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Official: Pearl Harbor Anniversary Campaign
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Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2016 - 10:32 AM GMT+7
Dave,
Just signed up! USS Arizona, 1/200 scale, Trumpeter-- very kit-bashed. Depicting her at sea as on 1 December, 1941
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Posted: Friday, December 02, 2016 - 06:38 AM GMT+7
After seeing the ribbon actual size I forgo the 'Zona idea and put the 75 in the center..
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 12:07 PM GMT+7
Hey everyone,

Here is the final attempt at the ribbon based on feedback.

Hope you like




Ribbon Size




Dave

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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 01:09 PM GMT+7
EXCELLENT!....you get my vote for a YES.

David , you have done a super job on this ribbon.

Cheers,
Joe
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 01:42 PM GMT+7
Dave,
Much better!

If you will allow me ... You might try closing the gap between '75' by moving the 5 to the left just a few pixels (leave the 7 where it is) — might improve the overall balance. HTH.

—mike
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 01:53 PM GMT+7
Joe, Thanks

Mike, I'll give it a shot but not sure it's gonna work. Added the number in PowerPoint and it shows the number being centered. Anyway, I'll try it

Dave
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 02:21 PM GMT+7

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Mike, I'll give it a shot but not sure it's gonna work. Added the number in PowerPoint and it shows the number being centered. ...


I was actually referring to kerning (adjusting the the spacing between letters). That function may not be available in PowerPoint. Your design looks great anyway!

And now to get back on topic ... I was at Pearl last year for the 74th Reunion and was honored to shake hands with some of the Veterans ... Words cannot begin to describe my feelings on that day. ...

—mike
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 03:00 PM GMT+7
Mike,

I'm pretty excited to attend the ceremony this year. When I first arrived I stopped by the Aviation Museum of the Pacific. A gentleman, I'm embarrassed to say I forgot his name, was riding a pedal trike around. We started talking and he revealed he was actually in the hanger we were standing in when the attack began. As you said I was truly honored and humbled talking to him.

Dave
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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 - 03:24 PM GMT+7
Wow!

Another touching moment during my visit ... My brother (Army Colonel) and I were watching the movie 'Lone Survivor' and it just so happened that the USS Michael Murphy was docked below us. Needless to say ... Pearl has a very special place in my heart.

Good luck with the campaign! I'll be watching with much interest.

Cheers,
—mike
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Posted: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 05:25 AM GMT+7
Hey all,

With the campaign beginning in two days I wanted to provide some history of the key players. First is the mastermind behind the attack, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.



Isoroku Yamamoto - Birth & Personal Life:

The sixth son of Sadayoshi Takano, Isoroku Takano was born April 4, 1884. His name means "56" which was his father's age the time of his birth. In 1916, following the death of his parents, the 32 year-old Takano was adopted into the Yamamoto family and assumed their name. It was common custom in Japan for families without sons to adopt one so that their name would continue. While serving as a lieutenant commander in 1918, he married Reiko Mihashi with whom he would have four children.

Isoroku Yamamoto - Early Career:

At age 16, Yamamoto entered the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy at Etajima. Graduating in 1904, and ranked seventh in his class, he was assigned to the cruiser Nisshin. While on board he fought in the decisive Battle of Tsushima (May 27/28, 1905) and lost two fingers on his left hand. Recognized for his leadership skill, Yamamoto was sent to the Naval Staff College in 1913. In 1919, Yamamoto, now a lieutenant commander, departed for the United States where he spent the next two years studying the oil industry at Harvard University.


Returning to Japan in 1923, he was promoted to captain and advocated for a strong fleet that would allow Japan to pursue a course of gunboat diplomacy if necessary. The following year he changed his specialty from gunnery to naval aviation after taking flying lessons at Kasumigaura. Fascinated by air power, he soon became the school's director and began to produce elite pilots for the navy. In 1926, Yamamoto returned to the United States for a two year tour as the Japanese naval attaché in Washington.

