VoidSamukai wrote:Make that D class. The Duetsch class had one problem that might hiner their performance. The speed. 28 knots means that they could be caught up by fast BBs and BCs. The D class with better speed would solve this problem. Then there is the O Class BCs which were, in my theory, actualy designed by the British due to such low armour.
Actual top speed was 26knots deep and 28 knots standard with Scheer reaching 28.3knots in standard and AGS reaching 28.5 knots. At any given time the motors could be run to 105% of capacity increasing speed by ~ 1/2 knot how ever that caused engine problems.
According to some sources the Deutschland class hull was capable of 30knots and speed trials did achieve 29.5 knots on the AGS, all be it with little fuel and probably minimum ammo/provisions/water and crew. These amount to about 1000 tons for the water provisions and ammo plus another 2000 tons for the fuel. So if you could find a way of reducing the displacement by a few thousand tons you could increase top speed.
Further research revealed a plan to "correct" the awkward hull forum that incorporated the torpedo bulge. It was expected that this could raise the top speed by a knot , while installing a transom stern should further increase speed by another knot.
Can vessels- after they are built- have a cruiser stern replaced with a transom stern?