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DD-356 Porter 1939-04 by ColosseumSB DD-356 Porter 1939-04 :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 5 0 USS Hobson DD-464 (September 1942) - Measure 15 by ColosseumSB USS Hobson DD-464 (September 1942) - Measure 15 :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 4 0 USS San Juan CL-54 (June 1942) - Measure 12 mod by ColosseumSB USS San Juan CL-54 (June 1942) - Measure 12 mod :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 6 0 USS Hilary P. Jones DD-423 (December 1940) by ColosseumSB USS Hilary P. Jones DD-423 (December 1940) :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 4 0 USS Buchanan DD-484 (May 1942) - Measure 12 mod by ColosseumSB USS Buchanan DD-484 (May 1942) - Measure 12 mod :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 5 0 USS Juneau CL-52 (October 1942) - overall 5-H by ColosseumSB USS Juneau CL-52 (October 1942) - overall 5-H :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 9 1 USS Aylwin DD-355 (March 1942) - Measure 21 by ColosseumSB USS Aylwin DD-355 (March 1942) - Measure 21 :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 3 0 USS Eberle DD-430 (January 1943) - Measure 22 by ColosseumSB USS Eberle DD-430 (January 1943) - Measure 22 :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 3 0 USS San Diego CL-53 (April 1944) - Ms33/24D by ColosseumSB USS San Diego CL-53 (April 1944) - Ms33/24D :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 6 0 USS North Carolina BB-55 (Sept 1944) - Ms32/18D by ColosseumSB USS North Carolina BB-55 (Sept 1944) - Ms32/18D :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 7 0 USS Gwin DD-433 (April 1942) - Measure 12 mod by ColosseumSB USS Gwin DD-433 (April 1942) - Measure 12 mod :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 5 0 USS San Juan CL-54 (October 1944) - Measure 32/22D by ColosseumSB USS San Juan CL-54 (October 1944) - Measure 32/22D :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 5 0 USS Hull DD-350 (December 1944) - Measure 31/6D by ColosseumSB USS Hull DD-350 (December 1944) - Measure 31/6D :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 6 0 USS Laffey DD-459 (September 1942) - Measure 21 by ColosseumSB USS Laffey DD-459 (September 1942) - Measure 21 :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 9 0 USS San Diego CL-53 (1942) - Measure 12 (modified) by ColosseumSB USS San Diego CL-53 (1942) - Measure 12 (modified) :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 11 0 USS Atlanta CL-51 (November 1942) - Measure 12/21 by ColosseumSB USS Atlanta CL-51 (November 1942) - Measure 12/21 :iconcolosseumsb:ColosseumSB 11 0

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DD-356 Porter 1939-04
This is PORTER (DD-356) in its nearly "as built" configuration. The ship is painted in the #5 Standard Navy Grey applied to all pre-war USN surface combatants, with #5 Grey on all vertical surfaces below the funnel caps and Dull Black (BK) above. The hull numbers are the standard pre-war 96" tall versions for easy recognition. 

Friedman states that, as originally built, these ships were already "quite badly overweight". Their last pre-war refits resulted in the removal of the tall aft tripod mast (essentially just a large searchlight platform), with the after conn relocated and the searchlight control station deleted entirely. The paltry anti-aircraft battery consists of only two 1.1" quad machine cannons (in fore and aft superfiring locations) and two water-cooled .50-caliber machine guns abeam the number two stack. The PORTER class mounted 5"/38 Mark 12 guns in Mark 22 single-purpose twin mounts, controlled by Mark 35 directors above the pilot house and the after deckhouse. These destroyers are unique in having two main battery directors as built. Like most USN DD designs of the time, they are fitted with eight torpedoes in two Mark 14 quadruple mounts. The boxy areas amidships and just ahead of Mount 53 along the main deck are aluminum torpedo reload lockers, and the small items above the pilot house (abeam the Mark 35 director) are short base tactical rangefinders, used for navigation in the days before radar.

As built, none of the PORTER class were fitted with the tall funnel cap on the number 1 stack; this was added in later refits to reduce exhaust gas interference with the fore top.  WINSLOW (DD-359) received a bizarre "right angle" funnel cap instead of the more practical version which was based on the MAHAN class design, the only ship of the class to receive this type of modification.

PORTER was hit by a torpedo during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands (26 October 1942), which crippled her and forced the crew to abandon ship.  DD-356 was later scuttled by gunfire from SHAW (DD-373).

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All original work.  Do not reproduce without following the Shipbucket.com Fair Use Agreement (requires preservation of the scale bar, watermark, and credits in the original on any derivative works).

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USS Hobson DD-464 (September 1942) - Measure 15
This is HOBSON (DD-464) in September of 1942, camouflaged in Measure 15.  This was an experimental scheme directly developed from a British Admiralty camouflage type, which added White (5-U) to the usual Measure 12 (modified) splotch pattern.  The hull numbers are also painted in a darker color, probably as an attempt at low visibility.  The white addition was intended for the North Atlantic / Arctic environments the USN was operating in during convoy escorts to the Soviet Union.  Measure 15 was (obviously) not found to be particularly effective and was abandoned in favor of Measure 21, Measure 22, and the later Measure 31-32-33 dazzle patterns.  

HOBSON was a "repeat GLEAVES" class destroyer, and shows a very typical mid-war configuration for this type.  

HOBSON provided gunfire support for each of the large amphibious landings in the ETO, covering the landing forces during Operation TORCH (the invasion of North Africa), Operation OVERLORD (the invasion of Normandy), and Operation DRAGOON (the invasion of southern France).  HOBSON also escorted convoys in the Atlantic prior to VE Day, after which the ship arrived at Charleston Navy Yard where she would be converted to a destroyer-minesweeper.  Recommissioned as DMS-26, HOBSON transferred to the Pacific and served off Okinawa, where the ship was hit by a kamikaze, with four men killed.  HOBSON was sent back to Pearl Harbor and then onto the Norfolk Navy Yard for repairs.  The war ended while HOBSON was in Norfolk.  

