This was a unique style of bow enclosure - that I earlier dubbed "round-nosed, triangle-cheek", per its distinctive features - which was fitted to just three ships: Bon Homme Richard, Shangri-La and Lexington-II.
These were the first hurricane bow installations applied to any of the Essexes, additionally unique in that they were fitted directly to WWII-fit ships; these had not received any prior upgrade(s) to SCB-27 standards, but instead each got all of it - both SCB-27c and SCB-125 specs, including steam (C-11) catapults - entirely within a single, comprehensive refit. Thus, the moniker "combined", which I will use for ease of reference in future.
A scratchbuilt conversion of the Revell 1/540 kit to this fit was already in progress:
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Progress updates/discussion will be appended as "replies", below.
I continue to be amazed at your molding prowess... - Don Murphy January 27, 2008, 9:39:32
You're too kind, Skip! - Matty January 27, 2008, 20:57:47