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IJN SHINANO by zulumike IJN SHINANO by zulumike
Take the largest battleship hull (Yamato class) and add a steel reinforced flight deck and you have the largest aircraft ever built during WW II. Lesson learned the Japanese Navy realized after Midway that they needed to build more aircraft carriers and not battleships. The Shinano was to be a 3rd battleship of the Yamato class but was changed over to an aircraft carrier after Midway.

IJN Shinano was named after the Shinano province of Japan, this 71,890 ton super battleship (Yamato Class), now converted to the world’s largest aircraft carrier, set sail on her maiden voyage on November 28, 1944, escorted by three destroyers. Her career lasted only (15) day.

With a full-load displacement of 72,000 long tons (73,000 t), Shinano was the largest aircraft carrier ever built, a record she would hold until USS Forrestal with a displacement of 80,000 long tons (81,000 t)—was launched in 1954.

On her way to the safety of the Inland Sea to conduct her sea trials, she was spotted and sunk by the American submarine USS Archer-Fish commanded by Joseph F. Enright, USN.

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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Still can't believe the stupidity of the Shinano's loss. Sent into submarine thick waters, no damage control systems finished, all lights running with a rookie crew. Disgusting waste of a good ship.
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WagmoreBarkless Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent!
The angle you chose really shows the Yamato-class hull.  
I love your gallery!  I appreciate the history and analysis you include with many of your paintings.  I salute you!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words. I always try to learn something as I approach my artwork and present it based on actual events or historical data. Cheers.
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SOTF Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Archerfish's destruction of this behemoth is really hard to believe considering it destroyed the carrier right at the enemy's doorstep. Give or take, Japan had lost all advantage by 1944 but yeah, really hard to believe. XD
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RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
About twenty years ago I saw the only book in English about the "Shinano".  The Japanese Government was so good at keeping the loss a secret from the public that few people believed this aircraft super carrier was ever actually built and sailed.  As it sank with over 3,000 sailors and pilots lost on it's maiden voyage it bears comparison to RMS Titanic.  Curiously enough Nazi Germany lost three ocean liners fleeing with refugee Germans from Eastern Europe (from the Russians) in January - March 1945: the "Wilhelm Gustloff" (loss over 9,000), the "Genera Steuben" (I believe 6,000), and the "Goya" (I believe 3 500 -  4,000).  All were sunk by Soviet submarines.  The "Gustloff" is the subject of a novel by Gunter Grass.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate your info. A good piece of history. Thank You.
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AWB2012 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY, MORE TARGET PRACTICE, BOYS!! IM GOING IN WITHOUT YA, SEE YOU IN HELL!!!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Nice image. Thank goodness the Japanese never figured out the angled flight deck.
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AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Doubtful it would change anything. Shinano was supposed to be a 'stop-over' point for Japanese aircraft, not an a carrier as a whole. It only job was to provide a landstrip for refueling and rearming, nothing else.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Cheers.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love IJN Navy! Great ships, disciplined crews... long lance torpedoes! But against American Industry...?
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just submitted the nemesis of the Shinano.
The USS Archer-Fish.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The account of her demise in "Japanese Destroyer Captain" is extraordinary!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you talking about Captain Hara whose destroyer escorted the IJN Yamato on her final voyage?
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! He was in the light cruiser "Yahagi" leading the escort flotilla!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I meant the Musashi! But it's still very cool!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank Ypu, appreciate it.
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Just amazing! Your painting skills is insane :)
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I am surprised she went down so easy. Great work.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.

The Shinano was not ready to go to sea. Many of the hatches and doors were not installed. The integrity of the hull had not been pressurized and tested. Accesses were left open for the 300 shipyard workers still working on the ship. The navy crew was green and untrained in damage control. Four of the 12 boilers did not work causing the ship to run at a slower speed. Normal full power and it could out run a sub. Thatis the senerio for a catasrophe waiting to happen. This was a wounded slow ship and not seaworthy for war.