HOBSON served in the destroyer-minesweeper role in the postwar USN, but in 1952 the ship collided with WASP (CV-18) off Newfoundland and was sunk, with 176 of her crew lost at sea.

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USS San Juan CL-54 (June 1942) - Measure 12 mod
SAN JUAN (CL-54) in June of 1942, with Measure 12 (modified) camouflage.  SAN JUAN would see action in the Solomons campaigns in this fit and configuration.  CL-54's scheme shows considerable variation with her sisters ATLANTA (CL-51), JUNEAU (CL-52), and SAN DIEGO (CL-53): both the yards and the commanding officers of the ships were given extreme latitude in specifying the ship's Measure 12 (modified) pattern.  Ultimately this pattern was found to be ineffective, as the large splotches generally resolved to a single color at the great distances visual observation of ships would normally occur; the South Pacific Forces repainted into the all-over Navy Blue (5-N) of Measure 21 in fall of 1942.  

SAN JUAN shows the typical characteristics of the ATLANTA class light cruisers in mid-1942, with the early radar sets (SC and SG) on the masts, Mark 4 radar on the Mark 37 gun directors, and the full anti-submarine complement of six K-gun projectors and depth charge tracks aft.  The boats normally stored amidships were landed at the first opportunity once the fire danger they posed was realized.  These ships were prized for their extremely heavy anti-aircraft artillery broadside of sixteen 5"/38 Mark 12 guns in Mark 29 twin enclosed base ring mounts. 

SAN JUAN would survive the war to be decommissioned and placed into reserve in 1946, before finally being scrapped in 1961.

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USS Hilary P. Jones DD-423 (December 1940)
This is HILARY P. JONES (DD-423) in the ship's prewar configuration, about December of 1940.  The color is the overall #5 Standard Navy Grey used on all pre-war USN fleet units.  Note the large 96" tall hull numbers with black shading on the bow, and the Dull Black (BK) funnel tops.  

HILARY P. JONES shows the standard "as-built" configuration for the BENSON class destroyers, with ten torpedo tubes in two quintuple mounts (Mark 14 forward and Mark 15 with shielded crew station aft).  The ship mounts five 5"/38 Mark 12 guns in a combination of Mark 30 enclosed mounts (Mount 51, 52, and 55) and Mark 30 Mod.1 open base ring mounts (Mount 53 & 54).  The foremast mounts the typical crow's nest and the complicated lighting arrangements of the pre-war designs; this was before any USN ships mounted radar.  The Mark 37 gun director has no Mark 4 radar.  The tall deckhouse aft carries a platform for the ship's 36" searchlight, the screened speed light, and the aft/emergency conn ("Battle Two").  A small gaff ahead of the pilot house mounts more lights.  Depth charge roller racks are situated on the fan tail, but no K-gun depth charge projectors have been mounted along the after deck house.  The brown/tan objects along the main deck inside the bulwark are rope reels and stored side fenders.

Later refits would remove the tall searchlight platform aft, one of the main guns, and usually one set of torpedo tubes, all in favor of additional anti-aircraft machineguns.  HILARY P. JONES would serve primarily in the Atlantic escorting convoys to Europe, before participating in the Operation DRAGOON landings in southern France. She survived the war to be transferred to Taiwan, where she would serve as the HAN YANG (DD-15), before ultimately being scrapped in 1974.

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USS Buchanan DD-484 (May 1942) - Measure 12 mod
BUCHANAN (DD-484) in May of 1942, just after commissioning at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock at Kearny, NJ.  BUCHANAN is camouflaged in the standard Measure 12 (modified) scheme, with the characteristic splotches that differed between every ship in this camouflage.  BUCHANAN served in the Pacific, fighting in nearly every battle early on in the Solomons campaign.  DD-484 was one of the "repeat GLEAVES" class destroyers, ordered by the US Navy as a stopgap measure once hostilities began.  She shows the typical modifications made to the repeat GLEAVES ships; only one Mark 14 quintuple torpedo tube, four 5"/38 Mark 12 guns in Mark 30 fully shielded mounts, and a single 1.1" Mark 1 quad anti-aircraft machine cannon aft.  20mm Oerlikons sit abeam the pilot house and the number 2 stack, with an additional mount to port of the 1.1" quad mount aft.  BUCHANAN went to the Pacific with an SC air search radar on the foremast and a Mark 4 "FD" fire control radar mounted on the Mark 37 director.

BUCHANAN served throughout the Pacific during the war, to eventually be retired at the conclusion of hostilities and turned over to the Turkish Navy, where she served until 1976 as TCG GELIBOLU (D-346).

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thesketchydude13 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday Comrade! :) (now go have mandatory fun...or its gulag time :stare: )
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kike-92 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017
Thanks for the watch!!
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Zaco8955 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016
That would be downright cool, if the artists stopped to bawl out for bullshit!
I withdraw my "watch" at: ColosseumSB and bagera3005
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ColosseumSB Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, what? I'm not sure what I've done.
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Zaco8955 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016
Happy birthday Collo ! Have your cake and eat it too w00t! :happybounce: Airborne 
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DannetSink Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Wow,talk about very detailed drawings,if there was a contest about detailed drawings,you probably win the contest.
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bagera3005 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
you i should ban you from my da just out of  spite
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ColosseumSB Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... what?
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ColosseumSB Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I am the same Colosseum from Shipbucket. I can't really tell what else you are trying to say...?
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