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  1. michael_zahnle

    The History Guy

    From Pearl Harbor to the Normandy Invasion: the USS Nevada's Forgotten History - YouTube
  2. I have been working on 3D ship models for books that I have published and volume extensions not yet published. I have compared my models to game models by Mixamo. My question is would War Gaming / World of Warships development team consider accepting ship models from an outside source to possibly put them into the game in the future? I am currently modeling USS Oklahoma in her last 1941 configuration, and USS Nevada in her 1943 rebuild condition. I would be glad to also give them my D class cruiser Germany model, M class light cruiser, P class armored cruiser, O class Battlecruiser, and Spahkruezer 1939, and 1940 variants. Brand X has a content submission program although its a really Fn steep learning process and there have only been about 5 people who have successfully submitted plane models over there. I am getting close with 2 Japanese Submarine float planes. I would be willing to give these ship models to them in the interest of adding content to the game. I used the game model hull of Arizona and her 2 end main guns to simulate the Nevada' lower triple 14" gun turrets. I imported the inner dual gun turrets and tubes from the Texas model just to rough glance at the idea of Nevada's lay out. The hull of Arizona is about 48 feet to long so I shortened it in the middle of the ship as to avoid tapering issues. I then discovered that the Hull from the Texas model is more similar in size to the Nevada and Oklahoma being 10 feet shorter and the same width. So the Texas hull would be easier to modify into the Nevada hull. in the pictures below is the shortened Arizona hull. The super structure on all of the ships were different so I will have to model them from scratch, but the tripod masts, and many of the component on the models can be used, I may have to just place them in different locations as the ships were not the same dimensions. The Oklahoma and Nevada only used 2 screws for propulsion and were the last U.S. Battleships to do so. they were the first to be built with geared steam turbines also. USS Nevada was the oldest ship in service at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on Dec 7 1941, although she wasn't the oldest commissioned Battleship in the U.S. Navy at that time. The New York and Texas were last and second last with Nevada and Oklahoma being 3rd and 4th oldest. USS Arizona modified hull model to simulate USS Nevada/Oklahoma Closer shot of the bow and fore deck area for main gun image effect A side ship with reference background picture so I can judge gun area placement A angled top view for a sense of Nevada's dimensions A photograph of Nevada in 1943 in the Pacific after modernization. A line sketch of Oklahoma as she was when she was sunk in Pearl Harbor
  3. A lot of people remember primarily the destruction of USS Arizona in the attack on Pearl Harbor. What is not as well-remembered is that about 500 miles east of Hawaii, sunk deep in the Pacific Ocean, is the wreck of USS Oklahoma. USS Oklahoma, BB-37, was launched on March 23, 1914. She and her sister, USS Nevada (BB-36) (which was launched on July 11, 1914 and which the class is named after, despite Oklahoma having been both laid down and launched first) were, at least in the context of the Battle of Jutland in 1916, revolutionary enough to the point that, unlike other navies, the USN did not distinguish between pre-Jutland and post-Jutland designs: They represented the first of the so-called standard-type battleships, as they were meant to all share common operational characteristics that would allow them to operate together as a single unit (as opposed to other nations which had fast and slow battleship classes) They were also the first to use the all-or-nothing armored scheme, focusing all of their armor on critical areas like magazines and the engines while minimizing armor elsewhere to save weight. Heavy deck armor was focused upon to protect against plunging fire Citadel armor was done away with entirely because of the theory that medium heavy armor would not only fail to protect against a direct hit but even cause shells to explode instead of over-penetrating or failing to detonate. Every part of the ships, including the triple turrets, was also designed to minimize the length of the protected areas in order to complement the all-or-nothing armor scheme In terms of armament, the ships were similar to the New York class, but instead of having a 2x5 scheme, Oklahoma and her sister had a turret configuration similar to the Pensacola-class, an AB-XY configuration with the A and Y turrets having 3 barrels while the B and X turrets had only two barrels. In terms of propulsion, the Nevadas were the first USN battleships to primarily use fuel oil instead of coal, but also the last ones to use twin-screw instead of quadruple-screw propulsion. Oklahoma had older vertical triple-expansion engines (and was the last one to use reciprocating machinery) while her younger sister received compound direct-drive Curtis steam turbines and geared cruising turbines. As a result, Oklahoma tended to be less reliable and had more problems with vibrations (no, that is not some sort of anime nonsense). Nevada, on the other hand, was also the first USN battleship to use reduction geared cruising turbines, which helped improve fuel economy and low speeds. As for AA/secondary armament, both ships carried twenty one 5 in. 21 caliber mark 15 secondary guns and two 3-in. 50 caliber AA guns at the time of their commissioning, but they gradually gave way to more effective AA armament like the 5'38 dual purpose guns as the reality of carrier-based warfare became apparent. However, only USS Nevada survived to receive said AA retrofit. USS Oklahoma, moored where USS Missouri (BB-63) now sits, was hit by five carrier-plane torpedoes in the span of a few minutes and capsized, rolling over and trapping many crewmen, depriving many of a quick death. Despite valiant rescue efforts that began minutes after the ship had capsized which managed to save the lives of 32 men trapped in the wreck, 429 crewmen died from either the initial torpedo attacks or from slow and painful suffocation over the course of three days—the last sounds of banging, indicating trapped sailors, stopped on December 10. USS Oklahoma suffered the second highest casualty rate of the attack on Pearl Harbor, only dwarfed by USS Arizona (BB-39) and her 1,177 casualty count. Yet