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Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« on: January 14, 2012, 10:16:17 AM »
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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2012, 12:03:08 PM »
Not having naval knowledge, per se, one wonders if a monitor type ship would be a capable design for open water?  I should think that its lower profile would be advantagous compared to a 'normal' ship from a concealment perspective providing one could waterproof the upper structure to prevent swamping.  In reality, it'd be almost like a surfaced submarine, but subs are infamous for low profiles compared to surface ships.

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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2012, 12:34:48 PM »
Oddly enough, the Iowas show up on radar looking like a tugboat and barge thanks to their profile.  The super high bow sticks up and then everything between it and the forward superstructure is masked.  Accidental stealth  8)  Although, a tugboat pulling a barge sighted in the middle of the ocean doing 30 knots..... ;D
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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2012, 01:38:44 PM »
Some of the FACES II mods proposed for the Iowa-class would be interesting.  For grins, same approach applied to the Montana-class or to H.M.S. Vanguard (plausible since the basic hull is derived from the proposed Lion-class and a battlecarrier version of that class was considered)?

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012, 12:58:56 AM »
Not to pound my own drum, but I have a whole website devoted to naval what-ifs--"Furashita's Fleet":

http://www.combinedfleet.com/furashita/furamain.htm#ijn

...that might provide some inspiration/ideas. I have built a few such ships, in 1/1200 or 1/2000, and one in 1/700 (IJN Scruyu) that I have actually discarded   :icon_nif: for want of room.
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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2012, 01:30:07 AM »
There was always that intriguing idea that they had of fitting Polaris to the Italian cruiser Guiseppi Garibaldi: the tubes were actually installed (four of them at the stern) but the missiles were never supplied. Now imagine a proper array of SLBMs on an old battleship hull....

Picture of a model that shows the GG installation here: http://media.photobucket.com/image/italian%20cruiser%20giuseppe%20garibaldi/mezzimilitari/modmmi08/modellini08-87f.jpg


I did a profile of a hypothetical NATO Polaris cruiser a while back. You could imagine a similar installation replacing the aft superstructure and guns on a BB:

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Re: Inspiration?
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2012, 02:23:27 AM »
Not to pound my own drum, but I have a whole website devoted to naval what-ifs--"Furashita's Fleet":

http://www.combinedfleet.com/furashita/furamain.htm#ijn



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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2012, 02:25:03 AM »
There was always that intriguing idea that they had of fitting Polaris to the Italian cruiser Guiseppi Garibaldi: the tubes were actually installed (four of them at the stern) but the missiles were never supplied.

I never knew that.  Was it part of a bigger plan to give the Italian Armed Forces a dedicated Nuclear Capability?
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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2012, 08:45:47 PM »
There was always that intriguing idea that they had of fitting Polaris to the Italian cruiser Guiseppi Garibaldi: the tubes were actually installed (four of them at the stern) but the missiles were never supplied.

I never knew that.  Was it part of a bigger plan to give the Italian Armed Forces a dedicated Nuclear Capability?

Not exactly - at the time, the US was keen to promote the idea of a joint NATO Polaris force, and converting pre-exisiting surface ships was one way to do it without the cost being too alarming. This policy was one reason why Britain went down the Skybolt route rather than going straight for Polaris: there were many who could see the advantage of the latter, but politically, they wanted independent control. It was only after the cancellation of Skybolt that Polaris was offered to us on that basis.
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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2012, 01:38:32 AM »
For those that are interested, there is an on-going discussion and WIP topic for a Modernized USS Iowa and USS Wisconsin battleship at The Ship Model Forum.  I was following the discussion with great interest until the topic was derailed by one of the members that has a problem interacting with others. 

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The original requirement for the Iowa class required that the ships had to be able to transit the locks of the Panama Canal.  The Iowa's were built with a beam of 108.16' (32.97 m).  The lock chambers of the Panama Canal are 1000.0' X 110.0' (304.8 m X 33.52 m).  If that requirement is no longer necessary, a new battleship could be built to a better hull design with improvements in the machinery and propulsion systems. 

