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USS Enterprise CVN-65 ECM "Beehive" Dome

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USS Enterprise CVN-65 ECM "Beehive" Dome
Posted by STOVK on Sunday, September 16, 2018 2:08 PM

Does anyone know if there is a model kit available of the USS Enterprise CVN 65 with the ECM beehive Dome? 

 

It was removed in the 1979 to 1982 refit.

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Posted by EdGrune on Sunday, September 16, 2018 3:30 PM

The old Revell USA 1:720 scale USS Enterprise has the billboard antennas and beehive dome

I believe that the new Revell AG is re-releasing it.

I think the old Otaki 1:400 kit had the behive (now OOP & $$$)

There is a 3D printed replacement island in 1:350 scale for the Tamiya.   You still have to do all the other refit items

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Posted by Jester75 on Sunday, September 16, 2018 4:16 PM
Dragon has had one announced forever but it doesn’t look like it will come to pass.

Eric

 

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Posted by Jester75 on Sunday, September 16, 2018 4:16 PM

Eric

 

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Posted by EdGrune on Sunday, September 16, 2018 4:23 PM

Jester75

That kit sir, is vaporware

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Posted by Jester75 on Sunday, September 16, 2018 8:25 PM
Curious how far they made it into the kit. Would’ve sold like crazy I’m pretty sure. I’ve heard they shifted their focus to Marvel (seriously?!?) after buying the rights.

Eric

 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, September 17, 2018 9:53 AM

STOVK;

There was a Tamiya Kit in 1/350 , A big sucker too ! It seems it has been unavailable for at least ten years now .

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Posted by LonCray on Monday, September 17, 2018 10:44 AM

Tamiya's 1/350 Enterprise does not have the old beehive; I believe it to be the post 1982 fit.  And that kit is regularly available; Amazon has it in the $180 US range.

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Posted by EdGrune on Monday, September 17, 2018 10:54 AM

EdGrune

There is a 3D printed replacement island in 1:350 scale for the Tamiya.   You still have to do all the other refit items

 
Noted previously
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Posted by EdGrune on Monday, September 17, 2018 11:03 AM

Jester75

Curious how far they made it into the kit. Would’ve sold like crazy I’m pretty sure. I’ve heard they shifted their focus to Marvel (seriously?!?) after buying the rights.

 

 
Dragon has pretty much left the ship model business.   Their Benson/Livermores and Gearings in 1:350 were superb.   But like many of Dragon's kits suffered from over-engineering (Why do something in 5 parts when 20 will do?) and poor instructions.  
 
Dragon is still in the armor business, although they are mostly re-churning old subjects with new parts and options (still over-engineered and poor instructions).
 
Disney owns Marvel.    They know where the $$$ are
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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, September 17, 2018 11:13 AM

Reissued by Revell; the big dream kit of my youth was the 1/400 Aurora model.

Stared at that 3 foot box under the tree for a week.

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Posted by EdGrune on Monday, September 17, 2018 11:29 AM

The big Aurora Enterprise (1:400 scale) was re-issued first by Monogram, then by Revell USA (after Revell acquired Monogram).  Bert Kinsey, in his Detail & Scale USS Enterprise review of available kits called the Aurora/Monogram/Revell a distant second to the 1:400 Otaki in a two horse race.   He even rated the Otaki better than the 1:350 Tamiya offering.

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Posted by Jester75 on Monday, September 17, 2018 3:39 PM
Sorry I wasn't clear. I was told by someone in the business that DML shelled out a very large chunk of change for the rights to kit Marvel stuff and that they had shifted their focus to that. I notice too a trickle of armor but as you said, most of it is rehashed stuff like the whole IDFmood they were in not long ago.

Eric

 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, September 21, 2018 2:26 PM

Hmmm;

I thought someone produced a 1/350 with that Beehive . 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, September 21, 2018 2:32 PM

Ed;

 Oh , you are so right . Their Gearings were good enough in 1/350 they even frammed easy ! But as with the Benson/Gleaves they were Over - Engineered . I loved it though .I bought twelve of the Gearings and scared the hades out of my Hobby Shop owner when I placed the order .

 Why so Many ? Well six were built to post war specs and they were all different . Same with the six Fram jobs . I gave them away to guys who served on them for Christmas Presents.

   I got to build them , that's where the fun is ! I am thinking about doing it to the Fletchers available too !  T.B.  

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Posted by mfsob on Monday, September 24, 2018 6:55 AM

The "real" fun with that oldddddd Revell Enterprise kit was to try to update it to the current fit, having to scratchbuild a new mast, lots of sponsons and all the other bits to bring the kit up to, in my case, its 2007 appearance.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, September 27, 2018 6:13 AM

Yeah ;

That's my frustration with the New Jersey and Wisconsin kits too .They are NOT WW2 fit !

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Posted by raider-hall on Sunday, October 07, 2018 2:41 PM

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Posted by raider-hall on Sunday, October 07, 2018 2:44 PM
This my Tamiya BigE back dated to 1967. It has the Shapeways beehive 1/350 part.

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