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Best 1/700 ’80-’90s Nimitz class kit?
Andisak
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Stockholm, Sweden
Joined: August 17, 2018
KitMaker: 16 posts
Model Shipwrights: 4 posts
Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 02:11 AM UTC
I want to model something like the Tamiya 1/350 USS Enterprise but in the smaller scale, meaning I want to have a typical ’80/’90s air wing with A-6E, A-7E, F-14A and F/A-18A or C, all in low-viz.

For such a subject, what would be the best starting point?
I’m looking at this one and just ’modernize’ the air wing, could it work?

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/trumpeter-05753-uss-dwight-d-eisenhower-cvn-69--153547

Trumpeter’s other offerings are of ships as seen in 2005 or similar, or much earlier.

Thanks a lot for any help!
surfsup
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Queensland, Australia
Joined: May 20, 2010
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Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 10:12 PM UTC
I have built a Trumpy 700 Nimitz and the detail is first rate. The only other one would be a 720 from Italeri and is very dated. Trumpeter is your best bet....Cheers mark
Andisak
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Stockholm, Sweden
Joined: August 17, 2018
KitMaker: 16 posts
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Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 11:34 PM UTC
Thanks Mark, Trumpeter it is then!

But I still wonder which version would be the best for a 80s/90s era carrier.
Getting the proper Tomcats and Hornets in that scale seems to be less of a problem, and perhaps the differences in ship details are minimal...