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That's right, another sister ship. At least it existed, unlike Agir or Siegfried or so many other ships. So what's the deal here? Why another version of a cruiser many lament and a few somewhat enjoy for the memes it sometimes brings? Simple. We make the Graf Spee, but a version that replicates better what people see the other game's version is capable of. Essentially, a ship that completely dominates cruisers AND DDs, as right now GS is pretty bad at that due to poor HE alpha and poor reload, but don't worry, we'll address that. The ship will pay in other forms for what I'm about to suggest. That's right, we're making a fun german ship, and at low tier to boot. It'll get nerfed and shot down, but I'm bored and theory crafting. Also, it'll be named Deutschland. Not Lutzow. Go away. Firepower: 2x3 283mm 2x3 105mm 8x 150mm It's Graf Spee firepower, what gives? Aha! It's not the spee ellipse, it's normal cruiser dispersion. Additionally, the range of the secondaries are bumped from 4km on Spee, to 5km like on Prinz Eitel Friedrich. Additionally, it's getting Graf Zeppelin dispersion. You're getting 7.56km range in a full secondary build, and this is intended to boost her efficiency at close ranges against destroyers. It's not much, but it's honest work. Oh, and 16.5km base gun range instead of 16.1km. Nice. Torpedoes: Awww, did you like your widdle 8km torps? Too bad. 6km now copied over from the Nurnberg. AA: Again, we're copy pasting Spee here really. But according to Wikipedia, with her latest config: " Admiral Graf Spee and Deutschland were rearmed in 1938 and 1940, respectively, with six 10.5 cm L/65 guns, four 3.7 cm SK C/30 guns and initially ten 2 cm Flak guns—the number of 2 cm guns on Deutschland was eventually increased to 28." I can't confirm anything as I don't know the depths and wiki nor another source agree on anything. Minor differences at best, nothing noteworthy for gameplay differences. Copy pasta. Maneuverability: Copy pasta Spee Concealment: Deutschland doesn't have the pagoda-like superstructure, but does have a somewhat tall mast. Equal or follow Hipper/Eugen principle and make Deutschland slightly more concealed, like perhaps 11.8km base instead of 12.75. Consumables! Now we're really making the Deutschland pay for her transgressions of having consistently effective weapons. No more heal. Gone. Poof. No more fighter. Gone. Poof. Now you get a spotter. Enjoy your range ++ No more DFAA. Gone. Poof. You're officially even weaker at dealing with planes. Ay you still got a hydro. That's nice. So what's the deal, what happens now if this was put through. Well, on up tiers you suffer in survivability as now you can't shrug off any damage at all, you'll die fast if focused. On the plus side, you're more concealed. You have better base range, and you can use the spotter to hit at roughly 18km. Your guns are more accurate, so more citadels. You might even devstrike some low tier cruisers. At 8400 per shell x 6 shells that's 50,400 alpha strike. 4 citadels is enough to dev strike an Aoba, 3 will rip off ~25,000 of her available 31,900. On equal or down tiers you can push caps that only have 1-2 cruisers and a DD holding it down, which means you can use your meager secondaries on one CL or DD and knock down another with your main battery with hydro active. While you won't annihilate a DD, your secondaries will pick up slack between the 20 second reload. It's something. TL;DR, a ship that's happy at picking on DDs and CLs like Graf Spee, and better at it, but suffers even worse at the hands of battleships and aircraft carriers.
I took a little break from the other few models I am working on to figure out some geometry on them. In the mean time I was dinking around with the idea of converting Graf Spee into the Deutschland. Deutschland's more famous sister is in the game. You Know, Graf Spee. She is more famous due to the battle of the river plate and was scuttled there. 5 ships were planned with only 3 being built. Deutschland was finished first and then Admiral Scheer, and finally Admiral Graf Zeppelin. Deutschland had her name changed to Lutzow because of the war starting and Hitler was very afraid of Deutschland being sank, and then used as propaganda by the Allies. It wouldn't look good to have a ship named after the nation sank. When Deutschland was launched and even before it started much speculation and shock around the worlds navies. It was obviously built to commerce raid and was superior to any heavy cruiser in the world. The British were concerned that they could really only deal with these ships with a few battle cruisers. It was the British press that coined the phrase (Pocket Battleship) in reference to this ship. I also want to give a shout out to modeler Maxromash for the models and kit bash materials that considerably speeds up the modeling process. Its hard to see, but I moved the rangefinders on the turrets to match the earlier model that was on Deutschland.