The Dragon kits are also the most flexible covering the era 1943 to 1960 or so, as long as you are not considering a 27A/C or 125 modification.
I think they could have done a lot better with Boxer in the LPH version, but the kit can be made into virtually any long hull. Most of the parts you will require are included in all the kits, and that is especially true in the later long hull versions the produced.
The Hasagawa kit, as noted is waterline only, but to those of us of a certain age the kits (there were four) hold a certain attraction. Given a choice, and needing only a simple kit at a reasonable price, and a very well stocked spares box, the Hasagawa kit is my preference, but I build only for my own pleasure.
: You get a little PE. Fugettabout the scale.
: You're not gonna be able to tell.
: Trumpeter kits are nice but I have never
: forgiven them for not including splinter
: shieds on that giant amount of AA guns that.
: That is a hulluva lot more noticeable than
: the puny scale discrepancy.
: Don't even consider the Hasegowa. First ship
: kit I ever built and it came out great. Gave
: it to my Uncle, plank owner on Wasp and my
: Aunt keeps it to this day.
: But it is so badly outclassed by the new
: kits they have a nerve charging $30 for it.
: Also, no full hull.
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: Hi All,
: I am looking for the most precise 1/700
: Essex kit on the market.
: I know that the Trump kit is underscaled
: (1/720 ?), the Dragon kit is overscaled
: (1/680 ?).
: The Hasegawa kit seems ok but is old and not
: very detailed or precise...
: Is there one of the kits (Dragon or Trump)
: like Yorktown, Franklin etc.. which would be
: very close to 1/700 ?
: Or is a mix based on Hasegawa a preferable
: solution ?
: For info I only model full hull kits
: (scratch or from the box).
: Many thanks by advance for your inputs.