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Yesterday, 2:59pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Potosi, Chilean-Bolivian Special Administrative Region - July, 1947 The hunt was on for an assassin. The simultaneous murder attempts on Potosi's mayor and police chief had hardly been successful - both men were still alive, albeit wounded. One assassin was already dead, and the other on the run. But the attempt had been public: the city was in something of an uproar, and within an hour's time both police and military had been ordered into action. While the Territoriales set out checkpoints on t...

Tuesday, April 25th 2017, 12:55am

Author: Brockpaine

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

Here are two that I've got in my archive. I made a few very slight updates. France's DCNS therefore proposes this, mindful of the fact that neither actually meets the Belgian minimum performance requirements; but I don't feel the Belgian requirements are reasonable without using an experimental HTP powerplant. (I mean, not even Gymnote meets the speed spec, and the French *designed* Gymnote to test the limits of underwater operation...) Quoted Palinure-class Submarine Date: 1948 Type: Oceanic Le...

Tuesday, April 25th 2017, 12:15am

Author: Brockpaine

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

Quoted from "Rooijen10" Quoted Both experimental submarines, though. I'd even classify the V-80 derivative Type XVIIs as an experimental submarine. True, but with the Type XVII (which I actually had not looked at) you are not that far off if you do not care about the well-being of the crew of the vessel. Precisely. HTP-powered boats are not really safe and barely functional prototypes. For instance, France's Gymnote works so poorly that it still hasn't, and never will, be commissioned as a wars...

Monday, April 24th 2017, 8:39pm

Author: Brockpaine

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

Quoted from "Rooijen10" Quoted I'll take a stab at it, but the 22-knot 'submerged burst / attack speed' requirement makes it ambitious for most 1950s submarines, let alone a 1940s submarine. You really don't get that kind of performance without incorporating nuclear power. Well, OTL there were the Japanese 1937 Submarine No.71 which was intended to go 25 knots (but only managed to get to just over 21 knots) and the German 1940 V-80 with its 28 knots thanks to its propulsion system so while ambi...

Monday, April 24th 2017, 2:56pm

Author: Brockpaine

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

I'll take a stab at it, but the 22-knot 'submerged burst / attack speed' requirement makes it ambitious for most 1950s submarines, let alone a 1940s submarine. You really don't get that kind of performance without incorporating nuclear power. Really, it sounds more like Belgium wants to bid on a coast-defense minefield, rather than a submarine...

Saturday, April 8th 2017, 12:12am

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

And your suspicions may be confirmed. :) Not the first Chilean jets, however. I need to make a post in the next couple days about Chile's aviation upgrades for 1947 and 1948, in order to lay things out in a more organized and dedicated fashion.

Friday, April 7th 2017, 8:55pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Is the F5E fighter aircraft what I believe it to be? ;) The F5E is the ENAER license-built Focke-Wulf Fw.340.

Friday, April 7th 2017, 4:33pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Friday, July 4, 1947 The period for engineering submissions for the construction of a Santiago metro has closed. The government has indicated a decision on the project will be made within three months. Saturday, July 5, 1947 The Pressed Steel Company has begun the process of shifting their Chilean operations from a temporary facility in Santiago (Los Cerillos) to a permanent plant located at the 5 de Abril Polígono Industrial in Maipú, 4.6km away. This English manufacturer, part of the British N...

Thursday, April 6th 2017, 9:11pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Potosi, Chilean-Bolivian Special Administrative Region - July, 1947 Of all Bianchi's business contacts in the Potosi region, suspicion fell most heavily on Néstor Medina Zapata and Rodolfo Mostacedo Balderas; and it fell to Paul - as someone already familiar with the specifics of the Bianchi case - to begin the footwork of the investigation. It only took Paul a few hours to determine some of the most important particulars about the two men. Medina, it seemed, had some reason to buy tools from a ...

Thursday, April 6th 2017, 8:03pm

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1947

Growth of the Indochinese Navy Tuesday, July 1st, 1947 - The destroyers Ly Thuong Kiet and Ngo Quyen were laid down today at the FCM shipyards in Marseilles. The two destroyers, the first vessels of that type ordered for Indochina, are expected to be delivered near the end of 1948. Voisin et Hennequin Wednesday, July 9, 1947 - Left bound and hooded in the cellar of the treacherous Prince Bilan, French pilots Voisin and Hennequin make every effort to escape. Voisin manages to free his hands using...

Thursday, April 6th 2017, 3:01pm

Author: Brockpaine

France, Q4/1947

Marine Nationale Order of Battle, January 1st, 1948 The Marine Nationale is divided into three major and one minor fleet organizations based on geography: the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific Fleets, and the Indian Ocean Flotilla. Another strategic-level command, the Force d'Action Navale, is assigned to a geographical command by order of the Commander-in-Chief; as a matter of practice it is headquartered in the Mediterranean. Due to differing mission priorities as well as effective command ...

