After building the USS Enterprise CVN-65, the navy went back to building conventional fossil fueled aircraft carriers. Congress thought that nuclear powered carriers were too expensive. Since a nuclear powered vessels can run at top speed for long distances without refueling, they are inherently more capable carriers than conventionally powered ones. With the USS Nimitz CVN-68, the USN finally went to all nuclear carriers. The Nimitz class has been the pattern ever since. Different ships in the class have various differences.

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This is the USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71 of the Nimitz class. It is produced in 1:1250 scale by Carlos Marquadt and is model CMP-1017. Obviously, the model of a Nimitz class carrier is huge, even in 1:1250 scale. Aircraft for the deck would add additional color and variety to the model.

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The Carlos Marquadt USS Theodore Roosevelt is available from Morning Sunshine Models.


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