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Here is the Rub on Tomís Hull
Posted by Bill Oreto on November 9, 2020, 2:50:25, in reply to "Re: USS HORNET
Though a beautiful casted resin hull iis made to replace the 1/700 Trumpeter hull which for the life of me if you build water line I do not understand all the fuss about hull. Secondly once you mate the Trumpeter flight deck to Tomís hull you will learn that the flight deck does not exactly align and some positioning is required. Once done you will see that flight deck masks the 5Ē38 positions and this case holds true on Tomís other offering. It certainly was the case for the 1944 Enterprise.
I resolved the problem of the masked mounts by cutting away the resin splinter shields and returning to my scrap box and getting the Tamiya 5Ē38 gun decks for all 4 corner positions and extended the gun positions out from under the flight deck. They fit nicely for 1/719 scale.
HPís original offerings had the same problems and I guess it went unnoticed once Tom acquired the masters.
You would have more peace of mind just building the Trumpeter kit and adding to what is needed.
My two cents.
Tim the Tom's is about 20 bucks its not expensive
I can't afford resin kits.
Don't get the Tamiya HORNET. It is almost 50 years old. Also, the scale is 1/719.
Get the resin hull from Tom's Modelworks and add the island and armament from the the Trumpeter kit. Also, you might want to use Chicago Pianos and 20mm mounts from 3D suppliers. This will give you the makings for a nice HORNET.
i was going to get a Tamiya USS HORNET in 1:700 off of Facebook's Market Place for $15 ... but - I backed out of the deal. I decided to get a Hasegawa F-9F off Amazon, and decals for it off Ebay...
But, f I ever decide to get the HORNET, could I have it built NOT as the Dolittle Raid HORNET ... Could I have it built as the Midway HORNET?
How was she armed during that battle?
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