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Post subject: Re: Gleaves class destroyersPosted: May 21st, 2017, 1:29 pm
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Hi Colo

Although I'm no big fan of the aesthetics of WWII US ships, I very much like their camo. Fantastic work.

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Post subject: Re: Gleaves class destroyersPosted: May 22nd, 2017, 2:07 am
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VERY nice work!

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Post subject: Re: Gleaves class destroyersPosted: May 23rd, 2017, 7:42 pm
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A few more:

DD-484 Buchanan (May 1944) - Measure 12 (modified)
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Buchanan was the near-sistership of Aaron Ward (built side by side at Federal in Kearny, NJ) and almost identical in every aspect. DD-484 is painted in a different style of Measure 12 (modified), with larger splotches than DD-483.

DD-484 Buchanan (June 1944) - Measure 32/3D
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Buchanan was at Mare Island for a refit period in June of 1944 and emerged with additional 20mm Oerlikons on the bridge wings and 40mm twins aft (directed by Mk.51s in tubs nearby). Like most DDs of this period destined for the Pacific the ship was painted in Measure 32 (design 3D). DD-484 has received an SC-2 air search radar and an SG surface search set on the mast, along with associated IFF antennas on the yardarms.

DD-484 Buchanan (September 1945) - Measure 21
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Buchanan transported Gen. MacArthur to the USS Missouri for the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay on September 2nd, 1945. DD-484 ended the war painted in Measure 21 (all over Navy Blue 5-N).

All Gleaves class drawings are available here: http://test.shipbucket.com/drawings?cat ... ch=gleaves

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Post subject: Re: Gleaves class destroyersPosted: May 23rd, 2017, 8:11 pm
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Awesome work!

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Post subject: Re: Gleaves class destroyersPosted: May 23rd, 2017, 8:27 pm
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And another, this time DD-488 McCalla after its own Mare Island refit in January of 1945. None of the ships of this class were exactly alike. See if you can spot the differences!

DD-488 McCalla (January 1945) - Measure 21
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Post subject: Re: Gleaves class destroyersPosted: May 23rd, 2017, 8:31 pm
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Different searchlight mountings and the detail around the after mast are the most obvious.


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Post subject: Re: Gleaves class destroyersPosted: May 23rd, 2017, 8:52 pm
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It appears to be something slightly different in the AA mountings forward of the bridge. The ventilation cowls below the bridge wings are also of a different height, and the bridge wings themselves differ as well.

Most excellent work as usual anyway.

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Post subject: Re: Gleaves class destroyersPosted: May 23rd, 2017, 9:02 pm
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Post subject: Re: Gleaves class destroyersPosted: May 23rd, 2017, 9:22 pm
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Post subject: Re: Gleaves class destroyersPosted: May 23rd, 2017, 9:41 pm
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You guys caught most of the edits - the only thing you missed are the different locations of the upper fighting lights and the signalling lamp ahead of the mast. ;)

Anyway, another (probably the last for today), this time DD-459 Laffey as the ship appeared at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in Measure 21.

Notable differences are the heavier mainmast (used on all the early units built at Bethlehem) and Bethlehem's "square" type funnels with slightly taller funnel caps (as opposed to the Gleaves class with the Gibbs & Cox "round" funnels).

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