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II/JG17_HerrMurf

Anyone know what the "almost JBD" panels are for? Is it just to keep wind off the aircraft/crews while flight operations/launches are carried out forward? They were part of the original three deck arrangement and carried over for the refit.

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19 minutes ago, II/JG17_HerrMurf said:

... Is it just to keep wind off the aircraft/crews while flight operations/launches are carried out forward? ...

 

 

Unless I be mistaken, that is the forward part o'the shippy, isn't it?

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11 minutes ago, Stoopy said:

 

Unless I be mistaken, that is the forward part o'the shippy, isn't it?

 

Yes, I meant to protect AC and crew behind them while the ship is turned into the wind, launching the AC forward of them. The "almost JBD's" are about a 1/3 of the way down the deck.

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AndyJWest

Yeah, the Akagi is a little confusing, but I don't think they launched aircraft tail-first.

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II/JG17_HerrMurf

I'm going with Blitz on this one now that I have a broader view of the flight deck. They are too far forward to launch AC ahead of them.

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17 minutes ago, II/JG17_HerrMurf said:

I'm going with Blitz on this one now that I have a broader view of the flight deck. They are too far forward to launch AC ahead of them.

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Or...are they there to keep the forward aircraft from getting too light on their feet prior to take off? Remember the Zero has extremely light wing-loading.

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4 minutes ago, Gambit21 said:

 

Or...are they there to keep the forward aircraft from getting too light on their feet prior to take off? Remember the Zero has extremely light wing-loading.

Well, the Japanese are renowned for their love of kite flying. 

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10 minutes ago, Gambit21 said:

 

Or...are they there to keep the forward aircraft from getting too light on their feet prior to take off? Remember the Zero has extremely light wing-loading.

 

That was my first thought. They were also there for the bi-plane era which goes along with the wing loading theory. It's possibly dual purpose. It the first photo I though they were farther back and you could launch AC ahead of them. The second photo shows that is not the case.

55 minutes ago, PatrickAWlson said:

That is one hell of a nice model

 

This one is pretty standard scale at 1/350. There is a 1/250 out there as well. This one is finished really well. I watched Run Silent, Run Deep the other night and it got me to thinking about all of the large scale ship models I'll never actually take on :)

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AndyJWest

Prior to the modernisation that closed in the two lower flight decks, the top deck was shorter, and the barriers would have been almost at the front of it. I wonder if the original intention was to prepare aircraft for a mass launch on the top deck, behind the barriers, and then use the lift to drop them down to the lower decks to launch?

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7 hours ago, II/JG17_HerrMurf said:

 

That was my first thought. They were also there for the bi-plane era which goes along with the wing loading theory.

 

That's the only purpose I can rationalize for them really.

The forward set would mitigate any such issues for aircraft sitting on the lift, heading either direction.

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II/JG17_HerrMurf

Thanks, looks like some of us got on the right track after hashing it out amongst ourselves. Good find.

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