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by José M. Rico
Sun Oct 17, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: British 4.5"/45 (11.4 cm) vs American 5"/38 (12.7 cm) Mark 12
Replies: 64
Views: 1526

Re: British 4.5"/45 (11.4 cm) vs American 5"/38 (12.7 cm) Mark 12

It seems to me very difficult to justify HACS is equal or superior to Mk37/Mk1. You may argue that HACS Mk IV with Type 285 is better than Mk37 with optical RF. But that's just illustrates how revolutionary radar was. The following is from ADM 220/221: "The Type 285 set has had to fight exclus...
by José M. Rico
Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Range of Bismarck's guns
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Re: Range of Bismarck's guns

To be more precise, at 30º maximum elevation the range of the 38cm guns was 35,550 meters = 19.19 nautical miles.
by José M. Rico
Thu Oct 07, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 257
Views: 208503

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

Today is the 450th anniversary of the battle of Lepanto. Arguably the greatest naval battle of all time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lepanto

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by José M. Rico
Thu Sep 16, 2021 1:26 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The so-called "GKdos100"
Replies: 12
Views: 654

Re: The so-called "GKdos100"

The following article by B. Hoyer is a very good complement to the GKdos100.

https://www.kbismarck.com/hoyer-warship-armor.html
by José M. Rico
Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The so-called "GKdos100"
Replies: 12
Views: 654

Re: The so-called "GKdos100"

OK, since nobody has commented much on the GKdos100, I will go first. In the document, there is a comparison example between the battleships “Warspite” and “Bayern” both having 15 inch guns. It is interesting to note that according to the calculations within, the British gun can penetrate Bayern's b...
by José M. Rico
Sat Sep 11, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Ship Models, Plans and Drawings
Topic: Bismarck Action ships in 1/700
Replies: 18
Views: 257

Re: Bismarck Action ships in 1/700

Since we don't want to leave anyone out, let's also add the weather observation ship, Sachsenwald, the Spanish heavy cruiser Canarias, and even the Spichern, from which the Prinz Eugen refuelled from . :D

Edit: and a Sunderland flying boat over the Denmark Strait battlefield as the Hood blew up.
by José M. Rico
Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Ship Models, Plans and Drawings
Topic: Bismarck Action ships in 1/700
Replies: 18
Views: 257

Re: Bismarck Action ships in 1/700

Paul, that is an amazing collection.
Thanks for sharing with us! :ok:
I think the U556 would be a nice addition. Spotted Renown and Ark Royal in the evening of the 26th and was within torpedo range, but had no "fishes" left.
by José M. Rico
Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The so-called "GKdos100"
Replies: 12
Views: 654

Re: The so-called "GKdos100"

spicmart wrote: Thu Sep 09, 2021 6:37 pm Would that be okay if I share this in/on another group/forum?
I better ask for permission first.
Sure, no problem.
by José M. Rico
Fri Sep 03, 2021 12:31 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The so-called "GKdos100"
Replies: 12
Views: 654

The so-called "GKdos100"

Greetings to all after a few weeks absent, I have started to upload to the website the English translation of the " Unterlagen und Richtlinien zur Bestimmung der Hauptkampfentfernung und der Geschosswahl ", commonly known as the "GKdos100". This document was translated from the G...
by José M. Rico
Fri Jul 30, 2021 1:31 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Paintwork Query
Replies: 17
Views: 684

Re: Paintwork Query

My question is that I can’t place the lower, brighter white rhomboid stepped below the boot line? I know there was a step around the false bow waves, but this seems to be by a ‘Baltic Stripe’. I realise these were painted over but this still seems very noticeable though. I don’t know if the over pa...
by José M. Rico
Fri Jul 30, 2021 1:14 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Zielgeber C/38 S Target Indicator
Replies: 2
Views: 884

Re: Zielgeber C/38 S Target Indicator

8x to 24x
Thank you very much for this! :ok:
by José M. Rico
Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:01 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Paintwork Query
Replies: 17
Views: 684

Re: Paintwork Query

Bill, the photo in question is on your Bismarck book, page 488.
"Nonpenetrating Shell strikes on the 320-mm belt armor". COURTESY OF JAMES CAMERON.
by José M. Rico
Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:33 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Operation Berlin Question
Replies: 2
Views: 533

Re: Operation Berlin Question

I'm not familiar with Richard Garrett’s work, but he may be referring to the fifth and last victim, the Harlesden (5,483 GRT) which initialy tried to escape but was finally sunk at 2308 hours after darkness fell.
by José M. Rico
Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:11 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Crew indulgences near the end
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Re: Crew indulgences near the end

I suspect the crew men received Pervitin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methamphetamine Yes, most likely. Radio operators aboard Prinz Eugen were administered Pervitin during Rheinübung, and considering the position Bismarck was I suspect it would be the same. Schokakola with its high caffeine cont...
by José M. Rico
Sat May 29, 2021 4:46 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Famous picture showing Bismarck down by the bow
Replies: 9
Views: 718

Re: Famous picture showing Bismarck down by the bow

Most people say that the Bismarck is down by the bow on that picture. Yet if you look closely you will see that right behind the end of turret Bruno, the waterline literally has a bends up towards the bow. I rather think that the Bismarck is sailing through a rough sea, went past a wave and is hitt...