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1/200 Naval Aircraft
Posted by OPD MIKE on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 11:07 AM

I’m plannig a 1/200 CV6 Enterprise (1943-44 vintage) build based on Merit’s Hornet kit.  I would like to add a full complement of aircraft.  Shapeways and Armaments in Minature offer that scale but without clear canopies. I was wondering if anyone could point to a company that produces the Hellcat, Avenger and Dsuntless in 1/200 scale with clear canopies.  

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  • From: Tampa, Florida, USA
Posted by steves on Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:02 AM

Merit is a Trumpeter company and Trumpeter lists 1/200 Dauntlesses, along with all the other aircraft included with their 1/200 ship kits, available as separate items in their catalog.  I assume that these would be molded in clear plastic as the ones in the ship kits are, but I have not been able to find anyone that is actually selling them. You might search some of the Asian on-line hobby outlets.

They also list a 1/200 Enterprise as an upcoming release so you might want to wait and see what that looks like.  Of course with Thrumpeter you never know, the release date may be in weeks, months, years or never.

 

 

Steve Sobieralski, Tampa Bay Ship Model Society

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:29 AM

Some of Trumpeters aircraft sets in 1/350 come in combo sprees of black,gray and clear.

Personally I don’t find the clear that useful, and I do think that it’s brittle and more difficult to glue together.

I’d take what you can find.

 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Saturday, March 31, 2018 2:42 PM

I'd second waiting to see if the Enterprise is released.  Hornet was a half sister to Yorktown and Enterprise, at least as far as the island structure was concerned.  You're going to have a lot of scratching on your hands to get an accurate island for Enterprise.

That is, if the Hornet kit is accurate.

Don't remember if the SBD's were replaced with SB2C's, or when exactly, prior to her being converted to night ops late in the war, when her complement was just 'Cats and Avengers. (all radar equipped)

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Posted by OPD MIKE on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 1:50 PM

Thanks for the input everyone.  I’m thinking that as soon as I order the Hornet kit, Enterprise will be issued.

Your right - there will be a significant amount of scratch building necessary based on my comparison of the two ships.  There is a $400 island available from Shapeways for 1:200 Entrrprise but that is pricey.

I picked up a set of 1/200 SBD -3s from Merit.  They are painted grey with some decals, clear canopy and panel lines.  Overall, a good starting point but they need work to get them acceptable.

 

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 2:20 PM

If the island is complete, and in the frosted extreme detail, might be worth it, as it's a focal point. 

I got some 1/72 and 1/144 guns in that frosted extreme detail, 4"/50's and 20mm's.  Beautiful pieces and ready to paint.

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Posted by OPD MIKE on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 8:49 PM

It is in the frosted detail so it is definitely an option.  I’m lucky to have a full blown model hobby shop nearby whose owner communicates with the manufacturer so I’m going to check with him on the Enterprise before I proceed 

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  • From: Lamarque,Texas
Posted by uspsjuan on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 7:32 AM
Please let us know what they say about release date as I have had one on pre-order almost from the day it was offered. Would like to know if it is coming out before I retire. And that's not for another 6 years. lol
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Posted by OPD MIKE on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 9:57 PM

Spoke to the hobby shop guy today - he’s been hearing the same rumors about Trumpetor or Merit issuing a 1/200 Enterprise but there is no definitive release date or an indication that it will be released. He has also been trying to get additional Hornet kits, which are good sellers for him, but has been unsuccessfuL Sounds like everyone is frustrated.

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  • From: Lamarque,Texas
Posted by uspsjuan on Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:19 AM
Yes sir, thank you for the information. Now if they would release a modern carrier in 1/200 ! I would be first in line! just don't tell my wife. lol
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