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Yesterday, 5:01pm

Author: Hood

Air Display Teams

I am not sure of the rationale, perhaps it was purely economic or the lack of spare airframes/pilots to set aside. Displays seem to be down to individual units but saying that they have graced the skies with many wonderful special colour schemes so the crowds have gained in other ways.

Yesterday, 10:38am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

14 May The 1949 British Grand Prix was held at Silverstone today. This is the second race in this year’s inaugural World Championship for Drivers Season. No less than 28 drivers were entered into the race, Team Toyota Racing making their first appearance at a British racing circuit. The race was a punishing event and no less than 15 cars failed to reach the chequered flag. Poor Bob Ansell never made it to the start when engine problems with his privately-entered Maserati 4CM forced him to retire...

Yesterday, 10:08am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

11 May The Nederlandsch Indische Escompto Maatschappij bank in Batavia has changed its name to Escomptobank. Re-branding is currently underway across all its branches. This prestigious bank was founded in 1857. 17 May The Dutch East Indies government in Batavia sent a firm rejection to The Hague in regards to Prime Minister Eduard Land’s proposal to enable the East Indies, Suriname, the Kongo and Ubangi-Shari to elect representatives to sit in the Eerste Kamer (Upper Chamber) in The Hague. They ...

Thursday, August 22nd 2019, 10:01am

Author: Hood

Chinese Designs for 1949

Designing smaller craft like minesweepers can be a pain to get right. The excess hull strength and low stability are results of that, often SS blows a fuze when trying to design a small relatively unarmed design with a big misc weight load. But the results are not too bad, doubtless it could be refined further with tweaking the numbers in SS.

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 9:53am

Author: Hood

French Army Secret Projects, 1940-1950

These are some very interesting projects indeed. Glad you shared them.

Wednesday, August 21st 2019, 9:52am

Author: Hood

German News and Events 1949

Being a rather tactiturn man, Attlee would probably not have intended his speech giving so much mirth to the German legation but would be glad to know that he has raised their spirits.

Sunday, August 18th 2019, 12:33pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

4 May Three men stood on the windy foreshore looking out to sea. The area was the most northernmost and remotest point in the British Isles, to the east lay the town of Thurso. The men were trying to unfold a large sheet of paper. "So this will be the site?" one of the men asked. One of the other men, in the uniform of the Royal Navy replied, "Yes, this is a suitably remote and secure place. And being not far from Scapa affords us excellent cover." The third man nodded, "Once the Treasury is squ...

Wednesday, August 14th 2019, 9:52am

Author: Hood

naval projects for Atlantis, 1948

An ambitious rebuild but one that certainly makes good use out of an older obsolete ship class. The only thing that I would comment on, and that is not surprising given the scale of the misc weight, is that the stability is borderline at 1.01. But I assume you intend using this in sheltered coastal waters so it would not be a massive handicap.

Tuesday, August 13th 2019, 5:02pm

Author: Hood

Commuter Aircraft Trials

Fokker, Renard and de Havilland reps will be eagerly awaiting the call to do business.

Sunday, August 11th 2019, 10:20am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

14 April BOAC have begun commercial services with their new BCAC Bristol Type 175 BC.3 Britannia Series 110 airliners when G-ALCD departed Heathrow for Nairobi this morning. The 25 Bristol Proteus turbine-propeller powered 74-seat airliners will operate on medium and long-haul routes across Europe, Africa and the Far East. On 2 April BOAC began its trials programme with the de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1 jet-airliner with the airline’s special Comet Unit based at Hurn. Twelve Comet 1 aircraft will ...

Sunday, August 11th 2019, 10:15am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

1 May Astronomer Gerard Kuiper, currently a Professor at the University of Chicago, announced his most recent discovery, a moon of Neptune which has been named Nereid. 2 May Ferry operator Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland has announced that starting this summer a secondary service from Flushing to Folkestone will be introduced to meet increasing passenger demand on cross-channel routes. 4 May The coaster Mudo collided with the British coaster Algol in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk today bu...

Saturday, August 10th 2019, 10:29am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

1 May The 4th Motor Torpedo Squadron at Ostend has been disbanded today. All twelve motor torpedo boats used by the Squadron will be disposed of. The reduction is part of the restructuring of the MTB force, which is currently receiving new equipment. 9 May The Kredietbank bank group has branched out further with the founding of the Kredietbank S.A. Luxembourgeoise bank in Luxembourg. The bank will specialise in private banking. Kredietbank is the largest Flemish bank (the third largest in Belgiu...

Saturday, August 10th 2019, 10:26am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1949

1 May The Ministry of Defence has issued the 1949 TOE for a revised Infantería de Marina Brigada organisation. The aim is to make the unit more compact, saving manpower and transport bulk. The Staff unit has lost its Mapping Platoon as exercises have shown that its largely redundant with greater reconnaissance and planning carried out at the Marina headquarters before a landing operation takes place. The Artillería de Campaña Regiment has been renamed a Bandera and is now comprised of: Artillerí...

Friday, August 9th 2019, 10:14am

Author: Hood

Ships on market

I know I've said this before, and others disagreed, but I think the appetite for naval RPGs like these has gone. We have 3-5 active players, N-Verse has 5, most of whom used to be active here and the pace of activety there looks even slower than here! That's hardly encouraging. World of Warships with its fancy graphics has probably stolen a lot of the younger would-be naval RPG players away from rather duller spreadsheet and text based RPGs like ours. Over at Shipbucket we have dozens of artists...

Thursday, August 8th 2019, 9:58am

Author: Hood

Ships on market

My idea was just a suggestion in case people were worried about excess profit. I don't think the appetite for NPC sales is there. Given there are only potentially 6 quarters of the sim left it seems pointless to bother too much about it. Rules changes now are not worth it.

Wednesday, August 7th 2019, 2:42pm

Author: Hood

Ships on market

Well its no big issue either way it was just a suggestion. The seakeeping does seem rather poor, even for a destroyer. I know we discussed some time back that for destroyers the SS report is probably less accurate in regards to seakeeping ability, but these ships really seem to be quite poor in that regard.

Tuesday, August 6th 2019, 8:23pm

Author: Hood

Ships on market

Whats the worry, we could decide a scrap value +5% or 10% profit NPC sale rule. At this late state of the sim is it really going to matter if these end up with Mexico, Thailand, Bulgaria or wherever? Its not like Peru can do much with that tonnage to build any super-battleships before the sim ends.

Tuesday, August 6th 2019, 10:17am

Author: Hood

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Very interesting indeed.

Tuesday, August 6th 2019, 10:16am

Author: Hood

Ships on market

Or sell them to an NPC nation, many of them need updating and it seems logical they would want modern ships, these are nearly brand new. Makes no sense for me to buy them with any of my player hats on.

Friday, August 2nd 2019, 11:29am

Author: Hood

History That Might Have Been

Good to see you back and hope you have recovered ok.