by Mike Szwarc
1/toon USS Cleveland (Meng)
I found this kit on sale for about half price, and decided to give it a go since I’d been wanting to try one of the toon kits. This Meng kit is a snap-fit kit, molded in four colors, so glue and paint are not required. Parts fit is excellent, but the unpainted model looks too toy-like, so I decided to paint mine, and added a wash to bring out detail, along with some light weathering. I replaced the included number stickers with some water-slide decals. The finished model is 6 inches (152mm) long.