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About _Robber_Baron_

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    Military (both modern and historical), autosports, comics (Lucky Luke, Donald Duck (Carl Barks)), heavy haulage, anime, scale modeling, books, movies and TV series.

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  1. _Robber_Baron_

    ST, California & Marceau

    What I mean is that I'm pretty sure I saw a picture of the WoWs model, with a plain blue skin (a different colour than just a naked US ship). I don't see why they don't make it available if it's modeled anyway, the same for Massachusetts. From what I've understood is that us "plain skin lovers" are a minority, and that people thought the camo was not working. I've had quite a bit of comments and complaints on my Hood (and it's hard to spot the difference between a naked Hood and the one with the true historical skin, not talking about the Arizona-ish skin, that was a-historical IIRC) and Tashkent from people who thought I was sailing naked. The next best thing to a plain skin is a historical camo pattern, worn by the ship or one of its sisters, and in that regard I'll welcome California. On the other side it saved me some money. I would've bought the Dreadnought and Vanguard for example, if they had a plain skin available. I'm still not sure if I'll get the Friesland. She never wore camouflage (like 99% of the postwar ships), but she's Dutch and I don't know how long I'll have to wait for a Dutch ship with historical camo, if ever.
  2. _Robber_Baron_

    ST, California & Marceau

    I think HMS Dreadnought itself never had any camo, and WG seem reluctant to release plain skins that give bonuses. Then again Charleston has it, which was released around the same time IIRC, and I'm pretty sure I've seen a picture of West Virginia in a plain blueish camo (the same color as Arizona) as well.
  3. _Robber_Baron_

    ST, California & Marceau

    I'd like to see Oklahoma or Utah in that special camo that was/is available on New York. Now, thóse are ships like we haven't seen in a while. Utah could be tier 4 maybe? California is just the next premium US BB, I rather saw a partial second branch. But I'll probably get it anyway if they stick with the historical camo (still disappointed it was switched on the Massachusetts). They put on the camo used by an ocean liner: RMS Mauretania served as a troopship in WW1.
  4. You're right, in fact the Java-class was designed by Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft.
  5. Nowadays not many are left alive who had to suffer under the result of the mistakes made during the interbellum. People think we will never have war again. There are those who think the Netherlands should've surrendered at the first day, to prevent loss of life. But what would've happened with the British and French armies in the south? Would "Dunkirk" be possible? For sure the Luftwaffe would still have their hundreds of planes (which were shot down over the Netherlands), including more than 1000 Fallschirmjäger (who were captured and shipped to England before the Netherlands surrendered), one of the factors that led to the cancellation of the invasion of England.
  6. Don't forget the mighty Goalkeeper. Sure, an American meme gun (brrrrrrt intensifies), but the weapon system as a whole was also developed by Holland Signaal.
  7. They haven't bought them back. They are leasing or renting 15 of the German army. Being in the Dutch army myself, I've heard that full Dutch crews even aren't that common. And don't count on all 15 of them operational at the same time. That becomes a bigger problem the smaller number you have of course. Maybe I'm just a pessimist, but if you realize we once had 1000 mbt's, we had 60 of them when they went out of service... And there were aroud 100 still in the Netherlands, waiting to be sold, when the government realized they cut too much. It didn't stop them of continuing getting rid of them.
  8. The Dutch shipbuilding industry was (and is, I'm curious about the successor of the M-frigates) building and developing new stuff on a regular base. They had the industrial capacity before Fokker went bankrupt (most of the Dutch F-104's and F-16's were at least assembled here) and most YPR's were manufactured here as well, but developing new stuff without experience is a different story. As for the German tanks: yeah, I wish they still saw the need for tanks. I don't know if special knowledge is needed to construct and develop stuff like that? It's an issue now that the subs need to be replaced, and (again politics) our last sub builder went bankrupt. And now we're dependent on foreign builders, none of them having knowledge of ocean-going diesels.