USS Enterprise CV6
What can you say about the Enterprise? To me, she represents the spirit, the bravery and courage, the hope, and the good that humanity is capable of. I think it’s impossible to overstate the influence this ship had on the war in the Pacific, both in literal terms of how many times she stepped up to the plate and slugged it out of the park, and in the way that she captured something of the need of the free world to stand against evil.
Anyway, as Sherlock would say, “the game is afoot”, and the Big E is on my bench. For probably the first time I feel a little intimidated by a build, mainly because I want to do her justice – but more so because (and I know this would sound silly to a non-modeler) I can ‘feel’ the weight of history in this project. Her iconic lines, the amazing men who captained and worked her, and the countless young men who died serving her, all make me feel humble. I want to do her justice. Also, Imake no apologies for getting emotional here; this is certainly not sentiment, this is gratitude.
So, where to start?
Well, this is the Merit 1/350 version of the ‘Gray Ghost’ and although the shape is good, those well documented armour plates are an eyesore; not to mention ridiculous in terms of scale. So before anything else gets done, there’s a whole lot of sanding going on for a few days!
Here is the one piece hull set against a 1/48 Hellcat, to give some idea of her size.
And another of the whole of her hull – that cutting mat is size A1.
As yet I’m not sure if I want to go with the ‘Midway’ Enterprise, or post-Midway refit that saw her off to Guadalcanal. In all seriousness if I had the time I’d make at least three versions of this beauty.
“I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by”
(Sea Fever, by John Masefield)
Once upon a time a good time on a Saturday night was meeting with friends, off to a bar, maybe watch a band, and then off to a club…
In 2017, well, it’s all about a sanding block, some old rock on the TV, a beer, and a bloody ton of patience.
Might be finished sanding these damn armour plates by Christmas.