despite her grim fate more than 77 years ago, USS Oklahoma had lived a fairly full life for an interwar ship that was actually destined to be retired on May 2 1942 (as a result of the Washington Naval Treaty): From mid-August to mid-late October of 1918, she helped escort troop convoys into port in the UK and her crew engaged in several interesting activities there, everything from sports like boxing and competitive sailing to brawling members of the Sinn Fein group, a left-wing Irish Republican political party From late November 1918 to early July 1919, she escorted President Wilson on two trips, the first one to the Paris Peace Conference. In early 1921, after sailing to the west coast of South America for combined exercises with the Pacific fleet, she also participated in the Peruvian centennial In the middle of 1936, the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War prompted her to travel to Bilbao, where she helped rescue American citizens and other refugees and carried them to Gibraltar and various French ports Her younger sister, Nevada, managed to accrue additional achievements during both world wars and afterwards, and thoroughly demonstrated her toughness: On August 13, 1918, she became the last US ship to join the British grand fleet overseas, and from August 23 until the end of World War I escorted the vital convoys bound for Britain along with her sister She, along with her sister, also helped escort President Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference She and Arizona represented the United States at the Peruvian Centennial Exposition in July 1921, and the New York Times credited her with bringing and popularizing baseball to Brazil In 1924, she participated in a USN goodwill tour to Australia and New Zealand, in a demonstration of the USN's transatlantic operational capabilities During the Pearl Harbor, she was the only battleship that was able to get underway, and not only weathered at least 6 bombs and one torpedo hit, but also forced down around 4 of the 29 Japanese planes total that were lost during the attack and foiled Japanese attempts to block the harbor by beaching herself After the Pearl Harbor attack, her turret #1 was replaced with mark 8 guns that had been previously on the USS Arizona From May 11-18 1943, after repairs and modernization, she provided fire support for the capture of Attu From mid-1943 to April 1944, she went back to her old job of guarding Atlantic convoys against the threat of German surface raiders From early to mid-June, she provided fire support for Allied troops attacking the Cherbourg Peninsula, in which a major deep-water port vital to Allied logistics during and after D-day was based, and was praised for the marksmanship of her supporting fire, as some targets were only 600 yards from the frontline. She was the only battleship that was present at both Pearl Harbor and the D-day landings. From mid-August to late September 1944, she supported Allied troops during Operation Dragoon, landings on the southern coast of France which were able to liberate most of southern France within 4 weeks and was critical in alleviating the logistical problems of the Allied advance, which had begun to slow (the large ports at Marseille and Toulon were especially important) and precipitated the final collapse of the collaborationist Vichy regime. During the operation, she also led a force that critically damaged "Big Willie", a heavily reinforced fortress which also boasted four 340 mm guns salvaged from the French battleship Provence, which had been scuttled in 1942. On March 25, 1945, after bombarding Japanese positions on Okinawa in preparation for amphibious landings, she was struck by a kamikaze next to her #3 turret, killing 11 men and wounding another 49, while also disabling said turret In July 1946, she not only survived both atomic bombs "Able" and "Baker", but also withstood the shellfire of USS Iowa (BB-61), a heavy cruiser, and a destroyer after having been decommissioned for close to 2 years. It took another aerial torpedo hit to finally sink her. The former gun of USS Arizona which was mounted on Nevada now resides at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, slightly east of the Arizona state capitol complex in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It is paired with a gun formerly from USS Missouri and symbolizes both the beginning and the end of US participation in the Pacific War. In December 2007, a memorial for the 429 crewmen killed onboard USS Oklahoma was dedicated on Ford Island, close to the entrance to board USS Missouri. As of today, work is still underway to exhume the remains of the lost sailors in order to identify them and return them to their families. As of February 26, 2019, 200 have been identified. The wreck of Oklahoma itself is situated in the Pacific ocean, as in May 1947, while being towed to San Francisco Bay for scrapping, a storm forced the two tugs pulling her to let loose their lines. Oklahoma sank, and her exact location remains unknown to this day. If you ever go to Pearl Harbor, please don't visit just USS Arizona and USS Missouri—take some time to visit USS Oklahoma as well. Spoilers: anime below Edit: got the years wrong: both were launched in 1914, not in 1911; that was when they were ordered
  4. https://www.navytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2020/05/12/iconic-wwii-battleship-discovered-nearly-3-miles-beneath-the-surface/ https://www.foxnews.com/science/wreck-uss-nevada-survived-pearl-harbor-atomic-bomb-tests-discovered
  5. So, I know that Modeling and Development takes time. I have commented on another post about the possibility of having USS Nevada with the post Pearl Harbor attack rebuild on her, and have the ship in the game. Now I discover that you have modeled the USS California in this fashion as a possible T-7 Battleship and I am foaming at the mouth wondering (WHEN) it might come to pass. I am guessing when they release the new Mulan Movie next year. I'm guessing another 100 dollar Admirals pack premium. I would most likely pay it for that ship. I do wish you would model Nevada, also but Eh, who knows. Anyway TY in advance for California.
  6. Could you bring in the USS Nevada BB-36? She served in Pearl Harbor during the invasion and survived and was present during the D-Day invasion unloading bombardment to coastal German artillery. Her captain deliberately ran the ship aground to allow smaller ships to escape the harbor. https://ww2db.com/ship_spec.php?_id100
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