So maybe a kit bash with an Iowa class and a Forrestal/Kitty Hawk/Nimitz class carrier hull to make a bigger-better-battleship?  Definitely need a small craft launch and recovery feature at the stern plus a lot of Mk 41 VLS tubes for all of those Harpoon, Tomahawk, and Sparrow ESSM. 
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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2012, 05:25:54 AM »
Not having naval knowledge, per se, one wonders if a monitor type ship would be a capable design for open water?  I should think that its lower profile would be advantagous compared to a 'normal' ship from a concealment perspective providing one could waterproof the upper structure to prevent swamping.  In reality, it'd be almost like a surfaced submarine, but subs are infamous for low profiles compared to surface ships.

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 No offense, John, but probably not. What you gain in stealth is lost in much reduced flexibility. From what I've read, the closer a gun is to the water, the harder it is to
 work in any kind of sea. Waterproofing the upper structure will keep the crew dry enough, ( though you might eventually run up against the same problem as a sub-
 running out of air. ) At the height most monitor guns are placed, you'd run into problems with the waves getting in the way.

 Now, I could see high angle fire, coupled with something like a towed balloon, possibly being effective, but there you're talking about gun carraige design that doesn't
start showing up much before the end of the Monitor's popularity...

 This is all written from considering the American Civil war period monitors- the American monitors of the early 20th Century had their guns mounted a
bit higher, and were capable of much higher elevation than their Civil war ancestors-but as far as I know, they were still intended for relatively calm waters
close to shore-their hulls weren't deep enough for the heavy seas of the open Ocean..

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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2012, 05:57:28 AM »
"Yamato" with a Nelson-style turret layout!  >:D

All big guns forward, making for a small profile when charging the enemy. As Yamamoto Tsunetomo wrote in Hagakure: "The Way of the Samurai is one of immediacy, and it is best to dash in headlong."



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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2012, 02:46:38 AM »
what if the Bismarck actually made it back to France after Operation Rheinübung and was able to be repaired.  Options then?  I am thinking that it would have participated in the Channel Dash in early 1942, along with the Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, and Prinz Eugen.  What other ideas?
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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2012, 03:19:31 AM »
The most it could have done is tied up British assets.  The Germans did not accomplish much with their surface fleet in WWII.  Look what happened with the Tirpitz.  I see little reason to expect that they could have done much more with the Bismarck.  Despite the success of the Channel Dash, it was a strategic step back, as the German fleet was essentially voluntarily going back in its pen.  It was admission that they could accomplish little from the coast of France, which was the great fear in the first place.

Had the Bismarck survived, the British would have expended a great amount of effort to neutralize it, which they likely would have accomplished.  I can imagine the British would suffer heavy losses in bombing raids, commando raids, etc against occupied France with the Bismarck in port, but they would have success in the end.

The only thing is that with the Bismarck, the Germans would have been more inclined to "try something" in the Atlantic.  I can see an attempt at another Atlantic raid in the late fall or winter of 1941 after repairs on the capital ships in Brest were completed.  This may have caused some havoc among Allied convoys at worst, but the greatest risk would have been to the German ships themselves.  I really cannot seeing such a stunt ending well for them if attempted (unlikely).

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The year's top sumo wrestler gets the title of "Yokozuna" in Japan. Here is the battleship equivalent:



I have a small (1/2000) model of it half-started somewhere--maybe I will finish it to go with my carrier "Yonaga".

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« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2012, 12:18:58 PM »
Although probably not what Maverick has in mind, his monitor question brought me to the idea along the line of Matsushima class or even Courageous class light cruisers, small warships with big guns.  And Allied interpretations of the idea are likely to have better fire controls and DP secondaries compared to their Axis counterparts somewhere down the road......

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I am rather interested in the 16"/L50 gun that the Lexington class battlecruiser would have used...... the Wikipedia entry for the Iowa class battleship claimed that a Bureau of Ordnance actually came up with a preliminary design for a turret that could carry the 50 caliber guns in a barbette that could have fitted into the new battleship.  Does anyone know anything more about that preliminary design?  Such as how it looks like?
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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2012, 04:27:41 AM »
Hmmm...tempted to buy one of these:



As the starting point for a modern Stealthy Russian Battle Cruiser.
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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2012, 04:34:03 AM »
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« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2012, 06:01:12 AM »
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« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2012, 07:48:12 AM »
How about a little turn of the century whiffing?



