USS ATLANTA (CL-51) and all of the first four units of the class had ship boats stowed between the stacks and the boat crane at the time of Midway and after for sometime (until lost for ATLANTA and JUNEAU).
USS ATLANTA (and USS SAN DIEGO) had the SC-1 radar antenna of the foremast and no radar antenna on the mainmast. The standard authorized configuration was changed to the new SG radar antenna installed on the foremast and the SC-1 antenna installed on the mainmast for USS JUNEAU (and USS SAN JUAN) by the time of their completion.
USS ATLANTA had eight 20-mm guns by Midway and at least to late October 1942. Whether she had the boats removed and additional 20-mm guns installed in their place is unknown between late October and prior to her loss.
It isn't clear, but it appears that ATLANTA had three Mk 44 directors for her quad 1.1-in for the three mounts installed on the superstructure. It is less certain about the fantail quad 1.1-in since that mount was installed after shakedown.
USS ATLANTA had her entire hull repainted with 5-N (superstructure remained in Ms 12R(mod)) after Midway at PHNY.
I want to model my VF Atlanta as during the Battle of Midway and I got somewhat puzzled by some details.
It seems she no longer shipped her boat complement between the funnels. If yes, what was this area used for?
Did she had some modifications between shakedown cruise and Midway?
The VF kit includes simplified Oerlikons without shields. I'll replace them with the excellent two parts ones from l'Arsenal 2.0.