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  1. The Hobbytown in Virginia Beach carried some. Sprue Bros ships it pretty fast and has a good selection.
  2. I thought about that after I hit the save button, but oh well, nobody’s perfect. I should have said Bremerton or someplace like that, I know better, but it was late, lol
  3. So the strike on the Pearl Harbor attack force is recalled, just like in the movie, and a dash is made for the worm hole. But at the last moment, heart breakingly close it snaps shut, trapping the ship in 1941. Ironically, at the same time, a fire broke out in the ships library, incinerating the Encyclopedia Brittanica and all of its knowledge of dates and times of WWII. In the time it takes the ships leadership to figure out what to do now, the Japanese had already turned west and headed back towards Japan, totally clueless to the presence of the Nimitz. Not going to get into details, cause I'm not trying to write a novel or anything, the ship gets revealed to the US government, and its decided to us it and its modern air wing in an attack on mainland Japan while the modern aircraft are still functional before the supply system breaks down. Plans for the Doolittle raid are drastically altered and replaced with the Nimitz, figuring the modern aircraft can pack more of a punch and can return to the ship instead of a one way trip. The attack is carried out with great success, no loss of us aircraft, but just like in the Doolittle raid, a pickett ship spotted the Nimitz, and reported it retiring toward Hawaii, and the modern aircraft were widely reported. The Japanese now know something is up, but not exactly what, so when Kido Butai returns from the Indian Ocean raid, the Coral Sea operation is still allowed to continue because of the advanced stage of planning, but Midway is completely cancelled, with no date set to revisit it until this new ship can be assessed. The results of Coral Sea were basically the same as what historically happened, because the forces present were the same. Nimitz was in Mare Island being retro fitted to begin being able to support contemporary aircraft because the modern airing was starting to become ineffective. Remove Midway from the historical record, the Japanese never attempted it, but their advance through the Solomons did, as well as Operation Watchtower. On the afternoon of August 8th, Nimitz, now with a contemporary air wing, was operating north of Tulagi with one heavy cruise and four destroyers, conducting flight operations for ground support. That night, she was moved through channel to the west between Toulagi and Santa Isabel northwest of Savo Island so her surface radar could be used as early warning. There were three American heavy cruisers patrolling north east of Savo. Early in the morning on August 9th, four Japanese heavy cruisers and 10 destroyers were heading down the Slot toward the southeast when the Americans picked them up on radar. The Japanese soon picked them up with their superior night optics, identified the 'ship' and turned towards it. They broke into two divisions. The Nimitz and her escorts turned to the north to make for the channel as fast as possible, knowing the American destroyers and the cruiser were no match for the Japanese in night fighting surface actions, and that their torpedos were still far inferior to the long lance. Plus, the Japanese still did not know about the three cruisers masked by the Island. As they turned north, the Japanese had two heavy cruisers and five destroyers port and starboard and slightly to the rear. They focused all their efforts on attacking the Nimitz, and bracketed here with full spreads of torpedos. The long lance, capable of traveling at 50 knots, could not be outrun in the narrow space between the Japanese and the coast of Tulagi. As she was maneuvering, one torpedo got luck at hit a rudder, jamming, and causing secondary damage to two screws. The Japanese ships that attacked to on starboard side never saw the three American cruisers until it was too late, and suffered heavily. Ok, I'm tired, that's all I've got, I'm not even gonna proof read. Tear it apart, lol.
  4. I’m working on a scenario, nothing special, or highly detailed, just a few paragraphs, but plausible. But, right now I’m a watching tv, so it might be a day or two before I do this. Don’t get your hopes up, I’m sure this will be full of holes, lol. So far by August 9th, 1942, nothing much has changed other than names and dates.
  5. If I was playing this game from the role of Admiral Yamamoto, and I lost carriers from aircraft from the Nimitz, whether modern aircraft or if I had intel that they came from some new, unknown ship, I would completely rethink my strategy, at least until I knew what I was up against. Or, what if the American counter strike had happened during the Indian Ocean raid when Shikoku, Zuikaku, Akagi, Soryu, and Hiryu weren’t in Japanese waters from the end of March to like mid April I believe, so the couldn’t have been sunk. So Coral Sea may never have happened. But at the same time Japanese strength may not have been affected. I do completely agree that with WWII aircraft on board, it would be a much less effective ship, but still pretty formidable. Some portions of the ship would be pretty much useless, like anything that relied on satellites, and even its nuclear power could be a problem early in the war when all available escorts were treaty era ships that wouldn’t have had the range in a lot of cases or the speed in the cases of the battleships to keep up, pretty much reducing the the ship to a really big WWII ear ship. I feel like after the initial shock, the Japanese might have been able to figure out there was only one, and maybe tried some small attempts to test its capabilities.
