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The Blue Ghost will be next - USS Lexington (CV-16)

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The next ship model has been shipped yesterday and will arrive next week. It’s an Essex-class Fleet Carrier with short bow, and it will be the USS Lexington, the ship leading the US carrier fleet in the pacific later in the war. Also: The Lexington was at least once escorted by the USS Missouri.

I will paint the Lexington in Measure 12, which she wore 1945 and which was a less contrasty predecessor of Measure 22. The lower half of her hull above the waterline will be a mid-blue, as will be all horizontal surfaces including her flight deck. All other vertical surfaces will be a mid-blueish grey. I will add antennae and radar which is missing on the tiny 3D-printed model due to them being too fragile, as I did on my Missouri.

The Blue Ghost will be next - USS Lexington (CV-16)

I also purchased a set of 220 US Navy-aircraft of different types which will arrive with the Essex-class Carrier. These will be painted with Sea Blue according to their late war-colour scheme. I will add a lot of planes to the flight deck – a whole bunch of them with their wings folded on the rear third of the flight deck, being ready to launch, and in front of that a few with their wings assembled ready to launch, and one aircraft which is currently starting or just about to leave the flight deck. I want the carrier to look busy and ready for combat.

Hellcats on the USS Yorktown 1943

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