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Offline Pat

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Paddle-wheel aircraft carriers
« on: 13 Jan , 2010, 15:54 »
For somebody who wants to built a model that will instantly become a conversation started, you might want to consider a paddle-wheeled aircraft carrier.

There were two, USS Wolverine and USS Sable.  Both served on the Great Lakes during WWII.  (That in itself is a bit of an oddity)

http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/46/094606403.jpg

If you look on the left edge of the picture, you can make out the supports and the protective covering around the stb paddle-wheel.

http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/46/094606406.jpg

Another shot showing the port paddlewheel a little more clearly

http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/46/46064.htm

Of course, you'll have to be good at scratchbuilding as I doubt there's a kit for these unusual ships.

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Re: Paddle-wheel aircraft carriers
« Reply #1 on: 13 Jan , 2010, 20:54 »
That is too cool. If I could get some plans I would take a stab at it. I'll have to look in to that.

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Re: Paddle-wheel aircraft carriers
« Reply #2 on: 14 Jan , 2010, 01:35 »
Wow, thanks Pat, that is waaay cool! I can imagine Sopwith Tripes flying off that puppy...
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Re: Paddle-wheel aircraft carriers
« Reply #3 on: 16 Jan , 2010, 17:48 »
Except that it was WWII.  If you look into them, you find out they were flying Dauntless dive bombers, TBM Avengers and F4 Corsairs off the decks of these paddle-wheelers.

I don't know if there's any plans available (perhaps the Museum of tech in Chicago where they have U-505?) but there was a spread on them in 'Scale Modeler' a couple of years ago where somebody had built a model of USS Wolverine.  There were some really good pix of the build and the finished model, you could clearly see the paddle wheels and the entire structure supporting them.

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Re: Paddle-wheel aircraft carriers
« Reply #4 on: 01 Jul , 2018, 08:43 »
That's a big Wow for me. Thanks for the info share. 
 
Later Tim