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.
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.
The website War Tales has posted another USS Yorktown CV-5 related story, about a Port Charlotte, FL, man, who served onboard CV-5 and survived her sinking at Midway. You can read the piece HERE, and a link has been added to the Online Resources page on this website.
Added a review of a 4-sheet set of drawings of CV-5 in her 1940 configuration to the Reviews: Photos and Plans page.
Some of the reference items have been re-categorized as well. Most notably the Photos section is now the Photos and Plans section. We hope to be able to add some more drawings in the near future, and we’ve come into possession of new (at least to us) photos that we will be posting as soon as we get the okay from the owners and the files in hand.
It’s a massive tome of drawings, plans, and other assorted U.S.S. Yorktown information. USS Yorktown (CV-5): A Study in Blueprints review has been added to the Reviews section.
Click photo to the left to go to the review, or click HERE.
For those of you with the old Revell Yorktown class carriers, here’s a set of photo-etched brass that will correct some of the errors of the kit, and detail it out to make a real showpiece. Review HERE.