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Carriers on Lake Michigan
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, April 13, 2018 8:59 AM

Watched an interesting program on my local public TV station last night. It was called Heros On Deck, and was about training navy carrier pilots on Lake Michigan during WW2.  It featured the two paddle wheel coal burning carriers that I have long loved, the Wolverine and the Sable.  Also the recovery of four of the many aircraft that ended up at the bottom of Lake Michigan through training accidents.  Turns out the movie was produced by an organization of enthusiasts, and DVDs are available.

https://www.heroesondeck.com/

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by knox on Friday, April 13, 2018 5:39 PM

Thank for posting this Don.  Definitely getting the download.   

I thought that FSM did an article on a guy who scratch-built one of these carrier, but I could be wrong.  

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, April 13, 2018 6:02 PM

knox

...I thought that FSM did an article on a guy who scratch-built one of these carrier, but I could be wrong.  

You are correct.  I think it appeared in the April 2005 issue.  Here is a link to the build article at ModelWarships.com:

http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/ships/cv/IX-64/72-bw/wolverine.html

Blue Ridge Models has a 1/700 resin kit in the works, too:

https://freetimehobbies.com/1-700-blue-ridge-models-uss-wolverine-ix-64-model-kit/

I recall reading an update about that kit, that it was delayed because the master was damaged before the mold could be made.  I've got it on my wish list but haven't really paid attention to the project's status in a while.

 

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, April 13, 2018 6:04 PM

Ha!  When I went out to search for that build article, I found another thread we had, two years ago, about a different documentary, I believe:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/7/t/171168.aspx

My replies then were the same, heh heh!

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, April 13, 2018 6:25 PM

Thanks, Don for the link. I haven't watched it yet, but it may include the F4F-3, painted to look like O'Hare's airplane and displayed in the airport.

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Posted by ikar01 on Saturday, April 14, 2018 7:50 AM

I have the model of the Wolverine.  It's a waterline kit of course and the detail is good and there are a number of photo etcn parts with it.  Form what I understand it is a limited run kit.

I had been intending to build it but with the way my eyes are going at the moment, I'm not sure if I can.  I have a hard enough time with airraft models.

It's a shame there is not a 1/350th scale kit of it. 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:04 AM

the Baron

 

 
knox

...I thought that FSM did an article on a guy who scratch-built one of these carrier, but I could be wrong.  

 

 

You are correct.  I think it appeared in the April 2005 issue.  Here is a link to the build article at ModelWarships.com:

http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/ships/cv/IX-64/72-bw/wolverine.html

....

Thanks!  I downloaded that page to my Wolverine folder.  Need to perfect my CNC experience before I tackle the project, however.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, April 16, 2018 10:11 PM

Sure thing, Don!

ikar01

I have the model of the Wolverine.  It's a waterline kit of course and the detail is good and there are a number of photo etcn parts with it.  Form what I understand it is a limited run kit...

The Blue Ridge Models kit?  I had stopped paying attention to it, after I marked it in my wish list at Freetime Hobbies.  So it was finally released?  That's good.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 9:59 AM

Don ;

 One of my fellow officers in the Rail Museum showed me a photo on his phone of one F-4-F that supposedly fell of the Wolverine's deck and was recovered some years ago and was restored . I wonder if that's the plane " G " speaks of . T.B.

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Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:08 AM

I was lucky on tht one.  They only made about 250 and I just happen to have enough money at the right time.  The resin detail is very good and there are P.E. parts included, especially for teh supports for the flight deck

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