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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2012, 02:53:07 AM »
Stealing an idea from the land world, why not use Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) (see examples below) or one of its variations on modern warships as a counter to ASMs (which often have HEAT ty




If nothing else, it would certainly give a different look.

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« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2012, 03:47:06 AM »
>If nothing else, it would certainly give a different look.<

Yes, like a "quilted" battleship!

I think a "problem" would be the flexing of a ship while at sea--a tank probably flexes very little.
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« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2012, 04:08:19 AM »
Battleship-Carrier drawing is inspiring for a huge kit-bash.  Start with a 1/350 battleship hull to build 1/700 top side.  Or something like that.
If I had the skills and time..........

To take this further - Does someone make a 1/144 to 1/256 Arizona hull for r/c.?
The 1/144 would be ~1470ft  built as 1/350.
The 1/256 would be ~1594ft built as 1/700.
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« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2012, 08:48:53 PM »
>If nothing else, it would certainly give a different look.<

Yes, like a "quilted" battleship!

I think a "problem" would be the flexing of a ship while at sea--a tank probably flexes very little.

There are rubberized soundproofing tiles coating most modern submarine hulls. These flex a lot going to depth and back again. A great trick done to show newbie submariners the principle of it all is to get a compartment that goes across the beam of the boat with subdivisions, usually a torpedo room or the crews' mess- and tie a string from one side to the other taut at eye level before the dive. At depth that string will be either sagging a few feet or even dragging on the deck.
   If there are welds or glues that can stand this, surely tiling a warship in chobham and reactives can be done. Of course there is a big difference between an RPG and those big excocet class ASM's! But you could place thick ones over the extreme vitals like the propulsion, magazines and officer's lounge...

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« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2012, 02:41:32 AM »
Hey Bill,

Trumpeter make a 1/200th scale Arizona.

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« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2012, 02:47:19 AM »
Random idea:  Tirpitz gets stripped down and turned into an early arsenal ship armed en masse with A-4/V-2 ballistic missiles and/or Fi-103/V-1 missiles.

Alternatively the same concept but using a fictitious third Bismarck class hull...or even a converted Graf Zeppelin.
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« Reply #26 on: June 24, 2012, 12:42:57 PM »
Hmmm...tempted to buy one of these:



As the starting point for a modern Stealthy Russian Battle Cruiser.


Starting point ordered...in larger scale too!!!


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« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2012, 01:37:20 PM »
As the starting point for a modern Stealthy Russian Battle Cruiser.

Starting point ordered...in larger scale too!!!


What is it with the larger scale? Instead of building in the One True ScaleTM (1/72), you build 1/48. Instead of the proper 1/700, it has to be 1/350!  :icon_ninja:

Some inspiration...

Project 21956 (eventual Sovremenny/Udaloy-replacement)



Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov-class frigate



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« Reply #28 on: June 24, 2012, 03:15:09 PM »

What is it with the larger scale? Instead of building in the One True ScaleTM (1/72), you build 1/48. Instead of the proper 1/700, it has to be 1/350!  :icon_ninja:


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« Reply #29 on: August 11, 2012, 05:04:31 PM »
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Not having naval knowledge, per se, one wonders if a monitor type ship would be a capable design for open water?  I should think that its lower profile would be advantagous compared to a 'normal' ship from a concealment perspective providing one could waterproof the upper structure to prevent swamping.  In reality, it'd be almost like a surfaced submarine, but subs are infamous for low profiles compared to surface ships.



Well I believe there were some B Class Submarines that were converted to surface patrol boats

There was a class of Submarine Monitors built in WW1

so if you combine  the 2 ideas you could convert your M class to low profile seagoing monitors

Possibly as some kind of commerce raider i guess of just givent that they'd probably be faster than your conventional monitors to get coastal bomabardment capabilities off foreign shores quicker.

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« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2012, 03:08:31 AM »
What about some underwater & flying Yamato  ? :)



"Super Atragon" anime also features very nice airplane designs :)

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err...hot linking doesn't always work

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Don't ask about the source...


