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Zephyr
Post subject: Eagle Patrol Boats, WW1Posted: December 28th, 2011, 7:29 pm
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Well, I believe I have the basic hull and major deck stuff mostly done, just need to start with some details now.

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The Eagle Patrol Boats were an interesting class in that they are, to my knowledge, the only warships ever built on an assembly line. In 1918, Pres. Wilson asked Henry Ford to serve on the Shipping Board. Ford came up with the idea of building ships on an assembly line, the same as he did with his cars. The Eagles were the result of that.
Built in a factory in a suburb of Detroit, they were indeed assembly line built. Using flanged flat plate steel for the hulls instead of rolled plate, they went together fairly quickly. The only problem was that they weren't on the water. So, once one was finished, they loaded it onto a large flatcar pulled by tractors, slowly moved it to the water, then lowered it in on a hydraulic platform. Definately not your traditional launching. Initially a class of 100 was planned, increased to 112, then at the end of the war reduced to 60.
Class overview
Name: Eagle
Operators: United States Navy
Completed: 60
General characteristics
Type: Patrol craft
Displacement: 615 long tons (625 t)
Length: 200.8 ft (61.2 m)
Beam: 33.1 ft (10.1 m)
Draft: 8.5 ft (2.6 m)
Propulsion: Poole geared steam turbine, 2,500 shp (1,864 kW)
1 screw
Speed: 18.32 knots (33.93 km/h; 21.08 mph)
Complement: 5 officers, 56 men
Armament: • 2 × 4"/50 caliber guns
• 1 × 3"/50 caliber gun
• 2 × .50-caliber machine guns
• 1 × Y gun (Eagles 4 through 7 only)

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Post subject: Re: Eagle Patrol Boats, WW1Posted: December 28th, 2011, 7:32 pm
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Nice start. Although portholes are to small for a ship of this size.
You might want to check out HNSA's booklet of general plans; they've got plans for the Eagle boat.

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Zephyr
Post subject: Re: Eagle Patrol Boats, WW1Posted: December 28th, 2011, 7:41 pm
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Thanks. I was looking for something like that. As for the ports, if you look at the pic, and at the plans, they are rather on the smallish size, except for the ones in the con. Besides, they really aren't ports, they are air vents.

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Post subject: Re: Eagle Patrol Boats, WW1Posted: December 29th, 2011, 1:57 am
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At this level of completion, a respectable effort so far.


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Post subject: Re: Eagle Patrol Boats, WW1Posted: December 29th, 2011, 5:23 am
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A great drawing... it captures the truly ugly appearance of these ships beautifully!


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Post subject: Re: Eagle Patrol Boats, WW1Posted: December 29th, 2011, 5:51 am
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They were no doubt designed to be built, so to say, but the sloping deck is a curiosity.


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Post subject: Re: Eagle Patrol Boats, WW1Posted: December 29th, 2011, 9:01 am
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Looks good so far. I'm looking forward to see it finished. :)


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Post subject: Re: Eagle Patrol Boats, WW1Posted: December 29th, 2011, 9:21 am
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Nice start, but remember that any platform capable of supporting a man should be three pixels thick.
Also, navsource.org has a ton of images of the PE boats.

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Zephyr
Post subject: Re: Eagle Patrol Boats, WW1Posted: December 29th, 2011, 12:29 pm
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Gonna put this one "on hold" temporarily, I need to kitbash a 1908-1912 era light cruiser. Shouldn't be long.

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Post subject: Re: Eagle Patrol Boats, WW1Posted: December 29th, 2011, 3:25 pm
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Impressive Zephyr; this represents a novel and (historically) significant design. What also fascinates me is that while in 1918 a mass-produced warship was being built, by 1941 the US had forgotten the lessons of WWI, hence the 'Happy times' off the US coast amongst U-boats.


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