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Post subject: Re: Sims class destroyersPosted: September 12th, 2017, 2:33 am
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Awesome job!

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Post subject: Re: Sims class destroyersPosted: September 12th, 2017, 6:44 pm
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Post subject: Re: Sims class destroyersPosted: September 13th, 2017, 3:38 pm
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Cracking stuff! Superb...

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Post subject: Re: Sims class destroyersPosted: September 14th, 2017, 1:51 am
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This is ROE (DD-418) in April of 1943 while underway in the Atlantic. She is camouflaged in Measure 22, with the Navy Blue following the line of sheer forward. Measure 22 technically specified a horizontally straight line, but some of the pre-war destroyers were painted this way instead.

ROE shows alterations common for the units that survived the battles of 1942. Two twin 40mm Bofors have been placed atop the aft deckhouse, with Mark 51 directors in tubs next to them. A platform atop the same deckhouse supports the 36" searchlight and a 20mm Oerlikon, and a tub has been placed ahead of the bridge for a fourth 20mm gun. An SG surface search radar sits on the mast, immediately under the SC air search set.

ROE served in the Atlantic, escorting convoys to Europe and covering the Operation TORCH landings in North Africa. The ship was transferred to the Pacific in 1944, where she provided fire support for troops ashore on New Guinea. ROE survived the war to be sold for scrap in 1947.

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Post subject: Re: Sims class destroyersPosted: September 14th, 2017, 3:41 am
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Awesome work! I hope Hammann is going to be featured?

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Post subject: Re: Sims class destroyersPosted: September 14th, 2017, 2:14 pm
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Interesting note about Measure 22 noncompliance - I've never painted a ship before, but I suppose it's easier to follow a sheer line (perhaps the painter is hanging from the deck?) than to follow the DWL.

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Post subject: Re: Sims class destroyersPosted: September 14th, 2017, 2:19 pm
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Usual excelelnce.
Just one discrapancy I've noticed, The drawing says "April 1942", your accompaining text says "April 1943"

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Post subject: Re: Sims class destroyersPosted: September 14th, 2017, 2:26 pm
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Dang it, good catch. ;)

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Post subject: Re: Sims class destroyersPosted: September 14th, 2017, 5:20 pm
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This is HAMMANN (DD-412) in January of 1942, during a refit period at Charleston Navy Yard. She is camouflaged in the usual Measure 12 (modified) of this timeframe for the SIMS class.

HAMMANN shows yet another variation of the aft deckhouse arrangement, which was different for nearly every unit of the class up until the addition of 40mm Bofors somewhat standardized the configuration. Two 20mm Oerlikons flank the after conning station and 36" searchlight on its elevated platform, with the combination antenna trunk and battle gaff immediately behind. Otherwise the ship is nearly identical to her sisters.

HAMMANN would be sunk by a torpedo fired by the Japanese submarine I-168 while assisting the salvage efforts aboard the carrier YORKTOWN (CV-5) after the Battle of Midway. 80 men were killed in action.

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Post subject: Re: Sims class destroyersPosted: September 14th, 2017, 6:38 pm
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Yes! Was hoping she would be drawn (as I'm sure you noticed).

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