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Cunardfan
Post subject: Re: Essex Class CarriersPosted: August 1st, 2017, 8:37 pm
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I thought someone had started her...thanks for confirming it.
Looking back it was Charybdis himself that had started it back in 2013.

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Post subject: Re: Essex Class CarriersPosted: August 1st, 2017, 10:18 pm
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I will get round to finishing Ranger and the Yorktowns. I lost a folder with a lot of drawings in. Thanks for all the comments.

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Post subject: Re: Essex Class CarriersPosted: August 1st, 2017, 10:21 pm
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You've done some pretty impressive stuff so far. Keep it up. Hope you'll also do the Midway class as it was built to.


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Post subject: Re: Essex Class CarriersPosted: August 14th, 2017, 11:19 am
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I'm planing on doing the early units of this class, the "long bow" units and, time permitting, the SCB conversions.
Hi Charybdis,
Any additional drawings to come ?


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Post subject: Re: Essex Class CarriersPosted: August 15th, 2017, 1:09 pm
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Some inspiration: ;)

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Post subject: Re: Essex Class CarriersPosted: August 16th, 2017, 10:36 am
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Hi Charybdis,
Any additional drawings to come ?
Colosseum wrote: *
Some inspiration: ;)
My time for shipbucket is considerably less than last month but I am continuing with this mammoth task. Most of my available time is spent researching and looking at photos but I will have some more drawings up soon.... watch this space.

That's a great photo btw. I certainly am inspired researching this amazing class!

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Post subject: Re: Essex Class CarriersPosted: August 17th, 2017, 3:35 pm
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This is CV-11 INTREPID in February 1944 during operation HAILSTONE. The 5th Essex class carrier to enter the fray, she joined Task Force 58 at Pearl on 10 Jan 44. Along with ESSEX and CABOT, she made up Task Group 58.2.

One of 9 Essex class to be build at Newport News, VA, INTREPID was laid down 6 days before the attack on Pearl Harbour and Commissioned in August 1943.

During her fitting out at Norfolk, her AA fit was upgraded. By moving mounts closer together, extra 20mm guns could be added bringing them upto 55. She also received an extra 2 40mm tubs on the starboard aft main deck.

INTREPID was fitted with an H IVA athwartships hangar deck catapault with an outrigger that could be stowed in the upright position on port and starboard. The design feature of the hangar deck catapult was fitted only to the units YORKTOWN, INTREPID, HORNET, FRANKLIN, BUNKER HILL and WASP. It was supposed to provide an emergency launch option in case the flight deck was inoperable. However, through wartime experience it was assumed that if the flight deck had been damaged to such a degree, the ship would probably be listing, rendering the hangar deck catapult useless. For this reason, it was omitted from the later units.

Another visible difference from ESSEX, is the reduction of radio masts from 5 to 4.

INTREPID went into action by attacking Japanese bases in the Marshall Islands as support for the US landing on Kwajalein Atoll. Operation HAILSTONE: On February 14 while attacking Truk in preparation for a landing on Eniwetok, she was struck starboard side aft by an Japanese aerial torpedo which wrecked her steering. The rudder was jammed to port and to counter act this, the port screws were ran at high speed while idling the starboard screws. As the ship limped home to Pearl the wind picked up and she started to corkscrew. The crew then jury rigged a sail from canvas bags along the forcastle deck and enabled her to reach Pearl Harbor on the 24th Feb.

After permanent repairs at Hunter's Point, CA, INTREPID rejoined the fray in August 1944 with TF 38. She had an illustrious career, her planes scoring hits on MUSASHI but also being hit thrice by kamakazes. After the war, she was placed in reserve in March 1947.
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Post subject: Re: Essex Class CarriersPosted: August 17th, 2017, 3:59 pm
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Colosseum wrote: *
Some inspiration: ;)
Truly inspiring.... The power of American industry. We lost 4 out of 7 carriers in 11 months. By 1943, we had 7 Essex, 9 Independence, and swarms of Escort Carriers in commission and more Essex class carriers building.

Is that the Enterprise on the left (without the scatter paint job) or another Essex? I can't see close enough to see if it has bridge turrets.

Also the smaller carriers on either side of that ship, are those Independence Class or are they escort carriers?

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Post subject: Re: Essex Class CarriersPosted: August 17th, 2017, 4:04 pm
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Is that the Enterprise on the left (without the scatter paint job) or another Essex?
That's CV-16 LEXINGTON. She never received a dazzle paint job and was one of the reasons she was called the Blue Ghost.

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Post subject: Re: Essex Class CarriersPosted: August 17th, 2017, 8:38 pm
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Also the smaller carriers on either side of that ship, are those Independence Class or are they escort carriers?
The one closest the camera is definitely is an Independence Class . The small crane in front of the bridge and sharp bows are clearly a tell tale mark. Incidentally the Independence class bridge was of the same design as the one for escort carriers' if memory serves ;)

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