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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:38 pm 
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task force 58 wrote:
Can the 1/350 trumpeter North Carolina kit be built as the USS Washington during her Atlantic war period without heavy modification?

It depends on your definition of "heavy modification". The biggest difference was the layout of the 20MM and .50cal guns. I can give you my best guess about the differences. Contact me off line dick_jensen_44@msn.com


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:55 pm 
No one noticed the funnels are completely wrong but yet you're wondering about the scale diameter of the 16" rifles? None of you geniuses have calipers? Total :censored_2: in outline like most of Trumpeter's models. I've been on the real ship many times and viewed it from the other side of the Cape fear river and know this model looks WRONG.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:16 am 
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guest wrote:
No one noticed the funnels are completely wrong but yet you're wondering about the scale diameter of the 16" rifles? None of you geniuses have calipers? Total :censored_2: in outline like most of Trumpeter's models. I've been on the real ship many times and viewed it from the other side of the Cape fear river and know this model looks WRONG.

Some good news! Accurately shaped, sized and detailed 3D-printed products for North Carolina class battleships are available in several popular scales:

Here is a sample for 1/350 scale.
Funnels: http://shpws.me/O8YC
16"/45 cal. turret set (barrels are accurate, too): http://shpws.me/OBzG
5"/38 cal. twin-gun mount set with fixed trunnions: http://shpws.me/MCrd
5"/38 cal. twin-gun mount set with separate trunnions: http://shpws.me/MCrf
Mk.37 directors (angle-back): http://shpws.me/Obpc
Mk.38 directors: http://shpws.me/NW0D
Ready service ammunition lockers for 20mm Oerlikons: http://shpws.me/P98f

Most of these products are also available in 1/570 (for Revell) and 1/700.

If you are building USS North Carolina as she appeared after a fatal 1945 friendly fire accident destroyed the functionality of her port-side Mk.37 director, you'll need a single square-back director. The one damaged angle-back was replaced with a square-back (see photo below). 3D-printed "square-back" directors are available, too: http://shpws.me/JEkF

Please take advantage of Shapeways' FREE SHIPPING offer for sales of more than $25 on "Cyber Monday", November 27th.


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In doing some BB research, I've run across a curious discrepancy. Depending on the source, NC is credited with either 12 or 15 WW2 battle stars. DANFS says 15, but several books, including Alan Pater's "United States Battleships," say 12.

I have not run into this discrepancy with any other BB, and I'm wondering if anyone knows the reason for the difference in numbers. Pater lists the 12 as follows:

1 star Guadalcanal/Tulagi landings, 7-9 Aug. 1942
1 star Battle of Eastern Solomons, 23-25 Aug. 1942
1 star Gilbert Islands operation, 19 Nov.-8 Dec. 1943
1 star Marshall Islands operation, 29 Jan.-8 Feb. 1944
1 star Asiatic-Pacific raids, 1944
1 star Western New Guinea operation, 21-24 Apr. 1944
1 star Marianas operation, June 1944
1 star Leyte operation, Nov.-Dec. 1944
1 star Luzon operation, Jan. 1945
1 star Iwo Jima operation, Feb.-Mar. 1945
1 star Okinawa Gunto operation, 17 Mar.-27 Apr. 1945
1 star 3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 10 Jul.-15 Aug. 1945

The NC website lists three more campaigns, but battle stars are not mentioned, although I assume these are the missing ones:

Capture and Defense of Guadalcanal August 16, 1942 – February 8, 1943
New Georgia Group Operations June 30 – August 31, 1943
Bismark Archipelago Operations December 25, 1943

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:23 pm 
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North Carolina received 12 battle stars for World War II service.
http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/battlesh/bb55.htm


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:29 pm 
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According to this version of DANFS, it's 15.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:42 am 
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DavidP wrote:
North Carolina received 12 battle stars for World War II service.
http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/battlesh/bb55.htm


Actually it was 15 battle stars and she happens to be the most decorated US Battleship of WW2 to boot.

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