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    Akagi picture with most of the Kido Butai

    And 2 of the Kongos.
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    Kansas or North Carolina(BB line split debate)

    NC BBQ is BBQ. Everything else is smoked meat. And very good, but only pit-cooked whole hog pork with Eastern style NC sauce is Barbecue.
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    Alternative American BB Line SUCKS Badly

    With you all the way, until the Krispy Kreme part. Krispy Kreme is the best donut you can get. But Kansas sucks. I can't see a redeeming quality about it. Slow reload, inaccurate guns, not that powerful a gun, ship is slow, secondaries are the same as any other US BB in that range......I thought all the ships were supposed to balance out somehow. If you have a powerful gun, then they're not as accurate, or maybe the range is shorter. And you might have weaker armor or slow speed. If you have accurate guns, maybe weaker armor or it's slow, or they aren't as powerful. Or some other combo, but it's supposed to have SOME redeeming feature. Not seeing it on this one.
  4. Curious, how do you know he did 38k damage?
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    Accepting the Cold Harsh Truth About WW II

    Pretty much all of this. Just wanted to add a few things: First, subs. The US subs are really what won the war for us in the Pacific. They choked Japan for years before our island hopping campaign got close to the mainland. They don't get talked about a lot, but they carried the lion's share of the naval presence deep into the Pacific, and the war would have gone on much longer without them. Second: It's easy to compare ships and ship types and see who has the advantage, and that's clearly the US Navy. Sometimes it might not be a HUGE advantage, but it's an advantage nonetheless, especially in the heavy units. Third: USN vs RN in roughly 1938-39? One huge thing I didn't see discussed: Purchases of war materials from the US by Britain. If we were remotely thinking of war against the UK in the late 30's, we'd not be selling them so much material, food, etc. to wage war with. That would put Britain in a very tough position. Not only would they not essentially be getting armed and fed by the USA, the US Navy would make it terribly hard for them to be armed and fed by anyone else as well. Remember, the U-Boats damn near succeeded in their mission to starve the UK. There's been some revisionist historians in the last decade that have claimed anywhere from "the U-Boats didn't come close" to "The UK and rest of the Allies could have won the war without the USA", both of which are pure nonsense. Great Britain still owed the USA from what they were lent in WWI. The USA had a law that said we could not provide credit to nations that still had debts...it was "cash and carry". Roosevelt got around that when the gave the RN over 50 old destroyers with the "Destroyers for bases" deal. We got 99 year leases on Newfoundland and the Caribbean for the old DD's. The RN got much-needed units to escort convoys and do patrols around their mainland, freeing up their newer units from such duties. That wouldn't have been the case had a US/UK war been imminent. Nor would all those supplies that enabled Britain to build the ships they did historically. Nor would all the repairs/rebuilds/overhauls that US shipyards were doing to RN ships have been done. Bottom line is, even before the USA entered the war, they were supporting it from basically the beginning. Now, if you're going to say that the UK isn't also fighting Germany at the same time, that certainly helps, but all the material support from the USA not happening is going to hurt them, badly. And THEN you get to the "this ship type vs that ship type" comparisons, and the "USA can out-industry them", and it's just not looking good for the UK in this scenario, even several years prior to WWII. Plus, just thought of this: If relations had soured, that would have happened over a number of years, we wouldn't have just gone from friends to war in a year or two. Had that been the case, both the US and UK would have likely scrapped the Treaty and started building/modernizing ships again, sooner than they actually did, historically. We all know who that would favor.
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    Bismarck vs Hood 8mm Film

    You may know this, but the original film has no sound. All the sound was added in, that's not the real gunfire you're hearing. If it was, you wouldn't see the flash and hear the report at the same time, there would be a delay.
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    Did the French navy fight any battles

    Jean Bart would have been blown up and sunk if she was fully armed when she fought Massacusetts. A 16" shell penetrated into a secondary magazine and exploded....but it was empty. That would have been fatal if she was stocked with ammo.
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    BB-62 USS New Jersey Main 16" guns resto

    Missouri and Wisconsin are the the best shape of the 4. New Jersey was probably in the worst shape, not accounting for Iowa's Turret #2 being inop. Not that Jersey is in bad shape, but of the 4, she's had the most issues....as she had been used the most. But you are correct: The museum contracts for all the Battleships state that no alterations can be made that would prevent the Navy from recalling the ships if deemed necessary. Unlikely, sure. But it could happen. And that goes for the older ships as well...North Carolina, Massachusetts and Alabama. In fact, they actually looked into bringing back the North Carolina and Massachusetts in the 80's, before deciding to strip them for spare parts.
  9. This was pretty neat for me.
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    BB-62 USS New Jersey Main 16" guns resto

    The entire gunhouse isn't assembled and then lifted on to the ship. A good bit of it is, though. Here is one from the North Carolina being lifted: This is New Jersey's turret, about the same level of completion, looks like: [/img]
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    BB-62 USS New Jersey Main 16" guns resto

    The entire gunhouse isn't assembled and then lifted on to the ship. A good bit of it is, though. Here is one from the North Carolina being lifted: This is New Jersey's turret, about the same level of completion, looks like: [/img]
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    BB-62 USS New Jersey Main 16" guns resto

    The entire gunhouse isn't assembled and then lifted on to the ship. A good bit of it is, though. Here is one from the North Carolina being lifted:
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    Inside USS Missouri Turret , Live Fire

    If you watch the gun, you'll see it really never stops moving as it waits to fire. It's moving up and down, as the stable gyros of the FC direct it to compensate for the roll of the ship. From in there, it looked like the barrel was moving, but if you saw it from outside, it would look like the barrel was staying on target as the ship moved around it. That is a huge component of the US fire control system and why it was the best of the war. The US spent a lot of time developing the gyros between wars. They could fire no matter what the ship was doing. If the seas were too rough for the system to keep the barrel on target, it could simply wait until the roll made the barrel "pass by" the correct aiming point and fire them then. They could maintain accurate fire in any weather, in large part due to having the best stable gyros afloat.
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    BB-62 USS New Jersey Main 16" guns resto

    They had all the parts, including the repaired rangefinder, dockside and ready to go when the Navy called off the repairs. They're probably still in a warehouse somewhere. Just needed the turret top removed.
  15. What genius decided to change the Priority AA Sector to TWO buttons, from just the Tilde key?
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