
parts. Each resin part is in a light gray square with the part number that appears on the resin runners. The photo-etch parts are in a black square with the number that appears on the frets. Turned brass parts are listed in a black Me in a white box. It
is just the sheer multitude of parts that poses a problem. The building sequence is presented in a series of modules and I recommend following the sequence to make sure no part is left out. Page one has the icons of what actions are taken and three
assembly modules. One module is on attachment of the runner gear, a second is on the bilge keels and the third is an overview with attachment of the large parts of the superstructure. There is also a smaller inset on the forecastle. The second page
has six modules. Two are on the main gun turrets, one on cable reels, one on water valves, one on the forecastle and the last on the bridge area. Page three has 12 modules and an inset with three on ship’s boats, one on boat launching equipment,
one on deck winches, one on bulkhead cable reels, two on five inch gun turrets, one on 3-inch gun mounts, one on bulkhead and deck detail from amidship to the stern, and one covering more assembly of the bridge to the funnel. The inset is a detail
on amidship assembly. Page four has 7 modules. There is a small module on windlass detail, two on aft 01 and 02 detail, one on quarterdeck detail, another one on boat launching assembly, a small one on accommodation ladder assembly, and another
detailed assembly amidship. Page 5 has five modules. One shows further assembly from B turret to the funnel location, one on midship assembly, another module on boat assembly, one on guidance tower assembly and one main mast top assembly.  
Page 6 has seven steps. Two are on Terrier and Terrier mounts, two on radar house assembly, one on a whip antenna platform, and two on funnel to Terrier mounts assembly. Page 7 has nine modules. These include four on the lattice fore mast,
two on the bridge, two on the bridge face and on detail immediately to the rear of the bridge. Page 8 has two overall views of the completed model with final assembly steps and stand assembly. The smaller single sided sheet is a parts laydown for all
of the parts.
If you want to take on a large complex kit of the first missile cruiser of the United States Navy, the USS Boston CAG-1, 1956 fit, the Orange Hobby 1:350 scale USS Boston will more than satisfy your hunger. With a huge number of resin, twelve
relief-etched brass frets, turned brass parts a decal sheet and wooden stand, the
Orange Hobby 1:350 scale Boston is not recommended for the newcomer, because of the number of parts involved.

Steve Backer
Huntsville, Alabama