Appended to Phil's latest submission, were these comments:
"I'm waiting for your (Matt Stein Models') completed Essex class (conversion parts to upgrade) with angled deck and hurricane bow. Trumpeter just released Antietam with angled deck. I thought she'd be a good start on Lex in 1960 or Hornet in '63 but shes a 'long' hull and the other two are 'short' hulls, not that 16 feet is that noticeable in 1/700, but I'm hoping that someone will come out with a kit and save me the trouble."
Phil, it sounds like you are getting entangled in the "Essex trap" - a common confusion arising from the multitude of different refits and terminology they used -so let me take my best shot at pulling you out, buddy.
Ironically, the "long hull" which you are leary of in the Trumpeter Antietam kit is about the only thing it actually has going for it in your proposed conversions. But to understand, forget about Antietam for the moment; she was unique - an "exception to the rule" for every other modified Essex, none of which ever looked very much like her, with her experimental angled deck, at all.
Let's back up a little and start "clean" with the origin of the phrase "long-hulled"; it's true it was coined for those Essexes originally built with the longer, "clipper bow" - such as the upgrade part I'm developing for the Lindberg Essex kit. However, of all the Essexes later getting the fully-enclosed "hurricane bow", every one first got a long-hull clipper bow. Here, for example, is your Hornet just after she got hers, in late 1953:
The later refit, in which she would pick up the enclosed hurricane bow - as well as the angled flight deck - came in 1956, and was called SCB-125.
Lexington was a little different in that she (along with only Shangri-La and Bon Homme Richard) got a single, "straight-through" conversion to SCB-125; receiving her clipper bow and then hurricane bow built immediately on top of it (plus new-style island and angled deck, etc.) - all in one (marathon) drydock period. Lexington's (and Shangri-La's and Bon Homme Richard's) hurricane bow also was shaped somewhat differently - I discussed it a little more in-depth here.
So Phil you could build the SCB-125 hurricane bow on the long-hulled Trumpeter Antietam - but because Antietam was such an oddball you would still be lacking the modern-style island and even the correct, "standard" angled-deck as adopted by the other Essexes.
The prospect for my releasing a comprehensive upgrade - taking you all the way to SCB-125 - is still a long ways off. So, by far the easiest approach, IMHO, would be to fix the main flaws of the Revell angled-deck Essex kit, which we've also discussed here.
I hope any or all of the above is helpful/interesting - if any questions just sing out, Phil. This is some of the stuff I most love to brainstorm about, buddy!