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Post subject: Scoutin' USAPosted: October 25th, 2021, 1:22 pm
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I have always like the aesthetic of US heavy cruisers, particularly the treaty era ones. I went digging through Spring Styles for something a bit different to what was actually made and immediately took a liking to this long, sleek, flush-decked desgin with highly raked funnels. If you take the guns off it looks like a yacht or something.

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Anyway, I have done some kitbashing before "onofficially" but I wanted to make a drawing of my own from scratch and this seemed simple enough on the one hand, but also large and pretty.

The sketch is obviously bare bones, so I added elements to flesh it out while keeping it as realistic as I could. I ended up making two versions.

For the first version, I tried to stay as close to the sheet spec as possible. The secondary armament listed on the sheet looks like nonsense, since it references a 4" AA gun that doesn't exist. However, I kept the intended batteries just swapped the calibers, so she has eight 4" low angle guns for torpedo boat defense, and four 3" AA guns. I omitted aviation facilities because they are not present in the original sketch nor mentioned on the sheet, and I was really struggling to fit them around all the armament clutter on the single deck she has.

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The second version is fleshed out on the assumption the ship is built in the same timeline as USS Pensacola was historically. I added aviation facilities in the obvious place and reduced the secondary armament to the standard four 5"/25 DP guns, and added their associated height finders and directors.

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I hope you like these! I may do more variants, either a hypothetical WWII refit of this design, or one of the other preliminaries in the same series, and add them to this thread if/when they materialise.

I've had a few rounds of feedback on the Discord channel but I'm open to more especially seeing as this is my first full drawing :) I do consider them "finished" at this point and I've been staring at them for a while, but I can be persuaded to do some further tweaks.


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Post subject: Re: Scoutin' USAPosted: October 25th, 2021, 9:57 pm
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Beautiful ships!

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Post subject: Re: Scoutin' USAPosted: October 25th, 2021, 11:48 pm
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I'd like to see a version modified to 1945 standards. Excellent drawings!


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Post subject: Re: Scoutin' USAPosted: October 26th, 2021, 7:34 am
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Welcome aboard, very impressive drawings. Always good to see these USN never-weres brought to life.

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Post subject: Re: Scoutin' USAPosted: October 26th, 2021, 7:53 am
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Yes very nice entry into the shipbucket! Welcome and good job!

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Post subject: Re: Scoutin' USAPosted: October 26th, 2021, 5:06 pm
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I don't have much to add--great submissions.


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Post subject: Re: Scoutin' USAPosted: October 27th, 2021, 9:57 am
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Thank you all :mrgreen:

I've started a different project but I will return to this to make a wartime version, I know what equipment I'm going to use and where to put it, just need to modify the drawing.


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Post subject: Re: Scoutin' USAPosted: October 27th, 2021, 11:15 pm
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That sounds great! Looking forward to seeing it.


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Post subject: Re: Scoutin' USAPosted: October 31st, 2021, 5:36 pm
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Very well done! Welcome aboard!


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