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KHT
Post subject: Guess What?Posted: March 24th, 2019, 10:17 pm
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Well, I'm back with a drawing, after... Three years, I think?
Been working on and off on this specimen for months. The bridge structure was for the longest time a huge pain in the rear to get right, and I think this might be the fifth from scratch iteration of it. Ah, well.
Probably since the first year I was on the 'Bucket, I've been very fond of the 240 mm gun caliber for a cruiser killer, and I suppose it's natural that I'm ever coming back to it in various ways. This particular design was originally inspired by one of the smaller suggestions made during the design process for the Dutch Design 1047 project, and borrows heavily in its superstructure arrangement from the H-79 drawing of March 1940, particularly around the placement of the secondaries and the hangar. In the end I decided to stick with a (relatively) similar look for the bridge.
Looking at it, the hangar doors would be a... very snug fit. Might have to adjust that. Ahem.
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The Springsharp calculation gives her a standard displacement of some 17 000 tons, carrying nine 240 mm rifles and twelve 120 mm dual purpose secondaries, and assorted AA, that in hindsight might be a bit on the heavy side - I figured her laid down around '35-'36, commissioned around 1940. The aft AA bridge is heavily influenced by Dutch and Swedish examples.
An armour belt of 170 mm, a deck of 100, and conning tower and turret fronts toting 200 mm armour makes her comfortable protected against most contemporary cruisers at most viable distances.
Her speed should probably be considered little more than adequate, at 30 knots.
While not included in the drawing, I figure she'd be shipping a pair of the for me rather ubiquitous Hawker Osprey, or something of similar size and capacity.

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Post subject: Re: Guess What?Posted: March 24th, 2019, 10:57 pm
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Nice to see you back man.

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Post subject: Re: Guess What?Posted: March 25th, 2019, 1:53 am
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Nice to see you back Hugo.

17,000 tons would not be big for what is a mini-battlecruiser. I would back your cruiser against a Panzerschiff any day.

I would rate it as a CB (large cruiser) rather than CA (heavy cruiser).


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Post subject: Re: Guess What?Posted: March 25th, 2019, 9:46 am
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Really good looking desing, nice to see you back

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Post subject: Re: Guess What?Posted: March 26th, 2019, 7:32 am
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Very nice to see you back drawing again, always a fan of your work.

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Post subject: Re: Guess What?Posted: March 26th, 2019, 8:29 pm
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Thanks for the response, folks. It's good to be back.

Nigel: The project that inspired me was considered a modern take on the armoured cruiser, so that's probably what I'd call it. It's a nice, oblique term as well, that would probably lend itself well to convincing the politicians to vote it through. It'd place it in a bracket above the regular cruiser types of the time, but not imply the astronomical expense of a battlecruiser.

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Post subject: Re: Guess What?Posted: March 28th, 2019, 9:48 pm
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Great to see You back! It's a very ellegant design - as is typical for You. :)

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