The Trumpeter China website has posted photos of their upcoming 1/700 scale USS Yorktown (CV-5) kit. While it’s difficult to tell if they fixed all of the problems with the hull that their USS Hornet kit had, it is possible to tell that things have been changed in the model, and at least the waterline looks more accurate. Only having one in-hand will tell the whole tale.
It’s really great that, after decades of the Yorktown class carriers being largely ignored by model kit producers, to see these new kits. Between this kit, the Academy CV-6 kit mentioned in the previous post, and the announced 1/200 scale CV-5 and CV-6 kits, there’s a lot coming up for Yorktown class aficionados.
While not the USS Yorktown, specifically, Academy Models is releasing a brand new tool kit of her sister, the USS Enterprise CV-6. While at the IPMS Nationals in Omaha this past week, I had a chance to look over the kit. I did a small write up of what I saw over on Modelwarships.com. You can see it here:
Over on the Modelwarships.com website, they’ve posted a review of the first book of David Doyle’s new Legends of Warfare series. The inaugural issue, covering USS Yorktown, looks to be filled with well-known and newly discovered photos.
We have a copy of the title on the way for our own review, but in the meantime, check it out here on Modelwarships.com: USS Yorktown (CV-5), Legends of Warfare – Naval, by David Doyle
Modelwarships.com has posted photos and a brief write-up of Alexander Blokhin’s build of the Tamiya 1/700 scale USS Yorktown (CV-5) kit. Andrew did some modificaition to backdate the model to Yorktown’s pre-war appearance. Check out the photos HERE.
The Air Zoo facility in Michigan has recently acquired an SBD Dauntless dive bomber from the bottom of Lake Michigan. Lost in a training exercise in 1944, the aircraft is reported to have flown from USS Yorktown earlier in the war.
Full article HERE.
Woody, later in life, when he was also known as HAM Radio operator W4JDU
Woody Fugate survived the sinking of the USS Hammann, torpedoed while alongside USS Yorktown, at the Battle of Midway. His story has been added to the Online Resources page, and directly linked HERE.
We’re still looking for a full frame photo of the entire elevator well mural that Yorktown carried up until her sinking. There are two photos that show any of this area, and both cut off the left side of the mural. We’re still searching, but until then, we’ve added what we have to the Plans and Mural Project page.
The Naval Historical Foundation has an article online titled “Photographer Remembers Sinking of USS Yorktown (CV-5)” at their website. Written by CDR William G. Roy, USN(Ret), “CDR Roy describes his experience as a member of the salvage party on board the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) during the Battle of Midway.”
We have added a link to the Online Resources page, or you can get to the original article by clicking HERE.
We received an email from Mark, asking us to include some links to digital models of CV-5. He provided this link to Special Aircraft Services for game modifications for their flight simulator so that you can fly from the deck of USS Yorktown. There’s some amazing work there. I’ve been out of touch with flight simulators for years, and video games in general (if I have games in the house, then models don’t get built, books and articles don’t get written, websites don’t get updated), so I’m not really up on this particular Sim, but the artwork for Yorktown looks amazing. I’ve added this to the Models page for now.
Interesting stuff turns up every day on the internet. Internet Modeler did an interview with Tom Cheek, one of the VF-3 fighter pilots aboard Yorktown at Midway. The post is from 2002, so it’s been out on the ‘net for 13 or so years, but it’s still a great interview and bit of history. Link added to the Online Resources page.