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by Tiornu
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: The REAL first 'all big gun' battleship
Replies: 18
Views: 6653

Re: The REAL first 'all big gun' battleship

Woohoo! Let's hear it for Worth!
by Tiornu
Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:55 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: How would you improve the Kriegsmarine
Replies: 151
Views: 16252

Re: How would you improve the Kriegsmarine

German cruiser design fell into a period of indecision after completion of the Leipzig design. Early studies in 15cm ships made little progress, so the next light cruiser (Nurnberg) was little changed from Leipzig. Eventually the "M" class evolved, but it was on the back-burner for some ye...
by Tiornu
Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:00 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Wooden Submarine Chasers
Replies: 4
Views: 1858

Re: Wooden Submarine Chasers

The standard source is Flot SSSR, Korabli i suda lendliza by S. S. Berezhnoi. You have to be careful, though, because Soviet records often disagree with American records on the names assigned upon transfer. Another small but helpful book is Project Hula by Richard A. Russell.
by Tiornu
Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Mission and propulsion for H-class battleships
Replies: 21
Views: 4023

Re: Mission and propulsion for H-class battleships

It would be nice to blame Hitler for everything, but I don't see him as the primary formulator of navy policy.
by Tiornu
Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:13 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BattleCarriers, a stupid idea?
Replies: 74
Views: 6152

Re: BattleCarriers, a stupid idea?

If I'm spending enough money to build a large warship, I'd prefer a ship that does one thing well rather than a ship that does two things badly.
by Tiornu
Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:38 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: HMS Hood's armour layout
Replies: 18
Views: 5117

Re: HMS Hood's armour layout

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about bulkheads. If you look at Yamato's bulkheads, you can see the designers struggling to consider a wide range of bearings.
by Tiornu
Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:42 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: HMS Hood's armour layout
Replies: 18
Views: 5117

Re: HMS Hood's armour layout

Didn't Alaska also have gradations in her barbette armor?
I think this must be a feature restricted to new ships, at least as far as the Americans are concerned. I'm looking at Nevada, and her barbettes have the same thickness all around.
by Tiornu
Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: HMS Hood's armour layout
Replies: 18
Views: 5117

Re: HMS Hood's armour layout

I don't know that there's anything instructive in that. If a plate CANNOT be hit at a direct angle by any opponent on any bearing, then you may choose to thin that plate. It doesn't imply a preference for a particular target angle.
by Tiornu
Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: HMS Hood's armour layout
Replies: 18
Views: 5117

Re: HMS Hood's armour layout

The RN used nickel steel for its deck protection until starting to switch over to HT in the Orion class (and perhaps Lion?). I was going to guess that Hood's reduced immunity had to do with armor quality, but then you mentioned the old battleships. My second thought was that Hood's main belt height ...
by Tiornu
Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:56 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: HMS Hood's armour layout
Replies: 18
Views: 5117

Re: HMS Hood's armour layout

For the plate thickness of British warships, 1 inch = 24.9mm. It is my understanding that, during this period, the British never used HT plates thicker than 1 inch. So if the deck is more than 1in thick, it has to be laminated. Even thinner decks may be laminates. The only reason I can guess for thi...
by Tiornu
Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battleship Vittorio Veneto
Replies: 100
Views: 16956

Re: Battleship Vittorio Veneto

Note: The IJN battleship which scored hits on the US DDs was I believe the Kongo.

Yamato is the one that hit Johnston.
by Tiornu
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:58 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battleship Vittorio Veneto
Replies: 100
Views: 16956

Re: Battleship Vittorio Veneto

I've always been surprised at the low displacement stated of 42000 tonnes, given that it had heavier armament, protection and speed compared with the VV.

Keep in mind that VV was a "35,000-ton" design just as much as the next ship was a "41,000-ton" design.
by Tiornu
Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Mission and propulsion for H-class battleships
Replies: 21
Views: 4023

Re: Mission and propulsion for H-class battleships

Yeah. Nice theory, isn't it?
by Tiornu
Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:10 pm
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Mission and propulsion for H-class battleships
Replies: 21
Views: 4023

Re: Mission and propulsion for H-class battleships

It bears repeating that German design does not necessarily mesh with any viable, real-world mission, and that ships were built without any specified role. Bismarck was overkill as a raider. Was that what she was intended for? No one knows. The reversion to diesel propulsion might be seen as a return...
by Tiornu
Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battleship Vittorio Veneto
Replies: 100
Views: 16956

Re: Battleship Vittorio Veneto

The Italian follow-up to VV is best known in its export version, UP-41. There was an article in Warship (2007?) that gives some details.

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