You started all this by saying it was as wide as Trumpeter. (In fact, you stated they were the same.) Now, it is narrower.
Tim's review of the 1700 scale kit includes a photo of the kit's bow next to the Tamiya offering. For him to then be just calling the 1/350 kit photos 1/700 instead, he has to have also found another 1/350 hull that he is claiming is the Tamiya hull as well. So, right there I have a problem with what you are claiming.
Here is his review of the 1/350 kit: http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/ships/cv/cv-08/350-trm/hornet.html
At the bottom, he links to other reviews as well.
As far as mentioning Navsource, they have several awesome photos of Hornet in drydock, including a couple nice bow-on shots showing the Academy lower hull to be pretty good. Here's the Hornet page: http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/08.htm
If these will open, here are the two images I refer to more specifically. Should the links not work, go to Hornet's page and count down 16 and 17 images from the top, just a couple photos beneath the group of commissioning photos from Life Magazine: http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/020842.jpg http://www.navsource.org/archives/02/020842a.jpg
Slender and bulbous, not at all like the Hornet kit bow. So, there's the link you requested.
I am beyond dubious myself as far as these claims go. They are unsupported in any way, and cross-checking them does not find support.
Well you motivated to be in the know. Yes Ralph I do own both kits and I do own the Trumpeter Enterprise and Yorktown kits as well as Tomís.
What I learned additional about the Academy offering is the hull is shorter and narrow in beam than 1/700 Trumpeter Hornet, Enterprise, Yorktown and Tomís resin offerings therefore maybe Academy is under scale or Trumpeter/Tom offerings over scale. I disagree with Academyís lower hull shape but then I donít use it. I would use it as a shoe horn myself. Possibly line drawings and photos on Navsource are wrong as well?
Here is a review...
Academy weapons are 1st generation ehh and under scale with the 5Ē38s having blast baffles. No 50 cals which if I recall correctly she carried at deck edges and possibly beneath her tripod mast at Midway. Academy has 20mm in the deck edge positions. I have doubts about the boat layout at stern since it has been documented in Staffordís book the stern was used to treat battle casualties due to the softer ride in stern and it usually had life raft piles. I probably can find more poop on this kit.
The only good things I can say about the kit was gun layout was correct, instructions were good, the aircraft in gray mold injected were nice and the pre-cut photo-etch. Otherwise a slightly enlarged Tamiya Enterprise with a lower hull which is wrong but you and Tim think is correct.
I do believe we can all say that Tomís offerings of Yorktowns were probably the best offered in hull shape and accuracy with some fit kicks and further kicks about deletion of 50 cal. positions on his Yorktown. But did you know the 1/700 Trumpeter Hornet lower hull fits his lower hull almost perfectly. The inner mating edge of the 1/700 Trumpeter lower hull needs to filed away. Almost exact with some putty and file all is needed. But I guess his hull offering as his other offerings are in inaccurate. This after spending a fortune on restoring the HP kits and hiring the best Model Master Craftsman/ Caster in the business to produce his offerings. If he fix his gun galleries and offer the 50 cal positions on Yorktown his offerings belong on a alter and Trumpeter offerings be damned IMHO.
Drum roll please......As for kit reviews....Both you and Tim are using the 1/350 photo of the lower hull Hornet not that of the 1/700 offering. There is a big difference especially when using wrong photo. His goof. Send me your e-mail and I will send you a photo of the lower hull of the 1/700 Trumpeter Hornet. I do believe you will be surprised if not out right shocked. Smelling salts at the ready. If I was Trumpeter I would have attorneys looking for Tim. Not only once but twice used wrong photos of the 1/700 Hornet hull.
Timís reviews are helpful and we are grateful for his efforts but that review is inaccurate to say the least and it appears all he did was place the 1/700 box photo on the review of the 1/350 kit and caused a great deal of grief for 1/700 collectors.
I wait for comments on the board. I find a reviewer may pull punches or we just differ in what we find acceptable and I do believe that debate was once upon this board.
I find sometimes a review wonít speak of the dirty laundry like poor fit, poor instructions, wrong paint instructions, under scale etc.
Your call Ralph give a link showing historical accuracy not a an OB wrong review using wrong photos. But bottom line is Academy is the only manufacture offering this hull and from appearances it is wrong. I do believe Mario found his lower hull option just build the Trumpeter 1/700 kit. It does seem the 1/700 kit suffered the criticism of the 1/350 kit which was false. And if I did not look and step out the drama and shadow of experts the nonsense would have continued.
Thank you Ralph.