Wow! The Yamato.

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  1. Black&Tan macrumors 6502a

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    Found this on the web yesterday, spent far too long checking out the various pictures (I think there's 81). It's amazing how much talent (and time) some people have.

    http://album.nikon-image.com/nk/NK_AlbumPage.asp?un=97313&key=555537&m=0

    The pictures are from the Kure museum in Japan, the city where the Yamato was built. Incidentally, there is a Japanese movie coming out this Christmas based on the Yamato - they built a life-size battleship from the bow to the bridge!

    This seems like a blockbuster in Japan, but whether the rest of the world will see it remains to be seen.

    http://www.yamato-movie.jp/
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Wow... not something I'd like to attack from the air.
     
  3. Black&Tan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think in its final destruction, something like 12 American airman/aircrews were lost and over 2000 Japanese sailors died.
     
  4. clayj macrumors 604

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    <consults "The Road to Tokyo" from the Time-Life World War II series of books>

    April 7, 1945. 280 US fighters, dive-bombers, and torpedo planes took off in search of a 10-ship Japanese force spotted by US submarines the day before. They thought, but didn't know for sure, that the Yamato might be one of their targets. She was 1/6 of a mile long, displaced 72,800 tons, had 9 18.1" guns that could fire a 3,200 pound shell 22.5 miles, and had over 100 anti-aircraft guns. She had the heaviest armor plate of ANY battleship... 16 inches thick in places.

    She was first spotted by the American pilots at 12:32 PM. Unable to coordinate their attacks due to Japanese radio jamming, the Americans began what is widely considered the most confusing air-sea battle of all time. Over the next two hours, she was struck by 5 bombs and an amazing TEN torpedoes before finally succumbing to the American attack.
     
  5. Black&Tan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I also read she was rarely at sea due to oil requirements. I believe she required sweet oil, which was in extremely short supply, and not commonly used in Japan. On her final voyage to Okinawa, she only had enough fuel for a one way voyage.
     
  6. clayj macrumors 604

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    Yeah, it says here that the Yamato was under orders, along with the other 9 ships in the group, to lure the Americans away from Honshu, beach themselves, and then fight the Americans to the death.

    Obviously they didn't make it.
     
  7. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    It must have taken a lot to power that wave motion gun!
     
  8. Whyren macrumors 6502a

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    I've actually got a model of that ship! Bought a battleship model (fully constructed, about 3-4 ft. long) a few years ago at random, didn't know what it was. I thought it might have been that ship, now I know it's the Yamato.
     
  9. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    :)
     

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