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Detail Question Concerning Vietnam-era Essex Class Carriers

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  • Member since
    September, 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Detail Question Concerning Vietnam-era Essex Class Carriers
Posted by warshipguy on Sunday, June 21, 2015 7:19 PM
I am working on my conversion of the 1/350 Gallery USS Intrepid (CVS-11) into USS Hancock (CVA-19). My question concerns the side-mounted elevator openings. Do the openings have only one bulkhead or two, as in the double-ovals on all the super carriers? Does anyone have a photo they can share? All of the photos in my late Dad's files are not clear, nor can I find clear photos online. Thanks! Bill
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Posted by tankerbuilder on Monday, June 22, 2015 8:28 AM

Seems to me , If I remember correctly . the Bulkhead was not much more pronounced than one in a wearhouse .There was an inside frame about two to three foot inboard . For strength I would imagine .It's been a long time since my Midway days .

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Posted by ejhammer on Monday, June 22, 2015 9:47 AM

Kinda looked through my Essex Cruise books but no luck. Found this one of the Yorktown at the museum in her as decommissioned config. Behind the plane - This is the interior of the port side elevator curtain doors, the aft part of the opening. There were 4 or 5 roller doors with removable stanchions that could be moved to out of the way on a track with chain activated rollers.


I'll be going back there  later this summer with my grandson and plan to take more pics.



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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, June 22, 2015 10:52 AM

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Posted by warshipguy on Monday, June 22, 2015 2:05 PM

Thanks guys!  This last picture is exactly what I wanted to see!


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Posted by Tracy White on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 11:34 PM

Only one bulkhead - the hulls were extended outboard but the bulkheads were not, and no secondary set was build inboard of the original bulkhead so they could retain hangar space.

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Posted by COChef on Thursday, June 25, 2015 9:19 PM

I'm doing the USS Ticonderoga from the same kit.

You need the new photo etch set from Tetra Models Here's a link

This set will give you all the birdcage antennas on the starboard side and the correct radars except the AN/SPS 43a radar mounted outboard on the island which both Hancock and Tico had.

I have allot of hanger deck photos I'll be glad to send you if you want them they show all of the hanger deck with no aircraft in the way.

PM me on here with your email and I'll send them to you

D Smith


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Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, June 27, 2015 11:59 AM

Thanks, everyone!  I really appreciate your help!


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Posted by warshipguy on Monday, June 29, 2015 8:33 AM


Thanks for the pics!


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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, June 29, 2015 9:58 AM

Wow that's quite a set.

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Posted by k.apland on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 11:44 AM

hi, i am building the Gallery Models Intrepid, looking for hanger deck pics so i can attempt to scratch build lol. if you wouldnt mind sending me what you have it would be much appreciated

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  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:44 PM


If you are intrested in WW2 era, your best bet for additional detail info on Essex class might be

Calling all WWII Essex Class Carrier Fans!

You will see several posters who know the Essex class and have photo's to back up their statements.

Best bet try searching under "essex class hanger decks".  Look for Intrepid at ,  and, of course, (

 I had saved a few links of Essex class Hanger pictures. Luckily the linlks still work.  These thumbnails will take you to the original Pics.


This last one is the Intrepid Hanger deck.


Keep digging.  You will find more.  Don't forget photo tours of some of the Museum Carriers.   Intrepid also has a Museum site. That could be a great visit.



 P.S.  I recommend you start yor own thread on the Build. I'm sure there will be plenty of interest and help.



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