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Sunday, November 10th 2019, 3:17pm

Author: Hood

Ships on market

Wandelaar has now been sold to Indochina.

Friday, November 8th 2019, 4:53pm

Author: Hood

Operation Nomad

The street was crowded and it was a relief to get into the shade and away from the bustle. Baghdad was very hot this time of year. Esterhase hated the heat and dirt and irritably scanned the room, one of Baghdad’s most upmarket coffee houses. In the appointed niche he spotted a balding man sipping a cup of coffee though the haze of cigarette and hookah smoke and he headed towards him. “Mister Bulganov, what a delight to see you, it must be five years since we last met,” he beamed. The man looked...

Saturday, November 2nd 2019, 4:15pm

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1950

A possible new submarine design for 1950 taking the Oberon Class and making some minor improvements. Subsim makes some drastic changes in 1950 so there are quite a few changes required to keep the reserve buoyancy reasonable. 1950 Class Medium Range Submarine HMS Porpoise, Grampus, Rorqual, Narwhal, Cachalot Date: 1950 Ocean Armament: - Guns: none - Torpedoes: 6 21in torpedo tubes - Mines: 12 (also simming reload torpedoes) Electric HP: 6,000hp Diesel HP: 3,000hp Crew: 65 Weight fuel & batts: 34...

Saturday, November 2nd 2019, 10:53am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

25 June The dock workers’ strike has finally ended after weeks of disruption. The Chancellor of the Exchequer Hugh Dalton has been anxious in negotiations to reach an agreement in an attempt to reduce the economic damaged caused. 28 June Four more Seaward Defence Boats, HMS Muda River, Linggi River, Pahang River and Kerian River, have been completed. This quartet has formed the 5th Seaward Defence Flotilla at Penang and hopefully will form the basis of a Malayan unit. Earlier this month HMS Sand...

Monday, October 28th 2019, 10:09am

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1950

Those were kind of my thoughts; It is big and using this for the assault wave seems unlikely gives its bulk, ideally I would want to trim some of the weight back if its a beaching LST. It would be good for support, perhaps the second wave when more mass is needed. The range is perhaps a tad excessive, not sure lowering it would save much on tonnage, in real terms the hull size and BC is eating up the tons more than what is in it. But yes, for reinforcement it would be good to be able to move it ...

Sunday, October 27th 2019, 2:37pm

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1950

Not sure if I will build this or not, but putting this out there for comments. A Ro-Ro LST, based off real RN 1950s LST projects. Its big but its also capable but maybe just a bit too big? Cliff Class, Great Britain Landing Ship Tank laid down 1950 Displacement: 4,259 t light; 4,398 t standard; 5,245 t normal; 5,922 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 451.58 ft / 445.00 ft x 55.00 ft x 12.50 ft (normal load) 137.64 m / 135.64 m x 16.76 m x 3.81 m Armament: 8 - 2.24" /...

Friday, October 25th 2019, 10:06am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

This is when local knowledge become invaluable! I will endeavor to correct as many of these as I can. The one I thing I haven't touched on yet as Dutch player is land reclamation, I think I have made passing references to it in the past but its something that I should look into more I guess.

Wednesday, October 23rd 2019, 9:29pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

19 June Hawker test pilot Trevor ‘Wimpy’ Wade has taken the prototype P.1081 swept-wing jet fighter on its first flight. The aircraft is actually the second P.1052 prototype VX279 which has been rebuilt with a completely new rear fuselage with a tail jet-pipe and more use of magnesium alloys to reduce weight. A new swept tailplane was also added as is the Rolls-Royce Tay turbojet featuring reheat. Sidney Camm is hoping this fighter will interest the RAF as an interim type until the advanced F.3/...

Wednesday, October 23rd 2019, 9:22pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

Netherlands Motorway Network An update of progress this year on the programme to build a network of Autoroutes (motorways) across the Netherlands linking into the networks of France, Germany and Belgium. The A12 was formally opened this year following five years of construction. The A12 runs from The Hague (linking via a junction with the A4) – Liedschendam – Zoetermeer – Zuidplas – Waddinxveen – Bodegraven-Reeuwijk – Woerden – Utrecht (junction with A2) – Bunnik – Utrechtse Heuvelrug – Ede – Ar...

Wednesday, October 23rd 2019, 9:14pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

Belgian Motorway Network An update of progress this year on the programme to build a network of Autoroutes (motorways) across Belgium linking into the networks of France, Germany and the Netherlands. Construction has started in 1949 on the A8 with a planned completion date of 1953. The A8 will run from Halle to the French border at Rijsel via Tournai. At the border the A8 will link to a French Autoroute. Construction is ongoing on the following routes; A4: Brussels – Namur – Arlon – Luxembourg (...

