: I noticed the missing masts when I was
: researching my kit. There's the Java photo
: and I think one from Australia as well.
: Someone said they were retractable, but I
: think they were removed either to improve
: arcs of fire for the .50 cal. guns, or to
: reduce the over-the-horizon profile. Rick's
: speculation on preparations for adding radar
: is also plausible. Either way, the masts
: were gone when she was lost. Sorry that I
: can't help nail down the exact time frame.
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: Hello All,
: The Profile Morskie plans on the heavy
: cruiser Houston shows her without topmasts,
: unlike some other plans.
: I can't see the topmasts in the few photos
: from the period of December 1941-February
: 1942, but the photos aren't very good.
: Does anyone know the real story on her
: topmasts as she was in during the months
: before her loss?
: Art Nicholson