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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:29 pm 
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This information may be posted in this thread somewhere but I couldn't find it. (technology challenged at times)
What was her armament at the time of her loss? Did she still have all the 1.1's or were some replaced with twin or quad 40 mm's? Were her .50's replaced with 20 mm mounts? I am going to be working on a build of her soon and I wanted to do her right at the time of loss. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Mike.

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Like Enterprise, placing the intended quad 40MM in the same locations as the 1.1's would have caused #3 mount to interfere with the crane. (That is why Hornet was built with the original #3 location vacant and the mount further aft, while Enterprise copied Hornet's arrangement when 40MM were actually installed.) But Wasp required all additions to balance, port and starboard, to allow her to use all her limited fuel and not need permanent "ballast" to keep her level. The expected extra weight of the 40MM was probably why her new tub was added on the port side instead of further aft to starboard. However, at the time of her last refit, the new 40MM were unavailable so she sailed to Guadalcanal with the original 4 quad 1.1's in their original locations, and had a big empty tub to port. She never again entered a shipyard to have this changed. As for the light AA, she had a full compliment of 20MM guns, but retained some .50's. You will need to find a diagram to sort them all out.


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Dick, that is what I thought but couldn't find anything to confirm it. Thanks a bunch for the info!

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Nice photo of Wasp, pre-war. Date and location unknown. It looks like there are Vindicators on the deck, and **maybe** (??) Northrop BT-1s aft of the Vindicators? I can't really tell. Photo courtesy of Fred Branyan, who got it via a friend, who got it from a WW2 vets personal photo album.
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Photos of Wasp on Operation Calendar shows the Spitfires lined up for take off and a number of Wildcats behind the island, on the starboard side of the ship. Placing Aosima's model aircraft on the deck of their Wasp, it seems that the Wildcats would interfere with the Spitfire's takeoff if the Spitfires took off along the centreline. which is what I would expect. I can see three possible answers to this problem:
1. The Spitfires took off to the starboard side of the carrier. I doubt this.
2. The model aircraft are oversized. (I know that the ship is slightly under-scale.)
3. The Wildcats were sitting with their tails run out on outriggers. I know this was done on British carriers from 1942 onwards, but I don't know whether it was being done on US carriers at this time, at least.

The real answer may be something else altogether, of course. Does anyone know?


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The images I've seen of Spitfires launching during Operation Calendar clearly show them taking off along the flight deck centreline. The corresponding images of the Spitfires ranged prior to take off shows them spotted in a pattern similar to that commonly used on US carriers at that time. Wasp's F4F's had wings folded and the shots also show them parked facing fore-and-aft on the extreme starboard side, which means they took up very little deck width. Their spot does not interfere with normal take off runs.

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how many wildcats shown in the pictures?
"Wasp carried twelve Wildcats during the two aircraft ferrying missions she carried out with the Royal Navy to augment the dwindling defenses of Malta (Operation Calender, in April, and Operation Bowery, in May 1942)"
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Graham Boak wrote:
3. The Wildcats were sitting with their tails run out on outriggers. I know this was done on British carriers from 1942 onwards, but I don't know whether it was being done on US carriers at this time, at least.


US Carriers had outriggers, but there was typically at most one per "quadrant." I don't know Wasp's complement but know that the numbers varied during the war. Essex class carriers maxed out at three, for example, before the Navy started removing them to use the weight for other things.

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Thanks, particularly to Maurice. This means I have to make up more Wildcats beyond the four with extended wings I've already made, but this time with folded wings. So maybe it won't be finished this year, given other commitments. I was thinking of doing a couple more as Martlets, anyway.

Fortunately the kit does provide lost of markings for the USN types, if a very odd selection in type and number for the Spitfires.

My understanding was that the use of outriggers to run the aircraft's tailwheel outboard was invented on HMS Indomitable, date unknown for sure but not thought (by me) to be before 1942. Indomitable was in the Indian Ocean when Wasp was assisting the UK.


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It was most certainly pre-war, as this photo on CV-4 Ranger (from here) demonstrates.

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Thanks, that's clearly the same principle if somewhat over-engineered compared to what I understand the British examples to have been, They seem to have been a simple channel pivoted outboard with the tailwheel running into it. I dare say it was rather more complicated in reality than that appears.


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