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« Reply #35 on: April 14, 2014, 02:51:29 AM »
Yeah, those who think me a whackjob would HATE to read that guy. LOL :p

Particularly with no way to recover those three Hornets in the fantail hangars... remember, even the fanatical Hitlerjugend said "um, We Don't Think So" to the idea of one-way-trips.

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« Reply #36 on: April 14, 2014, 03:17:29 AM »
1200 feet 16 x 20" guns







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« Reply #37 on: April 14, 2014, 03:28:37 AM »
Don't ask about the source...





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« Reply #38 on: April 14, 2014, 08:55:43 AM »
Don't ask about the source...





Yes saw that on the original site after a google picture search, mmm.... best not go there I required mind bleach afterwards and I don't like doing that to often.  The first mention of Gavin should have been enough warning to me to stop reading!
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« Reply #39 on: April 15, 2014, 12:31:09 AM »
I've read some of the "Gavin" fanatics stuff. That term is a good warning sign.

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« Reply #40 on: April 15, 2014, 01:50:37 AM »
Yeah, dude makes Michael Savage at his foaming-at-the-mouth worst seem rational... O.O

There a few nuggets of good ideas in the mix, but they're like wading through the sewers to find a diamond ring.

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« Reply #41 on: April 15, 2014, 05:56:08 AM »
There has to be a few points of truth to make the rest of it even plausible to the ear of some folks. Works on nearly every subject too. Except whiffery, we know there is no truth there, just fun!

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« Reply #42 on: April 15, 2014, 06:00:56 AM »
Not quite... I've tried to keep my WHIFs as "this could ACTUALLY be built given parts and budget", other than fast-forwarding a little on Artificial Intelligence (ok, a LOT on Human Level AI) and Adaptive Camouflage.

Don't get me wrong, I'm as big of a fan of heavy Naval Gunfire Support as anybody, but that joker gives Battleship Fanboys a VERY Bad Name.

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« Reply #43 on: April 15, 2014, 06:38:44 AM »
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*cringe* that aft turret looks rather less than fully functional with two flight decks; I'd argue for replacing it with a suitably sized VLS capability.  As 'tis, it's an example of gratuitous overkill and not well thought out as a large arc of fire for the rear turret is blocked and I'd hate to think of what the shock impacts from the rear turret firing would do to the aircraft in or on that hanger.  Interesting concept, barring the turret, reminds me of some of the FACES II concepts, but poor development.

What could get very interesting is a FACES II conversion for a Montana-class or, for the RN, an equivalent conversion for HMS Vanguard if she'd been retained in storage instead of being scrapped in 1960.

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« Reply #44 on: April 15, 2014, 10:27:50 AM »
The whole flight deck and hanger arrangement looks as if it has just been dropped onto the unmodified BB model and could just as simply be lifted off again. 

As far as BB modernisations go I like the ideas people were presenting on my KGV thread with Mk13s replacing secondary armament rather than the big guns improving the ships defences (and offensive) capability and retaining the reason to keep the BBs at all the big guns.  The UK designs with their mid ships hangers and secondary armament positions / magazines would have been great for various air defence, anti-ship, anti-submarine and surface attack missiles.  If fewer big guns were needed then supress the after turrets for more missiles of simply for a very large hanger and flight deck for lots of Helos, ASW, attack, assault, troop accommodation etc.

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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #45 on: April 15, 2014, 10:33:01 AM »
Norman Polmar's book on US Battleship design included a profile drawing of a proposed "assault ship" conversion of the Iowa-class with the aft turret and catapult replaced by a hangar deck, flight deck, et al. for helicopter assault.  I'm thinking two of those and two FACES II conversions would make a formidable task force for landing over hostile beaches.

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« Reply #46 on: June 15, 2014, 12:54:24 AM »
Courageous and Glorious, due to their dubious combat power, are classed as Heavy Cruisers under the Washington Treaty and transfered to the RAN in 1922.  The ships are renamed Australia and Canberra and serve in WWII following complete Renown style reconstructions in the late 30s.

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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #47 on: May 29, 2016, 05:51:09 AM »
Something different:  The 40mm anti-aircraft gun emplacements of the USS New Jersey had the guns removed, were sealed, and became swimming pools for the ship’s reactivation during the Vietnam War. These are the only known swimming pools installed on an active US Navy ship. The pools were removed when the Iowa-class battleship was again activated in the 1980’s.





