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Karle94
Post subject: Francesco Caracciolo: Italian Fast BattleshipsPosted: March 16th, 2020, 9:56 pm
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With the completion of the Conte di Cavour and the Guilio Caesare, I finally have the motivation to finish the drawing I started on of the Francecso Caracciolo class. At 212m long, 29,6m wide, and weighting in at 34k tons, they were a class of 4 ships planned, with a top speed of 28kts. This would make them the fastest battleship design for quite some time, rivaling most battlecruisers in speed. Armor wise, they were no better than the avarage dreadnought, or heavily armored battlecruiser. The class was to be armed with 8x15"/40cal guns made by Ansaldo-Schneider, Armstong-Pozzoli and Vickers-Terni. The scondary battery would have comprised of 12x6"/45cal guns in casemates mounted in the superstructure amidships. A tertiary battery consisted of 8x4"/45cal dual purpose guns. Additionally there were to be 8 torpedo tubes, but good luck fining out if they were below waterline or above, my guess is above based on the number.

Construction on the first ship started in 1914, but was postponed in 1916 a year after Italys entry into WWI on the side of the entente. Construction resumed in 1919, but like France, Italy was short of cash, and after the launch of the hull in 1920, the rest of the class were all cancelled, and plans were made for various conversions of the Francesco Caracciolo into among other things; carrier, or a floatplane tender. Infighting within the Regia Marina about the future of the navy killed any plans for the Caracciolo, and all hulls were scrapped, and the guns were given to the army as either railway guns, or coastal defense-guns.

Francesco Caracciolo as planned when she was laid down in 1914:
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Edit: If any of the higher-ups think that this does not belong in this section feel free to move it over to the apropriate section.


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Post subject: Re: Franceso Caracciolo: Italian Fast BattleshipsPosted: March 16th, 2020, 10:28 pm
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Very nice work!

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Post subject: Re: Franceso Caracciolo: Italian Fast BattleshipsPosted: March 17th, 2020, 8:37 am
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Nice work, good to see these Italian battlewagons.

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Karle94
Post subject: Re: Franceso Caracciolo: Italian Fast BattleshipsPosted: March 22nd, 2020, 6:15 pm
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I've changed the colors to the late WWI very pale color scheme.


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Post subject: Re: Franceso Caracciolo: Italian Fast BattleshipsPosted: March 23rd, 2020, 9:02 am
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Well, just two things... is FrancesCo Caracciolo, non Franceso. And is Giulio Cesare, not Guilio Caesare. Caesar was the latin term, but in italian is Cesare.

And, of course, a great draw!


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Post subject: Re: Francesco Caracciolo: Italian Fast BattleshipsPosted: March 26th, 2020, 4:49 pm
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Good to see a drawing of these interesting ships


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