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Enterprise or Hornet
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, August 21, 2003 10:28 PM
Was just handed a gift certificate for $150 from my wife to my fav hobby shop for my birthday. Am trying to decide between getting Tamiya's 1/350 Enterprise or Trumpeter's 1/350 Hornet. Anyone have any suggestions as to which kit I might enjoy more?Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by Jeff Herne on Thursday, August 21, 2003 11:45 PM
I vote for Hornet...with $150, you can get most of the add-ons you need, including the additional aircraft (Navy or B-25s, you choose) and a photoetched set to go along with it...

$150 buys you the Tamiya kit, and that's about it...

Which do you prefer, modern or WW2?

Both kits build up very well, and both are impressive when done. Hornet takes up a little less space than the Enterprise does, though...

You can also think about the Trumpeter Essex Class carriers, either Essex herself in her early war fit, or Yorktown in her mid-war rig.

Regards,

Jeff Herne
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Posted by paulnchamp on Friday, August 22, 2003 8:47 PM
Tough choice! I'm building Hornet right now, and it's a great kit. I haven't built the Tamiya Enterprise (yet) but it looks fantastic when done, especially with photoetch. Jeff's advice was right on the mark, costwise. Expect to pay about $200 for Enterprise plus photoetch.

P.S. You'll need to buy additional aircraft for Hornet.
Paul "A man's GOT to know his limitations."
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Posted by Keyworth on Friday, August 22, 2003 11:48 PM
I'd opt for the Hornet. I've seen the kit and it's really impressive. The add-ons are nice, too.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, August 23, 2003 3:24 PM
Just came back from the Hobby Shop and wound up getting the Hornet. After looking at it, it really is an impressive kit. I think I made a good choice, thanks for the input you guys.
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Posted by nsclcctl on Monday, August 25, 2003 8:04 AM
Keep us posted on ease of construction. How are you getting the camo done?
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, August 25, 2003 9:09 PM
Thought I would try something I did on my Fletcher as far as the camo goes. I cut masks out of regular printer paper and tacked it to the hull with tiny balls of silly putty, then airbrush it on at low pressure. worked great on the Fletcher, nice clean lines. Got the portholes drilled and the hull halves together today. Now gotta do something about that fat bow of hers.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, August 25, 2003 9:20 PM
I am looking for information on how to paint, detail and weather ENTERPRISE.
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Posted by Jeff Herne on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 8:43 AM
Check out the how-to section of www.modelwarships.com. There's also a couple of Enterprise models in the gallery, you can always contact the builders via email.

Jeff Herne
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, September 15, 2003 11:08 PM
If you buy the Hornet, you can convert it to the Enterprise (CV-6) and then after you buy the other kit (you know you will) you can have an old and new or Big E and Little E display. Both are beautiful kits.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 7:07 AM
I was thinking of a possible future project. Using Enterprise CV-6, CVN-65, and a Star Trek Enterprise kit all mounted together on a base with a plaque reading "USS Enterprise : Past, Present, Future?" What do you guys think?
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Posted by Jeff Herne on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 9:51 AM
I think it's been done before...can't remember who did it though...but they did the series, the entire Enterprise line. Would make one helluva exhibit, that's for sure!! JH

First Enterprise was a sloop that particpated in the Battle of Valcour Island (Lake Champlain) during the Revolutionary War.

Second Enterprise was a schooner that operated in the Continental Navy from 1776-February 1777.

The third Enterprise was a schooner built by Henry Spencer at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1799.

The fourth Enterprise was also a schooner, and commissioned in 1831.

The fifth Enterprise was a screw sloop commissioned 1877.

The sixth Enterprise, a motorboat, served in a noncommissioned status in the Second Naval District during World War I.

The seventh USS Enterprise (CV-6), we all know about.

The eighth is CVAN-65, still active.

Then you have the Space Shuttle Enterprise

Then we venture off into Star Trek...

NX-01: (commissioned 2151) The ship of Jonathan Archer in the series Enterprise.

NCC-1701: (commissioned 2245) Constitution Class

NCC-1701-A: (commissioned 2286) Constitution Class

NCC-1701-B: (commissioned 2293)

NCC-1701-C: (commissioned unknown) Ambassador Class

NCC-1701-D: (commissioned 2363) Galaxy Class

NCC-1701-E: (commissioned 2372) Sovereign Class
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 10:20 AM
I know that they did the entire Enterprise history in a display case in the Star Trek movie "First Contact." Looked very impressive, especially with all of them gold plated.

Good luck on the build, and maybe the big display. Should be impressive!

demono69
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 4:48 AM
They are both great kits, however the Hornet is my favourit.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 1:25 PM
I think in "Star Trek, the Motion Picture" Decker shows Ilya a display of all of the Enterprises as well. That would be a great series to build if pics and plans could be obtained of all of the schooners and the motorboat.
Jeff, the Enterprise NCC-1701-B is an Excelsior class.
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Posted by Jeff Herne on Thursday, September 18, 2003 1:37 PM
***Jeff, the Enterprise NCC-1701-B is an Excelsior class.***

Thanks, I was workin' from memory when I typed all that in....I knew it was something like that but wasn't sure. Not being a sci-fi modeler, I think I did pretty good! :-)

It's kinda scary when you can list all the ships going back to the Rev War...man, I need a hobby!!!

Jeff
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