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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 27th, 2019, 12:08 am
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Colombamike wrote: *
Colosseum wrote: *
fixed the broken filenames.
Not really Ian,
Post of 23 september 2017 still with...british drawings visible :roll: :?

Check this and fully correct/update your entire thread ;)
and obviously add more newer drawings ;)
Content deleted in that post as it's no longer relevant -- readers can refer to the OP.

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 27th, 2019, 3:44 am
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Great work, as always, Colo!
Colombamike wrote: *
Not really Ian,
Post of 23 september 2017 still with...british drawings visible :roll: :? [/color]
Check this and fully correct/update your entire thread ;)
and obviously add more newer drawings ;)
'No longer relevant' definitely fits. :lol:

Sorry, Colo...couldn't resist. :oops:

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 27th, 2019, 9:53 pm
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Thank you Ian for the Halford. As far as I know one of the reasons for discontinuing with the catapult equipped ships was the lack of space, and reserve buoyancy to add more 4m mm Bofors guns. The idea of carrying aircraft on destroyers was tested by the USN in 1920 (or there about), when a flying platform was added to the bridge structure of a 'four stacker' destroyer (DD-294 Charles Ausburn) and a small Naval Aircraft Factory TS-1 plane was used. It was a short lived experiment. Dutch destroyers built in the 1930's had a platform for aircraft but no catapult, this was a unique feature to the American destroyers

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: January 28th, 2019, 8:30 pm
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Great work.


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Colosseum
Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: March 14th, 2020, 2:08 am
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Adding a plan view to these drawings, which ended up resulting in quite a bit of rework. Interesting how drawing two different angles results in so much more fidelity in the finished product. I was intimidated for years by plan views, but now I love doing them!

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This is JOHNSTON (DD-557) during the Battle off Samar on October 25th, 1944. The ship is camouflaged in Measure 21.

JOHNSTON was one of the "square bridge" FLETCHER class destroyers, which incorporated a revised/simplified open bridge with improved overhead visibility. Wartime refits and revisions to the class added two more 40mm Bofors twin mounts amidships (abeam the no.2 stack), and replaced the 20mm Oerlikons normally fitted ahead of the bridge with another pair of twin Bofors. The SC-2 air search antenna and SG surface search antenna sit at the masthead (the standard authorized radar fit for destroyers by 1944).

JOHNSTON was sunk by gunfire in this configuration during the Battle off Samar (part of the larger Battle of Leyte Gulf), with 186 men killed in action.

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: March 14th, 2020, 2:40 am
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awesome drawing


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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: March 14th, 2020, 3:33 am
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Very nice work, Colo!

More info on her: On 30 October 2019 it was announced that the research vessel Petrel of Vulcan Inc discovered what is believed to be the deepest shipwreck ever located at 20,406 feet (6,220 m) deep in the Philippine Trench; the wreck is in pieces with no significant hull sections located. The wreckage pieces found consist of two destroyed 5-inch turrets, a propeller shaft and propeller, two funnels, a mast, a barbette, and unidentified piles of twisted hull, interior, or machinery debris. A track mark in the mud was found leading deeper into the trench, possibly suggesting the main wreck slid deeper still after impacting onto the seabed. However, as the ROV was already at its operational limits, it was decided not to investigate further at the time. The crew believe that the wreck is Johnston based on the visible paint scheme on the turrets, but this is currently unconfirmed.

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: March 14th, 2020, 4:49 am
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Another convert to Our Holy Lady of Multiple Views, but seriously that's a grand drawing, done the Johnston well!

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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: March 14th, 2020, 9:17 am
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Fantastic work, esp. on top view.


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Post subject: Re: Fletcher class destroyersPosted: March 14th, 2020, 4:15 pm
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More excellence. Bravo.

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