Thank you sir, much appreciated
: Yes, the writing on the side was removed for
: combat. The practice was halted with the
: onset of the war. It is true that Akizuki
: was photographed running trials in May, 1942
: with the writing in place, but she was
: pretty much the only one, and you can be
: sure it was removed shortly thereafter.
: Splinter protection varied, but it was
: mostly rolled up hammocks and thick hemp
: rope coils hung from various points off the
: superstructure. In Chinese waters, late
: 1930s, there is some sandbagging on top of
: the bridge for a few ships.
: Enjoy your builds, Gary!