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1/72 USN Carrier Deck 1942-44
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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 08:09 AM UTC
Eduard continues with their series of 1/72 pre coloured photo etched Carrier decks. This one is for a US Navy carrier deck from 1942-1944.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 09:29 AM UTC
Eduard has made a booboo here. The flight deck should be BLUE as all USN Carriers had Blue Stained flight decks during the war. Note that sometime later in the war (during 1944 I think) a darker blue flight deck stain was adopted, similar to Deck Blue.
Also, if it's supposed to be a bit of Essex class flight deck, then the Essex herself was only just commissioned in 31st December 42, the rest of the class followed in 1943 onwards.

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Mike
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Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 08:06 AM UTC
Hi Mike
Thanks for the info. It's me that wondered if it was an Essex class deck, not Eduard. As I mentioned in the review I am certainly no expert on Naval matters I'm afraid to say. I did look at a number of images trying to figure out what class of carrier this release might represent. Both the Yorktown class and the single Wasp Class carrier decks seemed to be the most likely, as the few colour images suggested treated wooded flight decks. But I think the Yorktown and the Wasp were both sunk in 1942 and the big "E" [Enterprise] was being refitted during 1942-43.
The painted lines suggest an Essex class boat, so I put 2+2 together!!!
If it is in the style of a Wasp class deck, then there is the interesting possibility of sticking a Spitfire Mk V on it for the"Club Run" over to Malta. Also Gladiators landed on the Wasp while it was berthed at Scapa Flow.
Great thing Google.
To be continued I'm sure
All the best.
tim
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Posted: Friday, June 01, 2012 - 05:47 AM UTC
Hi Tim

TBH I wouldn't be too concerned which exact carrier the deck is based on, as very few would be able to tell. I would be very picky about the colour. Because as previously stated, all US carriers had their decks stained Blue, as early as 1941. The Blue changed later in the war (to a darker Blue) but I'm not sure exactly when.

As for the carriers themselves, Lexington was sunk in May 42, at Coral Sea, Yorktown in June at Midway, Wasp in Sept 42 off the Eastern Solomans and Hornet at Santa Cruz in Oct 42. Saratoga was torpedoed in either Aug/Sept 42 and didn't emerge from repair/refit until sometime in 1943 leaving Enterprise as the only operational carrier until the Essex was commissioned. Ranger wasn't deemed battleworthy enough to face the IJN, so was kept in the Atlantic.

I agree, you could park a Spit V on there and say it's onboard USS Wasp.

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Posted: Friday, June 01, 2012 - 07:39 AM UTC
Eduard's latest flyer shows both a wood-tone and a blue version. Something for everyone!