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Catapult details urgently required......

PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:07 pm
by seawings
Hi All,

You may have seen on the 'Mother-Site' - SEAWINGS - I have just added a section in the Ships Gallery on the subject of catapult details of those carried aboard HM Capital ships.

The problem is that (1) this is actually all I have on the subjetc, and there must be a lot more 'out-there' and (2) I have nothing on the other flying boat/amphibious/ seaplane carrying navies of the world. Absolutely nothing. France, Germany, USN, Japan etc - all at some point carried both seaplanes and amphibious craft.

So, this is a plea for help; do YOU have any details, plans, pictures, drawings, articles showing the type of detail that scale modelers and enthusiasts would crave?

If Yes, please consider posting them here.

Many thanks,

Re: Catapult details urgently required......

PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:50 pm
by longshot
Here's one from the Matson collection in the US Library of Congress...https://flic.kr/p/8yjM8w

Re: Catapult details urgently required......

PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:58 pm
by longshot
And a broadside launch from a below deck hangar on a USN carrier ...oops, it's not a seaplane, but I guess the launched aircraft occasionally fell into the sea:-(
https://www.google.co.uk/search?client= ... yUc_x0M%3A

Re: Catapult details urgently required......

PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:23 pm
by longshot
Some in the flickr 'Central Repository for Aircraft Photos' archive... https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id= ... t=Catapult

Re: Catapult details urgently required......

PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:33 pm
by longshot
Related images under this search seems a good start https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=battl ... gz1vCXM%3A

Re: Catapult details urgently required......

PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:32 pm
by DavidLegg
Bryan - there is a book Catapult Aircraft - seaplanes that flew from ships without flight decks by Leo Marriott and published by Pen & Sword that may be of interest. No plans of catapults but plenty of photos of seaplanes upon them. See http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Catapult ... ack/p/1254

Re: Catapult details urgently required......

PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:37 pm
by seawings
Hi All,

Thanks for all the hints and help.

David, Hi, I have that book but didn't want to scan anything from it to use on the site.

But, you know, I think there is a dearth of ready information on the actual catapults and their surrounding equipment and mountings. Strange that, when you consider all the info on guns and other fittings.

Re: Catapult details urgently required......

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:15 am
by longshot
Did the Royal Navy have a standard aircraft catapult for cruisers and battleships?.... This photo presumably shows a land based training set-up using a ship type catapult http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Photograph-of ... SwImRYM11C Mick

Re: Catapult details urgently required......

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:06 pm
by schneiderman
I can lay my hands on plans etc for a McTaggart Scott co ltd catapult from 1933 and may be able to make copies (I cannot recall whether they were manageable size or 'bedsheets'). I believe this was a design for ship use but would have to check. Its along the lines of the one in Longshot's post above

Re: Catapult details urgently required......

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:52 pm
by seawings
OMG...!

I would just LOVE to get my hands on a set of those for the website.

If they can be copied, what would the cost be?