|The first two to be built were the USS Atlanta CL-51 and USS Juneau CL-52, which were substantially identical with the eight twin gun 5-inch/38 turrets and three quadruple 1.1-inch anti-aircraft gun mountings. The next two USS San Diego
CL-53 and USS San Juan CL-54 were different from the first two. They still had eight 5-inch/38 turrets but both were equipped with four quadruple 1.1-inch gun mounts instead of the three carried by Atlanta and Juneau. Juneau received a
centerline quarterdeck quadruple 1.1-inch gun position in February or March 1942. All four carried the 1.1-inch guns in the battles around Guadalcanal with Atlanta and Juneau sinking on November 13, 1942. The loss of the Juneau was
especially tragic, after first being torpedoed in the naval battle off Guadalcanal, she was steaming to safety and repairs when the submarine I-26 hit her with another two torpedoes. The forward magazine exploded and the Juneau went down in
about 20 seconds. Those crewmen that survived were left to their fate, as the other ships continued south. In a precursor to the loss of the USS Indianapolis, many survivors fell victim to shark attacks. Only ten crewmen were rescued. Among
the lost crewmen were the five Sullivan brothers. Modelers may be interested to know that there is a strong possibility of seeing the arrival of a 1:350 scale plastic model or models of one or more of the first four units of the Atlanta Class. As built
Atlanta and Juneau would be identical, while San Diego and San Juan would be identical. By 1944 San Diego and San Juan differed in the numbers of 40mm Bofors and 20mm Oerlikons that they carried. Which of these ships would you like to
see in 1:350 scale and in what fit in the case of San Diego or San Juan?
If you answer is the USS Juneau, there is a perfect reference to enhance your build. The Floating Drydock has a printed monograph devoted to the Juneau written by Rod Dickson. Floating Drydock has been acquired by Randy Fagan, who
has also acquired the extensive line of CDs developed by Ray Bean. The Juneau monograph runs 44 pages in length, plus covers. The text covers not only the history of USS Juneau, but also extensive coverage of her technical features, guns,
torpedoes, and the four camouflage patterns that she carried in a span of one year, which includes USN paint designations. All of the photographs have extensive illustrative captions. I found the photographs of the Juneau in her various camouflage
patterns with captions and internal text especially helpful. It concludes with one page on the cruisers specifications. Extensive photographic coverage of Juneau is included with 42 photographs of the cruiser from her construction to lake October
1942. Some of the photographs are of Atlanta, San Diego and San Juan, showing their differences from Juneau, such as Atlanta with SC radar and Juneau with SG radar or differences in bridge wind baffles. A two page profile drawing of
Juneau is included. This monograph is inexpensive and highly recommended.