  6. Interesting point. But by the end of Midway, the Japanese had lost 5 carriers and one severely damaged if memory serves, so the numbers are about the same in roughly the same time frame, just the details are different and the Americans wouldn’t have lost Lexington and Yorktown. But that’s not to say the US couldn’t have lost a carrier(s) someplace else in this strange universe. The IJN was still immense following Midway at least in number of ships and aircraft. This makes me think of an interesting idea. If their carriers were in port like you propose, were their aircrew on board, if they weren’t, the Japanese wouldn’t have had the large number of experienced aircrew decimated like they did at Midway.
  7. How long could the modern air wing could have remained effective after the initial strike had been recalled? Let’s say for arguments sake the Japanese managed to slip away, disperse, whatever, and it took some time to bring another large scale contact involving lots of capital ships that could be damaged, would the modern aircraft still be effective by that point? Would too many aircraft be NMC for parts, would the ship be too low on remaining JP5, there’s a million obscure reasons why the aircraft could be replaced with contemporary aircraft, making harpoons and such pretty much useless.
  8. I would feel like as the modern air wing was used up through attrition, probably because of supply, the air crew would be rotated to Pensacola for flight training, maybe not from scratch, but at least platform specific. I would just think as a contemporary air wing came on board, there would be zero need to put someone in a piece of machinery they’d never used, with life or death consequences, when they would already have their full compliment of qualified personnel assigned. Things were bad at that point, but I don’t think we’re at the ‘Heres the keys, good luck’ point, lol.
  9. Sorry, didn’t mean to sound condescending. When I think what if, I think like historically plausible, like could Bomber Command have flown B-29’s if the war drug on (hmmmmmm). Just a misunderstanding in definitions I guess, no malice intended buddy! I can’t help but think of totally obscure things on this, like what would 1941 bluejackets have thought when they first walked into a berthing and saw a coffin rack.....mind.....blown. How would modern aircrew do learning how to do learning how to land using real paddles.
  10. Lol, I don’t think it’s really a ‘what if’, this is a world where the USS Nimitz went through a big wiggly worm hole in a thunder storm. Sky’s the limit, lol.
  11. They touched on it in the movie in a way, would they have renamed the ship? And if so, what to? Think about the effect of the Manhattan Project, it probably would have been nothing more than a reverse engineering program. I wonder if Pearl had the depth at the time for a ship with that draft, I haven’t bothered to to look yet, (and its too nice of a day to sit inside and do it now). Could North American have retro fitted B-25s with tail hooks, thus allowing Doolittle to not need to make a one way trip, but could the landing gear have survived the landings. If so, think of the number of Chinese that wouldn’t have suffered retribution for helping downed airmen. My brain is on overdrive, this is fascinating.
  12. So I was pondering, let’s say for some reason the Nimitz didn’t return to the future, but it didn’t bring a speedy end to the war, let’s say, the attack on the Japanese Fleet was recalled, they raced for the time warp, and it snapped shut heartbreakingly close. Sooner or later, probably sooner, our aircraft take a pounding, the ships supply system would runout, so the modern air wing would quickly turn into static displays (I get it, they could engineer more, but this more fun). Think about the Nimitz with an uber WWII air wing on board, maybe an up/back dated AA armament, maybe painted in measure 32. It could have been its own TF. That could be a cool what if build.
  13. I use Vallejo washes frequently, and to removed then, I dampen a q-tip in regular windex and it comes right off, no damage to the paint.
  14. That’s the info I needed and kind of what I figured. I’ll most definitely shoot an old junker first just to make sure so I don’t have another mild heart attack at far too young an age. Thanks fellas.
  15. What about thinning with mr color self leveling thinner? It works for x-22, so I’m assuming it would be fine.
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