With every minute of work, I am departing any semblance of historical accuracy. With Antietam being the most advanced Essex class ship available in 1/700 it had to suffice in my desire to build a modern Essex. Having been a testing ship for a variety of deck setups and with most of these setup documentation not quite available, I have decided to get as close to SCB-125 as possible without having to scratchbuild the most obvious details (like additional/different elevators or modern bow). I was only able to get the A-3D and C-2 planes as the most accurate while still not accurate.
I am shooting for some sort of a heavy deckload operation exercise with fitting as many large aircraft on the deck as possible and the small aircraft hidden in the hangar below. The large planes will all be on the deck as they are too big to fit onto any of the elevators in the setup I am using.
All the guns are removed (accurate) even the twin 4in towers (inaccurate) to make space for the aircraft.
This album is attached to project USS Antietam CV-36.
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