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grandfather served in the Second World War, but like the majority
of Canadian servicemen his service was exclusively in the European
Theater in the Signal Corps. I used to read the three books he had
on equipment and text as a young child. I became interested in the
Navy and it became my first love on the subject of warfare. I poured
over books in my high school library and used to create perspective
drawings of British and German ships and main mounts with AutoCAD
in high school.
"Unfortunately, as is usually the case, the library had scant
few books on the Japanese navy or their role in the entire war.
I knew they were part of the Axis, but like with the Italian navy
they didn't seem to have done anything really. All that changed
"I was 15 and in grade 10 when I began going on my lunches
to the local billiard hall/arcade. I, along with a good friend,
began playing the video game "1943: the Battle of Midway". No, it's
not a typo and I still don't know why Capcom named it that, but
I digress. The game featured the player as a P-38 pilot destroying
aircraft and IJN ships. What struck me as odd was the number and
size of the Japanese ships (which even today, with the exception
of the destroyers, was/is surprisingly accurate). I played that
game for months, but never beat it. My friend and I were able to
get to the 16th level, but the final ship was the Yamato and the
AA fire was too devastating. How accurate were the ships? They even
depicted the Ise class in their BCV configuration and the carriers
pulled planes from their hangars and launched them at you! Float
planes were also used this way!
I went to my city library and began researching and the rest, as
they say, is history."
Content Provider (Ship Information and other important research)
started about 1974 when a neighbor of mine started telling me stories
of his WW2 experiences. He was in the IJN. Then I found a copy of
1944 Janes at the library and I could see the ships he worked on.
I later bought that book. I had access to the University of Iowa
library growing up so I didn't have to buy any books. I started
branching out to other WW2 navies and now have info on most. I like
to research and correlate data for fun. It's like a big puzzle.
did build models and used to draw "fantasy" ships. The
models I built were mostly the usual ones: Iowa, Arizona, Fletcher,
Manchester, Moo, U-505. I did find a set of plans for a DE and built
one from scratch complete with electric motors and bulkheads. It
turned out pretty good. Then I went through a phase (some one said
it was "growing up") and I got rid of the models. The
DE met a glorious fate. I cut a hole in the bottom, put a M-80 in
the forward magazine area, filled in the hole and set sail on my
grandpas lake. The stern is still there. :)"