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Fuso Ise Yamashiro

Image:Ise1944.png, Image:Yamashiro1944.png, Image:Fuso1944.png

Could you tell me why you add to that foto category Category:Ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy and category:World War II battleships ? They are IN Category:Battleship Yamashiro who was IN Category:World War II battleships of Japan who was IN Category:World War II battleships

Additionaly Category:Battleship Yamashiro was IN Category:World War II battleships of Japan was IN Category:Ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

So can you tell me why you are doing that edit and name that edit "Grrr!" ? --Pmgpmg 14:43, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Because the original mod. of the categorysection, made by user Rama, was without any comment. I simply didnt understand what he was doing.--Alexpl 17:33, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Beautiful Ships!

I read the article on the Scharnhorst1943 on the English Wiki, and followed the link from Image:Scharnhorst1943.png to your page. And I'm impressed! Beautiful work! -- 05:21, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

Thank you for your support. It makes my work much more enjoyable.--Alexpl 10:16, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

Great work. I already made respective remarks elsewhere but I think it should be noted on your user page, also. It's amazing what you achieve in spite of the limits set by the restricted resolution. 20:18, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

I second that. Gorgeous. Do you have an archive somewhere where I can find all your drawings? Dziban303 (talk) 00:07, 19 December 2008 (UTC)


I just finished Image:Alsace.svg, and I was proud. Then I saw your Image:Musashi1944.png. Sigh ;_; Rama (talk) 18:11, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

You have created a good drawing with high encyclopedic value. Nothing to be ashamed of. Actually I never managed to master the art of creating fair .svg files. So I have to create drawings with enormous filesizes (in an even more enormous amount of time) to compensate for that. But thank you very much.Alexpl (talk) 20:28, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

Could you...

......draw up "line drawings" to replace the ones in this image? Thanks for any help, The ed17 (talk) 21:23, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

I´m afraid not, because "USS Nevada (BB-36) line drawings.jpg" is under copyright protection. Maybe you should consider to create a new drawing, based upon all the photos of USS Neveda available in books and on the net.Alexpl (talk) 07:34, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
That's what I meant...I was asking if you could make up a brand new image, similar to your excellent Yamato drawings, to get rid of that image and substitute it with your free-use one... However, if you can't, that is okay too. Thanks for your assistance! The ed17 (talk) 00:17, 18 September 2008 (UTC)
Well, I already have a long 2do list, mostly battleships and cruisers, of which no (or very few) photos are available for wikipedia. USS Nevada, on the other hand, is represented by a lot of images (although not all PD images showing her have been uploaded to commons so far). According to that, the Nevada is not exactly top priority. Realistically spoken, I will be able to do it in about a year or two. Maybe someone else could manufacture a decent drawing earlier.Alexpl (talk) 10:54, 18 September 2008 (UTC)
Oh, that's fine then. It wasn't the highest-priority image anyway, due to those reasons, and if you've got a long to-do list... =D Thanks anyway! Cheers, The ed17 (talk) 03:28, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
Thanks to User:Rama for creating the drawing of USS Nevada.Alexpl (talk) 13:43, 24 September 2008 (UTC)

Sehr schöne KJM Schiffe !!!


Muss einmal ein Lob aussprechen. So gute Darstellungen, vor allem welche so nahe am Original sind. 1 A !

Hast du eine E mail adresse mit der man dich kontaktieren kann ?

Gruss Kris

Danke. Die E-mailfunktion musste ich leider abschalten, da ich vor einigen Wochen ein paar üble Spamattacken über die Wikimail hatte. Wenns wichtig ist, gib mir deine - dann schicke ich dir meine :) .Alexpl 15:02, 2 Dezember 2008 (UTC)

Hallo meine ist : telefon geht ja sonst auch :)

Hab dir geschrieben.Alexpl 19:02, 2 Dezember 2008 (UTC)


hmm irgendwie klappt das bei mir mit den mails net oder bist du grade im Urlaub :D

Nee, kein Urlaub. Antworte doch einfach auf die mail die ich dir geschickt habe ?!? Alexpl 00:32, 9 Dezember 2008 (UTC)

Hab ich 2 mal gemacht kam nichts an ... naja habe sie nochmal gesendet :)

Geht doch. Alexpl 09:32, 9 Dezember 2008 (UTC)

Great stuff!

Hey, just noticed your ships and as a fellow linearter, I must offer my congratulations since they are all simply fantastic. :) How long have you been drawing? 17:19, 25 December 2008 (UTC)

Can I post this work...

