Once Trumpeter released Enterprise and Yorktown he withdrew those offerings not because of quality but because he canít compete against mold injected prices and still pay a caster. I suspect in the end he will only keep late war Enterprise and eventually withdraw the lower Hornet hull now that the review has been refuted.
No the Trumpeters are not Tomís I said that. The gentle curve is more pronounced in Tomís kit than Trumpeter but it is there for there is a bow and stern on the Trumpeter kit. I did state the lower hull on Trumpeter 1/700 fits Tomís so they are not far off and curve is tolerable. The review said the lower hull was bad which it was not and bow was off. Both Tom and Trumpeter have same forward bow flair. Tom also provided photo-etch, decals and some aircraft as well as additional parts to make various eras of at least Enterprise. He boo-boo Yorktown with deletion of the 50 cal positions which I do not believe HP had and those were his masters. Trumpeter included those positions.
I donít think Tim saw the real Trumpeter 1/700 Hornet or he would not have made his closing remarks. He used Kelly Quirkís photos of the 1/350 build I am guessing and provided cookie dough review.
I can send you photos of the Trumpeter Hornet if you send me your e-mail. My old computer died years ago along with e-mail addresses.
But if you like Tomís hull then Academyís is way off. Way off.
Tomís kits are going into storage until I one day bash another Tamiya kit to unmask his gun galleries. Even his kits were not perfect.
Ok poor review, panic is over and peace has returned.
You can compare other kits but Trumpeter 1/700 Hornet got a raw deal because of a mix up in photos. The 1/350 guys got a bigger raw deal.