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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:07 am 
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I went on an impulse and decided to get the Tamiya Enterprise, it was already £89.99 down from £119.99 and the shop knocked another £5 off as well. Its bigger than anything I've attempted before, but I think it should keep me quiet for a fair old time!
I nearly went on another impulse and got the Trumpeter Nimitz off ebay, but I think one carrier is more than enough, though I've heard the Nimitz is the better kit as it has the hangar deck (Is this right?).
I don't think I'll rush into building the Big E - got the Alangar Delta IV SSBN to do yet!
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Yes the Nimitz has a hanger deck,but you have detail it to make look out standing,Cyrus Tan, Kelly Quirk and some others.Me no maybe the next CVN but not the 2005 Nimtiz I built. And don't rush your project haste makes waste. Good Luck on your projects :wave_1:


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Very cool pictures, Steve!


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Thanks, and Semper Fi!

For those trying to locate the right place for GMM's superb decal set deck markings for your Enterprise
or to find just the right place to park your airwing:

Dialup users: large file, long download time.


http://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/040707-N-0119G-104.jpg

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OK... I'm still working on getting my 1/32 dio of a Tomcat launch (similar to Masa Narita) but from Cat #1 on the Big E. Some questions: How far is it from the #1 JBD to the catapult? I am guessing the cat track to be about 2 to 3" wide but how wide are the plates along side of the track? Do all planes "hook up" to the shuttle in the same location on the track? How far down does a Tomcat "hook up"?

These may seem stupid/obvious questions but I'm a snot nosed farm kid from rural Minnesota that has never seen a carrier let alone stand on one.

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Some photos of USS Enterprise during her current deployment. Photos are from "Navy NewsStand".

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PERSIAN GULF (Aug. 17, 2007) - The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) underway while conducting maritime operations in the region. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are currently underway on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brandon Morris (RELEASED)
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070817-N-6524M-002.jpg

Notice the powerful discharges:
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070817-N-6524M-005.jpg

PERSIAN GULF (Aug. 17, 2007) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to the "Checkmates" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 and an S-3B Viking, attached to the "Maulers" of Sea Control Squadron Three Two (VS-32) prepare for catapult assisted launches from the waist of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are currently underway on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brandon Morris (RELEASED)
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070817-N-6524M-006.jpg

PERSIAN GULF (Aug. 15, 2007) - The chief petty officer's mess, along with chief petty officer selectees, conduct physical training in the hangar bay of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Unified physical training is one of several team-building tools used for preparing selectees for the rank of chief petty officer. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are underway on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class McKinley Cartwright (RELEASED)
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070815-N-1598C-056.jpg

RED SEA (Aug. 4, 2007) - The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) transit through the Red Sea. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are currently underway on a six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Josh Thompson (RELEASED)
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070804-N-5212T-040.jpg

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 23, 2007) - A French Rafale M combat aircraft performs a catapult-assisted launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The Rafale is the first French aircraft to both launch and recover on an American carrier. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are currently underway on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brandon Morris (RELEASED)
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070723-N-6524M-004.jpg

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 23, 2007) - A French Rafale M combat aircraft performs a catapult assisted launch from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The two French Rafales are the first French aircraft to land and launch on an American carrier in six years. Enterprise and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 are currently underway on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brandon Morris (RELEASED)
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070723-N-6524M-003.jpg

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 21, 2007) - An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the "Knighthawks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136 flies over the Mediterranean Sea during a unit-level training mission. VFA-136 is part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 embarked aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of maritime security operations and the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Peter Scheu (RELEASED)
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070721-N-6346S-180.jpg

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 18, 2007) – Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Leber signals to launch a E-2C Hawkeye from the flight deck of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise and embarked Carrier Airwing (CVW 1) 1 are underway on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class N.C. Kaylor (RELEASED)
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070718-N-5928K-004.jpg

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 17, 2007) - Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Horton speaks to Sailors during an E-4 and below captain's call in the hangar bay of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Enterprise and embarked Carrier Airwing One (CVW 1) are underway on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class N.C. Kaylor (RELEASED)
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070717-N-5928K-003.jpg

NORFOLK, Va. (July 9, 2007) - The son of Operations Specialist 2nd Class James Brown watches as guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) gets underway on a scheduled deployment as part of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lolita Lewis (RELEASED)
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070709-N-1713L-029.jpg
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070709-N-9640H-087.jpg

NORFOLK, Va. (July 9, 2007) - Family members wave goodbye to Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) as the ship gets underway. USS Arleigh Burke deployed as part of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed Naval Station Norfolk, July 7. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gabriela Hurtado (RELEASED)
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070709-N-9640H-053.jpg

NORFOLK, Va. (July 7, 2007) - Sailors and Marines man the rails inside the hangar bay while preparing for USS Enterprise (CVN 65) to get underway. Enterprise deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group along with the guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), USS Stout (DDG 55), USS J.E. Williams (DDG 95) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98). Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), homeported in Mayport, Fla., and fast-attack submarine USS Philadelphia (SSN 690), homeported in Groton, Conn., are also part of the strike group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lolita Lewis (RELEASED)
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070707-N-1713L-022.jpg
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070707-N-1713L-045.jpg
http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/070707-N-1713L-032.jpg

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Note the overboard discharges are not "bilge pumps" but discharges of sea water from cooling systems/auxiliary systems. The discharges from the main engineering spaces are below the water line.


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Post is corrected per Charles' expertise.

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My wife and children purchased me the kit for Fathers day. I am normally a from scratch builder but love the idea of building a kit from out of the box. Since my normal budget never allowed it.