...on the website These are some great ships and I'd really like to be able to use them. Respond here or email me at Thanks! Nick31091 (talk) 23:10, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

No problem. Just make sure to respect the conditions of the CC-by-SA license[ [1]]. Happy new year. Alexpl 15:20, 27. Dezember 2008 (UTC)

Woohoo! Thanks! Happy new year! 23:00, 27 December 2008 (UTC)


You've got some terrific ships from the Battle Off Samar from the Japanese side. Do you think you could put the Casablanca class carriers such as the USS Gambier Bay on your list of ships to draw? There are not very many good diagrams of this ship class anywhere. You may know that in that battle a small group of CVE's destroyers and tiny destroyer escorts drove back the largest japanese surface force assembled since Midway. Bachcell (talk) 05:08, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

Well, I try to pick my objects by rational means only. If it helps wikipedia authors to create better articels or to explain ships designs - I try to do my very best. On the other hand US ships in WW2 are very well documentated. All archives survived the war and a huge amount of photos is available. So I try to focus on ships where only a few photographs can be found. But if you want to try to create a drawing yourself, I offer my help.Alexpl 11:52, 15. January 2009 (UTC)

Take a look at that story and see how the Suzuya, Yamato and Musashi fared in that battle against tiny CVE's, fletcher class destroyers and 2-gun destroyer escorts. These small ships don't have drawings done with the care and research that you've given to these Japanese giants, and it would be a fitting tribute to the contributions of tiny ships that were forced to slug it out and exchange shellfire with giants and win. The CVE's only had a single open 5 in gun, and there are no good drawings of this position. The bridge of this small ship was open, the pilot house was only 2 persons wide. It would be instructive to show the relative size of the Johnston or Samuel B. Roberts compared to the Kongo in the same scale. What tools did you use for the drawing? I used to freehand with pencil, but have not tried computer drawing yet.

The commanding japanese Admiral Kurita failed to press on the attack for several reasons. Basically he didnt understand the tactical situation and failed to get full control over his forces, which had suffered under american air attacks for the last day (resulting in the loss of BB Musashi and other units). IJN Yamato, with the use of AP grenades against the unarmored CVE´s, shot many holes in the CVE´s hulls but failed to inflict the fatal damage that HE grenades would have done. I would call it a pretty close shave for the escort carriers. One may call it a heroic struggle, but I would count other performances higher - the terriffic fight that the destroyers HMS Acasta[2] and HMS Ardent[3] put up against the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau for example. But to judge about such things may be a matter of taste or nationality sometimes.
You can use almost every graphic program, but I would recommend CorelDraw or Paint Shop Pro [4]. The best choice should be the one you are already used to work with. Pick a ship, pick a date on which you want to show the ship(!!!). Then think about the scale you intend to use and start by simply outlining the hull in black on white. To have an easier start you could copy the scale bar from one of my images into your new image. As soon as you´re happy with that work, start with the large equipment first down to the ship's rail. Make sure to check your drawing with original photographs and plans as often as possible. Applying color is the penultimate step. Very carefully adding light and shadow is the last step. Alexpl 20:11, 15. January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the tip, there isn't even an article for that particular battle, just for the ships. I'll probably put that under an also see section since it's a similar hopeless situation that turned out the way the Taffy 3 guys probably expected it would turn out. The outcome was much worse, I believe the Taffy 3 sailors were overall in better shape (they got their airplanes off and they had more of them) and made better use of what they had - they did nearly everything right. So what program did you use? Bachcell (talk) 01:07, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

PSP and for some drawings Corel Draw. But it doesnt really matter.Alexpl 12:10, 17. January 2009 (UTC)
I finally managed to produce some sketches, but unfortunately the results of my research about the ship differ from the bulk of the modelships currently representing "Gambier Bay". Especially the steep destroyer-like bow on the underwater hull, as seen here [5], seems to be wrong.Alexpl 11:03, 03. February 2009 (UTC)

Hello again!

