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Friday, June 9th 2017, 7:44pm

Author: Brockpaine

German News and Events, 1948

If the Germans are interested, those frigates could drop into Djibouti for a port visit before heading back east or west.

Friday, June 9th 2017, 2:32pm

Author: Brockpaine

Meanwhile, in Russia - 1947

Fire Damages Russian Submarine October - A defective and obsolete lead-acid battery caused a fire on the M-8, a vessel of the Project 23 "Molchkom" type that is part of the 7th Submarine Flotilla stationed in Murmansk. The submarine, built in 1928, was tied up at dockside at the time the fire began. Although no crewmen were killed, sixteen men were treated due to smoke and the submarine sustained heavy damage. The boat had just returned from participating in Exercise Almaz-8 in the Barents Sea. ...

Wednesday, May 31st 2017, 3:57am

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1947

French Government Responds to Italian Protest Thursday, October 2, 1947 - An official spokesman for the Armée de l'air asserted today that they would not discontinue training flights between Ajaccio and Sidi Ahmed, Tunisie, despite the recent Italian protests. However, the Armée de l'air declared that they would provide Italy with twenty-four hours notice before conducting a training flight. At the same time, the spokesman delivered a stinging rebuke to the Italian Aeronautica Militare, objectin...

Monday, May 1st 2017, 2:10pm

Author: Brockpaine

Moving Forward

Quoted from "Hood" A quick question to everyone. Assuming the oft quoted 1950 end date for the sim, based on the last date setting in Springsharp, would I be assuming that the last quarter of play will be Q4/1950? I've been presuming so as well. Though technically, I wouldn't mind playing through the 1950s if we could agree on some house rules for the technological advancements that start appearing in that era (missiles, helicopters, etc). The question is whether or not we'd have enough players...

Saturday, April 29th 2017, 7:55pm

Author: Brockpaine

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

Quoted from "Hood" Doesn't the depth of the waters your going to operate in influence the choice too? Quoted from "Hood" Not sure why the TT weight should change unless its adding weight for more complicated reload equipment? I think that's probably the case. Many of the postwar European coastal submarines I've looked at didn't actually carry any reloads (for example, look at the German Type XIII, the Type 201 class, and the Type 206; the Soviet Project 615 "Quebecs"; the French Daphne class).

Saturday, April 29th 2017, 12:11am

Author: Brockpaine

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

Quoted from "Rooijen10" I would guess, based on the conversions to 10 knots cruising speed of the Filipino and French coastal submarines a few posts back, that the Type VII, Roland Morillot, Type XXI and Emeraude have a similar range to the Type 42. Project 78 and SSH-1 probably have a similar range to the Type 43. Type XXI and Emeraude both have 12,477nm range at 10 knots.

Friday, April 28th 2017, 2:14pm

Author: Brockpaine

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

Quoted from "Hood" What actual effect does the setting have in Subsim? Extra crew, heavier structure? Yes, both of those; as part of the latter point, it changes the factors which it uses to calculate diving depths, so that oceanic subs get better diving limits. If I sim a design as a coastal sub and then change it to oceanic, I can lose about twenty percentage points of reserve buoyancy. That often is enough to take my designs from ~15% (which is almost ideal) to -5% (which is... not).

Friday, April 28th 2017, 4:41am

Author: Brockpaine

German News and Events, 1948

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Nevertheless, he had ordered drawn up a contingency plan should intervention prove necessary, and had inquired of his French and Russian counterparts what actions, if any, they contemplated. OOC: -- Russia has every confidence that the British are capable of keeping a lid on Iraq; whether Britain finds it convenient or not is still up for debate. The Russians have no contemplation of activity in regards to Iraq, because there is no clear necessity for it; if there was ...

Thursday, April 27th 2017, 7:27pm

Author: Brockpaine

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

Quoted from "Rooijen10" Quoted Just to throw the question out there... at what point ought the sub be simmed as 'oceanic' rather than 'coastal'? At least in terms of displacement, Walter's design is larger than avowed "ocean-going" designs like the Type IX Uboat, and approaching the size of a Type XXI. To be honest, in my opinion the limit should be at ~500 tons max (slightly higher than the Cleito Treaty max) so my vessel is well beyond the limit of that to be allowed to be a coastal submarine...

Thursday, April 27th 2017, 3:14pm

Author: Brockpaine

Belgian Submarine Design Competition

Just to throw the question out there... at what point ought the sub be simmed as 'oceanic' rather than 'coastal'? At least in terms of displacement, Walter's design is larger than avowed "ocean-going" designs like the Type IX Uboat, and approaching the size of a Type XXI.

Wednesday, April 26th 2017, 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...