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Saturday, August 19th 2017, 1:37pm

Author: Hood

Peruvian Future Projects

Looks a sound design overall. I guess the ASW armament isn't going to amount to much more than depth-charges and perhaps a Mousetrap-like rocket system unless Peru has access to more expensive and sophisticated weapon systems and then you would still need to trade off whether they are worth fitting on a reasonably small ship like this.

Monday, August 14th 2017, 2:36pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

He only goes where the action is!

Monday, August 14th 2017, 9:56am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

No I hadn't seen that, many thanks for the link as it looks very interesting. My inspiration was part WW2 war movie and part the real-world Arctic submarine missions in the late 50s/early 60s, some of which were pretty hairy. Thanks for the correction, I meant Perisher but typed the wrong thing, I've corrected it now. *spoiler alert* Yes, Wolverine is headed into the Baltic, Bruce had PM'd me the other day asking if the RN does what the Germans are doing, covert submarine recon of ports etc. and...

Sunday, August 13th 2017, 5:53pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

Cornelius Drax, the head of KIS in Kongo and Ubangi-Shari had been summoned to Der Hague. In the main meeting room, richly decorated and imposing, were all the main officials of the organisation, including the formidable head Jackob van der Veen. Drax had been given the mission of tracking down the escaped former members of the Ubangi republican rebels, including General N’Dofa and the priest Barthélemy Boganda. When everyone was seated van der Veen asked Drax to begin his briefing on the progre...

Sunday, August 13th 2017, 11:16am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Operation Cravat March 30 Lieutenant Peter Thorne gave one last brief wave at the smiling deckhands and fellow submariners on the deck of the tender Ambrose as their submarine HMS Wolverine manoeuvred away from the side of the tender and headed into the Clyde. He glanced over at his captain, Commander Craddock who was looking out for shipping. He had been skipper of the Wolverine since her commissioning and had an lengthy and illustrious service aboard submarines, at one time being an examiner o...

Sunday, August 13th 2017, 10:46am

Author: Hood

Unternehmen Donnerschlag (Operation Thunderclap)

I'm sure I've heard a similar story in the past. Good to see the Germans making some sound analysis, of course the obvious joint factor is that all those ports mentioned are beside extensive infrastructure, Scapa Flow is rather remote for supporting a fleet without expensive mobile support or construction work which is not feasible (financially justifiable) in peacetime. Brock has a point though, with the formation of the Grand Alliance some attention has to be paid to securing the Channel and t...

Saturday, August 12th 2017, 1:41pm

Author: Hood

A Question of Images

I think Canis D's work should be preserved since he inspired so many of our generation of ship artists and never-were ship fans. Along with Craig Burke's work (Admiral Furashita) Canis' site was a mecca for never-weres for our generation. Today it seems World of Warships has taken over than mantle and perhaps made sites like Wesworld a little archaic in comparison. Hopefully though his work could go on to inspire others.

Friday, August 11th 2017, 9:38am

Author: Hood

Russian Federation, Q4/1947

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Although I was somewhat surprised to notice that the VMF Rossii actually has more ships in the water than the RN at the moment (1309 vs 1194, per your Q1/48 report). However, most of the difference is felt at the bottom end, since the Russians maintain a lot more light craft. I'm not too surprised, I have been quietly pruning the fleet of older ships and most future replacements are going to mainly be like-for-like so the fleet should remain fairly static if not a littl...

Thursday, August 10th 2017, 9:41am

Author: Hood

Russian Federation, Q4/1947

That's a nice round up of exercises. I've often thought of doing that in the past but have never gotten round to it and it would be a lengthy task for the RN!

Wednesday, August 9th 2017, 4:39pm

Author: Hood

Russian Ships for 1948

Sixty aircraft on 12,500 tons feels ambitious to me. For example, my new Project 721 Argentine carrier is roughly the same dimensions but 16,000 tons light for 48 aircraft. My RN Ocean class was a Colossus clone, slightly smaller than your design, 13,200 tons light for 48 aircraft. The historical Colossus also had room for 48 aircraft. The newer Albion is roughly the same size but 15,900 tons light for 48 aircraft. As an escort I feel that around 40-50 aircraft is more than ample, and perhaps ev...

Wednesday, August 9th 2017, 9:52am

Author: Hood

Russian Ships for 1948

A quartet of light carriers to replace Canopus et al makes sense. I'd go ahead and do it even if its over the 1950 cut-off date. There is no point artificially accounting for the end date otherwise there would be no point in building anything, even a ship that completes in Dec 1949! I think a Colossus-esque clone would be a good move, a simple design that is effective and relatively cheap.

Wednesday, August 9th 2017, 9:48am

Author: Hood

Baltic States Review - Naval - 1947

Looks reasonable, the original design was probably over-festooned with LAA.

Wednesday, August 9th 2017, 9:46am

Author: Hood

A Question of Images

I've read on other forums that Photobucket might not actually care, i.e. they might want to get out of the image host business anyway as its unprofitable. Obviously they can't afford to keep the bandwidth and server capacity going with so many images so they pull the plug and hope some folks will stump up the cash in the meantime. I assume that's what drove all the rest to put up paywalls, the more who join Imgur the more their capacity will overload and they'll do the same. I honestly think the...

Tuesday, August 8th 2017, 5:38pm

Author: Hood

A Question of Images

Thankfully I saved some copies of Canis D's work several years ago.

Tuesday, August 8th 2017, 9:51am

Author: Hood

A Question of Images

You caved in! Bah, that's just what those greedy suit-wearing hipster money-grabbers want. Oddly, some of my pictures are still showing (at least for me) but I'm thinking about just deleting my account as the links are broken for most of them now and I don't think I have much of importance. As for my Shipbucket art, developments elsewhere are overcoming that problem.

Saturday, August 5th 2017, 10:20am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Flt Lt. Graham Partridge banked his Sunderland over the grey choppy waters of the North Sea. For two days his squadron, 211, and a neighbouring unit 202 at Sullom Voe, had been flying racetrack patterns over the area since the destroyer Zeus had made an ASDIC contact with a suspected foreign submarine. Keeping his eyes out of the cockpit the endless water all looked the same. His wireless op, Flt Sargent Ronnie Clough promised him their ASV set could find something as small as a periscope but he...

Friday, August 4th 2017, 9:40am

Author: Hood

signs of life

Glad to see you back and that life has brought some changes. It will be nice to see some life back in the Pacific region.

Thursday, August 3rd 2017, 9:46am

Author: Hood

Game Review: Cold Waters

My gaming days are all but over, but I must admit this sounds tempting. I used to love 688 Attack Sub on the Mega Drive.

Saturday, July 29th 2017, 10:31am

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

22 March Aboard the destroyer ARA Ingeniero Alfrez de Navio (Sub-Lieutenant) Enrico de Galvez looked out to starboard to see the dark grey outlines of the battlecruisers ARA Veinticinco de Mayo, and the recently acquired and rebuilt ARA Pampas about two miles south. The wind was blowing the sea into crests of waves but the skies were sunny. Scanning the horizon again with his binoculars he couldn't help but feel pride in his new ship and the chance to sail out into the South Atlantic so soon aft...