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Old 11-18-2010, 07:16 PM
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Invasion of Norway info

Thanks for the compliment, Z!

Apparently, Geirr's book is not yet out in Norwegian, ironically, NimitzFan. I look forward to reading it in English, since my Norwegian has been eclipsed by that of my 2 yr old son, Rohan the Red ... fierce and famous little Viking.

I have visited the naval museum in Horten. The director there didn't have information about whether Gyller had 4 tubes in whatever configuration in 1940. I e-mailed him from the States before I came over and after my visit to the museum ... and no reply. He's involved with the model magazine over here too. You'd think he'd be interested in any angle to popularize (Norwegian) naval history.

Last spring, Rohan and I took the Drobak ferry out to Oscarsborg Fortress and saw the Krupp guns that crippled brand spanking new Bluecher (which then was taken down by the reservist torpedo battery crew) and smashed Luetzow, critically delaying the German occupation of Oslo, which enabled the King, Parliament, and GOLD to escape.

The Germans knew about the guns, of course, but not the "secret" torpedo battery. Their research only went back to the start of WW1, and the battery was built in 1912 and ammoed with Jules Verne looking Whitehead torpedoes of Austro-Hungarian manufacture! ... which worked splendidly thanks to years of loving care by their reservist crews, between family picnics, of course.

The island is now a national park very popular with families, and it has an excellent museum with many models and a 1:1250 model diorama. There are beaches, picnic areas, and food shops and a restaurant.

I've got a photo of Rohan chucking a rock at one of the guns which happily didn't fire back. I'll try to find and post it.

Something I have been told was that all of Norway's ports were smothered in fog on 9 April 1940, with the exception of two of them - Oslo being one. That is why Norwegian coast defenses did so poorly. In Trondheim, they fired at the sounds in the fog ... and missed (battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, I think).

Remember that the British were planning on invading Norway too, but the Germans beat them to it. LOTS of interesting encounters, not the least of which being Warspite's escapade up Narvik Fjord.
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:21 PM
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"I started Sendai the day after our new daughter was born in Trondheim, and it's only taken 3 weeks to get so far. (The ship is quite easy to design, except for the masts."


If I am reading this correctly, you just had a baby girl? If so, many congratulations and may God bless!
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:18 AM
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Thanks again, Z.

As to the Sendai/Jintsu/Naka class light cruisers, there is an excellent depiction of a near sistership maneuvering at the head of a Japanese battleline during the Battle of Santa Cruz in 1942 at YouTube - Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands 1/3 (US Navy vs Japanese Navy) 7:38. It won't be difficult for me to do the other Japanese prewar light cruisers, when I have time, since they were so similar

My next "mystery ship" design, which I am finishing sooner than expected, is relevant to the night battles in the Solomons.
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:27 AM
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Do you make a U.S.S Atlanta? I tried to get ju52man to email you but I never heard back. By the way I have made quite a few of your Roabvogels.(spellcheck?)
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:11 AM
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About the Raubvogels, did you build it at different scales? Any photos to share?

Actually, at one time the Atlantas were my favorite class of ship. I've already done the 5" twin turrets (which weren't as easy as they seemed). I haven't done them yet, basically because there are 2 or 3 versions available in injection molded plastic kits at 1:700(and/or 720).

As you can see in my model photos on my LCoat.tripod.com webpage, I have done the also beautiful Didos and even have the "toothless terror" ( eight 4.5" guns) Scylla and Charibdys variant worked up.

But it would be nice to have the Atlantas able to be in other scales too, which cardstock paper modeling lends itself to, so I do intend to do them.

I lived in Juneau Alaska for 15 years. Steve Andereggen did an incredible amount of research on the Juneau, and we had all 5 survivors come visit onetime. (There was some hard feelings about what happened on the liferafts which were barely controlled.) Steve also did a beautiful 1/96 (?) scale model of the ship, which I last saw in the Juneau airport terminal.

I worked in the Alaska State Library, and we got photos of Juneau's commissioning on Valentines Day 1942. It was eerie and moving to look into all those (over 700, eventually) young faces and realize that virtually all of them would be dead within the same year.

There is a real (and usually overlooked) memorial value in historical modelbuilding ... and wargaming.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:39 AM
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Lou;

I just downloaded your Hunt Type 1 Escort Destroyer and your Raubvogel TB. I don't know as of right now, but one of them I will try to inlarge the scale and scratch build in detail as a plastic model. I may use it as an RC model or static display.

Has anyone done this yet with one of your model plans and if so any advice?

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Old 11-21-2010, 01:10 PM
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My Uncle Homer was a SeaBee during WW2. :-)

Yes, someone did the Butler DE at very large scale, and there are photos of it under the DE's webpage. They used manila folder stock ... no less ... but I'm not sure how they got the pattern on the paper.

RC would mean full hull, and I haven't done that for any of my models.
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:13 PM
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If I may ask what is the DE's webpage address?

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Old 11-21-2010, 02:23 PM
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Lou Coatney: FREE BUTLER (USS Samuel B. Roberts, DE413) class U.S. Destroyer Escort

You know about the free model of the WW2 Norwegian destroyer Sleipner on my www.coatneyhistory.com webpage, don't you, S.? I think it's easier to make, since its hull sides are joined to its keel ... for automatic alignment.
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I did not know but will check it out right now.

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