I bought some 1/96 scale Floating Drydock plans and found out I can measure the physical plans with a ruler to get the correct scale. Hilarity ensued and six weeks later I finally have something presentable... I believe this might be the most accurate drawing (in terms of scale) ever posted here. I started with the old Alaska drawing and ended up basically just redrawing the entire thing using the yard plans to get the correct dimensions. So, to those of you drawing real ships in 30 minutes or less and calling it "thorough"... take note. This drawing was not a trace but rather me sitting in my apartment alone with a ruler and some yard plans and actually drawing the ship using the real dimensions. It also resulted in me literally redrawing almost every USN part on this ship...
A "what if" drawing of Hawaii if it had been completed. I styled it after the late-war and immediate post-war combatants I've drawn; lots of HF whips, canopies over the conning stations, large hull number, etc. The forward superstructure was reworked on Hawaii and I have drawn it to the best of my ability given the very limited information (one grainy photograph). The SK has been replaced with an SK-2 and I am still figuring out how I can mount an SP fighter direction radar on the stack somewhere. The light AA fit has been reduced in places. An SC-1 Seahawk of VCS-17 is on the catapult.
The main change we have "proof" of is the replacement of the foremost 20mm tubs with a single 40mm quad in a tub with a Mk.51 director. The rest is entirely imagination.
For reference, here's the evolution of my Alaska class drawings from start to finish:
2008, in a non-Shipbucket scale I can't remember:
2008, drawn for Shipbucket using a very poorly scaled Conway's drawing:
2010, redrawn from Friedman's Cruisers which was still slightly inaccurate: