This is my attempt for a scaled version of the famous Big E. It took many hours to build but the result was very rewarding.
About this creation
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Now that we are done with legal paperwork, let's see the Big E. Here are some historic photos to compare to the MOC.
Let's take our tour somewhere in the Pacific, around 1944.
First we encounter a flight of F4-u Corsairs from the carrier's CAP.
We can see some Avengers too. Maybe they search for the Japanese?
A sneak peak of a stationed Avenger. It took me a while to figure out how to make the folding wings but I did find a solution!
There is an SBD. It's all alone but why? Let's follow it!
Here we are! USS Enterprise lays before our eyes! Where will the Dauntless land though? The flight deck may be occupied, but she's not the only air carrier in the area.
A panoramic view of the air carrier. The planes unfortunately are not in scale (a little less than 1.5 times the size they should have) but it was the only way to achieve the desirable level of detail.
Starting with closer shots, we can see part of the ship's AA array. The full complement consists of:
8 × 5 in/38 cal
40 × 40 mm Bofors (8×2, 6×4)
50 × 20 mm Oerlikon.
This is the island of the ship. From here, officers design and carry out operations.
The ship's stern. Here you can see some of the vessel's life rafts. Just in case...
Airplane crane behind the Big E's island. in front of it there is a quad Boffors AA battery.
This is the upper part of the ship. Here you can see the mast and sensors array. Especially the CXAM-1 RADAR and the Mark 37 Director (with a Mark 4 RADAR antenna)
Another view of the island showing the bridge and some of the vessel's 20mm Oerlikon AA guns.
Big E's bow.
USS Enterprise from above. This is what a dive bomber pilot would see before unleasing his payload.
A scenic shot of the Big E cruising somewhere in the Pacific.
A surprise I kept for the end. This is one of the ship's working airplane elevator! I still have to find a way to turn the cogs from the side of the vessel and not from below. Truth be told, if I ever build this monster, I will prefer wirelessly controled motors :D
The mechanism of the elevator (the bow one). I painted the cogs green to be easily discernable. The purple block is where the detachable flight deck rests (ofc it's not the only one :P)
The elevator shaft of the mid-ship elevator, just beside the crane..
Some more detail about the design:
USS Enterprise is 172 studs long and consists of 4338 bricks. The Carrier wing is made of 1358 bricks. Adding the life rafts the total of bricks used is 5741.
Well, this is it. Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoyed this MOC.
I'd love to join but unfortunately I don't think I can spend so much time MOCingand battling. Besides, I do not always create modern war-MOCS (and sometimes not even warlike ones!). Thanks for the invitation though and I'll be sure checking the group for great MOCs and building technique ideas.
He asks for instructions for everything and has nothing uploaded. Little sketchy don't ya think? I know because I sent him stuff.
Anyways, another great LDD builder here and I'd love for you to come over and join Warzone 2147. If you wanna know more, come give it a look: http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/22680
Excellent build, best one I have seen so far. I'm really into the three sisters that won the Carrier war in the Pacific (Hornet, Enterprise and Yorktown) and especially would love to build the Yorktown. Is there any possibility that you share the LDD file so I can use it as an example for the Yorktown (my email is firstname.lastname@example.org)?