Hi Alex. Would you be kind enough to add a source to File:Scharnhorst1943.png as to where you got the info you used to draw it so it fulfills the FAC criteria? I'm using the image in en:Design 1047 battlecruiser, which is going through a MILHIST A-class nomination right now, but I'd like to get the images cleared up now. :) Thanks! —Ed 17 (Talk) 08:01, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

Good enough now - or is there anything else I could do? edit: also note File talk:Scharnhorst1943.png -- Alexpl 17:49, 27 February 2009 (UTC)
Well, that helps. :) I mean, what did you use in drawing the image? E.g. line drawings from Conway's, pictures of Scharnhorst herself...? See also: File:CB-1 Alaska Outboard Profile 1.gif. Basically, for any user-drawn image to go in a FA article, the reviewers have to know where the artist (you) got their info. :/
Saw the file talk. That's not a problem. It's not a major detail, and it's better to play it safe and not get in trouble. :) Thanks for all the help! —Ed 17 (Talk) 22:57, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
It´s my own work, influenced by various sources. I never use a single source for a drawing, esp. my large drawings may be based upon a dozen sources. A minor detail, for example the different guide of the degaussing-cable on Yamato is only visable on one rare picture, found in, afaik, one jap. publication only. I think I can add the sources for Scharnhorst tomorrow (just a few in this case), but I wont do it for all drawings. If some conflict about a detail erupts, I prefer to defend my decision for a specific design case-by-case, because the descripton box doesnt give me the opportunity to explain which elements of which source I used and, sometimes more important, which elements of those sources I didnt use because they turned out to be sloppy researched crap. Alexpl 23:36, 28 February 2009 (UTC)
That's fine! If you want, leave a 5-sentence explanatory note on the image page below the description box, similar to the notes on your userpage about Yamato, Kongo, etc. Obviously not everything is going clear-cut when you are drawing a ship that has had a lot of information and pictures taken of it destroyed by war...unless you have blueprints. ;) —Ed 17 (Talk) 08:10, 1 March 2009 (UTC)
Not really. I used to scratchbuild modelships and have seen / owned many faulty blueprints. Only if you can get a hand on the original drawings, which where actually used to build the original ship, you are right. I guess most of the guys who have drawn those blueprints 20, 30 years ago for the free market, did the same thing I did, but became somewhat more credible because that was the pre-internet-age.
I noticed you made some progress on USS Nevada´s article and photos. Good work.Alexpl 10:36, 1 March 2009 (UTC)
Done. Not complete, but good enough I hope.[6]Alexpl 10:56, 1 March 2009 (UTC)
Really? Wow. The world of ship drawing is not very clear-cut!
Yeah, I got it to FA in October and it was on the main page for the anniversary of Pearl harbor, December 7th. :)
That should be enough. I'll ping you again if something comes up, but I don't think it will. Thanks so much! —Ed 17 (Talk) 20:17, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

...and hello a third time

Hi Alexpl, I come here once more to bear tidings of an enwiki featured article nomination. This one is for Yamato class battleship, which uses two of your images: File:Musashi1944.png and File:Yamato1945.png. What you did for the Scharnhorst image above should be enough; it's just a rule at FAC that every drawing must either be published in a reputable source or sourced to books/pictures/the like. Apologies for the bother, —Ed (TalkContribs) 20:11, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

Really ? So a 3d drawing of a technical function for example, is not credible if only published in a series of 2d drawings before ?. Funny. Well, I worked out almost every detail of those two drawings with our lead IJN expert using almost every bit of literature available. See for example the list of sources, which was a result of that process -> [7] with remarks about their individual credibility. I can definitly say that there is no drawing, published prior to those two, that contains all of the shown features. Those drawings mirror the look at a specified time, based on photographs and additional, written, info. The only thing I could do, would be to add a list of the most important sources, which had the greatest influence on the drawings.Alexpl (talk) 09:26, 12 June 2009 (UTC)
Well, his exact comment was "to verify the accuracy of the works, what are the sources for these drawings?", but I wanted to ensure that you didn't get offended becuase you thought I was questioning the drawings' accuracy. :/ If you could list the main sources, that should be enough; I'm sure that anyone would understand that a plethora of sources were used because of the amount of detail. —Ed (TalkContribs) 02:00, 13 June 2009 (UTC)
No problem. An essential info for me was, that not all of the photos of the two ships are available on the I-net (strange enough). It was our IJN expert [8] who found out in his libary, that, for example, "Yamato"s degaussing-cable in reality wasnt fixed according to the usual drawings. So it turned out to be an in-depth fact finding mission. And unless somebody dives down and takes a lot more detailed pictures of the real wrecks than it has been done before, those two drawings should be pretty close to the real thing. wbr, Alexpl (talk) 07:46, 13 June 2009 (UTC)
Sounds like you do as much research for your drawings as I do my featured articles! :) Thanks for the addition of sources and thanks for the drawings; they will greatly further readers' understanding of the ships. —Ed (TalkContribs) 05:22, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

Your work...

