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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacfanweb View Post
    Yes. And I was just guessing on my age, it might have been when I was younger. But I still have it. Only one of all the models I built as a kid.
    Bathwater plays hell with decals, but the rest of the model holds up pretty well. At least that's what I've been told....

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    I actually built the Revell version in 1953 - it came in a long, square box - the original offering. An awful model from an accuracy standpoint, but it still sells. I think that ended up under fire from lighter fluid & BB's in the latter '50s in a local creek. Along with a few other similar models. It was time to thin the herd!

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    I had similar combat losses to BB guns, fire crackers and the infamous bick lighter. They would burn to the water line and simmer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfgun View Post
    I had similar combat losses to BB guns, fire crackers and the infamous bick lighter. They would burn to the water line and simmer.
    What a coincidence. Most of my models, whether ship, plane, car or whatever eventually met the same fate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebard View Post
    What a coincidence. Most of my models, whether ship, plane, car or whatever eventually met the same fate.
    Gentlemen,

    After all these long years, the fleet still is intact packed inside a cardboard box.... BB61 & BB63, along with the Hornet and a deck full of B-25's, DE & DD's, there is the Oiler, the Neosho, even the USS Alaska skirts the perimeter....of course the newer Midway and Coral Sea CV's are ever present... none of these models every saw a bathtub, but a number of cheap Monogram ships with the lead loaded counter weight certainly sunk under a barrage of soap bar dive bomber attacks..... just say'in.... "it might of happened that way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebard View Post
    What a coincidence. Most of my models, whether ship, plane, car or whatever eventually met the same fate.
    Cannibals, the lot!

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    Y'all are bringing back lots of memories of tiny firey car crashes from my youth, lol!

    Side note: is "firey" not a word? Spellcheck doesn't like it, and it's not in my paperback Webster's Dictionary. Hmm, "sidenote", too. I'll change that, but I'm sticking with firey.

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    Roman candles aimed at ship models on a frog pond!

    Good times!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiser View Post
    Y'all are bringing back lots of memories of tiny firey car crashes from my youth, lol!

    Side note: is "firey" not a word? Spellcheck doesn't like it, and it's not in my paperback Webster's Dictionary. Hmm, "sidenote", too. I'll change that, but I'm sticking with firey.
    'FIERY' for some strange reason. I like firey though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebard View Post
    'FIERY' for some strange reason. I like firey though.
    And I like that thebard corrected me! Fiery IS in my Webster's. Thanks!

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    Roman Candles ??? ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Roman candles aimed at ship models on a frog pond!

    Good times!
    Some guys had all the fun!
    You'd have been fun to hang with on a Summer afternoon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blidgepump View Post
    On 17 August 2018 I arrived in Norfolk to commence a two (2) day inspection of the USS Wisconsin, BB-64.

    The "Whisky" is permanently moored across from city hall in downtown Norfolk @ # 1 Waterside Drive.

    Mr. R. Clayton Allen is Battleships Operations Manager.
    Cell phone # 757-323-5405.
    Office # 757-664-1067.
    email - Clayton.Allen@Norfolk.gov

    A long story short " the email address on the website https://nauticus.org/ is non responsive. info@nauticus.org

    After e-mailing Clayton and cc-ing the info.nuaticus.org address I've still not got a response from the "Info address".
    No one at the reception desk could identify "who reads e-mails sent to that address".

    As I didn't have a first name contact until 1 P.M. on Friday, and Clayton Allen's daughter was getting married on 18 August I was scrambling to make "good contacts".

    The Public Relations Specialist Beth Bilderback appeared a bit overwhelmed by my appearance. (Photo attached.)
    I began to suspect the Nauticus attraction and the actual volunteers running the show for BB-64 are not exactly a hand in glove operation. Obviously the staff was unprepared for special requests. I have no doubt if you'd like to book an overnight stay aboard the Whisky it would be a smooth event. But as I was on a technical mission the wheels began to fall off the wagon.

    So it was time to avoid the negative responses being generated to my inquires and change my plowing technique.

    Enter Nicole Nussbaum !

    This young woman understood immediately that I was not looking for the normal "this is the port side and the other is starboard tour" geared for grade school kids. While she couldn't change city policy or override the rules she did get me in touch with the "docents with the keys".... and that made all the difference for the remaining time available on Friday and got me a "first up" start on Saturday.

    With the grocery list of requested photos from thread followers a course was charted and the battery condition of both cameras checked.

    For orientation the photos start at the bow and proceed along the port side towards the stern and then forward on the starboard side.
    As I shoot in a very high resolution (6MB) each photo requires downsizing to fit on the WAB.
    Please remember I've got a regular job and editing will be a slow process.
    All comments will be appreciated as I'm no expert on the Iowa's.

    So let's start at the bow.... the distinctive lines of the Iowa hull are illustrated in this photo.
    The black paint was applied last year. I learned that you can use special underwater $400/gallon paint and never take the ship out of the water.
    The docents couldn't provide an accurate answer but estimated BB-64 has not seen a "drydock" since the 1990's.
    I found this following image on the internet of the Iowa traversing the Panama Canal. Do not know who is credited but I thought it would compliment
    bilgepump's superb images. the Iowa's her breadth is 108' I believe the Panama Canal is 110' when the image was taken. Image is obviously before the widening of the canal. Kida shows just how monstrous these ships are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blidgepump View Post
    Some guys had all the fun!
    You'd have been fun to hang with on a Summer afternoon!
    The Buffalo Fire Department got to know my work on a regular basis back in the late 1960s!
    “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boilermaker9 View Post
    I found this following image on the internet of the Iowa traversing the Panama Canal. Do not know who is credited but I thought it would compliment
    bilgepump's superb images. the Iowa's her breadth is 108' I believe the Panama Canal is 110' when the image was taken. Image is obviously before the widening of the canal. Kida shows just how monstrous these ships are!

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    I like that photo! *****

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    Now picture USS Montana (BB-67). No wait, that wouldn’t work (if she had been built that is).

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