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Disappointment with new Trumpeter 1/700 ships

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  • Member since
    September, 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 10:37 AM

Well, gentlemen, Trumpeter has yet to reply to my emails. Just thought that you would like to be kept informed.  So much for customer care!


  • Member since
    February, 2011
Posted by rayb24 on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 12:56 PM

Resurrecting this thread, I was about to buy the trumpeter Ark Royal in 1/700 And saw the post here of which models were waterline only. So saved myself some money. Pity I wanted to do a diorama of the Ark Royal listing and HMS legion along side. This cant be done with a waterline only hull, although i guess i could extend the hull a bit... would have made a really nice diorama. Thats i think the issue with waterline only, they really constrain the modeller to smooth ocean -fully loaded bases.


  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Sunday, December 09, 2018 10:04 AM

I too wanted to chime in about Trumpter full hulls.  I really like the concept, except my last three builds from Trumpeter (1/350 Bismark, 1/700 Prinz Eugene, 1/700 Warspite) all had a really bad scale issues creating havoc on the fit.  

Dragon has had excellent fit on their full hull 1/700 ships.  


  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Sunday, December 09, 2018 10:29 AM

     Dragon has always provide quality kits.  I'm a Lower Hull guy so I was greatly enthused when Pit-Road, Flyhawk, Fujimi , Aoshima, and Hasegawa began to re-release their kits with Lower hulls.  Seems funny that as these OEMs did that, Trumpeter was planning on the opposite.
  WarshipGuy passed me some good advice if you want a Lower hull for some of these Trumpeter or even Tamiya kits. In many cases you may find a cheap Academy or Meng or even an older Trumpeter kit  that can provide a lower hull.    A little elbow grease (Read:Putty and Sandpaper,) should get that fit just right.   It's worth it for me as I enjoy the challenge.
     Well, maybe Model Rectifier Corp can get a third party to make some hulls and add them to these deficient Trumpeter Kits .
     Watch out for the current crop of cheap Bagged "1/700" kits with lower hulls selling on eBay.  There is an Arizona (copy of HobbyBoss ) with a tooooo wide armor belt, An Iowa full hull kit that is a copy of the 30cm Nichimo kit- it is not 1/700, and a Scharnhorst that is a copy of Tamiya with a Lower hull that can fit Tamiya's Scharnhorst and Gneisenau but has way too much draft- needs some serious cutting down.


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