One of the first American vessels to be launched as an aircraft carrier, the 270.7 meter (880 feet) 33,000-ton displacement USS Saratoga was commissioned in 1927. Among other assignments, she was part of the assault on Guadalcanal in 1942, receiving seven battlestars for her service in WWII. She ended her days as part of a fleet of ships used in testing the effects of the atomic bomb, carried out at Bikini Atoll in 1946.
Trumpeter keeps the big ships coming with the release of another massive carrier in 1/350 scale. This 77.8cm (30.6 inches) model can be built either full-hull or waterline, and includes a nice stand and nameplate. The pre-war air wing includes plenty of yellow-winged biplanes: six each of F3F, BFC, SBU, and TG-2 aircraft, all molded in clear styrene. Decals are included for the Saratoga only.