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by paul.mercer
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: The Structural role of Main Armour Decks
Replies: 7
Views: 3122

Re: The Structural role of Main Armour Decks

Thanks Dunmunro
It seems the RN always like to do things differently!
by paul.mercer
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: The Structural role of Main Armour Decks
Replies: 7
Views: 3122

Re: The Structural role of Main Armour Decks

Sorry chaps i must have pressed Post twice, I think I have managed to delete it!
by paul.mercer
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: The Structural role of Main Armour Decks
Replies: 7
Views: 3122

Re: The Structural role of Main Armour Decks

Gentlemen, Please forgive my ignorance in this question but exactly what does the statement'The RN methods were similar with King George V having an upper layer of 200 lb armour over the magazines and 160 lb armour over the machinery with a lower layer of 40 lb armour below'. actually mean when all ...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst w/ 38cm's and other improvements
Replies: 37
Views: 5932

Re: Scharnhorst w/ 38cm's and other improvements

At Cape North, Scharnhorst would have been a very hard nut to crack for DoY even with 28 cm guns, had the two ships been alone (while the British were surrounding the German ship) and had Scharnhorst had her fore radar working, thus not being taken by surprise. Had Scharnhorst disabled the only Type...
by paul.mercer
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: fusing shells
Replies: 4
Views: 1947

Re: fusing shells

Gentlemen,
As usual, many thanks for your replies, they explain why so many ships blew up as they rolled over. Looking at some pictures of 15" shells being hoisted aboard a QE class, I wonder what might have happened if one slipped out of its cradle and on to the deck or pier, big bang?
by paul.mercer
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: The Age of Sail (1571-1860)
Topic: Cutlass or Hanger?
Replies: 1
Views: 1477

Cutlass or Hanger?

Gentlemen,
This may be a bit later than 1860, but in 'Nelsonian' days when boarding ships was in vogue the crew were often issued with 'Hanger', so what is the difference between that and a Cutlass - is it that one is curved and the other straight?
by paul.mercer
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: WW1 battleships
Replies: 3
Views: 2032

WW1 battleships

Gentlemen,
looking at old films of WWI RN battleships they all seem to have diagonal 'strakes' down each side, what were these for?
by paul.mercer
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: fusing shells
Replies: 4
Views: 1947

fusing shells

Gentlemen, How were shells kept in the shell rooms of ships? I understand that they would have been kept in holders or containers until they were moved to the lift to the turret, but were they all kept ready fused or were the fuses inserted before the went up? What puzzles me is that some ships like...
by paul.mercer
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: flashless cordite
Replies: 5
Views: 2432

Re: flashless cordite

Thanks once again Byron,
I would think playing around with nitro glycerin during manufacture must have been a hazardous procedure. Anyway the point you made about the use in the largest calibre being 6" explains why Norfolk got clobbered.
Thanks again to all who replied.
by paul.mercer
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: flashless cordite
Replies: 5
Views: 2432

flashless cordite

Gentlemen, I'm sure that I read somewhere that in the opening battle of North Cape Scharnhorst was surprised by HM ships Belfast,Sheffield and Norfolk who opened fire on her, but it was Norfolk who got hit by return fire because she was not using 'Flash-less Cordite' which enabled Sharnhorst's gunne...
by paul.mercer
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Titanic Probabilities
Replies: 11
Views: 1709

Re: Titanic Probabilities

Gentlemen, I often wonder how many people died from the shock of jumping off the ship into ice cold water, also, I presume that the final scenes in the 'Titanic' film showed people frozen to death and still clinging on to a piece of wood was probably pretty close to what actually happened as they wo...
by paul.mercer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Tanks
Replies: 9
Views: 3321

Re: Tanks

OpanaPointer wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:46 am
Unmanned drone tanks, AFVs, etc. are being considered. Not macho enough for the old school, I think.
No doubt!
When submarines were first introduced they were apparently described as 'a thoroughly Un English weapon!
by paul.mercer
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Tanks
Replies: 9
Views: 3321

Re: Tanks

Thanks Byron, I presume this would also apply to the King Tiger? My other question is abut the usefulness of tanks today, of course in WW1 they scared the hell out of the Germans and in WW2 at the start the Germans scared the hell out of everyone else, but later on both sides the tanks were suscepti...
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Tanks
Replies: 9
Views: 3321

Tanks

Gentlemen, I regret that i am going to pick your brains again. I was watching a program called 'Combat Dealers' where a chap and his team buy and restore WW2 arms and vehicles. During one foray in France he went to a museum which has one of the last working 'King Tiger' tanks - all 70 tons of it! Al...
by paul.mercer
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: WW2 fighter aircraft wings
Replies: 14
Views: 7439

Re: WW2 fighter aircraft wings

Gentlemen, Once again, many thanks for all your replies. I watched a program the other day about the development of the Spitfire and it concluded that the later griffon engined ones were almost a completely different aircraft to the earlier ones. I also believe that the Griffon engine turned in a di...