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The USS Enterprise
in detail and scale

by Bert Kinzey    

 

Squadron/Signal Publications

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: D & S Vol. 39
ISBN: 1-888974-23-0
Media: Soft cover, portrait format, 72 pages plus covers incl. 8 pages of colour photos.
Price: US$11.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Packed with well-captioned photos; colour section especially useful; air wing and ship covered from launch until 1990 refit; expert introductory text; honest assessment of available models.
Disadvantages: Only covers until 1990 refit
Recommendation: Recommended for naval buffs or anyone contemplating building a new Enterprise in any scale

 

Reviewed by Brett Green


The USS Enterprise in Detail and Scale
is available online at Squadron.com

 

FirstRead

 

Detail & Scale Vol. 39 has been out of print and hard to find for some time. Thanks to Squadron's recent resurrection of the Detail & Scale series, we can again enjoy Bert Kinzey's first-hand experience of this significant subject.

"The USS Enterprise in Detail and Scale" covers the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier from prior to the keel being laid in February 1958 until its withdrawal for refit in 1990.

The book commences with twelve pages of text describing the significance of the Enterprise, the legacy left to her by her seven earlier namesakes, aircraft carrier classifications, design features and operational history. The text is capped off with two pages of statistics.

The bulk of the book is populated with photographs of the Enterprise and her Air Wing. Three pages of photos of embarked aircraft make way for 38 pages packed with photos of most aspects of the Enterprise's details. Captions are succinct but very useful.

The eight pages of the "Enterprise Color Gallery" will be especially helpful to modellers. In addition to several pages dedicated to air operations, this section includes a colour chronology of the carrier from 1962 until just prior to her 1990 refit.

The modellers section covers five models over seven pages. Mr Kinzey recommends Revell's 1/720th scale Enterprise as a good representation of the earliest configuration, but is scathing of the shortcomings of Tamiya's big, expensive 1/350 scale kit.

 

 

Conclusion

 

It is nice to see the Detail and Scale series resurface.

USS Enterprise in Detail and Scale will be a handy, one-stop reference on this significant carrier prior to 1990 for modellers and naval buffs alike.

Recommended.

Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.


Detail and Scale book, plus Squadron/Signal books and products
are available at the Squadron website or Hobby Retailers.


Review Copyright 2001 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 02 October, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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