I really enjoy the AU thread "Kriegsmarine
1946", and recently it got me thinking, why not make an similar thread for the IJN? Here are the first two ships, ideas I got from a website I saved pics from YEARS ago. this is an open thread...anyone can post ships!
The fourth Yamato
-class BB is - like Shinano
- converted to a carrier during construction, but is completed with an enclosed bow, deck-edge elevators, and a slightly different stern.
The fifth Yamato
is completed as a hybrid, like the Ise
-class conversions. The large catapults are angled off to port and starboard so as to - obviously - prevent aircraft from being launched directly into the superstructure.