If you are a
Japanese captain, what do you do to protect your ship from a lucky torpedo hit
to your steering gear? History is replete with examples of freak torpedo strikes
dooming warships. If a torpedo hits the rudder, you can be in serious trouble.
Look at the
photo-etch set AP-045, Emergency
Set, provides six emergency rudders in gleaming brass on fret A.
As long as the ship could make way at a decent speed, these emergency rudders
could be rigged and trailed behind the ship to give some degree of steerage. The
emergency rudder was operated off three cables. All three split into twin yokes
right before reaching the rudder. The shortest cable was on centerline and was
hooked to the near side spine of the emergency rudder. The two longer cables
connected to starboard and port sides on the far side of the rudder. By taking
in or letting out the port or starboard cable the degree at which the water
flowed over the rudder changed and imparted some steerage to a crippled ship.
Each of the six rudders has two parts, the exterior layer with the
relief-etching and an interior layer. Each layer folds together, so the
completed emergency rudder will be four layers of brass thick. The brass parts
of both layers already have the eyebolts used to secure the rudder to the cables
from the ship. This fret also has 24 life rings. Fret B is of stainless steel
and provides 12 life ring racks in two styles of six each.