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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:17 am 
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Martin -
Roger, copy all. I did not use the inner bulkheads from the Merit kit because I had my own inner structure already. So I see what the issue is - didn't have THAT problem.
The Infini detail set is like a dream and a nightmare come true at the same time. Since I started HORNET scratchbuilding because of the lousy Trump 1/350 kit, I got to the point where I realized I would have to scratch everything since the Trump kit had almost no true scale pieces to contribute. Then came the Merit kit for CV-5 which was obviously a cut above. Then came Infini and I am over the top. Then I start to try to integrate the three components into one. And then I learned the true pain of getting my wish. It has been work. So I know what you are saying, brother.
As we know, HORNET is not YORKTOWN or ENTERPRISE, so there is still some scratching even with the 7,382 parts in the Infini set (an exaggeration, perhaps, it may only be 7,289.).
Good luck with the completion - it will look fine from what I can see. The scale Red Lead sections are a nice weathering touch!
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Ages ago Tracy posted an extensive list of Air Group and associated aircraft for CV-3 on the Saratoga thread. I was wondering if there is a place where I can find a similar breakdown for the pre-war Enterprise Air Group? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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what time frame does Merit International Enterprise depict?

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chuck wrote:
what time frame does Merit International Enterprise depict?

Santa Cruz, October 1942

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FRAMSailor wrote:
Ages ago Tracy posted an extensive list of Air Group and associated aircraft for CV-3 on the Saratoga thread. I was wondering if there is a place where I can find a similar breakdown for the pre-war Enterprise Air Group? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


For what it's worth, most of the Saratoga information was collected from John Fry's Saratoga book. I haven't found a similar piece for CV-6, although the history is shorter and there was less change for her so it should be "fairly" simple to flesh out if I can get some time.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:14 am 
Hi all,

(not looking to build a super,super accurate award winning Big E, just a nice BIG display model for myself)

Thinking about a Midway Enterprise -
What exactly would I need to work on/scratch build/change if I went with a Trumpeter 1/200 Yorktown?
(I know the Island is slightly different - what else?).

My modeling skills are very good, I can scratch build simple structures with good blueprints/photos (if in correct scale - I goof up when trying to rescale..)

Availability of aftermarket PE or extra planes at 1/200?

On the ebay a 1/350 Merit Big E is around $200 +/-
a 1/200 Trumpeter Yorktown is a little over $300
Both doable, just don't tell the wife..........

Anyone build/convert the 1/200? (I did a search of the forum, nothing popped)

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Continuing work on the Merit 1/350 Enterprise. Working on the island. Anyone know what the object on the forward top of the funnel is?
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Here is where I'm at with the island
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Martin, contact me off line.

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Martin,

It’s a Radar. I missed it in my build but the Infini set included it.

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I'm not certain because USS ENTERPRISE had mods done post the Battle of Santa Cruz, but the three YORKTOWN class carriers had an early IFF system installed post Pearl Harbor Attack in early 1942. There were several different systems in use that tried to perfect the application (there were at least seventeen different systems built in 1941-42; BA, BE, BE-1, BF, etc). I don't know which one(s) were actually installed on these carriers. It appears that the antenna looked similar to the SC radar. These "standalone" IFF antenna systems weren't satisfactory and were replaced with IFF antennas attached to the search radar and fire control radars. Eventually, ENTERPRISE and the ESSEX class carriers had a secondary SC-2 radar installed.

Here are photos of a US Army IFF antenna (and system) that is on display at the Military and Space Electronics Museum near Baltimore. The Naval version may have been different, but had to be have been similar because the IFF frequencies were the same. You can see that the antenna seen in the WWII period photo is structurally slightly different than the actual antenna on display. But, it shows that the dipole and mattress reflector antenna design was used.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:03 am 
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The secondary air search radar antenna on Enterprise at Santa Cruz was discussed in Oct of 2016, on page 30 of this thread.

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Thanks guys. Using the kit supplied PE. I'll have to try and make something out of plastic card and rod...

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Getting ready to decal the Big E. Doesn't appear she carried numbers on the hull at the time of Santa Cruz. Anyone have info that suggests otherwise?

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Can't see any number on the deck in any pics I have of Enterprise at Santa Cruz.
Nor do I see a hull number on the bow when checking from early April 1942 thru Nov '42.

Edit: I might have thought she would have hull Numbers after being painted in July 42.

Did she have them during the Marshall Islands raid in Feb '42?

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Nino wrote:
Can't see any number on the deck in any pics I have of Enterprise at Santa Cruz.
Nor do I see a hull number on the bow when checking from early April 1942 thru Nov '42.

Edit: I might have thought she would have hull Numbers after being painted in July 42.

Did she have them during the Marshall Islands raid in Feb '42?

Nino

I know she didn't get numbers on the flight deck until sometime in 1943. I haven't been able to find pics of numbers on the hull in October '42, so I'm going to go without them.

Not sure if she had them for the Marshall Islands raid.

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Does anyone know if Maryland Silver Company is still around? Their website is long dead. I'm looking for plans of CV-6 in 1944 to supplement my Floating Drydock "TFW" plans. If anyone has an idea, or knows where to get the MD Silver plans of CV-6, would be grateful. Thx!


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Does anyone know if Maryland Silver Company is still around? Their website is long dead. I'm looking for plans of CV-6 in 1944 to supplement my Floating Drydock "TFW" plans. If anyone has an idea, or knows where to get the MD Silver plans of CV-6, would be grateful. Thx!

My understanding is the owner died and the company is no more.

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