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[MOC] Tarpons-class of Light Cruisers

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OSS Tarpons [L45]
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Tarpons-class" Light Cruiser
Commissioned May 1940, launched September 1941

Armament as launched:
15 152mm main batteries in a 3x3x3x3x3 format with a range of 16 km;
6 total torpedoes in 2 triple MOD 64 launchers with a capable range of over 10 km;
6 .50 AA guns (Increased to ten dual-20mm batteries in addition to .50s)
4 90mm secondary guns for anti-ship defense;
4 90mm anti-submarine depth-charge rocket launchers;
two ASW depth-charge stern racks;
two ASW depth-charge amidships racks
General Information:
Top speed 36.2 knots at ahead full, 16 knots astern;
Compliment of 552 officers and men
Ships in Class:
 

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OSS Tarpons [L45]
OSS Portage [L46]
OSS Rother [L47] (converted to Guided-missile cruiser in 1963, re-designated CGM-47)
OSS Itchen [L48] (converted to Guided-missile cruiser in 1964, re-designated CGM-48)
OSS Holmes [L49]
OSS Molsem [L50] (converted to Guided-missile cruiser in 1966, re-designated CGM-50)
OSS Distain [L51]
OSS Ferreter [L52] (converted to Guided-missile cruiser in 1968, re-designated CGM-52)
OSS Clacton [L53] (converted to Guided-missile cruiser in 1968, re-designated CGM-53)
OSS Torquay [L54]
OSS Ainthorpe [L55] (converted to Guided-missile cruiser in 1970, re-designated CGM-55)
OSS Echuca [L56]
OSS Kempthorne [L57]
OSS Blunkeny [L58]
OSS Surley [L59]
OSS Herbrus [L60]
OSS Hilmanas [L61]

OSS Tarpons: Designed in 1940 as a fast, versatile vessel with the purpose of hunting enemy destroyers and submarines, the Tarpons-class of Light Cruisers featured formidable, fast-firing main armament and strong anti-submarine capability. It was the most widely Oskenian-produced light cruiser of the Second World War, with 17 vessels being launched by the Ypaæpilisa Naval Yard. 
In 1943 the Tarpons-class were given additional AA armament to contest enemy aircraft and became valuable in escorting allied shipping during the last years of the conflict. With fifteen fast-firing 152mm main guns, the Tarpons could cut down thinly-skinned submarines or destroyers with ease. During its service record, the Tarpons claimed three U-Boat kills, one JU-87 kill, and one German fast E-boat. 
Post-war, six were given a re-fit and re-commissioned as guided missile cruisers with VLS systems and two main battery guns. The Tarpons and the six other ships that received modernization are planned to be retired in 2030. 


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Above images: OSS Tarpons in her 1943 configuration following the AA refit

OSS Rother: In 1963 when conventional methods of naval warfare had been phased out in favor of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and guided missiles, Oskenia was still lagging far behind the rest of the world when it came to naval modernization. 
The conversions of the Tarpons-class of Light Cruisers proved that Oskenia was still a world naval power. With the complete removal of all previous ordinance, the OSS Rother took on a slicker, cleaner look. The no.3 and no.4 amidships turrets were replaced with a total of 40 missile tubes for the "Phoenix" guided missile and no.1 turret was replaced with a quadruple anti-air missile system. no.2 and no.5 turrets were replaced with single 3-inch gun systems. The two triple-torpedo tubes were replaced in favor of two single guided ASW tubes.
In 1981 Oskenia also installed four American-supplied Phalanx CIWS systems and an improved bow sonar bulge. The OSS Rother and her other six ships that received this modernization are still being operated by the Oskenian Navy to this day. 
The OSS Rother and the five other ships included in the conversion were re-classified as the "Rother-class" Light Guided Missile Cruiser. In the Rother's service life, she aided in middle-eastern support missions and power-projection operations, including multiple humanitarian relief task forces. 

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2 hours ago, Jerry McGlade said:

I really enjoy the scale of the ship. Really cool ship. Great job!

Thank you! It's about 1:200/1:125 scale, the size of a LEGO microfig trophy.

39 minutes ago, A Wild P42 said:

Amazing as always!

Thanks P42.

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That is a beautiful looking vessel! I love the details on it, specifically the scout plane launcher! The little aa guns look good too, and the level of detail looks spot on. Very cool update on the more modern version too! 

I used to play Navyfield, and grew an appreciation for the various different frigates, cruisers, battle cruisers/ships and a/c carriers. Have you/will you be doing anymore ww2 vessels? 

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20 minutes ago, Fuppylodders said:

I used to play Navyfield, and grew an appreciation for the various different frigates, cruisers, battle cruisers/ships and a/c carriers. Have you/will you be doing anymore ww2 vessels? 

Absolutely. I'm currently working on a hospital ship in the same scale. After that I also want to build a battlecruiser. Definitely some more things coming soon, time willing. I am going on a vacation soon so that may disrupt my building process unless I have enough CPU power to run LDD on my laptop, lol.

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6 hours ago, LEGO Train 12 Volts said:

Wonderful ship ... perfect in every detail!:wub:

I like the white light on top of the signal mast :thumbup:

Both white lights are in accordance with Maritime law, including two red and green lights on either side of the bridge. Thank you for the compliment!

 
 
 
5 hours ago, Laura Beinbrech said:

Man, I love these ships!  And the background stories you give for all of them are excellent.

Heh, thank you. My specialty is history and naval operations. :) 

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6 minutes ago, Lo var Lachland said:

Heh, thank you. My specialty is history and naval operations. :) 

I served in the US Navy for 6 years, and I can appreciate that. :)

 

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13 hours ago, Laura Beinbrech said:

I served in the US Navy for 6 years, and I can appreciate that. :)

Appreciate your service. I don't exactly like the thought of the deep ocean but for some reason, ships and naval vessels captivate me. I wish I grew up in the era of Battleships and ten-gun cruisers. Nowadays it's all electronic. I bet for the CIC officer in the Second World War trying to hunt a submarine with just sonar pings and a manual plotting table it was an exciting and heart-pounding experience. 

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