Full Size Printed Plan Scale 10" = 112 HEAVY CRUISER "U.S.S. NEWPORT NEWS" Des Moines class
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U.S.S. NEWPORT NEWS
FULL SIZE PRINTED PLANS on Two SHEETS 68” x 24”
Twelve Page Article with some Building notes and photos
Scale 10" = 112'
length 64" (Hull was build from tin you may Build in Wood)
Power Steam (May be converted to Electric)
Suitable for Radio Control
by G.H. Davis
Thus it came to pass that I decided upon one of United States heavy cruisers of the Des Moines class. These ships had many points that overcame difficult problems in design for a working model replica. They have large funnels, the superstructures are suitable for concealed venting and they have a "beamy" after end. This latter feature is important as the steam machinery of a model is proportionately so much more bulky than that of a full-sized ship, and it takes up considerably more space in the hull than the turbines and gear box of the shin being modelled. Moreover, the engines and gear box of the model comes considerably further aft than The Des Moines class consists of Des Moines, Newport News and Salem. Machinery in the big ship. Another matter to be considered was the question of weights, and though every item in the superstructure had to be cut down in weight and every opportunity taken of using lightweight metals and woods, nevertheless the beam and depth of the hull had to be increased above that of the full-sized ship to allow her draught to be correct. My previous experience had told me that beam could be increased with a far less chance of distorting the "lines" than by increasing the over-all depth of the hull. How often otherwise excellent models may be seen at exhibitions with grossly distorted hulls, utterly spoiling the look of the shin when out of the water. After making rather rough calculations of weight, I came to the conclusion that the beam should be increased amidships and aft with only a very slight increase forward, and that more depth should be added without unduly distorting the shape of the hull.