Thanks for posting this 'review'/information. Agree with Randy on scale issues in this time and age.
Nevertheless, pleased to hear your positive review of T-CV5 and A-CV6. A lot of great info in your post!
(Since you said we have a keeper, I'm sold!)
I've just placed my order for both! Looks like I'll be hitting MdMky for some more islands!
: Just got my kit this morning. The hull scales
: out at about 1/697, making it about as over
: scale as the Academy CV-6 hull is under
: scale (at 1/702 - 1/703). Both kits appear
: to be in the range to be "close
: enough" on scale. Unlike the Academy
: kit, all three elevators are molded into the
: flightdeck, meaning that they would have to
: be carefully cut out to depict a lowered
: elevator - and the deck is not scribed on
: the under side to assist with that. On the
: flip side, the Trumpy kit has all three
: elevators molded at the hangar level, unlike
: the Academy kit, which unusually has not
: depicted the well for the forward elevator
: extending down to hangar deck level, keeping
: the deck unbroken at the forecastle level.
: This is all the more strange on the Academy
: kit because the forward elevator is one of
: the two where the elevator is a separate
: piece at flightdeck level. (How do you
: depict that one in the down position if the
: space below doesn't go all the way down?)
: The exterior hangar sides are molded
: separately on the Trumpy kit (not my
: favorite way, but I can live with that), but
: no interior structures are provided for the
: base below the island. Checking the
: instructions, for the most part, the light
: AA is correct for CV-5. There are two
: exceptions, however. One extra 20MM is
: placed in the starboard catwalk aft of the
: after 5" guns. That should be easily
: removed. Second, one of the
: "non-permanent" .50 cal MGs is not
: located on the short deck aft of (and one
: level lower than) the port side after
: 5" guns. The kit does have the extra
: part to allow one to be placed there though.
: Now for the big question - hull shape. The
: shape looks quite good, especially compared
: to the Trumpy Hornet hull. In short - they
: actually fixed it! I even like this hull
: shape better than the Academy CV-6 hull,
: particularly in the bow flair below the
: forward 5" gun sponson. (The Academy
: kit has a slight, soft "knuckle"
: there.) The degaussing cable is generally
: correct for CV-5 and is not as
: "overdone" as the one on Academy's
: CV-6. (The CV-6 cable depiction makes
: somewhat too wide of a swath in the bow
: area.) Obviously, I haven't built the kit
: yet to determine if all else is as it should
: be, but I think the basic shapes are close
: enough that other issues with the kit that
: might crop up will be easily fixed by the
: after market community.
: All thinks considered, I think that finally
: we might have a keeper!!
: PS: There is no lower hull piece in this