Thursday, April 6th 2017, 2:58pm

Author: Brockpaine

France, Q4/1947

Report for Q4/1947 Industrial Allocation - 23.5 / 27.5 factories producing 23,500t materials. - 4/27.5 factories producing infrastructure (dedicated) - 4,064t from stockpile. - 0t from transactions. - 715t from scrapping. - 28,279t materials total. - 21,917t used. - 6,362t stored for Q1/48. Infrastructure Development Four factories dedicated to producing infrastructure; 0.4 IP + 0.4 bonus IP created. -- 0.8 IP used to lengthen D0 in Brest to D1 size. Naval Construction DCNS / Arsenal de La Roche...

Monday, April 3rd 2017, 3:02pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Potosi, Chilean-Bolivian Special Administrative Region - July, 1947 It had taken a week of suffering in hot, humid Manaus before the Brazilians allowed Paul to make copies of Cristoforo Bianchi's dozen photographs. When he arrived back in Potosi, all the officers of the 331st immediately pounced on the find. "Look at this photograph!" Lieutenant Pizarro of No.1 section said excitedly. "These structures here in the background, I am almost certain, are part of Beni Camp No.1..." "So here's a quest...

Friday, March 31st 2017, 2:33pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Manaus, Brazil - July, 1947 Heat, humidity, and dust swirled behind the engines of the Cruzeiro do Sul DC-3 airliner as Paul watched out the little window. He'd never been in a plane before, and the flight from Potosi to Brasilia, and then an even longer flight from Brasilia to Manaus, had taxed his nerves to an extreme. A Brazilian police inspector and an interpreter met him as he disembarked. "Do you have any bags, Senhor Eitzen?" "Just what I'm carrying," Paul replied. "You must be Inspector ...

Saturday, March 25th 2017, 8:57pm

Author: Brockpaine

German Small Arms Trials

Yes, the MK-05 does have a ten-round magazine in the photo.

Saturday, March 25th 2017, 5:04pm

Author: Brockpaine

German Small Arms Trials

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Quoted The MV on the last two rifles is probably a bit high; I'd expect it to be more in the 680 m/s to 710 m/s range. I'm not the firearms expert so I will ask - if the cartridge being fired is the same why would the muzzle velocity be different? Could it possibly be a function of barrel length? Yes, that's correct. The longer a bullet stays in the barrel, the higher the velocity as it exits the muzzle. Some aspects of the firearm design can change that, however. You ...

Saturday, March 25th 2017, 7:05am

Author: Brockpaine

German Small Arms Trials

Quoted from "Doorcf" For a moment I thought these were assault rifles until I saw the ammo and then went derp. They are assault rifles, actually - 7.92x45 is an intermediate cartridge. The pictures are somewhat tricksy, since they show weapons chambered in 7.92x33 Kurz. The 7.92x45 round would increase the width of the magazines and the visual length of the weapon... The MV on the last two rifles is probably a bit high; I'd expect it to be more in the 680 m/s to 710 m/s range. The Karabiner 05 ...

Thursday, March 23rd 2017, 8:41pm

Author: Brockpaine

Dassault Marin

I'm pretty sure I posted it somewhere before, but here it is. I've never firmed up the date when the Ouragan II appears, since I'd intended to introduce it to service at a point when aircraft with similar levels of performance appeared. If everyone will recall, I drew some criticism for my original Ouragan specs a few years back, and chose to divide the type into the MD.450 Ouragan I (which has a weaker engine and entered production in 1945) and the MD.451 Ouragan II, which has the historical ai...

Thursday, March 23rd 2017, 2:34pm

Author: Brockpaine

Chilean News, 1947

Potosi, Chilean-Bolivian Special Administrative Region - June, 1947 Paul Eitzen browsed through the last of the day's reports - a tepidly-written transcript of interviews from an American chemical engineer who traveled once a month to consult in Cochabamba. As spies and agents went, the man was hardly worth comment or notice - his findings bordered on tedium - but his reports gave the 331st Intelligence Company a regular snapshot of one of Bolivia's major cities. The 331st's enemy, the Unión Gue...

Tuesday, March 21st 2017, 2:05pm

Author: Brockpaine

Dassault Marin

I'm kinda derping around on a drawing of this aircraft, but I haven't finished it yet. Quoted Dassault MD.455 Marin The MD.455 Marin is a navalized variant of the Dassault MD.451 Ouragan II. The Marin received doubled main and nose wheels, reinforced landing gear, folding wings, and a tailhook. Some attempts were made during production to increase the aircraft's effective operating range. The final aircraft was heavier than the original Ouragan, and had a lower top speed and rate of climb. The M...