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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:53 pm 
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So today I got the Trumpeter 1/360 Kitty Hawk and the Mk1 detail set delivered.

I'm on a Cold War kick, and would like to backdate her to late 80s early 90s. Besides replacing the RAM and replacing the airwing, what else would I need to change?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:21 am 
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It really depends on what year you want to build. The kit can represent KH from around 1991. She finished "SLEP" in July of 1991. After that the physical appearance changes were mostly the SATDOMES and as you pointed out CIWIS to RAM and things like that. The sponsons on the stern and along side of the Island as modeled in the kit should work. Prior to that SLEP, the stern sponsons were more like the Conny and the underside of the sponsons for the Sea Sparrow were rounded not squared off. There are 3D Printed parts available for that:

https://www.shapeways.com/product/R4J7B ... d=59442243

The Conny kit might be a more accurate Kitty Hawk for the period between 1983 and 1991, but I would need to do more research.

Check here for pics:

http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/63a.htm

Check here for a list of which air wing was embarked with what aircraft:

http://www.gonavy.jp/CV-CV63-01f.html

Lastly, if you are going to deviate from the kit and you want it to be accurate, Ray's http://www.stillmotionsphotographics.com dvd's are a must! He has a couple of Kitty Hawk/ Conny picture albums that will be very helpful. You can buy direct or they are available at Freetime Hobbies:

https://freetimehobbies.com/search.php? ... t+Type=DVD

Good Luck,

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Any updates on the Trumpeter 1/700 Constellation? Any ideas what time period it might represent?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:04 pm 
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Vlad wrote:
Any updates on the Trumpeter 1/700 Constellation? Any ideas what time period it might represent?



I was also wondering when both the 1/700 Connie and JFK would get released. The cybermodeler site stopped tracking them.

I think Connie will be in her last configuration similar to what Trumpeter did with the 1/350 kit which is a post 1993 SLEP configuration. Apart from adding SATDOMES, I am not sure what the physical appearance differences there are from the post 1984 Overhaul. I am looking to do the first Hornet cruise which was 1985 with CVW-14.


I guess we wait.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:56 pm 
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Waiting on the decals for the aircraft. Also added more details to hull.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:25 pm 
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New mold Trumpeter 1/700 Kitty Hawk just released: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10538074


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I got all excited until I saw it is another waterline-only kit. I wish Trumpeter would go back to making lower hulls! They have missed out out on my money on their recent kits because of it.

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Does anyone here know if the Kitty Hawk Class and Nimitz Class have similar underwater hulls? I was wondering if the 1/700 Trumpeter Nimitz lower hull would fit the new 1/700 Kitty Hawk and Constellation?


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The Nimitz Class is a longer ship so it would not fit without cutting. A 1/720 scale Nimitz Class would be very close to a 1/700 KH Class. I am not sure what the accuracy of the shape of any of them is so you would have to just get one and give it a try.

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Thanks for the reply Mark!


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Man I wish Merit or Trumpeter bring out a kjt in 1/350 for us.


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ADM John Bing,

I have been writing endlessly to Trumpeter about their shift to waterline only. Indeed, I have stopped purchasing their 1/700 ships because of that decision. Waterline ship models are only half models; even those models built to represent ships at sea really fail to capture any ship at sea, unless it is in a dead calm. Given the pitching and rolling all ships experience, portions of the lower hull are always visible.


Please, I encourage as many of us as possible to bombard Trumpeter with emails and letters!


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William wrote:
ADM John Bing,

I have been writing endlessly to Trumpeter about their shift to waterline only. Indeed, I have stopped purchasing their 1/700 ships because of that decision. Waterline ship models are only half models; even those models built to represent ships at sea really fail to capture any ship at sea, unless it is in a dead calm. Given the pitching and rolling all ships experience, portions of the lower hull are always visible.


Please, I encourage as many of us as possible to bombard Trumpeter with emails and letters!


Bill Morrison

Perhaps you should take a different tack. If their goal is to save money on lower hulls most customers don't insist upon having, perhaps Trumpy can be convinced to release a "deluxe" version with the lower hull and a bit more PE. That way, they only include the lower hulls for those who really want them. Standard version, no lower hull - deluxe version with lower hull. Would you be willing to pay a bit more for the version you want?

Also, if you have the contact info for Trumpeter, could you share that with the rest of us?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:31 pm 
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Dick,

I use the email address on their website. I have received replies from using it except on this issue.


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Has anybody bought Trumpeter's new 1/700 USS Constellation? Can you comment on the general quality of the kit and if it's accurate overall for the time period it represents (late '90s to early '00s based on the F-14Ds)?


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Is it released already? I put myself on the pre-order list, but haven't heard any news.


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1/700 Conny is available on ebay. No Kennedy CV-67 yet. Bummer...............


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It's been out for a while with regular model retailers, at least where I live.


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I did. It is a scaled down and waterlined version of the '350 kit.
Vlad wrote:
Has anybody bought Trumpeter's new 1/700 USS Constellation? Can you comment on the general quality of the kit and if it's accurate overall for the time period it represents (late '90s to early '00s based on the F-14Ds)?


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Pieter wrote:
I did. It is a scaled down and waterlined version of the '350 kit.


That doesn't tell me much since I had no interest in the 1/350 kit. Is it accurate and what time period is it accurate for?


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