Commander Enright of the USS Archerfish set his torpedoes at a shallow depth hoping to hit the top heavy carrier high on the hull side. Four of the 6 torpedoes hit the ship at five second intervals. As Enright predicted the carrier began to list immediately. The ship flooded from bow to stern because of defectective pumps, door seals and hatches.
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Now I understand. This makes more sense . But desperate times call for desperate measures. They needed the IJN Shinano right away not in 6 months. The HMS Hood had a similar fate. Retrofit Construction workers were still on board and the crew was green.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is sad, the Japanese public were never notified of the losses that took place during the war. The surviving crew was shipped off to small islands and mostly they all starved to death and were treated with no respect.
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Japanese American concentration camps are a big stain on American history as well.
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StampedeIndustries Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
how aircraft carriers should be made ^_^
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Shay-Tank-Dragon-41 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Japanese navy was great....but they didnt space their ships out too well enough :U
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read somwhere and I am paraphrasing the quote," they will run out of ships before we run out of torpedoes and bombs..." Also, Japan is an island that relied on raw materials from China and Manchuria; such as coal, iron ore, rubber, food the supply routes were cut off and destroyed. At the beginning of WW II they had 6% of the world's manufacturing capacity, the U.S. had 35%.

I worked at General Dyanamis Electric Boat Div. I heard some amazing stories about their production during WW II. They produced (76) subs and (450) PT boats during 1941-1945. The awards of the subs are immense including two MOH winners. That is just one shipyard.
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Shay-Tank-Dragon-41 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suppose that would be taken into consideration too lol

Really? so they had potential of producing an immense navy but,lack of resources? :U
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No they did not have the potential to build an immense navy especially in wartime.


During 1941 to 1945 the U.S. ship builders produced 3,200,000 std. displacement tons versus Japan's produced 550,000 tons and over half the tonnage was the Yamato, Musashi and Shinano which were all sunk quickly.

After Midway The Japanese Navy lost four fleet carriers, 320 aircraft plus highly trained pilots. It takes approx. four years and millions of manhours to build a aircraft carrier or battleship, even today. Also don't forget you have to make thousands of tons of special armour steel containing nickel, chrome, magnanese....No steel no manpower no ships. Also the U.S. damaged their shipyards heavily.

They should have listen to Yamamoto...."I think we have awaken a sleeping lion.."
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RaguLeader Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
"Sleeping giant", and there is no record of Yamamoto actually saying that, though he did advise against war with the US for various practical reasons.  Ditto for a similar quote about facing "a rifle behind every blade of grass"
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Shay-Tank-Dragon-41 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow,I mere knew that :o I thought Japan had real potential in making a fearsome navy, then again the US was the most powerful and richest nation at the time...
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TarJakArt Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Top notch stuff Mike.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks TJ appreciate it. Ships are good subjects to do also. I am working on the USS Archerfish which sunk this monster.

Cheers, Mike
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the-Unknownx111 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student
that is soo good and i woundering if that is a painting.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's mixed media art, a combination of painting and photomanipulation. Overall 75% painted. Thank You.
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the-Unknownx111 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student
thats pretty good for 75%
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Details of the smoke and breaking waves along the hull are researched for the correct look. These details are all painted. The waves along hull and bow are done using various "wave" brushes I discovered for GIMP brushes at deviant art. The sky, ocean are painted mostly with a faded round brush and layered from dark to light. The ship has several layers of grey, yellows, blues and grey tones.
The original photo is desaturated,despeckled and started in greytones (the sketch) prior to "painting' the ship.

The smoke exhaust is done with a "smudge" brush I made , even though it doesn't look complicated smoke is very tricky and has to be layered and the physics of wind direction and speed of ship all play a part of getting it real. Note how the trailing smoke sweeps down toward the ocean to give it perspective of speed and power.

Its a long process but a work of love as it all comes together for that certain "look".
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the-Unknownx111 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student
i understand what your saying but i could never be able to do any of that, i'm not that good at paintings. i mostly sketch. out of all that stuff i've done i've only put one up.how lone have you been painting? your awsome at it.

do you know what caused that ship to start smoking?
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zulumike Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been involved with art most of my life, but for "digtal art" I started over three years ago at ScreenshotWorld "painting" aircraft.

I am self taught and it's about looking at other artists work,learning from YouTube,and expiermenting with your Photoshop, Gimp etc. editing tools.

Find something that you like, a photo for example and start editing it. Why do you think they call it Photoshop?

I learned more from portrait painting B/W photos from YouTube than anything. Also take a look a the technique of matte-painting, its a good technique to know. A friend of mine introduced me to the colorization of B/W photos, this was very helpful also.
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the-Unknownx111 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student
with alot artists they have some kind of reference. me, i watch how my sis drew and looked at the how to draw books that she used. i also read japanise comic books and got some things from that.

i am new at painting and i don't know much about it but i will be tacking a art class and they will be teaching some stuff about painting next year.
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the-Unknownx111 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student
oops sorry, never mind
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