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by hans zurbriggen
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Paintwork Query
Replies: 15
Views: 348

Re: Paintwork Query

P.S. Main & secondary turrets rangefinders hoods tops were painted yellow as well at that time, and were painted gray (or covered with gray tarpaulins) during above repaint. P.P.S. ERRATA CORRIGE: side slopes of seconday armament were painted light gray (RAL 7001) at that time (after April 1941), th...
by hans zurbriggen
Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Paintwork Query
Replies: 15
Views: 348

Re: Paintwork Query

Hi Guy, I suspected this was your choice, but be aware Bismarck was like that only for very short period of time (very few hours on May 21 in Grimstadfjord, while repainting was not completed yet). I attach photo. 09_375.jpg So, hull medium gray (RAL 7000) with baltic stripes and dark (RAL 7024) bow...
by hans zurbriggen
Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Paintwork Query
Replies: 15
Views: 348

Re: Paintwork Query

Hello Guy, I agree Bruno top and slopes look uniform dark gray. However this would make no sense, as air recognition marks should have been applied to all turrets, secondary included. One key question for you: on which exact date are you representing Bismarck? You mention painted out superstructure ...
by hans zurbriggen
Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Paintwork Query
Replies: 15
Views: 348

Re: Paintwork Query

Hello Mr.Gisbod, I agree, crazy changes of colors during this period, possibly experimental schemes were being tried (date of caption is correct: March 8, 1941). 'Fliegersichtzeichen' (air recognition marks') were red at that time. This implies that all turrets tops should have been painted red. No ...
by hans zurbriggen
Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Tirpitz bell fate
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: Tirpitz bell fate

Hello Mr.Danro,
(officially) it has never been found.

hans
by hans zurbriggen
Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 954

Re: Tsushima

Hello Mr. Saxton, you wrote:'The Russian shooting wasn't bad, but not as good as the Japanese. Mikasa was reportedly hit 30 times at Tsushima'. I agree that Russian 3.5% hit rate was far from poor (especially in first phase of battle when it was even higher) but Japanese 14% to 9.5% was much better ...
by hans zurbriggen
Tue Jun 01, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 954

Re: Tsushima

p.s. Shantung = Yellow Sea battle (with reference to previous posts)

hans
by hans zurbriggen
Tue Jun 01, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 954

Re: Tsushima

Hello Mr. Mercer, Russians had more large caliber guns (305/254 mm) than Japaneses at Tsushima (more battleships), but including ineffective guns from old ships and coastal battleships. Russians had less medium caliber guns (229/203 mm, having less armored cruisers than Japaneses) and slightly less ...
by hans zurbriggen
Sun May 30, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 954

Re: Tsushima

Hello Mr.Mercer,
surely Japaneses planned to attack before war was declared. However, first shot was fired by Russians: destroyer Korejets exiting Chemulpo base fired against a Japanese flotilla few hours before before the attack to Port Arthur's battleships.

hans
by hans zurbriggen
Fri May 28, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 954

Re: Tsushima

Hello Mr.Saxton, thanks for remembering us all Tsushima battle anniversary. Tsushima was the most significant battle fought by armored ships and decided whole war between Japan and Russia, setting Japan as new Pacific area sea-power (in comparison, larger Jutland wasn't much decisive for war develop...
by hans zurbriggen
Wed May 19, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940
Replies: 23
Views: 7346

Re: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940

Hello, neither did Tirpitz despite almost impossible 'refits' in Norway. On 'Scharnhorsts' main problems came from weak anti-shock supports, from too sensitive safety systems, activating safety valves in case of concussion, hits, vibrations, etc (source: Whitley) and from cramped engine spaces, prev...
by hans zurbriggen
Mon May 10, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Tirpitz turret Bruno
Replies: 10
Views: 1246

Re: Tirpitz turret Bruno

Hello Gordon,
you are absolutely right: Tirpitz barbette would result too "naked" and your work for the vents is outstanding. May I ask which is the modelling scale for the turret ?

hans
by hans zurbriggen
Mon May 10, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Plunging fire
Replies: 22
Views: 19304

Re: Plunging fire

Hello Mr. Wahl, thanks for sharing this extremely interesting document. Was test done using the 1,030 kg APC shell of German 40,6 cm (SK C/34) ? May I ask you if you could find any test done against the combination of main belt + slope instead of upper deck (or upper belt) + main deck ? Which was th...
by hans zurbriggen
Thu May 06, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Tirpitz turret Bruno
Replies: 10
Views: 1246

Re: Tirpitz turret Bruno

Hello Gordon, you are welcome. Yes, two single 20mm on 'towable' mount were temporarily fit to roof of turret 'A' and 'C' during transfer from Hamburg to Kiel (March 8,1941, see photo where they are both visible). Shortly after, they were finally moved to the aft superstructure, astern of the aft ma...
by hans zurbriggen
Thu May 06, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Tirpitz turret Bruno
Replies: 10
Views: 1246

Re: Tirpitz turret Bruno

Hello Gordon, nice work, very well detailed and executed, especially blast bags, very realistic and general aspect (I never tried to apply 'ageing' to my models). However, I'm afraid you have represented "B" turret barbette belonging more to Bismarck than to Tirpitz . Tirpitz had no vent ducts (exce...