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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:43 am 
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OK people see if anyone can help.

Is there a kit available as yet for this class of ship or model ship plans?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:43 pm 
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Nothing yet in 1/700 & 1/350. And doubt it until after she is commissioned in March of 2016. A 1/1250 metal kit does exist. But that's it from what I've seen... I'd bet that the first one to have any kind of kit for this class will be Italeri in their 1/720 scale...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:19 am 
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There had been some public statements made recently that indicate that CVN-80 will be named USS Enterprise. Can anyone confirm or deny that yet?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:18 am 
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Confirmed by order of the SecNav himself back in 2012 http://www.defense.gov/releases/release ... seid=15708

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Like Timmy C said, announced in 2012... Actually it was announced on Dec 1, 2012 at the inactivation ceremony of USS Enterprise CVN-65... I was there that day... And it was an just an awesome moment when SECNAV made the announcement by video. There may have been only about 8000-9000 in attendance. But the cheer when the announcement was made CVN-80 would be Enterprise. I'd say it rivaled cheers at major sporting events, and I've been to many...

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I was able to see the Ford last week in Norfolk when I took a drive down the piers. The island and mast are noticeably shorter than the Nimitz Class. Bush was tied up on the other side of the pier so it was a good comparison. Ford also has a crease about half way down on the hull running parallel to the water line. It looked like it has a two gray paint job or it might have been the shadow. I could not tell.


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'Ford also has a crease about half way down on the hull running parallel to the water line' - I know I read somewhere that the forward hull has a distinct change in angle between the waterline and the flight deck. This allowed the use of flat plates - cheaper and easier to fabricate - as opposed to the gently sloping curve used on all US super-carriers


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Here's a bow on photo. I assume you're referring to the border between the light and darker gray. If that's not what you're talking about, let me know. I don't see any change in angle. It looks like a continuous, slight curvature. I suspect you're seeing a paint effect.

Click on the photo and you should see a much larger version where the "line" is easier to see.

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there is only 1 color of paint & the metal from the crease to the bottom of the catwalks is flat.


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It's a "crease", Bob. Warspite63 is correct - Chris Cavas of DefenseNews covered this back in 2013: http://intercepts.defensenews.com/2013/ ... t-carrier/

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The forward section of the Ford features a large underwater bulbous bow – a feature similar to that fitted on the last two carriers of the preceding Nimitz class. But the Ford also shows a pronounced inward knuckle at the level of the hangar deck – a feature, according to program officials, intended to reduce costs by making the hull simpler to construct.


The rest of the photos in that article should prove beyond a doubt that any differences in tone is due to shadowing from the physical construction, not paint.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:22 am 
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warspite63 wrote:
'Ford also has a crease about half way down on the hull running parallel to the water line' - I know I read somewhere that the forward hull has a distinct change in angle between the waterline and the flight deck. This allowed the use of flat plates - cheaper and easier to fabricate - as opposed to the gently sloping curve used on all US super-carriers



OK, that makes sense. Thanks for the clarification.


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