Wednesday, September 2

Preview: Meng's new 1/700th scale USS Enterprise is about to sail...

Meng's new 1/700th scale ship is about to sail in the form of the U.S Navy Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6) from WWII fame. This pre-coloured snap together kit has many features that we will see along with a little history of the real thing in our preview...

Preview: Meng's new 1/700th scale USS Enterprise is about to sail...

U.S Navy Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6)
From Meng Models
Kit no# PS-005 
1/700th scale
Kit Dimensions: 362mm x 53mm
Well, we see a new ship from Meng coming on the Horizon - the mighty "Big E" U.S Navy Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6) in 1/700th scale. Not too big on your history with this ship? We take a look at here and then the model from Meng...
History of the "Big E":
“The one ship that most nearly symbolizes the history of the United States Navy in World War II.”
-James V. Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy

The seventh Enterprise (CV-6) was laid down July 16, 1934; launched Oct. 3, 1936; and commissioned May 12, 1938, with Captain Newton H. White in command. The ship’s sponsor was Lulie H. Swanson, wife of former Secretary of the Navy Claude A. Swanson.
USS Enterprise (CV-6) entering San Francisco Bay, 1 July 1939
Enterprise was the most decorated warship of World War II earning 20 Battle Stars—three more than any other ship. In addition, Enterprise was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Commendation becoming the only carrier awarded both the PUC and NUC for service in WWII. On Nov. 23, 1945, Enterprise was awarded the British Admiralty Pennant making her the only ship awarded the prestigious decoration outside the Royal Navy. Notable battles include Battle of the Eastern Solomons; Battle of Santa Cruz Islands; Naval Battle of Guadalcanal; Battle of Midway; Battle of Leyte Gulf; and Battle of the Philippine Sea.
Of the more than twenty major actions of the Pacific War, Enterprise engaged in all but two. Her planes and guns downed 911 enemy planes; her bombers sank 71 ships and damaged or destroyed 192 more. Her presence inspired pride for the Allies and sparked fear into the heart of the enemy.
USS Enterprise (CV-6). Two SBD-5 bombers turn into the landing pattern as they return to the carrier after strikes on the Palau Islands, 20-30 March 1944. 
A crash landing of F6F-3, Number 30 of Fighting Squadron Two (VF-2), into the carrier's port side 20mm gun gallery, 10 November 1943. Lieutenant Walter L. Chewning, Jr., USNR, the Catapult Officer, is climbing up the plane's side to assist the pilot from the burning aircraft. The pilot, Ensign Byron M. Johnson, escaped without significant injury. Enterprise was then en route to support the Gilberts Operation. Note the plane's ruptured belly fuel tank
After the war, her story became public knowledge and her name was emblazoned across newspaper headlines throughout the country. On Oct. 17, 1945, Enterprise rejoined the fleet in New York Harbor for Navy Day celebrations on Oct. 27. Moored to Pier 26 on the Hudson River, she welcomed more than a quarter-million visitors and rendered “passing honours” to President Harry S. Truman when he inspected the ships at anchor. That night, Night Air Group 55 flew in formation to salute the “Big E.”

USS Enterprise (CV-6) is seen on 17 October 1945, being assisted by tugs to her appointed mooring spot in the Hudson River for the upcoming Navy Day Celebration.
On her last active missions, Enterprise took part in multiple Magic Carpet voyages delivering thousands of Sailors, Marines and Soldiers home to their families. She was moored at Bayonne, New Jersey, on Jan. 18, 1946, and would never sail under her own power again. Enterprise was decommissioned on Feb. 17, 1947, and stricken from the List of Naval Vessels on Oct. 2, 1956. There was a collective effort to have Enterprise established as a national memorial in Washington, D.C., but the repairs were deemed too expensive and ultimately doomed the project.  Enterprise was fully scrapped by February 1960.

The last voyage for the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVS-6), as she moves past the lower Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Kearney, N.J
This kit from Meng:
The Enterprise may be America’s favourite name for ships. It’s used to name the warships of the U.S. Navy, a space shuttle and even the fictional starships in movies. The most famous one is a meritorious warship, U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6) aircraft carrier.

The feature set of the kit has been laid out with CAD's of the ship in some neat graphics...

This new kit will surely be released soon. You can see more info on this kit and others from Meng on the Meng Models Website...