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Sixteen feet long, five feet wide, and four feet tall, this 1/72 replica of the US Navy’s “Big E” represents nineteen years of builder Gabriel Suryani’s hobby, and has been called “something that is close to the limits a single modeler can achieve.” It was featured on the 15th anniversary cover of Fine Scale Modeler, in 1997, the same year that Mr. Suryani himself was hosted aboard the real Enterprise for 2 days, compliments of the captain, in recognition of his work. No one photo is likely to do the model justice; fortunately this detailed page at carrierbuilders.net has over 100. Be careful—it’s a major click-trap.

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Anonymous

    Damn, that’s impressive! Too bad the Viking isn’t from VS-29, my old squadron. I volunteer at the USS Midway Museum here in San Diego, and the other volunteers there need to see this!

  • Anonymous

    Damn, that’s impressive! Too bad the Viking isn’t from VS-29, my old squadron. I volunteer at the USS Midway Museum here in San Diego, and the other volunteers there need to see this!

  • http://yourextremecoupons.com johnstevens8888

    Truly amazing. And i have problems with any models with more than ten pieces.

  • David Beaumont

    truly fantastic and I have only managed to build 1/350th based on a kit with details in etched brass added plus figures etc.
    Are their any other views that I can salivate over.