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Poll: All time favorite ships
Littorio
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Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2019 - 12:25 PM UTC
Second favourites;

1) HMS Renown
2) USS Enterprise CV6
3) HMS Belfast
4) HMAS Arunta (Tribal Class)
4a) USS Mackinac AVP-13 Small seaplane tender
5) SS Normandie
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 06:44 AM UTC

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It would be interesting you know what your second favorites are as well...




Only just saw this so 2nd choices....

1. USS Texas. Only dreadnought still surviving and I love how she semi-sank herself to get the extra range to shell the germans

2. USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) - Love the look and versatility of this ship and her sisters. But I built the Iwo Jima so she is my favourite.

3. Graf Spee - Interesting looking ship and has a good history.

4. Not a single ship but I love the V&W destroyers of the RN in general.
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 09:59 AM UTC
1. Battleship
USS Massachusetts – My first ship model at age 6, and the first BB I ever saw in person - I couldn’t believe how huge it was!

2. Aircraft carrier
IJN Zuikaku – “Lucky Crane” was arguably the best carrier in the world when commissioned, and for 3 years the luckiest ship in the Imperial Navy

3. Cruiser
DKM Prinz Eugen – beautiful ship!

4. Destroyer
IJN Amatsukaze – “Miracle Captain” Tameichi Hara’s command in the Solomons

5. Passenger ship
Noah’s Ark
RussellE
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 10:18 PM UTC
Oh, I'd forgotten about this poll!

Great to see it's been revived!

Rory great choice on the Texas! Fantastic that she's been preserved and is on my bucket list to visit at some point!

Tim, I'm with you on the Prinz Eugen, no doubt about that.

Interesting choice of passenger ship though


So to update my list with first and 2nd place

Battleships
- HMS King George V
- USS South Dakota (BB-57)
Carriers
- HMS Illustrious
- USS Enterprise (CV-6)
Cruisers
- DKM Prinz Eugen
- HMS Norfolk
Destroyers
- HMS Punjabi
- not sure
Civilian
- RMS Olympic
- RMS Queen Mary

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Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 03:00 PM UTC
Here's my choices:


All time favorite ships in each of the 5 categories below:

1. Toss up between USS Alabama and USS New Jersey. I've walked the decks of both. I live in Alabama and my father-in-law served on the Big J in Korea.
2. CV-10, USS Yorktown. I've walked her decks in Charleston, SC. Just so much history.
3. CL-12, USS Marblehead. The ship that wouldn't die. Fought along side USS Houston in the early Pacific battles.
4. DE Samuel B. Roberts. She fought like a battleship.
5. SS Constitution, I got to sail on her when I was 3 years old. Got seasick and threw-up in the elevator. My earliest memory.

Smooth Sailing!
John
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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 03:09 AM UTC
I'd forgotten about this one, too - I wanted to post some favorites here some time ago...

Well, I really have trouble to clearly name first and seconds, and I'm trying to toss in some new names, so here we go:

Battleship
Gneisenau - she is just a beauty imho and has a very impressive service record 1939-1941
HMS Warspite - probably the most impressive service record of a battleship

Aircraft carrier
HMS Victorious - just like the class, and to not name Illustrious again
USS John F. Kennedy CV 67 - served with her battlegroup and sailed on her for a week in 2000 - 2002

Cruiser
Admiral Hipper and Admiral Scheer - both probably not the most renown once, but the best service records of their respective classes. Hipper somehow is a little bit my all time favorite despite her design flaws...
HMS Norfolk (Bismarck chase, Scharnhorst battle of north cape)

Destroyer
I'd like to name a frigate, F225 Rheinland-Pfalz, for some very personal reasons
Z20 Karl Galster - for me the later 1936 boats are the most advanced destroyers of the DKM, the Z23+ very never really happy with their 15cm main artillery. And Z20 survived the war.

Well, no real favorites for civilian ships...(not that I don't like them, I simply can't name a special one)

Cheers
Jan

Destroyers
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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 04:54 AM UTC
I really don't have any ships in mind as a favorite but growing up along the Detroit river I would love to see a Laker (Lake Freighter)being offered. Something like the old Ford Motor boats that ran from Deluth to the Rouge plant in Dearborn.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 06:53 AM UTC

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...Constitution, I got to sail on her when I was 3 years old. Got seasick and threw-up in the elevator. My earliest memory.

