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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:45 pm 
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Tracy White wrote:
Start with the Franklin kit for the extra quad AA mounts as well. She retained the single quad 40mm mount on the stern at that time, though.


That is the direction I am heading. I'm going to start with the Franklin and swap the island and single stern 40mm mount from the Essex kit. I wish Trumpeter was more like Dragon and wasn't as stingy with extra parts in their kits. One Sprue E from the Essex kit looks like all that you need to complete this.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:34 am 
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Hello,

I’m interesting in producing a model of Intrepid, representing her during the latter half of 1944. I’m pretty confident I know what the ship herself looked like. Where I am a little stuck is with the question: What tail or other markings did her airwing carry during this period?

Looking through my references I have three options:

Option one. A single white plus (+) sign applied to either side of the tail. This strikes me as the most likely.

Option two. A single white vertical stripe applied to either side of the tail, and a white stripe applied to the port wing. It is my understanding is that this was the marking adopted in 1945 and so is outside of the timeframe I’m hoping to represent.

Option three. A two digit number on the tail, underlined with a single horizontal white line. This is shown on the rear cover of the AOTS covering Intrepid. And is (unhelpfully) dated as 1944.

Any insight and or confirmation would be gratefully received.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:52 pm 
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This is from Warships Perspectives, Essex Class Aircraft Carriers in World War Two, by Glenn R. Arnold. For discussion purposes only.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:55 pm 
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ADavies wrote:
Option one. A single white plus (+) sign applied to either side of the tail. This strikes me as the most likely.

Option two. A single white vertical stripe applied to either side of the tail, and a white stripe applied to the port wing. It is my understanding is that this was the marking adopted in 1945 and so is outside of the timeframe I’m hoping to represent.

Option three. A two digit number on the tail, underlined with a single horizontal white line. This is shown on the rear cover of the AOTS covering Intrepid. And is (unhelpfully) dated as 1944.


According to this famous photograph (taken in November 1944) option one is right.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:41 pm 
Thank you Marty. I forgot I had that book.

Thank you Adam, the photo is very useful and makes for a very compelling argument. I think I have what I need now.

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Talking about Glenn R. Arnold's book - I think it is mistake in description. It should be 1945, not 1944. These markings are correct for early 1945.

Below F4U-1D Corsair from the USS Intrepid. This photo was taken in April 1945 during the invasion of Okinawa.

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Does the Trumpeter 1/700 Franklin kit depict the ship in her 1944 or 1945 configuration? I recently read that the Franklin lost her hangar deck cat prior to her first deployment, but did not get a port flight deck catapult until her refit at the end of 1944.

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Mikevpd wrote:
Does the Trumpeter 1/700 Franklin kit depict the ship in her 1944 or 1945 configuration? I recently read that the Franklin lost her hangar deck cat prior to her first deployment, but did not get a port flight deck catapult until her refit at the end of 1944.


Trumpeter 1/700 Franklin kit (like 1/350 Trumpeter kit) represents 1945 configuration. Of course there are some mistakes. But color painting guide you will find inside the box shows the ship in dazzle paint scheme (MS 32/6a (Starboard)/MS 32/3a (Port)). So it is right only for configuration from the second half of 1944.


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Hi:

I have a technical question about my current WIP build of 1:350 Trumpeter USS Hancock. I've attached two photos of where I am at present with the hull, along with a photo of the ARTWOK wooden flight deck for forward section. My question has to do with the two steam catapult channels on either side of the forward elevator on flight deck. ARTWOK kits come with minimal instructions or hints, so I'd like to ask the Essex Class modelers in the group, how to deal with these catapults. It is apparent that the catapults could be cut out per the lines on the piece, but should they? Additionally ARTWOK provides a second set of outline cutouts that includes the two catapults. Should these be pasted on top of the ones included in the deck section, or should the ones in the deck section be cutout and left empty to give some 3-D depth down to plastic deck section? In all of the many Hancock photos available, I haven't located any which show closeup catapult detail. I also have not seen any indication that catapult parts are included . I have the ToM's Modelworks set for Essex carriers, which includes arresting cable tiedowns and crash barrier supports but nothing for catapults.Any suggestions will be gratefully accepted. Thanks.


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The catapult tracks were flush with the wood deck, so I wouldn't cut out the deck pieces if you want to stay more true to the actual ship.

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Another Lexington question...

When did she receive the two quad 40mm mounts on the port side aft of the deck edge elevator? Sources I have checked say either early 1944 or mid-1945.

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Mikevpd wrote:
When did she receive the two quad 40mm mounts on the port side aft of the deck edge elevator? Sources I have checked say both early 1944 or mid-1945.

The two quad 40MM just below flightdeck level aft of the port side elevator were part of a "package deal" that was fitted to the Essex's. Those along with the three ouboard of and below the island on the starboard side were referred to as "outboard quad 40MM". The package generally included extending the two starboard, after hangar deck level mounts further outboard as well. (All of the outboards had to be removed to transit the Panama canal.) Lexington was the first of the class to receive the mod, and the only Essex to have the mod while retaining the quad on the face of the island. She was torpedoed in early Dec '43, and the outboards were installed during her repairs - completed by the end of Feb '44.


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Thank you, Dick

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On my Trumpy 1/350 Handcock with an Artwox deck, I removed the cat tracks and made replacements out of 0.010 thick plastic.


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Not quite ready yet, but what color were the 20 mm & 40 mm armament painted? Were they painted to match the camaflouge color where they were mounted or were they painted a neutral gray color?


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Nice looking model.
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Were they painted to match the camaflouge color where they were mounted

They were painted to match the surrounding camouflage

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