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Tuesday, April 25th 2017, 3:48pm

Author: Hood

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

Well ok, at least we know where the bleeding edge is. In Belgium's defence they have no submarine arm and therefore one Captain reading a bit of Jules Verne probably hasn't worked out too well. The third round would then revise further to: Speed: the emphasis on underwater speed requires a cruising speed of at least 10kts and an attack 'burst' speed of 18kts on electric power alone sufficient for one attack Endurance: enough fuel and crew provisions for a continuous 14-day voyage must be provide...

Monday, April 24th 2017, 9:44am

Author: Hood

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

I've edited the requirements slightly to: Speed: the emphasis on underwater speed requires a cruising speed of at least 14kts and an attack 'burst' speed of 22kts on electric power alone sufficient for one attack Endurance: enough fuel and crew provisions for a continuous 14-day voyage must be provided (diesel fuel allowance for 14 days constant cruise at 10kts plus 5% time spent at 20kts, battery capacity to allow for at least 2 days constant cruise at 6kts plus 5% of that time spent at 22kts)....

Sunday, April 23rd 2017, 6:12pm

Author: Hood

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

The Belgian Navy is seeking tenders to fulfil the requirement for a small coastal submarine. The Ministry of Defence wishes to receive submissions from all interested parties. The requirements laid down are: Small size, must be able to fit into a Type 0 dock if possible Diving Depth: given the mean depth of the North Sea is only 95m, the hull crush depth will be set at 200m. Torpedo Armament: 8x 533mm bow tubes with sixteen torpedoes (eight in tubes and eight reloads). Stern tubes are not requir...

Sunday, April 23rd 2017, 5:56pm

Author: Hood

Amphibious Vehicles

A1M48 Auto Union Auto Union Type 166 An amphibious version of the Auto Union Type 82 4x4 light vehicle and developed in 1942. 50 brought for the Infantería de Marina in 1948. A2M48 Krupp SGA A six-wheeled amphibious truck developed in Germany with a flat cargo deck in the rear. Can carry stores or men. 170 brought for the Infantería de Marina in 1948. For Technical Details on these two types please see Type 166 and SGA

Sunday, April 23rd 2017, 1:04pm

Author: Hood

Argentine Ships for 1948

Another new class for 1948, two LSTs to give the Marines more modern vessels to operate from. The design is basically my RN Beach Class (modelled on ShinRa's Canadian design) but converted into metric. Lazy from me, but effective I think since the basic design ShinRa came up with is pretty good. Project 722 Class, Argentina Landing Ship Tank laid down 1948 Displacement: 2,644 t light; 2,721 t standard; 3,209 t normal; 3,599 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 347.84 f...

Saturday, April 22nd 2017, 2:55pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

19 January A party of journalists and steel industry representatives were shown around the new David Colville & Sons Limited plant being built at Ravenscraig, Scotland since 1944. Today several coke ovens, a by-products plant, a blast furnace and an open hearth melting shop with three steelmaking furnaces are complete and operational with work on-going on the stripmill, which should complete next year. The total cost will be around £20 million with the government contributing some funds towards ...

Tuesday, April 18th 2017, 11:35am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

In Kirk's notes I found the following regarding the politics of the Kongo. "While all five Duchies are Afrikan led, there is a small Germanic influence in some discussions, as German immigrants are prominent in technical and military regimes and predominate in some regions, led by "Counts". Populace is extremely pro-Queen, pro-SAE and pro-Dutch." Also "the Queen started with a Feudal order (Chiefs became Barons, etc.) with the ties of honour and obligation, and is using a speeded up English mode...

Monday, April 17th 2017, 6:20pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

24 January A new political party has been founded today in Amsterdam. The People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) has been formed by several disgruntled members of the Vrijheidsbond (Freedom League-Conservative Party) under the leadership of Pieter Oud. Ideologically the VVD follows the liberal tradition with a strong emphasis on individual freedom. 26 January The constitutional situation in the Kongo and Ubangi Shari remains confused as all sides try to find a solution to who should be H...

Monday, April 17th 2017, 10:27am

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1948

Another little job beginning in 1948 will be the rebuilding of the carrier HMS Eagle to make her into an interim strike carrier alongside HMS Ark Royal. The work will be slightly more involved than HMS Ark Royal's refit in that the entire island will be rebuilt. Current plans will see the four Colossus Class and Ark Royal and Eagle as the six main strike carriers using their steam catapults to send out heavy aircraft. The four Leviathans will serve as fleet units but more fighter oriented and du...

Thursday, April 13th 2017, 3:42pm

Author: Hood

Naval Commander Changes

There have been a few changes of commanders this year. Almirante Velazco, in command of Naval Brigada V (the unit responsible for all training and supply vessels) has retired this year at the age of 60. He has been replaced by newly promoted Almirante Teisaire. Teisaire has been one of the premier training officers of his generation having commanded the training sail ship Presidente Sarmiento in 1917-22 and taught at the Naval Academy from 1932 and he has held numerous policy-making posts in tha...

Sunday, April 9th 2017, 1:56pm

Author: Hood

Politics in 1948

Great Britain By-Elections The Glasgow Camlachie by-election was held on 28 January, following the death of the sitting Independent Labour Party (ILP) MP Campbell Stephen, who had held the seat since 1935. However, he resigned the ILP whip in 1947, and later that year joined the Labour Party, for who he had held the seat from 1922 until 1931. The ILP stood Annie Maxton, sister of James Maxton, who before his death had been the party’s most prominent figure. As a seat in a working class area of G...

