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  1. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    We have a what if with the Battleship Yamato as a memorial at the Yamato museum at Kure but it looks like someone decided to up the ante: Battleships Yamato and Nagato at Kure museum
  2. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    The next group are true actors Built in 1893 for the World's Columbian Exposition, this Illinois was a faithful reproduction of an Indiana class Battleship and was actively manned by Active Navy officers. Another view of Illinois Battleship Nagato as seen in the film 'Tora Tora Tora' The reality of a complete, full-sized replica film set. A closer shot of this Ersatz Nagato You never know what will turn up when you go beach-combing... Careful observers may notice another star of the movie in this shot. Again, another view. Carrier Akagi? Something is not quite right here... Well, it's another set like Nagato but that still doesn't cover everything. Something else is off here... Let's see if the 30 foot long filming models help solve this mystery... A picture of the real ship above a picture of the filming model: Now we can see plainly that the model and ergo the film set have their islands on the starboard side, unlike the real ship which was one of only two carriers with the island located on the port side. So the model and set don't match the real thing... But this DOES give us a true 'What if'... The reason for constructing Akagi and Hiryu with port side command facilities was to enhance coordination between division mates in Japanese carrier forces. The higher number of landing accidents suffered by Akagi and Hiryu discouraged the continuation of this practice. However... IF Akagi's sister Amagi had not been wrecked in the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923, it is highly likely that she would have looked very much like the vessel shown in Tora Tora Tora. By mistake rather than design, the ambitious Japanese set builders have given us Amagi as she would have appeared in 1941. A note on film sets... In 1970, before CGI, if you wanted to film it, you had to build it. Decades later, a Japanese studio would need a life size set for their film about the Battleship Yamato but with CGI technology, the film makers could limit themselves to building only the part they needed to interact with as a physical set, allowing the rest to be filled in with CGI... This is a 1:1 life size set... The part of the superstructure above the red line is CGI
  3. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    The search for good photo manips has been a bit dry lately but I have found some photos I think will be of interest. Two groups of pics today: The first group are warriors in the battle of deception. As we have seen above, the disarmed WW1 Battleship Centurion was outfitted with dummy weapons to impersonate the then modern HMS Anson, but Centurion was not the only ship to don a disguise in the service of her country. In WW1, the Royal Navy acquired some fourteen merchant ships and dressed them up to impersonate various Battleships and Battlecruisers in an effort to misdirect German attentions. These ships were not particularly successful for a number of reasons but did inspire a similar deception campaign in WW2 which had better success in fooling Axis observers and aerial reconnaissance. Including the above mentioned HMS Centurion, there were at least four such ships deployed in WW2 in addition to the fourteen from WW1. I present several here now: SS Mamari as the carrier HMS Hermes SS Pakeha and SS Waimana impersonate battleships HMS Revenge and HMS Resolution. SS Mamari can be seen behind them. Too successful? SS Merion disguised as Battlecruiser HMS Tiger. Merion would be torpedoed by a German U-boat, the survivors clinging to one of the wooden dummy turrets which remained afloat after the sinking. Another view of Merion as Tiger SS Manipur disguised as Battlecruiser HMS Indomitable The SS Princess (formerly the German steamer Kronprinzessin Cecilie) as Battleship HMS Ajax SS Oruba as Battleship HMS Orion One turn deserves another: SS Tyrolia (behind) as HMS Centurion. SS Perthshire disguised as Battleship HMS Vanguard A flaw in the original plan revealed! Here with the bulk of HMS Britannic looming behind them are SS City of Oxford and SS Michigan disguised as HMS St. Vincent and HMS Collingwood. They seem a bit small in context. Not shown are the following: Montezuma as HMS Iron Duke Ruthenia as HMS King George V Mount Royal as HMS Marlborough Montcalm as HMS Audacious Patrician as HMS Invincible Cevic as HMS Queen Mary
  4. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    The best look yet of Graf Spee in her disguise The details on the dummy 'B' turret are much clearer here.
  5. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    All images replaced! Goodbye photobucket! Now to find more!
  6. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    Repairs complete to pages 2 and 3. First page still to go. Someone can I get a check on what photos are still down?
  7. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    Since photobucket wants to change the rules and break my thread, I will be replacing all the dropped pics once I switch them to imgur. No cookie for you, photobucket!
  8. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    Still looking for new material. Today we have a "What if?" with Battleship Yamato preserved as a museum at Kure.
  9. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    Another take on an updated Yamashiro. Mid- 1930s rebuild 5 turret configuration.
  10. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    An official US Navy photo, One of her sisters stands in for battleship Washington, BB-47.A true Never Were.
  11. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    2017 has started off well for new finds. Here is another batch. First is more from Alt_Naval's Alt_Japan: Battleship Ise rebuilt as a fast battleship. As with Alt_Naval's fast Fuso, the ship now has only four turrets. Heavy cruiser Aoba rebuilt as a CL with 5.5" guns to allow for production of new CAs under the London Treaty. As with Aoba, here is Furutaka also converted to a light cruiser. Alt_Naval's Tangiri class destroyer Yugao, a small destroyer. These next two come from WesWorld: Atlantean Atlas class battleship. Atlantean Battleship Philomedes And finally, one of Alt_Naval's missing specials... "Have A Nice Day!"
  12. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    If you enjoyed the earlier Queen Victoria class battleships, more from Canis D: Montana in profile. An excellent pic of a Lexington class battlecruiser with full wartime refit. Battlecruiser Saratoga With conversion work begun much earlier during her build, Ranger sports a slightly different look than her older sisters Lexington and Saratoga. Conversely shown here is Constellation, a Yorktown class carrying 8" artillery... And finally... Are you sure we don't need another turret?
  13. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    Some new finds to share. First, in the category of REAL photos, FAKE ships: Another shot of Graf Spee sporting the fake 'B' turret. A member of the King George V (I) class, HMS Centurion is seen here masquerading as HMS Anson of the King George V (II) class
  14. Yagami_Crewman

    alt_naval and other never were pics

    Well it's a New Year and in celebration, I offer three new findings that are most definitely just for laughs... Akagi's original designer would go on to much greater success designing wedding cakes... "Hey, Saratoga! Enterprise! Look at my new stove pipe hat!" Fuso is on her high horse again...
  15. Yagami_Crewman

    Building a better Tsukuba

    I came across an article which claimed that when the Japanese were preparing to build the Tsukuba class, they solicited design proposals from Vickers and Sons. None were accepted being considered too expensive but one was supposedly a ship armed with 6 x 12" guns mounted in 3 centerline turrets. I could not find any sources for this claim. Does anyone know where I might find some verification on this design?
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