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Merit 1/200 USS Hornet CV-8 OOB Review

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  • Member since
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  • From: Mordor
Merit 1/200 USS Hornet CV-8 OOB Review
Posted by Sauron on Friday, September 13, 2013 10:12 PM

This kit is actually made by Trumpeter but marketed under the Merit name.  It comes in a huge box (16"x5"x51") with a one-piece hull.  All sprues are in sealed bags.  The small details are very nicely done and some pieces are quite delicate.  There are 8 large deck and structural pieces and 28 major sprues.  The flight deck is clear so you can see the very detailed hanger deck below. A full complement of aircraft are included: 16 B-25, 5 F4F-4, 5 SBD-3, and 8 TBD-1 as well as a large sheet of decals for them.  Interestingly, they are also molded in clear plastic with very fine detail (including panel lines!).  Ten sheets of photoetch contain railings, stairs, radar, and numerous other details. 

A color painting guide is included for both the ship and aircraft.  There is an option to configure her for the Battle of Midway or for Doolittle's Raid.  The 20 page construction manual is broken down into 39 steps with clear line drawings however if you intend to apply the camouflage paint scheme you will want to study the sequence closely and change it up somewhat.

This will make a fine companion to the other 1/200 scale ships in my collection: the Arizona, Yamato, Bismarck, and soon to be released Trumpeter Missouri which I have on pre-order.  Enough talk, here are a few photos.

Rick

 

 

  

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  • From: Spartanburg, SC
Posted by subfixer on Saturday, September 14, 2013 7:37 AM

That is impressive! I like what I see.

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

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    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Saturday, September 14, 2013 5:01 PM

Wow where do you have the room for all those 1/200 boats?

Clint

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    September, 2003
Posted by Leftie on Saturday, September 14, 2013 5:21 PM

  Still waiting for a more thorough review before I spend $400. I see Trumpeter/Merit still didn't find it necessary to add port holes to their taxi boats. Tip off the iceberg I'm sure. I bet you'll be able to buy this kit for less than $200 in a year and a half. Any takers?

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    August, 2006
  • From: Mordor
Posted by Sauron on Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:06 PM

Actually it was $360 including shipping and you might be surprised at how well a kit holds value when it  is the only game in town.  For example the Nichimo 1/200 Yamato I got some years ago for $275 is still going for $350-$400 new and it's the only one at that scale.  I'll build the Hornet and probably even add another hundred bucks in AM PE details before I'm done with it.  At my age it's not about the money as long as I can afford it (which I may not be able to in 2 years even if I'm still around).  I'm blessed with a very understanding wife of 40-odd years and an 800 sqft model workshop to piddle around in.  I'm thankful for every day.

By the way, if anyone would like to see photos of all the sprues or closeups of anything in particular I'd be glad to post those.  She's not inexpensive or perfect but then there's not another one out there like her.  Kinda like my wife : )

Rick

"One Ring to Rule Them All, One Ring to Find Them, One Ring to Bring Them All, and in the Darkness Bind Them."
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Posted by Paul5910 on Monday, October 14, 2013 1:12 AM

Thanks Rick.  I hadn't even heard about this kit.  I love 1/200 scale ships!

Paul

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    August, 2006
  • From: Mordor
Posted by Sauron on Monday, October 14, 2013 6:44 PM

My pleasure, Paul.  Maybe Santa will bring you one for Christmas !

"One Ring to Rule Them All, One Ring to Find Them, One Ring to Bring Them All, and in the Darkness Bind Them."
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Posted by tankerbuilder on Thursday, October 17, 2013 8:12 AM

Kin I order mine now Santy ?

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Thursday, October 17, 2013 8:14 AM

Bevins to hetsy !

That my frend is wun big pyle of parts .I like whut I see ! Mine , Mine , Mine ! I knew I shouldn't have watched " Finding Nemo  " with the grandchildren !

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, October 17, 2013 8:33 AM

Looks great,but way too big for me.space,budget,and ability.

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Posted by Old Salty on Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:52 PM

Looks great; I have GOT to get me one of these things!!!  :)

Currently doing the 1:350 Trumpeter USS Ticonderoga (CV 14), and have the 1:350 Mighty Mo, Enterprise (CVN 65), USS San Francisco & a couple others, but I think I could find SOMEWHERE for a 1:200 Hornet! Maybe I can extend my basement. Your pictures are great as is the description. his is def on my gotta have list.

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  • From: Lyons Colorado, USA
Posted by Ray Marotta on Thursday, December 05, 2013 2:26 PM

I've had the Nichimo 1/200 Yamato in my stash since 1983.  I paid about $50.00 for it in a hobby shop in Yokohama.  Maybe one day I'll build it.  Right now I'm still working on my Trumpeter 1/350 USS Lexington with a Yankee Modelworks backdate set to add the 4 twin mount 8 inch  turrets,  director houses and GMM PE.  I'm almost 2 years into this build because I only work on it a couple of hours a month...

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, December 05, 2013 5:21 PM

Ray Marotta

I've had the Nichimo 1/200 Yamato in my stash since 1983.  I paid about $50.00 for it in a hobby shop in Yokohama.  Maybe one day I'll build it.  Right now I'm still working on my Trumpeter 1/350 USS Lexington with a Yankee Modelworks backdate set to add the 4 twin mount 8 inch  turrets,  director houses and GMM PE.  I'm almost 2 years into this build because I only work on it a couple of hours a month...

Hows taht YMW set, Ray? I've got the basic model and was thinking about that as a project.

Also am I correct that Trump came out with some appropriate a/c?

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    October, 2012
Posted by Bricko86 on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 11:13 PM

Saw this in my local hobby shop yesterday. was quite impressed. just have to clear my stash a bit first.

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    June, 2012
  • From: Canada
Posted by tates on Thursday, January 02, 2014 2:28 PM

I got the 1/200 Missouri for Christmas and I was happy as a clam. Then I saw this thread, now I'm all sad because now I have to go buy this kit.

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    December, 2012
Posted by rwiederrich on Thursday, January 02, 2014 5:34 PM

1/200...that's huge.  I just picked up the 1/350 scale Trumpeter  Essex, Yorktown, Franklin from a renter who was throwing them away.  I don't build carriers...just sailing ships.

What should I do with them?  I'd like them to go to someone who will appreciate them.

Rob

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    August, 2005
  • From: EG48
Posted by Tracy White on Thursday, January 02, 2014 7:22 PM

Local VFA club?

If you're near Seattle I know of a plastic model shop that buys collections. I'd offer to buy them, but the shipping might be a bit much....

Tracy White Researcher@Large

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