Isoroku Yamamoto - Early 1930s:

After returning home in 1928, Yamamoto was given command of the aircraft carrier Akagi, and later was asked to serve as a special assistant to the Japanese delegation at the second London Naval Conference. Promoted to rear admiral in 1930, he was a key factor in raising the amount of ships the Japanese were permitted to build under the treaty. For his performance, he was sent to the third London Naval Conference in 1934. In late 1936, Yamamoto was made vice minister of the navy. From this position he argued strenuously for naval aviation and fought against the construction of new battleships.

Isoroku Yamamoto - Road to War:

Throughout his career, Yamamoto had opposed many of Japan's military adventures, such as the invasion of Manchuria and the ongoing war with China. In addition, he was vocal in his opposition to any war with the United States, and delivered the official apology for the sinking of USS Panay in 1937. These stances, along with his advocating against the Tripartite Pact with German and Italy, made the admiral very unpopular with the pro-war factions in Japan, many of which put bounties on his head. On August 30, 1939, Navy Minister Admiral Yonai Mitsumasa promoted Yamamoto to commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet commenting, "It was the only way to save his life - send him off to sea."

Following the signing of the Tripartiate Pact with Germany and Italy, Yamamoto warned Premier Konoe that if he were forced to fight the United States he expected to have success for no more than six months to a year. After that time, nothing was guaranteed. With war almost unavoidable, Yamamoto began planning for the fight. Going against traditional Japanese naval strategy, he advocated a quick first strike to cripple the Americans followed by an offensively-minded "decisive" battle. Such an approach, he argued, would increase their chances of victory and might make the Americans willing to negotiate a peace.

Isoroku Yamamoto - Pearl Harbor:

As diplomatic relations continued to break down, Yamamoto began planning his strike to destroy the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, HI. On November 26, 1941, six of Yamamoto's carriers sailed for Hawaii. Approaching from the north they attacked on December 7, sinking four battleships and damaging an additional four beginning World War II. While the attack was a political disaster for the Japanese, it provided Yamamoto with six months (as he anticipated) to consolidate and expand their territory in the Pacific without American interference.
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Posted: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 07:21 AM GMT+7
Nothing wrong with a little insight into the people surrounding the tragic events of this day!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 09:26 AM GMT+7
The Defenders



Husband Edward Kimmel was born to a US Army major in Henderson, Kentucky, United States. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Maryland, United States in 1904 as an ordnance specialist, and subsequently served aboard several battleships and destroyers and held other shore posts. With his academic credentials earned at the Naval War College and his impressive career record, he was promoted to the flag rank of rear admiral in 1937 with such responsibilities as being the commander of Cruiser Division Seven on a diplomatic trip to South America, and the commander of Cruisers of Battle Force Fleet. His experience led to his appointment as the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet, with a brevet rank of admiral. In this role, he was said to be a hard worker that inspired subordinates, but some had also criticized that his over-attention to detail betrayed his lack of self-confidence, thus always spending the time to revisit minute tasks he had done previous when he could have delegated the work to others in the first place.

On the opening chapter of the United States' involvement in the Pacific War, the location of his headquarters, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii was subjected to a Japanese raid, which killed over 3,000 and temporarily disabled his fleet. Kimmel, along with his US Army counterpart Lieutenant General Walter Short, was one of the principle scapegoats, and he was relieved from his command merely ten days after the raid and was reverted back to his permanent rank of rear admiral. He was subsequently found guilty of errors of judgement and dereliction of duty, and retired from the US Navy in 1942.

In retirement, Kimmel was hired by the military contractor Frederick R. Harris, Inc. He passed away at Groton, Connecticut, United States, in 1968, at the age of 86. It was not until after his death before the United States Senate cleared his name on 25 May 1999, although the Department of Defense would continue to place the blame of the Pearl Harbor disaster on Kimmel and Short. "(Kimmel and Short) were denied vital intelligence that was available in Washington", said Senator William Roth, Jr., noting that they had been made into scapegoats in 1941 to lift blame from other high ranking officers. The attack on Pearl Harbor faced nine investigations, the national attention was clearly unjustly weighted on this single event when, for example, the same unpreparedness for Japanese aggression was equally as great at the Philippine Islands. When President Franklin Roosevelt ordered Supreme Court Justice Owen Roberts to head up the investigative commission, which was appropriately named the Robers Commission, many argue that Roosevelt had much political motivation in mind. By charging Kimmel and Short with failure to defend the important American military bases at the Territory of Hawaii, Roosevelt paved himself a path to take military action against Japanese aggression that he had long wished to intervene, and cleared himself of any faults of his own for his re-election campaign in 1944.

