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Today, 10:07am

Author: Hood

1940s IJN designs

In that case the rationale seems quite sound, and at least doing it that way will have given the correct topweight/ stability calc for the superfiring launchers.

Yesterday, 1:41pm

Author: Hood

1940s IJN designs

Seems a reasonable design overall as a testbed. I'm not sure whether its best to sim the launcher and missile magazine as a gun mount or just rely on misc weight. I can see pros and cons with either method. At least this way it reserves space within the hull armour and some additional weight, although it will throw your recoil stats off a bit.

Monday, September 17th 2018, 1:41pm

Author: Hood

German News and Events, 1948

Some interesting developments afoot.

Sunday, September 16th 2018, 10:39am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

8 November The King today issued Letters Patent granting the title of Prince or Princess of the United Kingdom, with the style Royal Highness, to the children of The Duke of Edinburgh and The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh. Their first child is due later this month. 14 November Princess Elizabeth today gave birth to a son.

Sunday, September 16th 2018, 10:33am

Author: Hood

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1948

Agreed, much to ponder on. Operation August Storm was an excellent read. It's a pity that parador isn't around at the moment to comment. I don't think Britain will have much to say on the matter when the news becomes public.

Sunday, September 9th 2018, 11:39am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

1 November The Governor General of the Dutch East Indies, Dr Hubertus Johannes van Mook has been dismissed and replaced by Dr Louis Joseph Maria Beel. Van Mook has long been in favour of progressive Indonesian politics and in 1930 was one of the founders of the so-called ‘Weir Group'. As a member of the Assembly, Van Mook called for improving the living standard of the Javanese population and the better treatment of political prisoners. On 20 November 1941 he became Minister of Colonies but he r...

Thursday, September 6th 2018, 10:10am

Author: Hood

British Army 1949

I have to confess to having no additional details on the FV307 other than the scant online sources. As you say it is too early for a counter-battery radar, although it is possible that that it what the plan was OTL. It seems more likely to have been for AA battery fire-control. The chassis is quite small so I envision a narrow-beam target indication/ranging radar for AA batteries.

Tuesday, September 4th 2018, 8:29pm

Author: Hood

British Army 1949

A look ahead at what new weapons and vehicles will enter service next year and updates on research and development programmes. Tanks & Armoured Vehicles FV307: An RDF vehicle with hull of the FV306/02 light ARV using the FV300 series light tank chassis. To enter service in 1949. FV311: An armoured carrier variant of the FV300 series light tank chassis using the hull of the FV310 Armoured Carrier but fitted for carriage of cargo and ammunition. These will equip Armoured Divisions as resupply vehi...

Saturday, September 1st 2018, 2:40pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

20 October Off Balikpapan six days of intensive naval exercises have begun. Exercise Golden Horn is designed to test the readiness of the DEI's coastal defence fleet. 27 October Discussions began in Amsterdam today about the possibility of forming a Dutch television network across the country. A panel of experts has been appointed to assess the technical requirements a television broadcasting system would require. It is possible that an initial broadcasting channel could be operational within tw...

Saturday, September 1st 2018, 11:58am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

20 October BCAC announced today that the Royal Thai Air Force has ordered 24 ex-RAF Buccaneer maritime patrol/strike aircraft to replace their ageing Handley Page Hereford fleet. The aircraft will be overhauled at Filton and delivered early next year. 27 October–6 November The London Motor Show at Earls Court. A record 562,954 visitors witness a wide range of new products from British manufacturers. Several new models have been unveiled or displayed for the first time at a major British exhibiti...

Saturday, September 1st 2018, 10:43am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

[Edit] Nothing to see here folks move along... take a look at Monsieur Le Blanc's hand-made chocolate shop just down the road.

Monday, August 27th 2018, 11:39am

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1949

Also laying down during 1949 are some new auxiliaries. Two new repair ships based on the Hecla tender design will replace the existing aging HMS Reliance and HMS Scotstoun. To support the Bar Class boom defence vessels it was decided to order a second Guardian Class netlayer. The 1936 design being updated with a new diesel powerplant and a more effective AA armament fitted. Just one ship, HMS Sentry, is planned. HMS Reliance, HMS Scotstoun, Great Britain Repair Ship laid down 1949 Displacement: ...

Thursday, August 23rd 2018, 11:07am

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1949

And something new for the slipways next year as well. The availability of funds has seen the Fleet Aircraft Direction Escort inserted into the building programme. This class of escort is to direct carrier-based fighters onto incoming aerial threats to surface groups and convoys. A full set of interception RDF equipment (Types 971, 972 and 287Q) is fitted along with dedicated AIO spaces. It had been planned to convert the Cathedral Class scouts. The DNC drew up two sketch designs with two 4.5in M...

Tuesday, August 21st 2018, 8:31pm

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1949

A couple of heavy cruisers and a rebuilt trials ship. Beyond the Wiltshire Class the Admiralty looked at another repeat Northumberland. The DNC offered a modernised design (CA6) with the new YARD powerplant, in this case three 30,000hp units giving a three-shaft layout. The belt armour was modified to that of the Wiltshire so the overall effect has been to reduce weight and cost with the benefits of improved speed and increased range (1,000nm at 20kts). The DNC then offered a further improved ve...

Monday, August 20th 2018, 10:39am

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1949

Its a cheap conversion of an existing design so the armour and engines are unchanged. Being a high-value asset some armour is only logical and speed is needed for launching etc. and keeping up with the main carrier fleet (albeit at a safe distance), so using an off-the-shelf design made sense. And if things get dire, the design is capable of use as a fighter carrier (at least as long as piston engine fighters remain in service).

Sunday, August 19th 2018, 12:50pm

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1949

A look ahead to what new classes will be laying down on the slipways next year. To support the growth of the carrier fleet the requirement for an additional aircraft tender like HMS Unicorn was studied in 1948 but deferred. The DNC offered a modernised Unicorn design with revised armament and thinner box armour around the magazines. It was found easier and cheaper to design a modified Colossus Class ship with the 4.5in guns and one catapult removed and more extensive workshop equipment added. On...

Saturday, August 18th 2018, 2:30pm

Author: Hood

Operation Pegase

The Foreign Office, Whitehall, London 11:00am, Monday 11 October Ernest Bevin looked at the letter on his desk. He adjusted his spectacles and skimmed the letter. Quoted Therefore His Majesty's Government must protest in the most strongest terms possible at the blatant attempt to electronically interfere with navigational devices of ships belonging to His Majesty's Royal Navy in the vicinity of busy shipping lanes where there was nearby traffic in international waters whilst the ships were going...

Wednesday, August 8th 2018, 8:17pm

Author: Hood

Operation Pegase

HMS Albuera, North Sea, 52 dgs 10 min North 3 dgs 16 min East, 9 October 1948 The operator fiddled with the cathode ray controls. "It makes no difference, every sector is the same." The Chief Petty Officer picked up the telephone to the bridge "Direction room to bridge, we are still being jammed. Yes Sir, we've tried but it made no difference. No, we can't pick out any echos. Yes, Sir, right away." The CPO hung the phone up and walked across to another console and flicked some switches, bringing...

Wednesday, August 8th 2018, 7:59pm

Author: Hood

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Drat! *throws popcorn back into cupboard*