John



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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 06:54 AM UTC
my choices are:

HMS Dreadnought a total innovative game changer
HMS Ark royal, reported sunk eleven times by the Germans in WW 2
USS Indianapolis for delivering the bomb to end the war
HMS Sheffield during the Falklands War
QE2 again for the Falklands War
RussellE
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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 03:56 PM UTC
Some great names popping up on this list...

John, New Jersey or Big Mo are on my bucket list to visit at some point...

Jan, fair call on F225 mate Good call out on Gneisenau as well Trumpy are releasing a 1/350 kits soon too

Tim, well spotted (sorry John )

David, QE2 hey? What became of her?
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Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 04:20 PM UTC

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David, QE2 hey? What became of her?



Russell, the last I heard she had become a floating hotel for the rich and shameless in Dubai.

p.s. I can't believe I'm the only one to mention the "Ark".
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Posted: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 09:47 AM UTC

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David, QE2 hey? What became of her?



Russell, the last I heard she had become a floating hotel for the rich and shameless in Dubai.

p.s. I can't believe I'm the only one to mention the "Ark".



Hi David,

TBH, I'm amazed at how little love the RN gets from model companies for it's carriers... The pioneers of naval aviation get one modern kit in 1/350 (The Ark)...

But then again, given how difficult it is (and expensive) to get access to the plans in order to develop an accurate kit, it's more than reasonable to understand why just about every other flat top from every other navy has been kitted up but there's only one modern offering from the RN in 1/350
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Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 05:22 AM UTC
Great topic, made me stop and think....

Battleships: (3-way tie)
USS New Jersey BB-62 ( my first ship in the Navy)
HMS Warspite (a long and proud career)
HMS Renown (a beautiful ship with elegant lines)

Aircraft Carrier:
USS Enterprise CV-6 (should have been made a national museum)
USS Saratoga CV-3

Destroyer:
USS Curtis Wilbur DDG-54 (commissioned her, a lot of good memories and good people)

Passenger: None
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Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 01:35 PM UTC
HMS Glowworm; and I just got one in 1/700 from IBG
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Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 11:00 PM UTC

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Aircraft Carrier:
USS Enterprise CV-6 (should have been made a national museum)




Indeed!
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Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 01:28 PM UTC
1. DKM Scharnhorst
2. IJN Taiho
3. DKM Prinz Eugen
4. IJN Shimakaze
5. RMS Aquitania
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 - 04:47 AM UTC

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Some really cool choices here guys!

Keep em' coming!

It would be interesting you know what your second favorites are as well...


What's also interesting is that it seems many of our favorites listed above have yet to materialize in kit form...



Second favourites:

1. RM Roma
2. HMS Illustrious
3. USN Cleveland class
4. RN Tribal class
5. SS Normandie
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 09:22 AM UTC

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Second favourites:

1. RM Roma
2. HMS Illustrious
3. USN Cleveland class
4. RN Tribal class
5. SS Normandie



SS Normandie... Good choice
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Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 02:37 PM UTC
Could not pass up replying on this one so here goes my list.

Battleships.......For my choice I have gone with the Bismarck. Just love her Lines and her projected power.

Carriers......Bunker Hill/Franklin...They both took one hell of a beating but superb crew work saved both Vessels.

Cruisers....Prinz Eugen....Just love her sleek lines and she survived the War intact.

DEstroyers......Yukikaze. Same as the Eugen.

Liners.....Andrea Doria.....Beautiful and well loved Ship with a Tragic and well documented demise.
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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 10:18 PM UTC
nice choices Mark.

Andrea Doria notably
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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 09:35 AM UTC
First, second choices
1) HMS Courageous WWI, USS Alaska CB1 (or maybe Strasbourg)
2) USS Lexington CV2, HMS Illustrious WWII
3) HMS Exeter, KMS Prinz Eugen
4) L/M class UK destroyers, no second
5) No opinion