Tamiya 1/700
USS Enterprise CV-6

Yorktown Class Carrier
Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The USS Enterprise is one of the all time most famous ships. She served throughout the second world war and saw more battle than any other ship. She was off Hawaii on December 7th, and fought her way across the Pacific, at times serving as the only US Navy carrier in the Pacific. She survived many battles and sadly was not preserved after the war. But at least we can build one in 1/700 scale. 
The kit has been around for over 30 years now and at the time it was released was state of the art. However by today's standards it is somewhat lacking in detail. Comparing this ship to the plans and photo's show that is is closest to a late war version of the Enterprise. Built out of the box it is reasonably accurate but those that are familiar with the class may want to consult Steve Wipers Warship Perspectives Yorktown class Carriers for details on how to make it more accurate. The hull is pretty well molded and it is designed in such a way that you will be able to do an open hanger deck if you desire to. Click images
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The superstructure parts are pretty well molded although somewhat generic in detail. The splinter shields are short and thick but capture the overall appearance of a late war Enterprise. Weapons are a bit of a disappointment and this is the type of kit the Skywave E6 weapons set were designed to enhance.
The kit included four sprues with four different aircraft on them. These are the same aircraft found in the 1/700 USN Aircraft set. There are four each of the Vought F4U Corsair Fighter, Grumman TBF Avenger Torpedo Bomber, Grumman F6F Hellcat Fighter, and Curtiss SB2C Helldiver Dive Bomber.
A flat waterline base with weight and a decal set for the aircraft are also included. A length of brass wire is provided to simulate the gun barrels of the 20 mm guns.
The instructions are fairly well illustrated with several sub assembly views. They are easy to follow and allow you to build the kit out of the box.

A nice kit overall with pretty good molding. With a little extra work and some photo etch sets, this can be a nice model. I'd still love to see a nice accurate 1942 Big E. But until then, this one will have to do.

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