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MurphyVonMauler

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  1. MurphyVonMauler

    L 20 α-class battleship

    You can see the ship in the link, L20 and the L21 I would pay to play a L21, but not a L20 e' http://www.shipbucket.com/drawings?category=neverbuilt&country=37&shipType=4 While the L20 is interesting, I find the L21 that had a planned 26.5 knots with 10 guns in twin 381mm (15 inch) turrets the most interesting and the Bismarck is based off the L28 design, but with a longer hull for more boilers and a different superstructure. Initially set at 35,000 tons, the new design (“Battleship F,” only later named Bismarck) followed very conservative lines. The engineers drew heavily on Bayern and on the never-built L20 and L28 designs. Bismarck shared the armament layout of Bayern; with Bayern, German naval author Siegfried Breyer wrote in 1970, “the battleship as a type had reached its peak of perfection. Any improvements during the subsequent twenty years concerned only details and not the actual design of the type of ship.” The biggest difference in armament came in the secondary battery; where Bayern carried her sixteen 5.9-inch guns in a casemate battery (similar to L20 and L28), Bismarck had a dozen in six twin turrets. Bayern and Bismarck had nearly magazine layouts, another sign of heavy borrowing by Bismarck’s designers on the L28 design. While there is a superficial resemblance between Bayern and Bismarck, the real similarities are under the skin. Both ships had nearly identical three-shaft machinery layouts. The higher speeds demanded for Bismarck resulted in a much longer ship, both to allow much finer lines and to house a much larger power plant: 138,000 horsepower for Bismarck against 48,000 for the Bayern. The dozen huge boilers also resulted in a ship that drank fuel at a prodigious rate; Bismarck had a relatively short radius of action, a flaw shared with the older Imperial designs. Where they differ is in their bridge arrangement, but here also Bismarck’s designers drew on earlier work. Werner Fuchs, the Germany navy’s head of construction, demanded that all heavy ships share a similar appearance, thinking this would confuse enemy spotters. Features included a heavy foremast for the fire control director and a single large funnel such as the Bismarck, Scharnhorst and the Admiral Hipper class cruisers. Indeed as the first HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales shots targeted the heavy cruiser first thinking it was the Bismarck, before changing targets to the real Bismarck, which gave the Bismarck extra time to aim and sink the HMS Hood. Please note the L28 in this text is based of the version by Michael Bennighof's research, not Tempest's L28 that is a different L28 sub class design
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