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Warspite120 Oct 2020 11:17 a.m. PST

In the words of the crew:

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A 500-pounder plus the attacking Zero only dented the flight deck. The aircraft carrier was operational again in one and a half to two hours and US personnel later came aboard to inspect.

The secret, of course, was her armoured flight deck which prevented minor to medium calibre bombs from penetrating into the hangar deck.

Also HMS Indefatigable:
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Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP20 Oct 2020 11:17 a.m. PST

So, going nuts in lock down, I looked for something challenging to do (because Napoleonic French aren't enough of a pain in the rear). So Zi broke out a couple of old Battlefront Kayusha models. The original ones, with something like 23 parts (the rails for the rockets are separate parts).

And fitting them together was a challenge, but now they're done and I'm painting them. My question is about the actual rocket launcher that sits on the back of the truck. Easily available images on the web show this being the same green as everything else in the Red Army. But it seems to me that it would only stay green until they fired it, at which point the burning rocket fuel would strip it right off again. The fact they thought it necessary to put blast shields on the driver's compartment suggests that the rocket exhaust was destructive. So, green (right out of the shop) or bare metal? What do others think/do?


Korvessa20 Oct 2020 1:03 p.m. PST

Your point seems very reasonable

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP20 Oct 2020 2:14 p.m. PST

At least I'm not shooting at British aircraft carriers!

Yesthatphil20 Oct 2020 4:48 p.m. PST

Agree with you – fitting that old model together was nightmare. For painting, I have weathered over the green with gunmetal and silver. The only 'colour' pictures I know from the period look like they have been colourised (so need to be taken with a pinch of salt)


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