She was nearly finished as a guided missile battleship instead of just a standard Iowa-class battleship. It would have been very interested.
Thanks, man. While I still have this model, I don't think I will finish it. :(
If I did, I think I would rearrange the missile structure to show one Talos launcher over the Turret 3 barbette and feature one or two more Terrier launchers. I would use a bunch of Shapeways pieces to finish this.
I have considered, however, installing the Mk42 5"/54caliber guns instead of the 45s though. There was a modernization scheme for all four Iowas during the '50s that equipped them with Mk42s. If that had happened, Kentucky would have gotten them at that time and, unless there was something terribly wrong with the guns, Kentucky would have likely retianed them to the 1988 time frame of this model.
As for Harpoon, keep in mind the time frame is the '80s, and Harpoons are a bolt-on system so anything you want can have them. Mounts 59 and 60 are free and surrounding structure is freed, so it is most appropriate that a set would have been fitted there. For the fiting of the systems in general, this model is fitted as if Kentucky was the modernization test-bed for the other Iowas in the early '80s. The big upgrade that gave her Tomahawks was set to be in 1981, using all 6 Tomahawk ABLs the Navy had, and the lessons learned from mast design, Harpoon placement, SAM capability, radar upgrades, etc. would have been included in New Jersey's 1981/1982 modernization.
Keep us posted with your progress.
If you watch my page, it'll keep you updated. I will be doing a bit of an article on al the extra detail parts I am using and some of the process.
Scratch building sucks, but it's so cool! The drawing board has taken most of my time, before I even put knife to plastic! Now, it's go time.