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David Latuch
Post subject: USS South Dakota (BB-49) 1936 to 1944Posted: December 7th, 2017, 12:46 pm
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Here is the USS South Dakota (BB-49) as I believe she could have appeared in 1936.
Notice:
1) Tripod masts replace the cagemasts.
2) The mast platforms now have splinter shields and some are armed with .50 cal BMGs.
3) A 4 gun tube surmounts the mainmast fire control house.
4) A stern catapult and floatplane crane as well as a catapult atop #3 turret and a floatplane crane on either side of the mainmast has been added.

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Moving on to 1939-1940.

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Kannevets
Post subject: Re: USS South Dakota (BB-49) 1936Posted: December 7th, 2017, 1:57 pm
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She's no beauty like her predecessors, but she's a handsome ship nonetheless.

Great Drawing!


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Post subject: Re: USS South Dakota (BB-49) 1936Posted: December 7th, 2017, 2:48 pm
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Certainly seems within the scope of the reasonable. Would we not expect 5/25s to be shipped in numbers by this time? The forward above-deck 5/51s would seem like a logical trade-out, along with the 3" mounts.

You've got some stray purple in the top view around the midships boats.


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David Latuch
Post subject: Re: USS South Dakota (BB-49) 1936Posted: December 7th, 2017, 3:24 pm
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erik_t wrote: *

You've got some stray purple in the top view around the midships boats.
Thanks I forgot to remove the masking there. :oops:

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Post subject: Re: USS South Dakota (BB-49) 1936Posted: December 7th, 2017, 4:39 pm
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USS South Dakota (BB-49) (1939-40)

Notice:
1) Both Tripodmasts removed and replaced by modern mast structures.
2) Mk-33 Fire Control Director at the highest platform of the foremast platform with a Mk-31 one level down and flanked on either side by Mk-31 Directors and a 15’ Rangefinder forward with the same arrangement on the aftermast.
3) The 6in/53 cal. Guns were removed and replaced by 10 dual 5in. 38 cal.
4) Four quad 1.1in machine guns two forward and two aft flanking either mast with various Oerlikons in gun tubs.

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