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Topic review - Calling all USS Iowa class (BB-61) fans
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InchHigh wrote:
25mm Bushmaster.


Thanks for the info!
Post Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:14 am
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25mm Bushmaster.
Post Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:36 am
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Any one know what machineguns are placed on the small platforms on the side with the life rafts on the modern Missouri?
And if you have any better pictures of them?

http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/0163010.jpg

Cheers
Post Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:29 am
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Yes that would be my guess! It's about the only photo I recall of a cowl in grey except for a newly launched ship I have seen.

: )
Post Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:10 pm
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The stack cowl on the Iowa, including the boiler exhaust and the other exhaust in the aft part of the cowl, were also painted haze gray while the ship was fitting out. It appears they were repainted black, along with the main mast, when the ship went out on trial.
Post Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:00 am
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Interestingly the photo of NJ (at Bremerton?) shows the main mast and even the stack cowl in grey. Possibly taken from the Iconic "Hammerhead Crane".
Post Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:42 pm
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While this may not be more than an observation, I've looked over NavSource photos, NARA photos of BB63 during the period of the Japanese Surrender and would have to say that the main mast was painted black and the foremast gray. This paint scheme seems to be constant with photos of MO up thru 1946 in Greece and even some of the 1948/1949 photos of her.

Hope this helps,
Post Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:03 am
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Timmy C wrote:
If you'll accept photos from her return home, they seem to show the same "two bracing struts painted black from the level of funnel top and Up" as the Iowa.


Was that when she had her name painted on her side for the victory review on Hudson River in New York?

She as clearly been repainted by then, with new nonstandard measure 22 that was navy blue all the way up to main deck everywhere along her length, and with both net fore and main mast painted black if I am not mistaken.
Post Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:18 am
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If you'll accept photos from her return home, they seem to show the same "two bracing struts painted black from the level of funnel top and Up" as the Iowa.
Post Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:32 pm
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That’s right. But on the Iowa class it looks like sometimes the main mast was painted black, sometimes painted haze gray and allowed to be stained by smoke. So I wanted to what the Missouri had in sept 1945.

For example, when the Iowa was first commissioned in New York, she wore measure 22. her main mast was haze gray. When she wore measure 32/1b, it appears from photos that her main mast has been painted black and appears to have remained totally black, with two bracing struts painted black from the level of funnel top and Up. After her hunterpoint refit in early 1945, she was repainted in ms 22 again, and it appears the new mainmast was painted haze gray, and was never repainted black until the end of the war, but allowed to be stained unevenly by stack gas.

When Missouri wore 32/22D, it appears her main mast was painted black. But she too was repainted to measure 22 in mid 1945 at Ulithi, I believe. Hence my question of whether main mast was painted or stained in September. Photos seem to show the whole mast is black, which suggests painting, but it is not certain.
Post Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:22 pm
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painted as the exhaust would not be evenly distributed across the entire mast.
Post Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:19 pm
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In sept 1945, when wearing measure 22, Was missoutri’s main mast Painted black or just stained black by stack exhaust
Post Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:52 pm
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The FDD book depicts the Missouri in Tokyo Bay at the signing of the Japanese surrender in 1945.
Post Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:14 am
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chuck wrote:
I don’t think floating dry dock is complete because the depiction is rather haphazard. Most antennas shown appear only in one drawing, and missing from other drawings showing the same location. Also the antennas are often depicted as being on one side of the ship even though the drawing show both sides.


Does the FDD book specify an exact date? The problem one has is that the antennas changed every time the Missouri went into a shipyard. The changes among the Iowa class were dramatic throughout the war.
Post Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:11 pm
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Does anyone know where I can find a reference on type, function and location of ECM Antenna on the Missouri in sept 1945? Floating Dry dock shows a number of different dipole antennas in foremast, sides of the tower bridge and on the aft funnel.

I don’t think floating dry dock is complete because the depiction is rather haphazard. Most antennas shown appear only in one drawing, and missing from other drawings showing the same location. Also the antennas are often depicted as being on one side of the ship even though the drawing show both sides.

The antennas I found are:

Dipole antenna on either side of the SK-2 radar platform.

A single dipole antenna with prominent insulator at the rear of the SK-2 platform.

Dipole antenna on either side of foretruck SG radar service platform.

A ECM radome on a small cantilevered frame on the starboard side fog horn platform.

2 dipole antennas on the search light tub on the rear funnel, one with a prominant indulator.

1 dipole antenna on the service platform underneath the searchlight tub on the rear funnel.
Post Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:50 pm
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Covered, but one can see the original rail in front of the bag.
Post Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:22 pm
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Chuck wrote:
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Another question, for the halyards on the mainmast, where did they tie off on? Trumpeter helpfully provided a third flag locker for the space between the aft funnel and the 5” practice machine, and Pontos helpfully provided a belaying pin rail for it similar to that provided for the other two flag locker. But Trumpeter May have simply extrapolated without direct evidence. All the plans and the big Gibbs and Cox model l’ve seen suggests there wasn’t a flag locker there during WWII.


Yes, there was - here is a portion of NEW JERSEY taken in June 1945 at Bremerton of her after flag bag:
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I would suspect that this was typical for all the IOWAs at the time. The pipe rack tie-off in front of the flag bag was still there when she was re-activated for Vietnam War service.


Here is a somewhat typical Navy flag bag with belaying pin tie-offs:
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Hope this helps!
Post Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:11 am
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Chuck you are correct I think.
Page 60 -Flag Signal Level FR. 115-136 shows 2 sets of 5 belaying pin rails on the port and starboard sides just next to the two 5" drill ammunition lockers and forward of the rear flag locker.
I believe that small hatch which looks a bit like a toilet seat is where the signal halyards were fed through. This is an armoured control centre and the idea was that during a shooting battle the signals flags could be sent from this armoured centre with no danger to the personnel operating these signals. The halyards were fed through a kidney shaped frame down to the "toilet seat" opening into the armoured room. On the plan I believe it is incorrectly labelled an "Oval Escape Scuttle". The kidney shaped feed is shown on Page 75 and labelled "Fairlead for Signal Halyards". I don't think these were ever used in a battle as at that time other forms of communication were being developed. The Fairlead for the Signal Halyards is shown on page 75 - Navigation Bridge Level.
Page 58 has a photo of the "toilet Seat" scuttle and an overhead photo of the starboard flag bag onboard USS Iowa in 1986. It states that "the belaying pins and rail are made of brass".
Hope this is helpful
David
Post Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:23 am
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Current Missouri 03 level
Post Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:04 pm
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This shows the area in some more detail. Not the possibility of a set of light and dark halyards. The overhang of the 40 mm tub above somewhat complicates the use of signaling from the 04 level. Indeed the hatch which appears to be of a countrballanced type may well be for passing flags through from behind a splinter protected space. Whether or not this was used to any extent in this manner, who can say.

I do have closeup photos of this hatch from Missouri and included it on my scratch 1:192 modern ship.
Post Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:01 pm

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