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« Reply #48 on: May 29, 2016, 05:58:02 AM »
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« Reply #49 on: May 29, 2016, 08:11:10 PM »
Just imagine if a fire mission came in and someone was asleep floating in the pool.

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« Reply #50 on: May 30, 2016, 02:51:24 AM »
Kind of reminds me of this South Park episode:

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« Reply #51 on: August 31, 2016, 05:35:22 PM »
How about post Suez the decision was made to convert the King George V Class battleships into commando assault ships instead of converting Albion and Bulwark, which were instead, along with Centaur, fully modernised as per Hermes.

Thinking surpressing Y turret or even moving it to B position to replace the twin (if it can be done) and building a raised flight deck with hanger and troop accommodation beneath.  Former aircraft hangers used as accommodation briefing rooms etc. bost deck / catapult space converted for amphibious craft.  Maybe Tartar in place of some or all of the 5.25" mounts.


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« Reply #52 on: March 11, 2018, 09:16:07 PM »
I found first profile in the internet marked as HMS Barham. I think that its bow is fictional. Am I right? Anyway I like mentioned bow and grafted it in HMS Warspite and HMS Royal Sovereign.


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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #53 on: March 12, 2018, 01:58:41 AM »
What if more ships went for the Nelson class "all forward" style main armament arrangement?



Imagine a Iowa or Yamato class in this arrangement.
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« Reply #54 on: March 12, 2018, 09:28:56 PM »
I have a Nelson that is going to end up as a two turret forward battlecruiser

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« Reply #55 on: March 21, 2018, 01:07:15 AM »
US FlyingBattleship 1st iteration

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« Reply #56 on: March 22, 2018, 11:06:49 AM »
US FlyingBattleship 2nd iteration. The definitive WEAPON

USS Massachusetts 1/720 + P-38 1/72 + M10 1/72 (tracked modules must be considered as bogies)

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« Reply #57 on: March 24, 2018, 06:06:42 AM »
You may have seen pictures of the US Navy's heavy cruisers in the 1950s rocking 3-inch autoloaders in place of the Bofors mounts they were originally designed with. What's kind of less commonly known is that plans were made to perform the same upgrades on *all* surviving US warships during the 1950s, even the ones that were in mothballs with little chance of activation.

In other words, there exist plans somewhere (I've seen a few of them online, but damn if I can find them again now) showing the intended installations for 3-inch twin mounts on the Iowa-class, South Dakota-class, and North Carolina-class; as well as the Alaska-class, Cleveland-class, Fargo-class, Atlanta/Oakland/Juneau-class, and all the modern destroyers.

Of the larger ships, aside from the heavy cruisers only a single Cleveland (CL-83 USS Manchester) and the Juneau-class were actually upgraded. It would be rather lovely to see some of the others in plastic though.

Oh, and the reverse is also true - if the war had continued another year and the Des Moines and Worchester class cruisers had been completed to their original designs, they'd have had Bofors guns as well, with a quad mount in place of each twin 3-inch mount. As far as I know, neither of these ships exist in plastic (only resin...) but that too would be an awesome thing to see realized. :)

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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #58 on: April 05, 2018, 06:03:13 AM »
What if Ballistic Missile subs never got a look in (for what ever reason).  Could we possibly have seen battleships evolve into Ballistic Missile Ships?
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Re: Battleship Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #59 on: April 05, 2018, 10:36:09 AM »
The USS Long Beach was designed to carry the Polaris missile amidships (in the vicinity of the port and starboard 5.0"/L38 turrets) but that was never implemented.  There was also an Italian Cruiser that was planned to carry the same Polaris armament.  So depending on where you put them, the Battleship could certainly accommodate a half dozen at the very least. 
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« Reply #60 on: April 05, 2018, 01:05:02 PM »
Yeah, was aware of the USS Long Beach - see below:



I was actually thinking of something a bit more dedicated.  Basically a surface ship equivalent of a SSBN.  One might think arsenal ship but I was thinking of purely ballistic missiles such as Polaris/Trident as opposed to cruise missiles/SAMs etc.
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« Reply #61 on: April 06, 2018, 01:10:10 AM »
I was actually thinking of something a bit more dedicated.  Basically a surface ship equivalent of a SSBN.  One might think arsenal ship but I was thinking of purely ballistic missiles such as Polaris/Trident as opposed to cruise missiles/SAMs etc.
For a surface ship I don't think there is any way of not carrying a defensive armament. Even the nuke boats carry some self defense torpedoes and tubes. Ships are nowhere near as hidey" as subs and if nuke boats didn't exist, you can imagine a lot of effort would be expended to ensure that the whereabouts of every BBB (!) was known at all times.

