USS Enterprise - Full Scale

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I had some time on my hands, so I decided to go whole hog with this project.

I started this in 1945. Just completed it, with over 400,000 man hours involved. Used 3.5 million board feet of quarter sawn oak lumber – basically all of Rhode Island. Painted the outside with 40,000 gallons of paint.

The real bear was making the 8 nuclear reactors; you know how hard it is to get uranium, let alone making a containment vessel out of Ipe?!

Also, the Feds sent some guys by to check it out. I had a heck of a time getting it down to the water. :)

(little comic relief for you!)

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 03-23-2008 04:07 AM

Oh you shouldn’t do that to a retired Navy man. I spent a few days on the Big “E” and wanted to see a model of it.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-23-2008 04:12 AM

Thanks for the chuckle. I really needed it after all the reviews I have been looking at. This one is a nice change of pace. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-23-2008 04:17 AM

Not only is it a great model ship, but the way you have displayed it is very realistic too. I’d hate to see the water bill when you filled that sucker up. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 03-23-2008 04:23 AM

Yes, but is it ‘unsinkable’?

-- Sawmill Lodge -

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#5 posted 03-23-2008 05:00 AM

craftsmanship is impeccable…this must have cost a fortune to make….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 03-23-2008 05:06 AM

WOW! thanks really all i can think of to say. i am dumbfounded right now!

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#7 posted 03-23-2008 05:09 AM

Too bad you didn’t enter it in the “just any box” competition. that is a some box

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#8 posted 03-23-2008 06:32 AM

Now that is funny – but we only like funny once :-)))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 03-23-2008 11:30 AM

I wanna hear about making the airplanes.

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#10 posted 03-23-2008 01:05 PM

is today April 1st? :)
400,000 hours.. wooo

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 03-23-2008 01:33 PM

Wow, how did you get it out of the basement?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 03-23-2008 01:34 PM

I’m with rikkor. Are the planes radio controlled? What gauge wire did you use for the arresting gear?
Are you buying your enhanced newkuler fuel from Iran?


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#13 posted 03-23-2008 03:55 PM


-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#14 posted 03-23-2008 05:48 PM

I’m with Lee, how did you get that out of the basement? I had all I could do to get an Adirondack chair out of my basement!

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#15 posted 03-23-2008 05:56 PM

Your the Man!

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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