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Why is my ship more famous then yours ?
bushman
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 07:33 AM UTC
USS Ogden LPD-5. I went aboard her at age 17 and served 5 years and 4 months aboard her before going on to serve on Spruance class destroyers. She was my favorite ship, kind of like "your first love".
Ron W.
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 05:35 AM UTC
It's hard to pick and I would get a Dunkerque/Strasbourg, a Marblehead, but my most wanted would be a HMS Furious/Glorious/Courageous
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 05:29 AM UTC

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It’s an even tie for these two ships, the USS Samuel B. Roberts and the fletcher class USS Johnson. Both were for the heroic actions during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the battle off Samar. These ships bore the massive might of the Japanese Navy center force under admiral Kurita. Task force Taffy three was outnumbered and outgunned in the largest mismatch of naval firepower in history but due to the actions of these two ships and the others in taffy three, they somehow held off Kurita and eventually forced him to withdraw. These ships embody the spirit of the greatest generation of brave men the world has ever seen. The sacrifice they gave, to ensure the landing force at Leyte wasn’t wiped out, was above and beyond the call of duty and should never be forgotten



I'll second that - I'm about to read " Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors " for the third time !
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 04:43 AM UTC
How about the USS Maddox DD 731 - my late Father in Law served aboard her in WW II and post war in occupied Japan . Late war Sumner class - survived a Kamikaze hit off Formosa ,served in Korea and fired the opening shot in Vietnam .

I thought Dragon would certainly release a Sumner Class as they have most of the tooling already from their Gearing Class kits .
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 02:43 AM UTC
Wow! What an old thread! Whatever did happen to Alec?

For me, I'm going without hesitation to the ship that took down the Bismarck! HMS King George V
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Indiana, United States
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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:37 AM UTC
It’s an even tie for these two ships, the USS Samuel B. Roberts and the fletcher class USS Johnson. Both were for the heroic actions during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the battle off Samar. These ships bore the massive might of the Japanese Navy center force under admiral Kurita. Task force Taffy three was outnumbered and outgunned in the largest mismatch of naval firepower in history but due to the actions of these two ships and the others in taffy three, they somehow held off Kurita and eventually forced him to withdraw. These ships embody the spirit of the greatest generation of brave men the world has ever seen. The sacrifice they gave, to ensure the landing force at Leyte wasn’t wiped out, was above and beyond the call of duty and should never be forgotten
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Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 09:46 AM UTC
Interesting old thread. My choice would be the Omaha class light cruisers. Particularly USS Marblehead (CL-12) involved in US Asiatic fleet early in the war and USS Raleigh (CL-7) who was damaged at Pearl Harbor, repaired and returned to service. I love the look of the old cruisers.
John
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Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 01:30 AM UTC
Thanks Mark. I'll have to check that out when I get home tonight.

Cheers,
C.
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Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 01:09 AM UTC
Charles, If you are interested, there is a good 2 part documentary called "Search for the Northwest Passage", you can find it on the Timeline page on YouTube. Part 1 covers the the Franklin expedition and Part 2 the Amundsen expedition. Really fascinating stuff, especially Amundsen's totally unorthodox approach to the problem. Anyway, after reading, "At Close Quarters" by Robert Bulkley (he commanded MacArthur's evacuation from Corregidor) I have to go with the ELCO 80' PT boats. Those boats and their crews did some pretty amazing things.
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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 11:58 PM UTC
Interesting post! Although I'm not much of a ship builder I could be convinced to convert if there were scale models made of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Both I believe originally warships converted for exploration and abandoned during the ill fated Franklin Expedition. After having read a book on this topic many years ago I have always thought building a model of one or both of these ships would be an interesting challenge.

