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    "What if" or "Never were" ships

    Lately I have been pretty interested in ships that never were and what not. Any of you guys that have been here a while know that I like to draw ships. I also play a game called NavyField that has a lot of what if ships.

    Here is one of my favorites. USS Lexington CC1 as an added bonus I have drawn what she might have looked like by the end of World War II.

    I invite everyone to post pics and discuss these interesting ships that never were...
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    Quote Originally Posted by maximusslade View Post
    Here is one of my favorites. USS Lexington CC1 as an added bonus I have drawn what she might have looked like by the end of World War II.
    Truly beautiful pictures! Feel free to post as many of those as you can, conjectural or not

    However...what about their main battery?
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    LOL I almost forgot about the main battery. The drawing is a sprite for the game I mentioned. The main battery is a separate drawing that gets dropped on top of this one. This is how it looks in the game.
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    Oh yeah, I should post the 1920 version with her main armament as well.
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    You can definately add the Montana class BB's to the list.
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    I'll throw in the fanciful USS United States (CVA-59)

    From DANFS:
    United States (CVA-58) was laid down on 18 April 1949 at Newport News, Va., by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., but her construction was terminated only five days later on the 23d. The "super-carrier" had been designed to launch atomic bomb-carrying, long-range aircraft and had been an object of controversy between the military services. Designed without a fixed-superstructure, the 1,090-foot, 33-knot carrier would have been, at the time of her scheduled completion, the world's largest aircraft carrier.


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    Awesome. Here is a sprite of the Montana, since someone suggested it. BTW, I did not draw this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumrunner View Post
    I'll throw in the fanciful USS United States (CVA-59)

    From DANFS:
    United States (CVA-58) was laid down on 18 April 1949 at Newport News, Va., by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., but her construction was terminated only five days later on the 23d. The "super-carrier" had been designed to launch atomic bomb-carrying, long-range aircraft and had been an object of controversy between the military services. Designed without a fixed-superstructure, the 1,090-foot, 33-knot carrier would have been, at the time of her scheduled completion, the world's largest aircraft carrier.


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    *There was a real good special on the race for the aircraft carriers. USS United States was mentioned, although she was scrapped days later after being laid down she would have displaced close to 100,000 tons which would have made her a "mammoth" in her day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maximusslade View Post
    Awesome. Here is a sprite of the Montana, since someone suggested it. BTW, I did not draw this.
    Very nice shot Max.)
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    I'll also add the never-completed, never-used German Graf Spee - She could have raised the stakes in the Battle of the Atlantic, had she been completed, not sunk by the Brits and had Hitler not been so keen on leaving his ships at the dock to be bombed.

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    The Improved Teggetthoff design...
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    Interesting...aside from making the ship top-heavy, why reduce the superfiring turrets to 2 guns instead of three? Would those guns be a different caliber?
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    I wonder if any pictures of the canned WW2 era Lion Class exist?

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    Rum Runner:

    The German Aircraft Carrier was NOT the Graf Spee (which was a Pocket Battleship and the Navy quiz of this board shows a picture of her being scuttled).

    The unfinished German Carrier was the Graf Zeppelin.
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    whoops! I had the wrong graf on my mind. thanks!
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