General Walter Short



Lieutenant General Walter Campbell Short was the appointed to command Army operations and bases at Hawaii in Feb 1941. By the end of that year, Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo would strike Pearl Harbor and end Short's 40-year military career.

Short was the assistant chief of staff to the Third Army during WW1. Between WW1 and the outbreak of WW2, he held a number of assignments of high importance, leading to his appointment at Hawaiian Department, the largest overseas Army department. While being an extremely efficient commander in terms of preparing his troops for war, Short himself was criticized in never preparing himself for an actual attack on Hawaii by the Japanese even though he was well aware of the threat (as shown by his decision to park his planes closely together to guard against possible Japanese saboteurs, which proved to be disastrous when the raid took place). After the Pearl Harbor attack, he was relieved of command by Washington on 17 Dec. His Quarter 5 residence, traditionally the commanding general's residence on Palm Circle, was occupied next by Lieutenant General Delos Emmons. Along with his Navy counterpart Husband Kimmel, Short was one of the principle scapegoats for the American unpreparedness for such an attack by the Japanese. Subsequent investigations, he was found to be guilty of errors of judgement and dereliction of duty. It was not until after his death before the United States Senate cleared his name (25 May 1999), although the Department of Defense continue to place the blame of the Pearl Harbor disaster on Short and Kimmel. "(Short and Kimmel) were denied vital intelligence that was available in Washington", said Senator William Roth, Jr., noting that they had been made into scapegoats in 1941 to lift blame from other high ranking officers. The attack on Pearl Harbor faced nine investigations, the national attention was clearly unjustly weighted on this single event when, for example, the same unpreparedness for Japanese aggression was equally as great at the Philippines. When President Roosevelt ordered Supreme Court Justice Owen Roberts to head up the investigative commission, which was appropriately named the Robers Commission, many argue that Roosevelt had much political motivation in mind. By charging Short and Kimmel with failure to defend the important American military bases at Hawaii, Roosevelt paved himself a path to take military action against Japanese aggression that he had long wished to intervene, and cleared himself of any faults of his own for his re-election campaign in 1944.

After being removed from command, Short retired from the Army and worked for Ford Motor Company. He passed away in 1949.

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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 04:03 AM GMT+7
Gentlemen,

At this time 75 years ago aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy were lifting off from the Carriers of the Kido Butai en route to Pear Harbor and other targets around Oahu.

Gentlemen, the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Campaign is Officially Open

Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 07:11 AM GMT+7
My entry to the campaign is Tamiya's 1/350 Tone with Eduard's photo etch:



Out of the box it would be in 1944-1945 outfit, but my primary source shown in middle has drawings pointing out changes made between 1939 and 1944. The modifications look quite simple: mostly removal of radar antennae and some of the light AA guns. I think also some of the triple AA would need to be replaced with twins. I don't read Japanese, so Lacroix/Wells book Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War should be useful. I'll start working on the model in few weeks once I finish one of my other group builds.

During Pearl Harbor attack Tone was part of Cruiser Division 8 with her sister ship Chikuma, and launched patrol/picket float planes and perhaps more interestingly final recce planes to fly over Oahu before attack. Bit over week later both Tone and Chikuma took part in attack on Wake atoll.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 08:56 AM GMT+7
A gallery for the Pearl Harbor Campaign has been created here - http://gallery3.kitmaker.net/showgallery.php/cat/30661

At least one start up and completed photo to posted on the campaign thread, as few, or as many other photos as the builder wishes.





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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 09:00 AM GMT+7
My attempt for this campaign will be the Arizona Memorial itself! I have an extra 1/700 scale version sitting on the shelf waiting to be cut up!



The kit....



The small package on top is a 1/700 scale 3D print of the Memorial from Shapeways...and the Arizona's moorings!



