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Re: If you use the Yorktown flight deck?
As built, the all three Yorktowns had two flightdeck catapults that were aimed straight forward (parallel to the centerline) from the outboard sides of the forward elevator. But the flightdeck tapered forward coming close enough to the cats that the wheel on the outboard side of an aircraft would roll off the side of the deck before the plane reached the forward round down. Hornet corrected that defect by adding a triangular piece of deck on each side at the very front, so that the deck edge at the very tip of the flightdeck was again parallel to the centerline and catapults. So on Hornet, there was more distance between the forward ends of the catapults and the outboard edges of the round down. Therefore Hornet's round down was wider than Yorktown's. The only way to achieve that with a Yorktown flightdeck is to add more deck to the front corners of the deck piece.
The Essex's took that a step further by totally eliminating the taper forward.
I am sorry I am bit lost here. If use the Yorktown flight deck to mate to Yorktown hull and appears to be Hornet flight deck, you add? I'm looking at both?
The worse then you have to figure is placement of flight deck gun tubs, rear round down gun positions and position of island in relation to all.
Actually, you don't cut a Yorktown deck to get an accurate Hornet forward deck. You have to add. The forward round down on Hornet was wider than on Yorktown. Hornet added a triangle of deck on either side forward so that on cat shots, both of the aircraft's main wheels could stay on the deck all the way to the round down. Otherwise it could roll the aircraft when the outboard wheel ran out of deck first. Wasp also had the wider forward round down.
Can be done. But the Hornet flight deck is about 5mm shorter and about 3mm narrower than Yorktown hull so careful centering is needed. Also the 20mm gun emplacements for both kits attached to the hangar deck bulkheads and the flight deck laid over. If you use the Yorktown hull gone are the locator pins for the Hornet gun layout and Hornet's 20mm tubs were not as finely molded as Yorktown
It maybe simpler to modify Yorktown Flight deck to that of Hornet, mainly the rear round down gun emplacements and the cuts in the bow flight deck.
Either way the 20mm tubs will be the pain.
I am considering trying to accurately take the Yorktown kit with the nice hulk and mating the Hornet flight deck and island - in simple terms.
Anyone tried this and see if it fits ? A cursory review of CV-5 and CV-8 shows only a few minor differences on the hull. If the CV-8 island is not accurate then I am sure Model Monkey can rescue that situation.
Thoughts ? Interested in a high degree of accuracy.
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