The kit contents from a vendor. Lower hull bow is shown. No bulbous forefoot. Kit's hull is as shown in earlier review:
This is a review by Jeff Herne. It compares the 1/350 Trumpeter and BWN kits. Of note for this discussion is that he also provides photos of the old Revell 1/480-ish lower hull when discusing the 1/350 Trumpeter lower hull: http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/ships/cv/cv-08/350-tr-vs-bwn/hornet_yorktown.htm
One can then compare the Revell lower hull to the Academy Enterprise lower hull to see the similarities. The Academy kit review, with images of its lower hull: http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/ships/cv/cv-06/Enterprise-700-Academy/academy-review.html
Whatever the 1/700 Trumpeter lower hull looks like, the Academy Enterprise lower hull is pretty accurate, where you are claiming it is not. So, it becomes hard to accept a claim that the Trumpeter 1/700 lower is correct when you claim the Academy one is not. First off, you imply there is a difference. Second, as the Academy is clearly accurate, any Trumpeter hull which is different is then likely to be not as accurate.
Multiple reviewers and multiple forums have discussed this topic ad nauseum, and it is plain enough that both the Trumpeter Hornet upper and lower hulls in both scales, are not accurate. The Academy 1/700 Enterprise has a more accurate hull shape, both upper and lower. While other upper hull options are available for corrections, only the Academy lower hull is useable in 1/700 if one is seeking correct lower hull form.
So, if the 1/700 Hornet's hull is,a good as you claim, why was a Tom's replacement made for it in the first place?
Here is another review, by a different reviewer comparing photographically the Tom's with the Trumpeter. He put them bow-to-bow to show the contrast: http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=85&t=154516
Took a second look at lower hull of the 1/700 Trumpeter Hornet. I compared it to online review photo courtesy of Ralph on thread below. Online review of 1/700 Hornet depicts pictures of the 1/350 lower hull not that of the 1/700 Trumpeter Hornet lower hull. The 1/700 lower Trumpeter Hornet hull was far improved and gave better appearance to bow flare.
Documented the 1/350 Trumpeter Hornet bow/hull had major issues and appearance of 1/700 Trumpeter Hornet is made worse when you mistakenly put the wrong scale hull bottom in your reviews and say it is 1/700 and create a mess of fact.
All I can say is Wow! What a misinformed mess for 1/700 collectors and those who do full hull 1/700. Bigger mess for Trumpeter. Won’t even discuss the 1/700 reviews. Anybody got a buck to pass....