Is amazing. I could spend hours staring at these various drawings. Simply wonderful. Riffraffselbow (talk) 15:21, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

Thank you.Alexpl (talk) 15:58, 20 June 2009 (UTC)


im new i cant find how to leave messages here Alexpl can you make the battleships Bismarck,Tirpitz,USS Missouri,North Carolina,your battleships look great WOW my user name is hsj43 can someone tell me how to leave a meassage here i see no buttons to push only edit button

Hi Hsj43, using the "edit" button was totally correct. Use "== ==" as headline, leave your meassage and, if you are logged in, sign it with 4 of these symbols "~" to create a signature. For your image requests, we already do have a lot of pictures of those battleships (Bismarck [9],Tirpitz [10],Missouri [11],North Carolina [12]) and other people on the net have already drawn excellent images of them [13],[14] a.o.. So I dont think its necessary for me to invest hours to create an other drawing of them. Maybe you want to try to do it yourself? Alexpl (talk) 08:49, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

Alexpl your profiles are best i ever saw WOW those large scale profiles battleships are perfect love to see you make the Bismarck,Tirpitz,Uss Missouri,North Carolina, or even the King George V,thanks for the links Alexpl your profiles are the best.

Alexpl you say no need for Bismark & Tirpitz because of lot of profiles made already of them well how about the ww2 battleships USS Missouri,USS North Carolina,i cant find no profiles on them like your best and great looking large scale profiles how about making those that would be great.p.s. if i sound a little nutty sorry about that i wont leave anymore messages this is my last request i had to try one more time.p.s.You have skills Alexpl i have no clue how to make profiles i wish i knew how to tho i would make them like your large scale looking profiles what great looking detail that i ever seen.I can only dream of what those battleships that i ask you to make would look like.I know it must take long time to make profiles.

I certainly agree with your sentiment that Alex's images are amazing; his work is even admired outside Wikipedia! (scroll to the bottom) What Alex is saying—I think—is that he would rather create images for ships that have few pictures and/or line drawings available, so he can fill a gap. —Ed (TalkContribs) 01:09, 2 August 2009 (UTC)
Well, thank you for the flowers. Filling gaps is indeed my primary intention. I also try to distribute the fields of my work a bit to prevent beeing exploited for some commercial project. Alexpl (talk) 19:08, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

Theres lots of pictures of the ww2 Iowa class & the North Carolina class battleships but no profiles like your work at all or even profiles of those ships only real pictures i cant beleave that nobody made any profiles of these great battleships online sites at all WOW making these ships is filling gaps.

No offense, but you simply aren't getting what we are saying. :| The fact that they have a bunch of pictures means that there is no gap. Plans are available in many books; try requesting Conways All The World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946 through inter-library loan for one. —Ed (TalkContribs) 22:07, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

Gorgeous work

Alexpl... your work is gorgeous!!! You are very talented. Mike

Thank you.Alexpl (talk) 07:09, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

Reply to [15]

I don't think they would be a problem, outside of routine maintenance—I think that the pictures in thumbnail would be too small for a good use of the notes, so the pictures' size would have to be increased to, say, 300px. As a side note, I didn't like the notes until I saw how you used them in that image. Great work! —Ed (TalkContribs) 15:50, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Thx. There are a few problems with this gadget - I would prefer the "zoom in" function, which jumps in while adding a note on a large picture, to work for normal viewers as well. Markings in different colors could help to highlite all guns of the same type etc. etc... Maybe in the future. wbr Alexpl (talk) 07:09, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

Hey man

Your profiles are freaking awesome. So awesome in fact, that they inspired me to attempt a Yamato profile of my own:

I know, it's really not as detailed as your profiles, but I'm sure with a few more hours (maybe just another two or three) of tinkering, it'll be ready for a Featured Picture nomination! RedMenace (talk) 04:27, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

IoI - just keep going! Alexpl (talk) 08:11, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

So on your request I have got an account here ...

... but what am I supposed to do now?

Upload my naval pictures? Sorry I will never understand how that webstuff works.

Find mistakes in your drawings? Similarly a very difficult task. Man, don't be that good and give me a fair chance ...

Against all odds I am still not blocked by any stupid admin which would resolve the problem easiest.

So, what now???

