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by Steve Crandell
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: PE v Graf Spee
Replies: 7
Views: 470

Re: PE v Graf Spee

The closest actual battle comparison we have is Exeter vs Graf Spee, and It's an open question, I think. Exeter was very badly beaten up, but did some significant damage to AGS.
by Steve Crandell
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Turret weight vs calibre length
Replies: 14
Views: 948

Re: Turret weight vs calibre length

Thanks for the detailed answer, Bill. I think I remember reading that supercharges increased bore wear quite a bit more than just the proportional increase in velocity.
by Steve Crandell
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Turret weight vs calibre length
Replies: 14
Views: 948

Re: Turret weight vs calibre length

If the supercharge the British used was safe (and I assume it must have been or they wouldn't have used it), why wasn't the supercharge used as the normal charge, since it produced more muzzle energy?
by Steve Crandell
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Turret weight vs calibre length
Replies: 14
Views: 948

Re: Turret weight vs calibre length

Thanks for that reply Steve, A quick question, if one reduces this to revolver calibres it seemed to me (when we were allowed t own them!) that a short barreled pistol ofen left a small amount of unburned powder on the firing point particularly when using magnum loads whereas a 6 ot 7" barrel burne...
by Steve Crandell
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Turret weight vs calibre length
Replies: 14
Views: 948

Re: Turret weight vs calibre length

I had a little trouble following your conclusion. Are you suggesting that it's better to have a short barreled gun than a long barreled one? It's all about muzzle velocity with the same shell. The longer guns also have larger chambers to accomodate more propellant. If you try to use the same amount ...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Blucher in Dogger Bank
Replies: 8
Views: 419

Re: Blucher in Dogger Bank

I believe the Germans did try to provide U-boat support, but they are too slow and there wasn't enough time. IIRC the Arc Royal passed within easy torpedo range of a U-boat which was returning home after expending all of it's torpedoes on patrol.
by Steve Crandell
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1875

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Just a couple of comments about light AA rates of fire: The 40mm Bofors as used by the USN was, according to Navweaps, capable of 80 to 90 rounds/min sustained fire. That was given as a British claim. A good loader could achieve about 24 rounds (120 rounds/min) without the gun stopping. I don't thin...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries
Replies: 15
Views: 1153

Re: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries

The German CAs were much larger, but I think the few engagements which did occur, the British held their own. I'm not sure if any British CAs were involved; maybe just CLs but my memory fails me there. I don't currently have any reference books at hand but I'm sure there are others here who do.
by Steve Crandell
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1875

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Thanks to wadinga and mostlyharmless for the good date on the Med. I am a bit confused though because one of you said 50K tons shipping and the other 500K tons, which is absolutely huge. Putting it in perspective, it's about 10% of the total USN submarine tonnage in WWII and over a much smaller peri...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1875

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Fellow Contributors, Do you know by any chance how many ships were torpedoed at night by Swordfish? Well, three battleships at Taranto is quite a good start. And then there is Bismarck of course, although poor visibility and the weird zone time used for the operation slew this a little. Agree that ...
by Steve Crandell
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1875

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Yes, I understood your point, except I didn't understand why the Swordfish was the only aircraft capable of operating that radar. I also wasn't aware that the specialized night Catalinas had it. I'm still learning. Do you know by any chance how many ships were torpedoed at night by Swordfish? Wouldn...
by Steve Crandell
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1875

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Maybe someone has already mentioned this, but weren't Bismarck's 3.7cm an early version which were loaded one round at a time? I don't think the radar on the Swordfish aircraft was something other aircraft couldn't carry. The fact that is was a biplane didn't really make it possible to carry a radar...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2374

Re: Who won?

I think the fact that people don't build battleships anymore pretty much answers the question of whether it's worth it.
by Steve Crandell
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Ship Models, Plans and Drawings
Topic: Scratch Built Models and a Return
Replies: 2
Views: 1217

Re: Scratch Built Models and a Return

Wow, pretty amazing especially for models that small. I can't imagine being able to do that. :shock:
by Steve Crandell
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1875

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

I don't think it had any major flaws, but it was a compromise like all BBs were, reflecting the design philosophy of the Germans. They had very heavily damaged ships make it back to port during WWI, and I think the Bismarck design emphasized the ability to stay afloat after absorbing a lot of punish...