Kit #35 - USS Langley CV-1

The USS Langley kit will have a laser-etched wood flight deck and extensive photoetch for detail and for flight deck support bracing.
The above picture shows the kit, which consists on a resin hull and main parts, miscellaneous resin details and planes, a huge brass photoetch fret for lattice work and details, and a laser etched wood deck.
The USS Langley owes its existence first to the General Board of the Navy who as early as 1915 and thereafter recommended such a type of ship to the Secretary of the Navy. But it is due more directly to the perseverance of several naval aviators.
Jupiter was the ship converted to the Langley in 1920 and being completed in 1922. Being the USN's first carrier the Langley was essentially a experimental platform to develop new features and techniques.
An electric elevator, night deck illumination, arrester wires and a Landing Signals Officer were items developed during her career. Her flight deck earned her the name "Covered Wagon" which became the official insignia.
The Langley served in a experimental capacity until 1937 when she was converted to a Aircraft Tender at Mare Island.
Kit Aircraft:Boeing F2B, Curtiss F6C, Martin T4M, Vought O3U-1
Photos from the online Naval Historical Center
USS Langley model at the Pensacola Museum of Naval Aviation.
USS Langley model at the Pensacola Museum of Naval Aviation.
USS Langley model at the Pensacola Museum of Naval Aviation.
USS Langley model at the Pensacola Museum of Naval Aviation.
USS Langley model at the Pensacola Museum of Naval Aviation.

SPECIFICATIONS (As converted to a carrier, 1922):
  • Displacement: 13,990 tons standard; 15,150 tons full load
  • Dimensions (wl): 520'-0" x 65'-3" x 22'-1" (full load) / 158.5 x 19.9 x 6.7 meters
  • Dimensions (max.): 542'-2.5" x 65'-6" / 165.3 x 20 meters
  • Flight Deck: 534' x 64'
  • Armor: None
  • Power plant: 3 boilers (190 psi); geared turbines and electric drive; 2 shafts; 6,500 shp
  • Speed: 15.5 knots
  • Armament: 4 single 5"/51 gun mounts
  • Aircraft: 34
  • Aviation facilities: 1 elevator; 1 catapult (second catapult added soon afterwards)
  • Crew: 468 (ship's company + air wing)

    PAINTING (during the 1930's):
  • Colorcoats from White Ensign Models are recommended.
  • #5 Standard Navy Gray overall vertical surfaces
  • #20 Standard Deck Gray decks
  • Flight deck stained Mahogany.

    Prior to June 1937, there were no official Carrier tail identification markings. In June of 1937, each carrier was assigned a tail color for the aircraft assigned. in June 1937, Langley was given the tail color of Red, but was reclassified as a seaplane tender in July, the red color was given to the Yorktown.

    Prior to 1937, the aircraft tail colors were at the desecration of each carrier commander. Langley generally used Red. In 1926, tail colors were adopted for fighter and bombing squadrons. In 1926, VF-1 from the Langley had red tail colors.

    Aircraft colors:
  • 1924, February 4; Upper wing surfaces were chrome yellow
  • 1924, June 24; Aluminum enamel over-all with Upper wing surface of Chrome Yellow.
  • 1925, May 29, Aluminum over-all with the upper surfaces of the top wing and horizontal tail painted chrome yellow. Also about this time the tips of the propellers were painted with three 4" bands of red, yellow and dark blue for safety purposes, with exceptions. The remainder of the propeller was painted silver.

  • US AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, An Illustrated Design History; N. Friedman; Naval Institute Press
  • US NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS 1922-45; Mark Stille; Osprey Publishing
  • Evolution Of Aircraft Carriers; Scott Mac Donald; Dept. Of The Navy
  • Taskforce, 1949 movie with Gary Cooper.
  • Thanks to A. D. Baker III, Ed Grune, Jon Warneke, Lester Hunt, John Snyder for their help with this project.
  • Thanks to The Loose Cannon Crew and many others for their help with this project.
  • Plans by A. D. Baker III.

  • For best results, before painting clean all parts with a spray oven cleaner or 50-50 mix of bleach and water. This will ensure all the mold release is removed from the parts. Prime all parts with PLASTICOTE@ spray primer, available at most auto parts stores.
  • Dry fit all parts before gluing.
  • Use superglue or epoxy for assembly.
  • Pinholes can be filled with putty or gap filling superglue.
  • Use a modeler's saw to remove all parts from the sprue. Resin parts are brittle. Handle carefully!
  • Straighten warped parts by warming with a hair dryer or hot water.
  • Sanding dust from resin can be TOXIC. Avoid breathing or ingesting it.

    For ordering information on the USS Langley CV-1 ($140.00) follow this link to Hugh's Page or to browse some more Return to Loose Cannon Productions Carrier Kits Page