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by José M. Rico
Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:45 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: 15" Mark I and 38cm SK. C/34 naval guns
Replies: 15
Views: 8033

Hello Javier, The German gun has much better penetration capabilities against vertical surfaces such as armored belts mainly because of its higher muzzle velocity (820 vs. 750 mps), however against horizontal decks at long range the British gun is best suitable because of its greater angle of fall a...
by José M. Rico
Wed Nov 10, 2004 12:13 am
Forum: Ship Models, Plans and Drawings
Topic: Where can I purchase a model of the Hood?
Replies: 5
Views: 2931

1/350 Hoods

Evert-Jan Foeth from the Netherlands wrote an excellent review on the Iron Shipwright and White Ensign Models 1/350 Hoods. Check the following link from the HMS Hood website:
by José M. Rico
Thu Nov 04, 2004 1:26 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Hull coefficients
Replies: 3
Views: 14654

Hull coefficients

Some concepts of interest: 1) The block coefficient (CB) is the ratio of the underwater hull volume of a ship at a particular draft to the volume of a rectangular prism (the circumscribing prism) of the same length, breadth, and draught as the ship. CB = V/(L x B x T) 2) The midship section coeffici...
by José M. Rico
Tue Nov 02, 2004 2:02 am
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Spanish Book Cruiser Canarias
Replies: 17
Views: 7108

Hello Tiornu, It is always a pleasure to help with Spanish books, however I know little about this one. It has been just recently released and I haven’t had time to browse through it. It has been published by “Almena Ediciones” and you can read more about it here:
by José M. Rico
Sun Oct 31, 2004 6:23 pm
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: 2005 Expedition to the wreck of the Bismarck
Replies: 1
Views: 8025

2005 Expedition to the wreck of the Bismarck

A 12-day expedition to explore the wreck of the battleship Bismarck will depart Kiel, Germany 31st May 2005 concluding in Ponta Delgada, Azores 11th June 2005. For more information: Operation Bismarck.
by José M. Rico
Fri Oct 29, 2004 4:15 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: What's a Bismarck to do?
Replies: 22
Views: 7778

Re: What's a Bismarck to do?

In fact the prewar years saw a race of shipbuilding between France and Germany. When the Panzerschiffe were built in the late 20's and early 30's, the French answered with the construction of the battlecruisers Dunkerque and Strasbourg which outclassed the smaller pocked battleships. To match this n...
by José M. Rico
Tue Oct 26, 2004 12:52 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Report on HMS Hood in Signal magazine No. 17 September 1941
Replies: 1
Views: 1327

Yes, the article on Hood’s sinking was translated in English by Ulrich a few months ago. See link:
by José M. Rico
Sun Oct 24, 2004 7:55 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell and Trade
Topic: News Chronicle 28 May 1941
Replies: 1
Views: 2553

News Chronicle 28 May 1941

News Chronicle 28 May 1941.- Originals are often sold on eBay for a couple of dollars. Go there and do a search. By the way, we transcribed all Bismarck related articles included within this newspaper in HTML format a long time ago and are available on this website. See link:
by José M. Rico
Sat Oct 23, 2004 5:37 pm
Forum: Announcements, News and Updates
Topic: Forum Rules and Guidelines
Replies: 1
Views: 5842

Forum Rules and Guidelines

In addition to the terms you must agree when you register for this forum the following rules and guidelines apply: 1. No insults are tolerated. Extremist, inappropriate messages such as personal attacks on other Forum participants, or anything else the moderator considers spam, will be deleted immed...
by José M. Rico
Fri Oct 22, 2004 1:55 pm
Forum: Ship Models, Plans and Drawings
Topic: Bismarck Plans
Replies: 4
Views: 4540

Also, the Polish monographs of Miroslaw Skwiot “Pancerniki typu Bismarck”, vols. 15-19, published by AJ-PRESS include excellent drawings in A1 size of both sides of Bismarck and Tirpitz with the different modifications carried out. Check the book section of the site.
by José M. Rico
Thu Oct 21, 2004 11:13 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Longest Gunfire Hit
Replies: 48
Views: 43188

It was Warspite against the Giulio Cesare. The engagement took place in the morning of 9 July 1940 near Punta Stilo, and the recorded distance of the hit was 26,000 yards (23,800 meters). Almost exactly a month earlier, on 8 June, the Scharnhorst had scored her first hit on the British carrier Glori...
by José M. Rico
Wed Oct 20, 2004 12:44 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck: Scuttled or Sunk?
Replies: 206
Views: 60298

The only reason the Bismarck was not scuttled earlier in the morning of 27 May was because, although unable to manoeuvre, she was still capable to defend herself and inflict damage on the enemy. From a message to Group West sent at midnight on 27 May: “[The] ship is weaponry-wise and mechanically fu...

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