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David Latuch
Post subject: USS Connecticut BB-18 ReBootPosted: May 31st, 2017, 2:35 pm
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Continuing on with my representation of my past works, here is the Connecticut-class battleships.

The Connecticut class of pre-dreadnought battleships were built between 1903 and 1908. The class was comprised by six ships: Connecticut, Louisiana, Vermont, Kansas, Minnesota, and New Hampshire. These ships were armed with a mixed battery of 12-inch, 8-inch, and 7-inch guns, rendered obsolete with the arrival of the all-big-gun battleship HMS Dreadnought, completed before most of the Connecticuts entered service.

The first five ships took part in the cruise of the Great White Fleet in 1907–1909—New Hampshire had not entered service to take part. From 1909 onward, they served as the workhorses of the US Atlantic Fleet, conducting training exercises and showing the flag in Europe and Central America.

During the American participation in World War I, the Connecticut-class ships were used to train sailors for an expanding wartime fleet. In late 1918, they began to escort convoys to Europe, and in September that year, Minnesota was badly damaged by a mine laid by a German U-boat. After the war, they were used to bring American soldiers back from France and later as training ships. The 1922 Washington Naval Treaty, cut the ships' careers short. Within two years, all six ships had been sold for scrap.

The USS Connecticut (BB-18) 1908:
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The USS Connecticut (BB-18) 1909:
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The USS Vermont (BB-20) 1917:
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Post subject: Re: USS Connecticut BB-18 ReBootPosted: May 31st, 2017, 3:28 pm
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Looking good!

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Post subject: Re: USS Connecticut BB-18 ReBootPosted: May 31st, 2017, 5:23 pm
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My comment here is much the same as in the USS Virginia thread.
Lookin' good. Check the top views. ;)
Speaking of the top views; I love how you did the cage masts.


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Tobius
Post subject: Re: USS Connecticut BB-18 ReBootPosted: May 31st, 2017, 5:36 pm
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Like the way the GWF trip around the world lessons learned are shown in the art. Great job.


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Post subject: Re: USS Connecticut BB-18 ReBootPosted: May 31st, 2017, 6:18 pm
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Top-notch quality.

Were the searchlight platforms actually planked over, or were they some sort of expanded-metal grating? Is this question even answerable in the 21st century?


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David Latuch
Post subject: Re: USS Connecticut BB-18 ReBootPosted: May 31st, 2017, 6:19 pm
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erik_t wrote: *
Top-notch quality.

Were the searchlight platforms actually planked over, or were they some sort of expanded-metal grating? Is this question even answerable in the 21st century?
To be honest . . . I have no idea :oops: Let look into it ;)

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Post subject: Re: USS Connecticut BB-18 ReBootPosted: May 31st, 2017, 8:13 pm
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erik_t wrote: *
Were the searchlight platforms actually planked over, or were they some sort of expanded-metal grating? Is this question even answerable in the 21st century?
Hmmm,
For me, due to their very "thin" size, the searchlight platforms were probably expanded-metal grating...
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Post subject: Re: USS Connecticut BB-18 ReBootPosted: May 31st, 2017, 11:32 pm
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Very nice drawings...only thing is, you announced the 1917 drawing as Connecticut and it's labeled Vermont. Easy fix, though! :D

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Post subject: Re: USS Connecticut BB-18 ReBootPosted: June 1st, 2017, 3:02 am
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I have a question. Was the Connecticut's rudder that long as a single unit or was it blade and flap as was tried on some Austrian ships? I do not see how it could pivot more than 20 degrees the way it is shown in relation to the screws. That sort of implies a huge turning circle.


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Post subject: Re: USS Connecticut BB-18 ReBootPosted: June 1st, 2017, 2:22 pm
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Looking good!

I can almost see an AU version of the later ships of her class being semi-dreadnoughts


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