Cheers,
C.
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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 09:40 PM UTC
I am gonna go with the French Battleship Dunkerque. She is a gorgeous ship that doesn't get enough love. She is responsible for the Jean Bart and the Richelieu class. She is just a pleasure to look at and would love a 1/700 version.
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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 09:33 PM UTC
USS Essex CV9, first of the "modern" purpose built carriers which spawned an entire class that won the war in the Pacific, then lived on into the space age. But I also have to also agree with Biggles-- the USS Buckley, DE 51 which was the only US ship to engage in hand-to hand combat with the enemy since the Civil War.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 07:48 PM UTC

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The US 44 gun frigates designed by Humphries. They were the first ships to force the Royal Navy to avoid action at even odds.



As was said in "The Great Escape": Up the rebels! Down the British!



This is some mighty Threadnomancy in action

My choice would be a Warrior Class strike Craft of the South African Navy. Absolutely not famous at all but she was the first warship I ever set foot on as a bright eyed 8 year old and they stuck with me. Also I would love to have a vessel of my homeland on my shelf

I know there is a 1/72 scale resin kit out there but its stupid expensive and way to big for me. I prefer my ship kits at 1/350.
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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 02:56 PM UTC

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The US 44 gun frigates designed by Humphries. They were the first ships to force the Royal Navy to avoid action at even odds.



As was said in "The Great Escape": Up the rebels! Down the British!
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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 06:06 AM UTC
On a slightly different approach, what has happened to Alec?
Things have gone very quiet around Alec's dioramas.
Julian
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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 05:57 AM UTC
The US 44 gun frigates designed by Humphries. They were the first ships to force the Royal Navy to avoid action at even odds.
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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 01:34 PM UTC
Hey Alec,

Great thread, what fun! My nomination would be Noah's Ark in 1/350 scale (I once scratchbuilt one in 1/700).

It wasn't a warship, and it did only manage the one voyage... but then again it saved the human race from extinction, right?
Not bad for a simple design built by amateurs on a tight timeline!
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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:35 PM UTC
HMAS Melbourne. What other ship has sliced two destroyers apart? Not being flipant or disrespectful. I am sure nearly every Aussie modeller would like to build her.
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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 06:56 AM UTC
Let me just say the USS Buckley, DE51, of 1944. Not only rammed U66, but was then boarded by crew members of the U-boat who fought hand-to-hand with the Buckley crew! And was then rammed in turn by the drifting U66 before sinking it. A real mixed bag.
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Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 07:04 PM UTC
HMS Glowworm. Last known ramming attack by a naval vessel. The sheer audacity.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Posted: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 04:28 PM UTC
Hi Al
For me the choice is simple.
HMS Tiger and second HMS Iron Duke.
Hms Tiger is the best looking warship ever,
and as for Iron Duke, Jellicoes flaship at Jutland.
Cheers
Colin Swager
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 02:08 AM UTC
SMS Goeben - The longest serving WWI dreadnaught and the last WWI dreadnaught to leave active service. Served the German Empire (1911), the Ottoman Empire and modern day Turkey until the 1960s. Also one of the/the longest serving dreadnaughts since it was in service the whole time unlike say the Iowas who spend time "mothballed"

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Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 12:07 AM UTC
USS Enterprise (CVN-65). She's been just about everywhere, from the Cuban Missile Crisis to Vietnam to dropping bombs in Afghanistan. AND...she's even a movie star (Top Gun anyone?) She's currently on deployment yet again. She's a grand old lady and one of most beautiful ships I've ever seen! Proud to say she was my 1st ship in the Navy! 1/350 would be just fine!
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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 01:00 PM UTC
The WWI Armoured Cruiser HMS Kent from Battle of the Falkland Islands November 11th 1914.

SMS Nürnberg had a 10 mile led on Kent and was, on paper, faster, but Nürnberg needed an engine overhaul and Kent's crew worked so hard that the old cruiser exceeded her designed horsepower, reaching 25 knots, being forced to burn all available wood on board and causing the whole ship to vibrate violently, also all the crew not employed in duties sat on the quarter deck to help the screws bite and raise the bow.

In 1/350 plastic
Spades
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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 06:11 AM UTC
U.S.S. Alaska -

Only 2 battlecruisers of her type ever constructed. Beautiful ship with bite. Great history during WW2.