by: Jim Adams [ ]
Ships and boats have used many different methods of propulsion over the centuries, manpower, currents, wind, animal power, coal, oil, diesel, jet engines, and atomic. Several of these methods involve heating water under pressure into steam and driving a steam turbine to impart motion into the propeller shaft.
Atomic power is the newest method to be used for propelling ships. The process is rather straight forward. Build a ship around a small reactor. Use the atomic reaction to heat water. Use a heat exchanger to heat a second closed loop system to produce steam. This steam then blasts past a steam turbine. The turbine spins and imparts its motion into a shaft which then turns a reduction gear.
The reactor carries enough fuel to allow the ship unlimited range and many years of operational time before an overhaul and refueling.
All nuclear cruisers are covered on this DVD, Long Beach, Bainbridge, Truxtun, California, South Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Each ship has its own folder with its pictures inside. Many of the pictures are labeled to give you a time frame in which the picture is taken.
Image resolutions range from 9144 x 6096 down to 800 x 600. Not only will you get images of these ladies out stretching their legs, but you will get them in post, and close ups to help add to your builds.
With the new kits coming out of the Virginia and Long Beach there are builders who will want to load them up with details. This DVD will give them a hand in doing so. If you feel like building your Long Beach in her later fit out there are some good images to give you a shot at doing that too.
In some cases the CGNs are forgotten ships. Most fans of the USN know the USS Long Beach and maybe Truxton. The others did their jobs in relative obscurity. Since they beginning to get their recognition as kits, this will be a must have if you really want to add all those hidden details. Or if you are like me and just enjoy warships, then this is another must have DVD.
I should add each ship has its own folder in the disc, nice touch!