Have fun guys!!
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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 10:31 AM GMT+7
Hi everyone!.

This is my first participation.

My contribución will be the Big E, the USS Enterprise (CV-6), the most decorated ship in the US Navy in the WWII: 1/700 scale from Tom's Modelworks (in resin).

Soon I will post a few photos.

Thank you.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 12:54 PM GMT+7
Very nice choice Alfredo!
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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 02:04 PM GMT+7
Hi all,

I am rounding out Cruiser Division 8 with Tamiya's 1/350 Chikuma.


I have Eduard's Big Ed set too. I believe the kit represents the ship in it's early configuration. The one issue may be the planes, I believe the 'Alf' and 'Dave' float planes included were replaced by 'Jakes' before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Pasi - Looking forward to following your Tone build!


-Nathan
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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 02:07 PM GMT+7

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Approaching from the north they attacked on December 7, sinking four battleships and damaging an additional four beginning World War II.



Hmmm, I wonder what Europe, Great Britain, the Commonwealth, Russia, North Africa, Scandinavia etc etc would think of that line? I respect Dec 7 1941, but not too many historians would describe it as the beginning of WWII

cheers
Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 02:16 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text


Quoted Text


Approaching from the north they attacked on December 7, sinking four battleships and damaging an additional four beginning World War II.



Hmmm, I wonder what Europe, Great Britain, the Commonwealth, Russia, North Africa, Scandinavia etc etc would think of that line? I respect Dec 7 1941, but not too many historians would describe it as the beginning of WWII

cheers
Michael



I hate it when they forget to qualify the statement. Only four words are necessary "...for the United States. "
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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 03:45 PM GMT+7
Hi All,

I have a few other campaigns in progress, but I really wanted to be part of this one so I am going simple.

Here is my entry.
I will probably spruce up the cockpit interior some but that is about all. I will definitely make it Commander Eugusa's A/C since I like the scheme.

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Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 04:53 AM GMT+7
Hi everyone,

First off welcome aboard the campaign.

Pasi, I am really excited to watch your build, I have the Tone in my stash but just haven't gotten to her yet. great Choice!!

Todd, - Really excited to see your build also. Let me know if I need to head down and get some additional pictures to help out. Great concept!!

Alfred, I like it, while the Enterprise was out to sea she was as much a part of the days events as any ship in the harbor. Looking forward to seeing your build.

Nathan, Another fine choice that I also have in my stash, really excited to watch this come together.

Jeff - Great to have some Air cover during this campaign, What ship did Commander Eugusa lift off from? Really excited to see your build come together.

Again, Welcome to everyone. Have fun with this years builds and along the way we will learn some history surrounding that eventful days 75 years ago.

Now for my contribution to the Campaign.

I will be building the Fujimi 1/350 IJN Aircraft Carrier Shokaku. It is the premium kit so the PE is part of the base kit. I will replace all of the triple 25mm AA guns with Infini PE Triple 25's and also use the Fujimi Wooden Deck.









I still need to work out the aircraft as the kit does not come with enough. I think the Hasegawa kit might be my best option but considering this is the beginning I think I have some time.

I know the clock on my phone states 6 Dec, but after getting up at 0100 that morning and then again at 0300 on the 7th I can assure you that nothing was worked on. I needed to get the photos done.

Anyway, I did attend the 75th Anniversary Remembrance and will provide some pictures. If anyone is interested in reading Admiral Harris' (Commander, PACOM) speech here is a link. It is one of the better speeches I have ever heard.

http://www.pacom.mil/Media/Speeches-Testimony/Article/1023419/national-pearl-harbor-remembrance-day-commemoration/

Again, everyone have a great time.

Dave

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Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 10:45 AM GMT+7
Great choice of kits Dave! Can't wait to see you dig in! Yup...very interested in seeing some of the pics from the ceremony! One of the history classes from my daughter's high school is spending the week out there and attended the ceremony. Hoping to see some pictures form that as well!
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Posted: Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 02:41 PM GMT+7
Hey is anyone else building the Trumpeter 1/200 Arizona?
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