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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:44 pm 
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MartinJQuinn wrote:
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VT-6 Devastator looks to be a blue-grey with light grey under surface.

At Midway, all the aircraft on all three US carriers were blue-grey with a light grey under surfaces. Colorcoats offers both colors.

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Would anyone know how many aircraft can fit in the hanger.

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Depends on the plane types. Although they could also store planes on the braces the were on the overhead of the hangar. Yorktowns were able to carry around 80 planes in total.

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Hi guys,

When positioning aircraft on deck how much room is needed for taking off aircraft.

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Depends on airplane and load. I've been trying to figure this out for the Essex class book for a couple of years.

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What was the deck markings colour at the time of the battle of midway.

Some models I've seen show white and some yellow.

Does anyone have a top view diagram showing the markings.

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To the best of my knowledge they followed the Sam standard for deck marking as CV-8 (which where painted over just before Midway on CV-8) with the markings being white. Although the markings were slightly different between the two ships. And CV-6 also had her number on the fore and aft sections of the flight deck in what appears to my eye to be a darker shade of blue than the deck stain.

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bmkerr wrote:
What was the deck markings colour at the time of the battle of midway.
Some models I've seen show white and some yellow.

Just after she started staining the flightdeck blue in 1941, she had fat yellow dashes in two rows. By March of '42, the dashes were much narrower, but the color can't be determined from the B&W photos. From March '42 until just before Midway, there were two lines of dashes from the forward round down to the after round down, aligned exactly with the catapults. There was a centerline dashed line from the front of elevator #1 to the back of elevator #2. After Midway, the side dashes started at the after ends of the cats and went to the aft round down. Otherwise, the pattern was unchanged. The side dashes went to the forward round down at least until late late May of '42. The Midway photos are not clear about whether they were still on the cats or not. Clear overheads in July '42 show no dashes on the cats. Dashes were generally yellow or light gray in '42. The switch to white I believe came later in the war. Tracy White probably has that in his documentation somewhere. There were NO flightdeck numbers prior to 1943, and probably none until her '43 refit.


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OK, I don't have all of my documentation on this posted yet, but did have a new one go up earlier this month. The yellow lines Dick mentioned were hold overs from the prewar mahogany flight deck stain with yellow solid lines. When they started painting the flight decks blue (first experiments with flight deck camouflage in the Pacific fleet in 1941 were done with paint, not stain, which was found to be TOTALLY unacceptable. Planes were slipping around on wet decks even when chocked), they simply kept the yellow markings. When the first stains were approved, they were designed to match deck blue for the deck color and Ocean Gray for the lines. Note that these were not Norfolk 250 /251 or Flight Deck Stain 21. However, in July of 1942 Directives for the new Essex class carriers were released that called for 250-N and 251-N and a late 1942 document shows the Navy desiring those to colors to match 20-B and 5-O. Those are the colors desired in the purest sense.

Enterprise was note a pristine ship by the Battle of Midway. She had undergone many paint experiments prior to the way and had been very busy during it. Maybe they had problems with colors covering the old yellow lines and used white paint. Maybe they used regular Ocean Gray. I can say quite confidently what the Navy brass wanted but not what the ship's force was able to carry out.

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I've painted my enterprise flat white deck markings as Tracy stated that the Enterprise was not in great shape at the time of Midway.

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Free Time Hobbies have up for pre-order Infini Models' Detail Up Set for Merit's 1/350 USS Enterprise CV-6

http://freetimehobbies.com/1-350-infini ... -preorder/

From the photos it looks a nice set with a cost of $239.95 USD and does not include the wood deck. There is 2 deck sets sold separately, one in teak and the other blue for a further $69.95 USD.

http://freetimehobbies.com/1-350-infini ... -preorder/

I checked Infini Models' website but they have no details/pics about these sets listed.


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I'm sure it will be very similar to their Yorktown sets, which looked outstanding. Placed my order yesterday. With all the aftermarket and reference material I am accumulating for this build, coupled with my slow build pace, I may be looking at a decade to complete! But really looking forward to it.

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rotley wrote:
Free Time Hobbies have up for pre-order Infini Models' Detail Up Set for Merit's 1/350 USS Enterprise CV-6

http://freetimehobbies.com/1-350-infini ... -preorder/

From the photos it looks a nice set with a cost of $239.95 USD and does not include the wood deck. There is 2 deck sets sold separately, one in teak and the other blue for a further $69.95 USD.

http://freetimehobbies.com/1-350-infini ... -preorder/

I checked Infini Models' website but they have no details/pics about these sets listed.

It's a long time since the last time they updated the website. Many of their new products are still not on that website. But the new detail up set for CV-6 will be released soon. :smallsmile:


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It appears the buttresses and supports of the flight deck at the bow and stern of the Yorktowns was painted in the same color as the vertical camouflage. What was the underside of the flight deck/overhead painted?


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Depends on the camouflage. Solid schemes (Measure 21) it would be the same color as the vertical surfaces (i.e. Navy Blue). When in Dazzle, countershading was often in effect (white). I don't have any good Enterprise shots handy, but the Essexes had countershading on their dazzle schemes.

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Did Enterprise show any hull numbers in Oct.-Nov. 1942? Most of the pictures I have viewed have none visible.
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whaynes wrote:
Did Enterprise show any hull numbers in Oct.-Nov. 1942? Most of the pictures I have viewed have none visible.

Hull numbers were applied to most ships from late 1941 on. Lexington, Saratoga, Yorktown and Hornet had them fore and aft, and Ranger had them forward. So I am surprised that Enterprise did not seem to show any, although neither did Wasp. Flight deck numbers first appeared in 1943 when there were enough Essex class ships in commission to confuse the pilots.


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I traded a buddy of mine for a Merit 1/350 Yorktown but I really want to do a Midway Enterprise. Has this been addressed on this board? If so, please show me the way...

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the Yorktown's island is a bit different from the Enterprise's.
https://www.shapeways.com/product/SH2VP ... d=59605253


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