Sunday, April 9th 2017, 10:29am

Author: Hood

Royal Navy Ships for 1948

31 is based on the historic design, I can't see it being much higher and your ballpark figure is around the same. Meanwhile here is an additional design for 1948, this has been moved forwards by the surplus tonnage available. The Fleet Aircraft Direction Escort is based on the same OTL concept, albeit with a new hull rather than the conversions of Dido cruisers and Battle class destroyers attempted. The Leopard uses a basic WW Battle class destroyer hull (basically a flush-deck OTL Daring) with ...

Saturday, April 8th 2017, 2:48pm

Author: Hood

The Tugs...

Here are the tugs to go with the test articles, although they will be used as heavy seagoing tugs too. The design is based on an OTL design, albeit it slightly younger design and the specs conform broadly to it so I'm not bothered about the excess hull weight as the displacement, performance and machinery specs are correct. The crew would be 31, not the hundred or so SS assumes necessary based on he hullspace! Agile Class, Great Britain Seagoing Tug laid down 1948 Displacement: 1,072 t light; 1,...

Saturday, April 8th 2017, 2:44pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

16 January It was announced today that the Iraqi government has signed a renewed Anglo-Iraqi Treaty. In Baghdad a fresh student strike began. Although spontaneous in nature, the protest has drawn the attention and support of the communist Student Cooperation Committee, the Progressive Democrats, the Populists, the Kurdish Democrats and the student wings of the National Democratic Party and the Independence Party. Telford was designated today as Dawley New Town. It is in the borough of Telford an...

Sunday, April 2nd 2017, 12:17pm

Author: Hood

'HMS Bric' & 'HMS Brac'

I will be laying down two purpose-built test articles this year on which to conduct various armour experiments. The inspiration comes from a few such examples built in OTL and these are intended as full-scale models to investigate a number of things. I had planned to stick a complete YARD propulsion unit in one of these but it came out wonky, I think perhaps a third article will follow in 1949. I've plenty of surplus tonnage to soak up so money is no object, hence the size of these metal boxes. ...

Friday, March 31st 2017, 3:25pm

Author: Hood

New Stuff for 1948

Foreign Purchases 3 additional BCAC Freighters bringing the total fleet to 15 12 Gloster Meteor Trainers, assigned designation T-07 for jet conversion training 9 de Havilland DH.104 Doves, assigned designation T-06P, acquired for the Prefectura Naval Argentina for transport and coastal patrolling New Aircraft FMA I-02IIIN A naval version of the I-02III Pulqui with the folding wings and strengthened fuselage with arrestor gear of the I-02N. 48 were ordered in July 1947 and deliveries began in Jan...

Friday, March 31st 2017, 3:14pm

Author: Hood

1948 Information

Aeravias Argentinas S.A. The national airline of Argentina, it is completely state-owned and operates the main overland international services. Current Fleet 12 Ju390B 12 Ju252 4 FMA I.Ae 7 9 Constelación Aviation T2C Royal Condor Services flown: Cordoba-Santa Rosa-Viedma- Comodoro Rivadavia daily both ways Cordoba-Salta twice daily both ways Cordoba-Mendoza-Santiago daily both ways Cordoba-Buenos Aires-Montevideo-Porto Alegre three times weekly both ways Cordoba-Montevideo daily both ways Cordo...

Friday, March 31st 2017, 3:11pm

Author: Hood

Gloster AXP-1001 / FMA I-05 Pulqui III

In 1946 Argentina sent a mission to Britain and negotiations saw an order for 100 Gloster Meteor F.Mk.IV fighters and for Gloster to co-operate with FMA engineers on the design of a new fighter. Argentina sent thirty FMA engineers to Hucclecote in September 1946. The new fighter was to have a Rolls-Royce engine and be delivered within thirty months and FMA had the option of purchasing the manufacturing rights. The initial contract signed in July 1946 was for three prototypes. Based on Gloster d...

Thursday, March 30th 2017, 10:42am

Author: Hood

British Infrastructure and Transport Projects in 1948

New Sections of Motorway opening this year (labelled by prospective Junction numbers): J1-2 Ringway 1 – Westhorne Avenue section (including the Kidbrooke Interchange with the A20 & M20) of the M2 motorway carrying traffic from London to the Channel Ports. J6-9 Medway Bridge – Stockbury section of the M2. J1-2 Ringway 1 – Eltham and J2-3 Eltham Road sections (including the Kidbrooke Interchange with the M2) of the M20 motorway carrying traffic from London to Folkestone. J5-7 Slough - Maidenhead B...

Saturday, March 25th 2017, 12:40pm

Author: Hood

RAF Specifications 1948

Updated list of British and Empire airlines. State-Owned Airlines British Overseas Airways Corporation B.O.A.C. Current Fleet 19 Short S.32 Sandringham II 24 Avro 688 Tudor 24 Handley Page H.P.66 Hermes 20 Handley Page H.P.74 Hermes II 20 BCAC Type 167 BC.2 Britannia Series 200 (future deliveries: 25 Series 210 1949-50, 10 Series 215 1950-51) BCAC Bristol Type 175 BC.3 Britannia Series 110 (future deliveries: 25 1949-50, 5 Series 300 1949-50, 18 Series 150 1950-52) De Havilland DH.106 Comet 1 (f...