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    There are no "curves" in any of the Class A or B...

    There are no "curves" in any of the Class A or B plates. Where they have to "move" inboard to be within the proper distance from the shell lines there are "knuckles" at specific frames machined by...
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    That is EXACTLY the warnings I was giving future...

    That is EXACTLY the warnings I was giving future Battleship "owners" when I started inspecting them way back in 1997 for museum/memorial/educational centers.

    O'myGosh! That was 20 years ago.
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    Yes but the key bar (and the slots in the belts)...

    Yes but the key bar (and the slots in the belts) is wider. It's hard to scale from such an old and fuzzy drawing, but the key way is dead center of the 12" thick plate edges and is 3" to 4" wide. ...
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    GAWK! CHOKE! SPIT! Any way this crow can be...

    GAWK! CHOKE! SPIT!

    Any way this crow can be made to taste better?

    In cleaning up all of my manuals, notes and plans to donate to the Iowa (or throw out) before I kick the bucket, I finally...
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    To be truthful, I never needed to go that far fwd...

    To be truthful, I never needed to go that far fwd or aft to look at bhd 4. It is true that along the machinery spaces from the 2nd deck on down is "only" 25# plate with watertight doors in it. One...
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    It all depends upon the thickness of the plating...

    It all depends upon the thickness of the plating as to how extreme the "gap" has to be to have a FULL penetration weld on REVERSE polarity. Reverse polarity has the POSITIVE end of the arc in the...
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    Part of the class A plate. Not hard to do as I...

    Part of the class A plate. Not hard to do as I said previously, the edges are NOT face hardened (kept "soft" with wet asbestos during heating) so they can be machined as key lock edges or grooves...
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    Like your 2nd drawing. NOT THE ONE SHOWING IN...

    Like your 2nd drawing. NOT THE ONE SHOWING IN THIS REPLY. Don't feel bad about carpentry terms. I'm not a carpenter either but have done it when I had to. I'm better at cabinet making or restoring...
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    No. It's more like simple cleat lap lumber for...

    No. It's more like simple cleat lap lumber for your house siding. But the "groove" is on the inboard side of the class B so the class A does not slip off.

    As for my health, the heat wave here in...
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    Oh how I would "love" to have one of them as my...

    Oh how I would "love" to have one of them as my Hospice shower nurse.

    At MY age? Just kidding (I think).

    But I'm back to driving on my own again and no longer have to ask a relative or a...
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    It was '93' in San Diego. I proudly display the...

    It was '93' in San Diego. I proudly display the plaque the ship gave me for such an enjoyable day.

    You see, I was already on the ship officially finishing up the repair of your cargo-weapons...
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    Michigan Guy said: "I don't see how they could add VLS without removing a turret ---"

    Buy my book and you will see how in chapter 34. By the way, all royalties go to the Pacific Battleship...
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    Well, on the port & stbd longitudinal armor bhds...

    Well, on the port & stbd longitudinal armor bhds the keyways are longitudinal of course so the upper belt does not slip off into the void inboard of torpedo bhd 3. The transverse armor bhds at...
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    Keyway "slots". The lower Class B armor is first...

    Keyway "slots". The lower Class B armor is first installed (obviously). The top edge is a miter type slot on the inboard side. The heat treatment of the Class A is done such a way as to leave all...
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    Sticky: "The Wackiest Ship In The Army"? In the movie...

    "The Wackiest Ship In The Army"? In the movie and TV show it was still called the USS Echo. But the real ship was a "secret raider". The only other photo I saw of her was when the :Life Boat" was...
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    Since I'm still alive for the next few months,...

    Since I'm still alive for the next few months, I'm still in contact with the rest of the founding members of the Pacific Battleship Center and those restrictions apparently have not been lifted yet....
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    You are correct. There are still Naval...

    You are correct. There are still Naval restrictions on those two ships. You can read them in detail in REVISION "B", Chapter 34 of my book.
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    Sticky: Just wild Donkey guess without looking it up: ...

    Just wild Donkey guess without looking it up: Paul Revere's Silversmith shop? He was also a Naval Architect and designed many warships & oversaw their construction. That's not taking into...
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    Sticky: Ill pass on a question for now, I had one all...

    Ill pass on a question for now, I had one all written out but my daughters computer seems to have sent into the Twilight Zone. And now I have forgotten what it was.
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    Sticky: There are two versions of the book. A 7"X9"...

    There are two versions of the book. A 7"X9" first edition in a yellow cover & Revision "B" just off the presses 8 1/2"X11" with a white cover.
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