2005 Nimitz (post RCOH)
2008 Washington (PitRoad)
The Theodore Roosevelt kit is actually the best bet for the time period you intend. Stennis was not even commissioned until 1995, and her main mast (the separate one aft of the island) is unique to herself and the G. Washington. The Roosevelt kit has the correct main mast for herself and the A. Lincoln...both in commission at the time of the 1991 war.
You will be back-dating, so (mercifully?) you will be removing more things than anything. No domes (and the platforms they are mounted on) mostly. That includes the dome atop the island mast. Looking at photos, you will be replacing that with a pole. I don't know the date it happened, but Roosevelt lost her after CIWS in a collision, and it was not replaced. If I am not mistaken, the Trumpeter kit correctly portrays this. Depending on the date that happened, you might need to add a spare CIWS back there. (Just checked...Wikipedia says that happened in 1996, so you will need a CIWS.)
The Trumpeter 2006 version of Roosevelt was released to portray the ship on the final F-14 cruise. So, it comes with lots of those. You will need to expand the aircraft with aftermarket to get a better rounded complement.
The other kit you can use is the A. Lincoln kit...she and Roosevelt are sisters. However, you will have Lincoln's decals (Roosevelt was more active in the Gulf War) and need to revise even more with the aftermarket plane sets. Otherwise, most of the dome removal will be the same.
That's it off the top of my head. You can find kit instructions online, and compare things to period photos to get some idea what's involved before you start.
: Sort of a general question with regard to
: Trumpeter's 1/700 kits:
: If I wanted to do a 1991 Gulf War carrier,
: which kit might be the best to start from
: and would there be a lot of modifications ?
: I know little about CVN's, but am mustering
: my courage to do one soon. Seems like the
: kits represent mainly late 1970's, late
: 1990's, and 2000+, but none seemingly late
: 1980's top early 1990's.
: Thank you,