Monday, October 21st 2019, 10:03am

Author: Hood

Ships on market

From Q3/1949 Belgium will have the cruiser Wandelaar available for sale. Can't imagine many takers for this odd cruiser but the offer is there. If no-one buys it I'll probably turn it into an accommodation hulk. http://wesworld.jk-clan.de/index.php?pag…7692#post137692

Sunday, October 20th 2019, 3:33pm

Author: Hood

Verviers Class Netlayer

Verviers, Belgium Netlayer and Target Towing Ship laid down 1949 Displacement: 2,213 t light; 2,263 t standard; 2,360 t normal; 2,438 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 307.55 ft / 301.84 ft x 53.15 ft x 11.98 ft (normal load) 93.74 m / 92.00 m x 16.20 m x 3.65 m Armament: 2 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1944 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mount on centreline aft, all raised guns - superfiring 2 - 0.91" / 23.0 mm guns in single mounts,...

Sunday, October 20th 2019, 2:45pm

Author: Hood

Zeemeeuw Class Tug

Zeemeeuw Class, Belgium Fleet Tug laid down 1949 Displacement: 689 t light; 707 t standard; 812 t normal; 895 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 142.04 ft / 136.15 ft x 29.04 ft x 11.98 ft (normal load) 43.29 m / 41.50 m x 8.85 m x 3.65 m Armament: 1 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns in single mounts, 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1944 Model Anti-aircraft gun in deck mount on centreline forward 2 - 0.91" / 23.0 mm guns in single mounts, 0.44lbs / 0.20kg shells, 1944 Model Anti-aircr...

Saturday, October 19th 2019, 10:27am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

10 June Kusno Sukarno sat in his study, the reports in the newspapers heartened him. He was still stuck under house arrest, but here at last was evidence that the times were changing and the tide turning, just as he had always forecast they would. His friends who had special visiting privileges had told him who the most outspoken critics of Land's proposal within the government had been. He picked up his writing paper and a pen, he would write to each of them, asking them to now consider applyin...

Tuesday, October 15th 2019, 9:48am

Author: Hood

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Even Google translate doesn't have a voice output for it! I think the correct spelling is Stršljen or Stršljeni.

Sunday, October 13th 2019, 11:45am

Author: Hood

Blast interference - Help requested

Like you, I know I have read the same somwhere but can't remember where. Whitley mentions the 152.4mm 1926 in the twin turrets on the Da Barbianos were too close and had a single cradle. He mentions no remedies but the Cadornas had a larger turret so I presume that was their solution, the widen the space between the barrels. For those ships with the older turrets I guess nothing was done or perhaps staggered firing of the barrels. I believe the early US 8in classes had the same problem, can't re...

Saturday, October 12th 2019, 11:15am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

11 June The armoured vehicles of the British Army continue to multiply in type and function. This year two further variants of the FV300-series light armoured chassis have been introduced into service. The FV307 is an RDF-equipped vehicle using the taller hull of the FV302 and FV306 to accommodate the operators. The FV311 armoured load carrier is a variant of the FV310 armoured infantry carrier but fitted to carry cargo and ammunition. Two further variants of the FV200-series heavy armoured chas...

Saturday, October 12th 2019, 11:10am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

19 June The 1949 Belgian Grand Prix was held today at Spa-Francorchamps. Eighteen drivers entered the race which soon became an exciting event. Juan Manuel Fangio who started second on the grid only completed the first lap before his Maserati engine blew and he had to retire. The official Maserati team suffered a blow when on lap 7 when Reg Parnell's clutch failed and he had to retire. Two laps later Italian Giuseppe Farina racing another Maserati 4CLT/48 spun off the track while trying to overt...

Saturday, October 12th 2019, 10:37am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1949

16 June After being carefully assembled under the watchful eyes of engineers seconded by Gloster and Rolls-Royce the third prototype Gloster AXP-1001 jet-fighter began taxi tests last week. Fitted with a more powerful Nene III turbojet the prototype is of production standard and today FMA Chief Test Pilot Captain de Aero Edmundo Osvaldo Weiss took the aircraft aloft at 10:15am this morning. On landing he reported it flew beautifully and was just as good as the prototype he had flown in Britain t...

Friday, October 11th 2019, 10:14am

Author: Hood

RSAN units laid down or modified 1945

No quibbles from me, just nice to see some new RSAN ships. The Magnificent Class are perhaps the pinnacle of the super-cruise vogue, now nations are mainly going for 7.5-8-9in autos to get the job done. Amphib ships are always good to have, even Argentina has dabbled in this field. The RN should probably look at its provision harder.