1/350 Tamiya USS Enterprise
Here is my USS Enterprise, built OOB, finally finished! I originally
went halves with my Dad in late 1995 to buy this, then the hull sat around
with the bow screwed on for a couple of years, until I finally got serious
about finishing it. So between working on other projects and coming home
on annual leave to, among other things, work on the carrier, I finally
got it finished, along with Dad’s help.
The airwing is all Tamiya aircraft; the decals were a mix of GMM West
Coast markings and Pekka Rautajoki’s custom decals that he made
himself. Also, Sky Models manufactured the Prowler markings. GMM decals
were also used on the ship itself. The markings for my COD bird and Hawkeye’s
aren’t correct for the time frame depicted, but I call it poetic
licence. Coincidently, these two Sqn’s are now onboard Enterprise
as part of CVW-1, so they sort of work! The Sea Knight came courtesy
of Corsair Armada, the RIV fire vehicles are from Jim Clark Products,
and extra mules were from Memory Lane Models. Reference material was
used from globalsecurity.org and also a copy of Airwing Enterprise. Pekka
Rautajoki and Kelly Quirk also supplied some good advice during the build.
Finally I’d like to thank Tom Jarrell, John Shork, CDR Patrick
Walsh, CMC Christopher Welch and LTJG Jeffrey Millar for their generous
patch donations. The remainder was purchased from AV8R Stuff.com.
All in all, it turns out rather nicely once completed, would have liked
a hangar deck, but other than that I enjoyed it. I’ll just have
to build a Nimitz class to accompany the Enterprise now!