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USS Enterprise 1/700 Tamiya by Scottrc

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  • Member since
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USS Enterprise 1/700 Tamiya by Scottrc
Posted by scottrc on Sunday, October 29, 2017 9:07 AM

I have just completed this project that I started at the first of the year. I have always wanted to build the Enterprise as it would have appeared around Midway.  Thanks to Shapeways (Modelmonkey), I was provided with an excellent 3D printed island.  I used PE from Tom's Modelworks, aircraft from Trumpeter, Starfighter decal set, and colors from WEM and AV. I wanted to share the end results.  Much of the build is covered on the Aircraft Carrier GB.

Scott

    

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, October 29, 2017 12:32 PM

Very nice!  The water is great, too.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, October 29, 2017 2:32 PM

Quite the project Scott. Lookin' good!

Max

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, October 29, 2017 3:13 PM

Most excellent build. You should be proud to display it.

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Posted by scottrc on Monday, October 30, 2017 8:02 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

This project was an accumulation of techniques and tips I gathered over the years from  members here on FSM and at MWS.  I guess I dived into the deep end when trying PE and aftermarket resin on a 1/700 ship.  Then trying to get at least 75% of the details on how the Enterprise looked at Midway correct.  Just painting the thing made my head swim to three months.  

But overall, I am happy with it.  I always liked the lines of the Yorktown class and also the lines tha SBD had, so I had the best of both preferences with this subject.

Scott

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, October 30, 2017 8:38 AM

That is one to be proud of, very nicely done.  I have the kit in the stash, and would never attempt PE or resin in 1/700.

Still playing with sea effects, yours came out beautiful.

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 2:20 PM

Beautiful finish!  Some people run this kit down, but you've shown it can be made into a great model of the Enterprise. And I like the base, too, it looks very real!

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by templar1099 on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 4:54 PM

All the above and more,nice clean build,and the water effects are superb.

"le plaisir delicieux et toujours nouveau d'une occupation inutile"

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 5:27 PM

This is really superb.  The subject is definitely worthy of the attention you gave to it.  The deck full of planes really adds to the whole project.  Water is nicely done.  You should be really proud of this build.  

D

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 9:59 AM

Thank you everyone for all the nice comments and suggestions.  I built the Trumpeter Lexington at the same time for the Coral Sea GB.  1/700 Trumpeter aircraft gave me issues on both the Enterprise and Lexington.  The wheels were huge and had to be cut down.  I just started the Akagi for the Midway GB.

  

Simulating water is fun when using acrylics. Its like a 3 dimensional seascape.  I paint the base with various layers and hues of blue, green, black, and white to give dimensional depth and the different colors generated by the movement of the ship.  The acrylic gel is so easy and fun to use.  It dries clear and really projects the colors underneath.  White oils build up the bow wave and heavy white caps. The smaller white caps get drybrushed with acrylic.  

Since I am limited on storage space in my display cabinet, I cannot have much for a base.  Normally I put the ship on a 1/2" thick base, but decided to try a 1/4" on these models.  I felt the 1/2" was too big in reference to the size of the ship.   

Regards,

Scott

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, November 02, 2017 1:18 PM

Sweet Lex, too!

I've seen PE detail sets for the Trumpter aircraft, too, wheels and props, or those bits were included in larger detail sets for specific carriers.  They'd help fine-tune the look of the aircraft.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by Nino on Thursday, November 02, 2017 1:51 PM

Scott,

     I too have the Tamiya Enterprise. And I also opted for the ModelMonkey replacement Island as well getting the correct # of 20mm guns in PE. I wanted full hull so I started to carve a nice piece of wood.... and then the Academy kit came out. Build is on hold till I see some reviews of the Academy and Trumpeter kits.

   I will take a look at your Group Build.  I am still uncertain on any .50 cal gun placements.

Thanks for the Pictures and the info.

Looks fantastic. Great paining and Seascape too.

     Nino

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Posted by scottrc on Friday, November 03, 2017 10:14 AM

Hi Baron,

I have a PE set for the aircraft and boy does it take fine motor skills to intall them, but in the end, they look sweet.  I didn't install props because they still didn't look right to me.

Thanks for you comments.

Scott

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Posted by scottrc on Friday, November 03, 2017 10:24 AM

Hi Nino,

Since the Tamiya kit is slightly under scale, I do not know if the hull from the Academy kit will fit.  I know the Trumpeter lower hull from their Hornet will not fit a Tamiya hull.  

I have looked at the close up pictures from the reviews on the Academy kit and my opinion is that the parts seem thick and chunky to me.  However, they also seemed to have engineered it to be somewhat a "Quick Build" format like the Lexington from Meng. 

The Tamiya kit, other than the island, had nice lines and the parts all seemed to be in scale with each other.  Add PE 20mm guns and radars and everything looks really in scale.

I think there will always be a debate on the actual placement of 20mms and the actual color the Enterprise was at Midway.  I finally threw up my hands and placed everything as per the Enterprise in the Squadron Walk Around book.  

Happy building,

Scott

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    July, 2014
Posted by Nino on Friday, November 03, 2017 2:04 PM

  Thanks for the info Scott.

   The wood hull I'm making is only for my very inexpensive "Minihobby" Enterprise- sold as Hornet but is really a Poor Pantograph copy of you-know-whose Enterprise.

     The Academy Enterprise is on my list to buy since it is full hull.  I will be curious if the Academy lower hull can be fitted to the Trumperter 1/700 Yorktown. If the stock market keeps going up I may be able to get them both. I am hoping Trumpeter comes out with an after market Accurate lower hull that's not too expensive. Too bad they went waterline on the Yorktown.

     You have it right about the Academy Enterprise, all Hanger doors closed and look difficult to cut open (thick plastic?), and the Pictures of the kit do not show it as detailed as I thought it could be for a new mold. Not sure of accuracy yet.

     Now that we got our wish for a Midway Enterprise I guess it’s time to beg the manufacturers for a Late War Enterprise.  I wonder if the Tamiya kit might be easier to build to a late war version? Add some blisters, do the camo, and add some Night fighters....?

  None of the above matters 'cause you did a great job on your June '42 Enterprise. I think your colors are accurate, planes look great ( I agree about props on 1/700), and my count says you got the right # of Oerlikons.

  So, the only thing I am still not sure of is the color of the deck stripes. Pictures show'em a bit yellow but film and photo's are "funny".  They could be white with some weathering but I'm leaning toward a gray. You did great job on yours.

    Thanks for the terrific Thread,

      Nino 

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  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Saturday, November 04, 2017 7:44 AM

Thanks again,

I think for a full hull kit of the early war Enterprise with the least amount of work to do modifications, the Academy kit is the best choice.  The Trumpeter Hornet kit has a hull that is shaped more like a liberty ship than the carrier, so any lower hull from another kit won't probably work.  The Tamiya Enterprise has a lot more late war features to it and was why many who wanted to do a early war version obtained the Tamiya Hornet, which had a flight deck layout more closer to the early war Enterprise, and ironically wasn't close to the Hornet.  One thing is for sure, its been great to now have Shapeways and other 3D printers to have the offerings of specific features to do a certian period.

As far as the subject of the deck markings, I found both yellow and grey in the research I did and a number of debates on the issue, so I figured maybe they were white and turned a yellowish grey due to fuel and exhaust stains, deck oils, rubber, and salt.  

Thanks for your inquiries.  Its been fun to discuss.  

Scott

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