In the event of a war, you'd have to imagine that the BBBs would be the first targets of everything in range, especially enemy subs. And since there wouldn't be any way to really hide the BBB, unlike the way an SSBN can hide, it would probably spend it's days pinging away like mad, escorted by a bunch of DDs and FFs also pinging away like made and probably accompanied  by a sea control or ASW carrier with more fixed and rotary wing ASW assets, all pinging away like mad in an attempt to find the one SSK that may be sitting near the bottom and waiting it's turn to sink a strategic asset.

The cost to operate the Naval side of the strategic triad would rapidly explode, making it very unlikely that ICBMs would actually be mounted on surface ships at all. It would be almost impossible to protect them long enough for them to be worth the expense.

Just some logical extensions. You mileage may vary...  ;)

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« Reply #62 on: April 06, 2018, 02:21:01 AM »
For a surface ship I don't think there is any way of not carrying a defensive armament.


When did I indicate "no defensive armament"?

I also wasn't saying that such a concept was logical.  SSBNs have been used for a reason.  this was more a whiff/alt reality exercise to help provide inspiration for ideas.
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« Reply #63 on: April 06, 2018, 10:18:28 PM »
For a surface ship I don't think there is any way of not carrying a defensive armament.


When did I indicate "no defensive armament"?

I also wasn't saying that such a concept was logical.  SSBNs have been used for a reason.  this was more a whiff/alt reality exercise to help provide inspiration for ideas.

Sorry, I interpreted this:

"One might think arsenal ship but I was thinking of purely ballistic missiles such as Polaris/Trident as opposed to cruise missiles/SAMs etc."

to be a ship armed with only the ICBMs.

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« Reply #64 on: April 08, 2018, 01:30:30 AM »
The USS Long Beach was designed to carry the Polaris missile amidships (in the vicinity of the port and starboard 5.0"/L38 turrets) but that was never implemented.  There was also an Italian Cruiser that was planned to carry the same Polaris armament.  So depending on where you put them, the Battleship could certainly accommodate a half dozen at the very least.
According to US BATTLESHIP CONVERSION PROJECTS 1942 - 1965, an Illustrated Technical Reference by Wayne Scarpaci (great book, highly recommended), there were studies in the late 1950's for converting both {I]Iowa[/I]-class battleshps and Alaska-class battlecruisers to carry and launch Polaris missiles.  All had enhanced AA defenses, those studied variants that did away with the forward main batteries, too, had considerable enhanced AA capability in their place.
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« Reply #65 on: April 10, 2018, 12:57:34 AM »
there were studies in the late 1950's for converting both {I]Iowa[/I]-class battleshps and Alaska-class battlecruisers to carry and launch Polaris missiles.  All had enhanced AA defenses, those studied variants that did away with the forward main batteries, too, had considerable enhanced AA capability in their place.

Given the depth of the turret mechanisms, you could probably fit the Polaris and even Trident launch tubes into the ships without protruding above deck. For Tridents, you could get something like 18-19 launch tubes in each turret hole. That's a humongous 57 tubes per Iowa.

If you cleared the decks of gun houses and added a nice armoured cover to each launch tube. that would clear the way for a LOT of Talos, Terrier or Standard1 Missile launchers. In a refit mode you could easily fit 120+ Mk 41 VLS tubes, switch 6 of the 5" mounts over to the newer Mk 45 single automatic gun system, fit 4 each 20mm CIWS and SeaRam mounts, plus decoy systems and still have room to deploy and service 4-6 MH-60 helos for antisub work.

That's a pretty potent ship, to be sure.

But still a magnet for enemy forces. One that in a peer-to-peer war would receive a nuke right from the outset.

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