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Iowa — American Tier IX battleship.

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Iowa — American Tier IX battleship.

One of the most powerful battleships of World War II. The ship was designed for escorting attack carrier forces. She surpassed the speed of all battleships in the world. The battleship's survivability was significantly improved owing to a novel and powerful torpedo protection system and a fundamentally different armor protection system featuring an internal armor belt. 

All four Iowa-class ships built are now preserved as military museum ships: USS Iowa in San Pedro, California; USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia; and USS New Jersey in Camden, New Jersey.
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How is the internal armor belt implemented in the game ? When I look at the armor layout, it shows a much simpler and thinner belt than on Montana or NC.

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10 hours ago, Ericson38 said:

How is the internal armor belt implemented in the game ? When I look at the armor layout, it shows a much simpler and thinner belt than on Montana or NC.

The exterior of the hull, much as it was in real life, is basically just slightly thickened shell plating. It's 38mm, which is historical. If you turn off torpedo bulge in the armor viewer, you will see the how the internal armor belt is set up. It's sloped inward from the deck line toward the keel, which gives it a bit of extra effectiveness vs incoming shells when you're angled properly. Or even when you aren't, I guess. There is one problem with this arrangement: it creates a bit of a shot trap where shells can sometimes penetrate and explode, dealing regular penetration damage to you instead of shattering or bouncing off.

It is worth noting that Montana does not share this internal belt feature; Monty's armor, while similarly--though to a lesser degree--sloped, is located at the exterior of the hull. You don't even need to have the armor viewer on to see the difference, actually. Montana's belt is plainly visible, while Iowa's is not.

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On 10/13/2018 at 7:39 AM, Ericson38 said:

How is the internal armor belt implemented in the game ? When I look at the armor layout, it shows a much simpler and thinner belt than on Montana or NC.

Helms is correct.  In terms of how it plays out, she's a little bit beefier than the North Carolina, but still very squishy from the sides.  The Montana is much, much beefier than the Iowa, and is, imho, a lot more forgiving to play. 

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I could use some help. I am trying to figure out why I should upgrade to the 3rd hull on the Iowa. Beside having to do so to get to the Montana. I can't seem to find the tech specs for the ship and it's hulls.So I ask myself if I loose aa gun mounts, what am I gaining? Are the aa guns different? Is the armor different , like in the discussion about the torp belts, and the hit points stay the same. What am I missing ?? Please advise .My first t9 I Love it<3.

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If you haven't done it already, skip buying the B hull and just wait and get the C hull, as they mentioned the B hull doesn't help your rudder.

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Is that the only difference? Where do I find this info? I couldn't find it. I appreciate your input.... already have the b hull ..... thanks CM

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