I started out a couple days ago researching the project when i found this site and the awesome threads full of information and pictures, all of these will be a great help.

I noticed some issues surrounding the kit including the missing hanger deck. This from scratch sounds right up my alley.

I have a couple questions on the hanger deck topic and i am looking for links to images that may show detail. I did find some here, i have marked them for reference.

Can anyone tell me if the hanger deck is made up of many sections or is it one larger area that goes from one side to the other of the carrier?

I would also like to know if there is a diagram including what might be stored in and around each opening?

I have ordered some extra items including the Gold metal kits, also i purchased some kits that include more of the same aircrafts tamiya. item numbers 78009 & 78006

I am looking for a link that will enable me to purchase the minature figures and tow trucks if anyone knows of a link, please post it for me.

I have a good idea of lighting using LED's so I am busy collecting images of the carrier at night allowing me to see locations of lights in use.

Anyone with helpful information feel free to post here, email me etc...
I have a place i am updating with information about my project daily feel free to check out my progress and offer feedback and or advice etc.

http://myhomebench.com/killerskippy

look for the menu items USS Enterprise and USS Enterprise Hull my first two entries.

Please note i am new to Kit building but i love to research and hope to create something worth looking at.

Thanks for the posted information and images provided

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Personally, I think you would have liked the Trumpeter aircraft better. More selection and you can tailor the airwing as you like. For figures, Eduard makes pre-painted 1/350 aircraft carrier figures (not sure of the part number - sorry). For decals for your airwing, Starfighter Decals makes killer decals to cover all of your needs (set 350-21 covers Big-E in 2001 during Operation Enduring Freedom) more info on him can be found on a link on the homepage here. Can't help with the details regarding the hangar deck - sorry. Enjoy your build. I hope to get back to my "beehinve" Enterprise project soon.


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KillerSkippy wrote:
Can anyone tell me if the hanger deck is made up of many sections or is it one larger area that goes from one side to the other of the carrier?


That at least I can help you with; it is a single, large space.

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Personally, I think you would have liked the Trumpeter aircraft better. More selection and you can tailor the airwing as you like. For figures, Eduard makes pre-painted 1/350 aircraft carrier figures (not sure of the part number - sorry). For decals for your airwing, Starfighter Decals makes killer decals to cover all of your needs (set 350-21 covers Big-E in 2001 during Operation Enduring Freedom) more info on him can be found on a link on the homepage here. Can't help with the details regarding the hangar deck - sorry. Enjoy your build. I hope to get back to my "beehinve" Enterprise project soon.



Thank you very much for answering my questions, i will hunt down and order the decals etc today. I recieved notice my Gold Metal kits have been shiped so im getting excitted.

Tracy White answered my hanger Deck Question so atleast i can make a start on the scratch building. Thanks Tracy.

I have saved some of the hanger deck images that display some content, i really just need to work out were they are in relation to the openings.

Once again thank you all very much for your help

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You could get your hands on Ray Beans Enterprise CD. Also search through the Navynewstand site for all the current pics


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simon b wrote:
You could get your hands on Ray Beans Enterprise CD. Also search through the Navynewstand site for all the current pics


Thanks Simon i am searching now Cheers for the info


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I will post this in a couple of places, but does anyone have any good plans or pics of the Sea Sparrow launchers as carried on ships like Enterprise in the mid 70's? I'm building the Revell 1/400 kit and the launchers look like poop. All the pics I find online are of the latest model of the launchers. Any help is appreciated.
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I will post this in a couple of places, but does anyone have any good plans or pics of the Sea Sparrow launchers as carried on ships like Enterprise in the mid 70's? I'm building the Revell 1/400 kit and the launchers look like poop. All the pics I find online are of the latest model of the launchers. Any help is appreciated.
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Has anyone seen one of these kits yet? I have the Revell 1/400 Big-E and before I take another step with it I'd love to hear about how well made this kit is. Anyone out there? Anyone? Bueller?


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KillerSkippy wrote:
My Gold Medal sets arrived today from The floating dry dock. These sets look amazing.

Anyone have any helpful hints on using them in the USS enterprise 1/350 kit. im scared to cut them out or bend.

This build could take longer then i figured it would.


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In addition to totally agreeing with the suggestion to use the Trumpeter aircraft instead of the Tamiya, I'd offer another.

Picking the time frame you intend to depict the ship is important. Not only will that determine which aircraft from which squadrons and Airwing you will need to display (as well as their paint schemes), but the ship will have changes to it as well that you might want to consider modeling.

The"Detail and Scale" volume 39 on the USS Enterprise, by Bert Kinzey has a wealth of outstanding photos of the ship and I found this book to be an invaluable reference. It depicts the ship as she was in the mid to late 1980s which is not too far off from when I believe the Tamiya kit was released. Even so, I found numerous discrepencies with the kit (such as changes to the port forward sponson, and the structures around the port quarter and stern) that were noticeably incorrect and not too difficult to scratch build.

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Hello all!

I am looking some information about big E: Considering to build the Tamiya 1/350 kit as it is, with no conversions, what are the air wing squadrons that we can build? I know the Gold Medal decals for Enterprise air wing, but those decals are so generic... i intend to produce my own decals detailing each airplane with the real differences between those, but it have been very difficult to get photo refference of those airplanes to prepare the decals.
It is hard to me still to identify the time of the photos...
I have some test shots of 1/350 decals printed with ink-jet printer using Micromark clear sheets and it have been very good!
Below a sampre of 1/350 F-14 from USS T.Roosevelt:
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