This proved to be more difficult than I thought it would be, and studying the photos revealed some definite design changes between the two ships, besides the mast arrangement. The first thing I noticed was that the aft end of the fairweather on Batfish goes straight down, and does not have the jog that Pampanito has. The next thing I noticed was that the ends of the bridge platforms are different. On the plans I have, both ends have sloped support structures under the ends. Batfish has no such structure on the forward end and a differently sloped structure on the aft end.
they added the rear gun deck back after it arrived at Muskogee because it had been removed and that he did not know if it is the original correct length and size round. The confusion continues…
Interesting about the hull steel, that the thickness increased 33% and so did the test depth. I can’t imagine how they must creak and moan when they go deep. And I can’t imagine the sheer terror of having depth charges exploding around you, knowing that any second could be your last.
Well, no, it's the FairWATER.I thought that it was the fairweather
Then it is open underneath with support brackets, and at the top there is a gap. The gap looks to be 3-5” wide, which at 1/144 scale would be 0.02-0.03”, which is doable, but the real deal is sheet steel and the thickness of my model will be somewhat thicker scale wise, so I’m not sure how well I will be able to model this, but I guess we will find out later.
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