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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:13 pm 
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An improved version of the 2nd carrier or a sister ship in the same class?

China building third aircraft carrier, says report

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As the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) second aircraft carrier, commonly referred to as the Type 001A, nears completion, Chinese state-owned media have reported that the country's third aircraft carrier is also under construction.

Li Jie, a naval military expert, was quoted by the Global Times newspaper on 21 February as saying that the carrier, commonly known as the Type 002, will be "entirely different" from China's previous carriers and that it will look like a "US aircraft carrier rather than a Russian one".



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:10 am 
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Another view of the 2nd Chinese carrier, or the first indigenous one, which was launched yesterday, as mentioned in another thread.

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Like Liaoning, the Type 001A is a conventionally powered short take-off but arrested recovery (STOBAR) carrier and is thus fitted with a 'ski-jump'.

According to Chinese state media, however, the new vessel is expected to be faster (top speed of 31 kt) than Liaoning (29 kt) and has a shorter island and a larger hangar. According to the state-owned Global Times newspaper, the Type 001A is expected to embark between 32 and 36 J-15 carrier-based fighters compared to the 24 J-15s Liaoning can carry.


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On 26 April China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, known as the Type 001A, in a ceremony held at the Dalian shipyard. Source: PA

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Any guesses as to how soon Trumpeter releases 1/350 and 1/700 versions of her?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:37 am 
Can someone confirm if the cargo ship behind Liaoning inside Hong Kong harbor is the Colombo Express? Using this photo as reference, I think it is possible to make a very interesting 1/700 Diaorama as both ships are available in the same scale!

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It's not the Colombo Express herself, as she's currently in the Mediterranean making her way to the Suez Canal.

Found this photo by Getty - it seems she's the Berlin Express. Hapag Lloyd's vessel tracker indicates she left the nearby port of Shenzhen at 6am on July 7, so that works well with Liaoning's arrival.


Berlin Express is rather smaller than the Colombo Express, at 230m overall versus 335m. Berlin carries 7506 TEUs while Colombo is at 8749.

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Adding a link to this other thread from the History and Technology section in order to keep this main thread updated:

China starts building third aircraft carrier

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For those who want to build a model of the Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong (Type 001A project), which is China's first domestically-built carrier, the Shapeways vendor Dutch Fleet Naval Miniatures now has a 1/700 Type 001A island available.

Presumably, one could just add this island to a Trumpeter 1/700 kit of her half-sister ship Liaoning, considering how similar the two vessels are.

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different dimensions.
Shandong - https://chinapower.csis.org/china-aircr ... type-001a/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_001A ... ft_carrier
Liaoning - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_a ... r_Liaoning


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An update on the Liaoning's air wing development:

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Chinese fighter jets complete night landings on carrier, live-fire drills

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese fighter pilots have carried out night landings on the country’s first aircraft carrier, the official China Daily reported on Saturday, the latest demonstration of military muscle as Beijing’s pushes to modernize its armed forces.

Pilots flying J-15 jets landed at night on the Liaoning, the official paper said, citing a video posted by China’s navy. It said this was a complex maneuver that marked a “huge leap towards gaining full combat capability”.

China has ambitious plans to overhaul its armed forces as it ramps up its presence in the disputed South China Sea and around self-ruled Taiwan, an island China considers its own.

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