I don't recall making a single reference to the scale of the Trumpeter Yorktown and Academy Enterprise kits, much less that the scale was shamefully off. Feel free to point out where I did. In any event, since Dick published a measurement indicating 1/697th, I'm willing to go along with his figures...after all, he has the kit.
Concerning your second complaint, I do expect Chinese--or any other manufacturers--to perform some due diligence in their research. It's not like dimensions and hull lines for these subjects are hard to come by. I'm sure they've heard of Anatomy of the Ship and such...it's something I mentioned from the very beginning (September 25, 2017, 19:34:47).
In fact, initial research is precisely what I was zeroing in on; I can see why you're confused since I used 'CV-6'--even though Dick was discussing Yorktown--as an example of research ready to hand whereas I should have used 'CV-2', 'BB-63' or 'CA-32' in order to obviate any possible conflation on the readers' part that I was referring to the Trumpeter Yorktown...or was it the Academy Enterprise kit ?
The fact that Wasp is out of scale by so much has nothing to do with shrinkage; conversely, the difference in scale that Dick is talking about, while large, is hardly out of bounds in terms of scale. Again, I never made a case against the kit he was referencing.
My comment--and allow me to repeat it here--remains:
"...This business of being out of scale is perplexing.
It's not like drawings and dimensions are difficult to come be or something of a mystery.
Nor is the science of cutting the molds appropriately beyond the talents of today..."
No mention of Enterprise or Yorktown, Trumpeter or Academy, just a comment on the fact that sourcing is available and the art of plastic injection molding is rather mature. Once again, just so I make myself clear: it seems as though the initial input is lacking to some degree or other.