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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 20th, 2019, 9:14 pm
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As always magnificent work, but if I may, maybe you'll consider doing one of the aircraft equipped Fletcher class (DD-447 Pringle for instance)?

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 20th, 2019, 9:38 pm
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Beautiful.

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 21st, 2019, 1:44 am
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Awesome job, as always, Colo!

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 21st, 2019, 11:19 am
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Magnificent drawing! It is extremely and nicely detailed!


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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 21st, 2019, 10:14 pm
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Excellent additions.

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 22nd, 2019, 11:17 am
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Fabulous drawings as ever Ian!

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 22nd, 2019, 11:39 pm
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Thanks all.

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This is HEERMANN (DD-532) in October of 1944 at the Battle off Samar. She is camouflaged in Measure 31/24D, with Dull Black over Haze Grey.

HEERMANN was the only American destroyer to survive the Battle off Samar. Heavily damaged, the ship sailed to Kossol Passage for temporary repairs before retiring to the Mare Island Navy Yard for a refit and repair period. The ship later participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima and the actions off Okinawa. HEERMANN survived the war, serving in the post-war US Navy, before finally being sold to Argentina in 1961. Renamed ALMIRANTE BROWN (D-20), the ship served in the Argentine Navy until it was finally sold for scrap in 1982.

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 23rd, 2019, 12:10 am
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I've said it before, but I appreciate that your modern offerings are just as much history lesson as pixel art.

(and they're excellent in both senses)


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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 26th, 2019, 10:56 pm
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Thanks Erik -- for me a drawing isn't great without some historical context.

Also, updated the OP with all current drawings and fixed the broken filenames.

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This is HALFORD (DD-480) in April of 1943 while undergoing an inclining test at Puget Sound Navy Yard. She is camouflaged in Measure 21.

HALFORD was one of the experimental "aircraft-handling" FLETCHER class destroyers. Six of the original 24 ships were ordered to be completed with a catapult and crane for launching and recovering a single OS2U Kingfisher scout plane. Ultimately only three of the six ever actually operated a plane at sea, and the concept was considered flawed by the Navy in light of the destroyers' normal operation alongside carrier task forces, but pressure from above pushed the project along. All six DDs were returned to standard configuration after the design proved ineffective.

The "aircraft-handling" group of modifications included the removal of mount 53 and the after torpedo tubes and their replacement with a compressed-air driven catapult. The catapult itself was a slightly modified version of the type used aboard the OMAHA class cruisers and was designated the Type A Mark 4 Mod.1. The original design for the aircraft-handling ships included a center line mounted boom-and-kingpost crane fitted just aft of the no.2 stack, but in trials this design was disappointing a new crane type was commissioned. HALFORD was fitted with the updated crane, itself a modified version of those used on cruisers. Unfortunately it could not fit on the centerline, so was mounted on the port side main deck abeam the no.2 stack. It was powered by winching gear mounted on the main deck, and the knuckle was hinged to allow it to be laid flat on the deck when not in use. The modifications also added repair shops for the aircraft and an aviation fuel tank in the stern. The after conning station normally sited on the deck house between mount 53 and 54 was relocated to the searchlight platform on the aft stack, a modification later performed on all the rebuilt "round bridge" FLETCHERs and standard on all the "square-bridge" types.

Otherwise, HALFORD has a fairly standard early-to-mid war configuration for a FLETCHER class destroyer. She has not yet received amidships 40mm Bofors, but one twin 40mm mount sits on the fantail between the depth charge tracks, controlled by a Mark 51 director. HALFORD also has 20mm Oerlikon guns atop the pilot house and in a small tub forward of the bridge; this was a design created by the Boston Navy Yard for the BENSON/GLEAVES class destroyers and later authorized for use on FLETCHERs as a stopgap measure to get more guns onto each ship. The ship's radar fit is the standard SC-2 air search and SG surface search, with a Mark 4 "FD" fire control/ranging radar on the Mark 37 director.

HALFORD would survive the war, being decommissioned shortly after the Japanese surrender, ultimately being scrapped in 1970.

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 27th, 2019, 12:03 am
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Colosseum wrote: *
fixed the broken filenames.
Not really Ian,
Post of 23 september 2017 still with...british drawings visible :roll: :?

Check this and fully correct/update your entire thread ;)
and obviously add more newer drawings ;)


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