--Admiral Graf Spee (talk) 12:28, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

Log in, visit this page and klick on "E-mail this user" (left side "toolbox"). Just that simple. Alexpl (talk) 14:13, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
Done. The next move is up to de:wp Benutzer:Complex and his connection. Smile! --Admiral Graf Spee (talk) 17:01, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

uploading files

Geht natürlich bei "upload file" links unter "participate". Überleg dir genau was du hochladen willst, ob du das überhaupt darfst und wähle die entsprechende Lizens. Das Projekt hier läuft unter US-Recht, deshalb stehen auch Lizens-Freigaben zur Auswahl die eine Verwendung in der unmöglich machen. fair-use und so. Aber da kennst du dich sicher aus. Bevor du anfängst schlage ich dir aber vor die gallerien einiger Nutzer anzuschauen und deren Bilder und Lizensbeschreibungen zu lesen - als Training. Auf der Benutzerseite von mir, oder z.B. ihm hier [16], oben rechts auf gallery klicken und ein Bild auswählen... Alexpl (talk) 22:25, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

Hallo Alexpl, fair use gibt es auf Commons nicht, nur auf en-wp. Es werden hier ausschließlich freie Medien akzeptiert, wobei wir teilweise strenger sind als de-wp, weil wir verlangen, dass hochgeladene Dateien sowohl nach US-Recht als auch dem Recht aus dem Land, in dem sie zuerst publiziert worden sind, frei sind. Für weitere Fragen stehe ich gerne zur Verfügung. --AFBorchert (talk) 08:05, 4 December 2009 (UTC)
NP. Nutzer Admiral Graf Spee hatte mich um eine Erklärung des Uploadverfahrens gebeten. Es stellte sich jedoch heraus, dass er selbst Experte in Sachen Lizensrechte ist und damit hatte sich meine Antwort hier eigentlich erledigt. Trotzdem Danke. Gruss Alexpl (talk) 09:57, 4 December 2009 (UTC)
Lieber Alexpl, danke für die Blumen. "Experte"? Na ja, ich weiß halt, wie die Wurst gemacht wird (und deshalb schmeckt sie mir auch oft genug nicht mehr). In der Tat ging es hier nur um die Technik, danke für die Tipps, aber aus Zeitgründen kann ich mich bis Anfang 2010 damit ohnehin noch nicht befassen.
Übrigens: Endlich hat einer von diesen superklugen Nachwuchs-Admins mit dem albernen Namen "Sicherlich" auf der de.wp gemerkt, daß "Graf Spee" und "Adm. Graf Spee" der gleiche Nutzer ist (da muß man erst mal drauf kommen, boah ey, war ja für diese Leute bestimmt nicht leicht zu verstehen, vielleicht haben sie einen Gutachter beauftragt) und hat dann eine hochintelligente Leistung durch Drücken auf seinen über alles geliebten Sperrknopf vollbracht. Mann, sind die SCHNELL ... --Admiral Graf Spee (talk) 08:39, 5 December 2009 (UTC)
Ich hatte dich gewarnt. Schönen Nikolaus! 15:31, 5 December 2009 (UTC)
Gewarnt? Wovor? Ich amüsiere mich königlich (nicht mal gräflich), "sicherlich"! Außerdem bin ich sowieso weiter unterwegs ... was interessiert mich der Graf Spee? Was glaubst Du, wieviele Namen mir noch so einfallen, soviel Speicherplatz hat WP gar nicht. "Schall und Rauch", habe ich in meiner Zusammenfassung damals an Felistoria geschrieben, keine Chance für Admins. Und meine neuen Artikel, Tone, Agano und dieser Hilfskreuzer, die stehen doch und werden nicht gelöscht. Also war ich für das Lexikon erfolgreich. Darauf kommt es an, nicht ob ich Lustiger Spee oder Graf Landmann bin. Pardon, wir haben gewonnen (Kishon)! Selber Niko-klaus ;-) --Admiral Graf Spee (talk) 19:02, 5 December 2009 (UTC)

top flight stuff man

very quality. what is your method for producing such clean lines?

Oldschool, hand-drawn, pixel by pixel. Later I colored them to match the surrounding area. Alexpl (talk)

Rus Navy

Dear Alexpl,

We represent which is the only website containing all information about Russian Navy. Our editors were delighted much while watching your talented and masterfully done drawings. This raises the question of whether you would work for us a bit and create side views of some Soviet/Russian submarines and surface ships projects. We came up with an idea to replace existing photos posted here with your drawings. Once this offer interests you, here is another bunch of questions:

- how long does it take you to draw a side view of 1) a submarine; 2) a boat/a corvette; 3) a frigate/a destroyer; 4) a cruiser/a battleship?
- what is the price of one drawing? 

In any event, please reply to us on We wish you every success in your creative work and hope for fruitful co-operation.

Best regards, Roman, crew

Done. Alexpl (talk) 11:38, 3 November 2010 (UTC)
I can´t answer to a mail with the sender "" :D Alexpl (talk) 20:26, 30 November 2010 (UTC)