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  1. There were 3 main concept designs for the Plan Z Spahkruezer. 1938, and 1939 that shared the same hull dimensions. 152 meters over all length with 16 and a half meter width. The 1940 design was designed to be 162 meters overall length, and 16 meters wide. When compared to the M class light cruiser which was to be 163 meters overall length it is realized that for destroyer dimensions they would have been extremely long ships. They would have been fairly fast at 37 to 40 knots. They would have had extreme range ( around 12,000 Nautical Miles ) at cruising speed. They were oversized to perform the mission of escorting larger ships and to recon ahead of the battle group. They were designed to carry on dual turret on the bow and two on the stern to facilitate a more strategic withdraw. They wanted to mount a catapult and 2 scout planes aboard the 1939 design, and possibly the 1940 design. To save weight they considered removing the torpedo armament, even though the ships would have been large enough to carry both. The ships could have been easily up armored because of their size. These ships would have been ideal for mine laying missions, as they could have carried between 50 to 80 mines onboard and more if needed directly for that kind of mission. It took me about 4 days to model out the hull. The top and side you can see how canoe looking the 1938 design appeared. These ships were to have 2 Man 6 cylinder engines that would provide propulsion for cruise and normal operations. A high pressure steam turbine would ad power for combat operations, or missions where they need speed. This meant that these ships would need to carry Fuel Oil, and Diesel, or carry an onboard refinery machinery, like Graff Spee did. Notice the 3 screw set up. The railing done, and getting ready for putting on the super structer and equipment.
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