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New Orleans Class ship model updates (Hull A)

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I looked briefly, and I don't believe this has been discussed before. I have noticed that the New Orleans class model needs to be updated. The current ship models (Hull A and Hull B) reflects the USS San Francisco (CA-38) post late 1942/ 1943 modernization and overhaul (These changes were later incorporated into other ships of the class.) These changes were following the 1942 damage suffered at the naval battle of Guadalcanal and Savo Island. World of Warships Developers, would you make these changes ?


 

The Hull A should reflect the New Orleans class of ship prior to 1943, which can be seen below in the photos from the Naval Historical center and Wikipedia. The ship superstructure was significantly different actually prior to 1943, and included large windows and a armored conning tower actually (5inch sides and 2.25 inch roof). This conning tower was actually strong enough to "bounce" an 8inch AP projectile fired from a Japanese heavy cruiser, at somewhat close range.  The conning tower and clear bridge windows were removed on the (surviving) ships of the New Orleans class in post -1943 modernizations and battle damage repairs. Anti-Aircraft armament was also slightly different, which included 1.1 caliber Quad machine guns.


 

The New Orleans Class Heavy Cruiser, pre-1943 photos, which detail the superstructure differences (armored conning tower visable on the lower bridge level and two levels of clear glass bridge windows).  These differences should reflect Hull A:


 

USS Astoria (CA-34), as photographed July 11, 1941

https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nara-series/19-n/19-N-20000/19-N-25346.html


 

USS New Orleans (CA-32), as photographed July 8, 1942

http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nara-series/nara--80-g-01-29-999/80-g-7001-12000/80-g-10115-uss-new-orleans--ca-32-.html


 

Closeup view of the ship's bridge area, taken near the end of an overhaul at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 9 July 1941

http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-96000/NH-96383.html


 

USS Astoria (CA-34), April 8, 1938

http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-96000/NH-96380.html


 

Current World of Warships New Orleans Class (Which reflect current Hull B):


 

Wikipedia, New Orleans Class

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:New_Orleans_class_heavy_cruiser_ONI_identification_1943.jpg#/media/File:New_Orleans_class_heavy_cruiser_ONI_identification_1943.jpg


 

USS New Orleans (CA-32), March 8, 1945

http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/19-N-80000/19-N-80230.html


 

USS New Orleans (CA-32), March 8, 1945

http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nara-series/19-n/19-N-80000/19-N-80232.html


 

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They've been getting rid of the pre-war/early war hulls for balance reasons as of late. Doubt they're going to downgrade the A Hull just to make it the 1938-1941 appearance.. It's a game. Balance > Historical Accuracy and there's no way the 1938-1942 Appearance and AA loadout would be pleasant to grind through or balanced at Tier 8.

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They've been getting rid of the pre-war/early war hulls for balance reasons as of late. Doubt they're going to downgrade the A Hull just to make it the 1938-1941 appearance.. It's a game. Balance > Historical Accuracy and there's no way the 1938-1942 Appearance and AA loadout would be pleasant to grind through or balanced at Tier 8.

 

Well I do see that being the trend... but I wonder if their will, eventually, may be an A, B and C hull as the ship lines are being evaluated. Then the changes may be incorporated into the A hull.

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Also, tech tree ships are representatives of their whole class, not just the lead ship of the class. And sometimes we get an amalgamation of two or more ships in the class, like Iowa's C hull having the hull of Iowa and the equipment of Wisconsin.

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Also, tech tree ships are representatives of their whole class, not just the lead ship of the class. And sometimes we get an amalgamation of two or more ships in the class, like Iowa's C hull having the hull of Iowa and the equipment of Wisconsin.

 

this^.    Also the San Francisco had more armor than the New Orleans in certain areas. Although the model probably looks like San Francisco  the armor thicknesses in game seem to be consistent with the New Orleans rather than the San Francisco. an example being that in game I believe the New Orleans has 5 inch barbettes (127 mm) while if it was the San Francisco it should have 6.5 inch barbettes (165 mm)

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