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I'm doing a historical comic book on Pearl Harbor at the moment. Here are the few pages so far. This is the heart of the Japanese strike force that launched the attack on the US fleet Dec 7.
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Rebeldude86 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
It was the largest task force in the world at the time i believe.
Halfwiccan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Guys, I know, it's sounds like I'm total idiot... But could anyone please tell me, how does airplanes take off, if there's another ship in front of the carrier? And how do they're langing? Or is it all about distance between the ships? Or do ships have different formation dufing take-offs and landings?
Andy71754 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
they should have brouhgt the yamato if it wasnt still being constructed
Npatel98 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
Yamato was still finishing sea trials at the time of the attack. She was commissioned nine days later on December 16th.
Tank50us Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I hate to necro this, but I must put my two cents in. Although the attack was aimed at crippling the US Pacific Fleet while at anchor, the Japanese were prepared for the possibility that the US caught on to them, and dispatched the fleet to meet them in open water. Throughout the rest of the war, the US would have similar formations centered around a powerful carrier force. The fact that the IJN still had devastating Battleships despite the loss of (most of) their carriers still made it apparent that if just one got through, the carriers would be finished. If my history is correct, the Yamato alone took over 200 planes aprx. 90min to finally sink.
Keiichi-K1 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
jeez, Japan, can we say "OVERKILL"?
cdent11 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
and they all sank. some "overkill."
fongsaunder Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007  Hobbyist
Wow cool
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Hobbyist
skatefreakab Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006   Digital Artist
looks alot like the game navy field cool!
robot-god Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
That's great. The war in the pacific is fascinating.
pimphand Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Like that shot Joe, very nice. I really like the Subs in there. Alot of people would have left those out.
Eli13 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
Looks cool. I'd like to see it when it's all done.
Nanaki7 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
Wow you must have really looked into this, that is great.
Nyvhek Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
Interesting. This kind of reminds me of Navy Field, which is a MMO naval combat game ( It's a neat game at first, but unfortunately it gets pretty slow after a couple levels and I'm not sure it's worth paying money past level 30. It is fun to be involved in huge battles between two fleets though.
FoxxFireArt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006  Professional Artist
It's rather cool you appear to be doing a Pearl Harbor historical book. Sounds weird but I bet my mom would love that. She's a HUGE [link] person. Movies, books, or whatever.
My grandfather fought in the Pacific front, and my grandmother lost a friend in Pearl Harbor and a brother in Normandy. My grandfather had a lot of interesting stories.
I'll be keeping an eye out for this book.
FoxxFireArt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006  Professional Artist
For some reason there I typed WW2 turned into a link. Sorry. Not sure how that hapened.
Branchewski Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
looks cool, that's from the actual data?
simbandeh Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006
Very interesting!
Did you go so far as to try to work out the actual formation of the fleet or is this just how you did it to get them all in the same shot like such?
Anyway, I like it. Nice work.
joewight Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
There are some reports of the battleships steaming at the end of the formation (radio reception?). I based this formation off of Ted Nomura's Pearl Harbor comic. He's the most meticulous researcher I know of.
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