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Today, 9:39am

Author: Hood

Commonwealth Adjustment

Slight edit, I found the PM and Foxy asked for a slip, not a dock. I think at the time his Type 3 dock was busy. To be honest, I've no objections and I vote for the change, its not the most major change we've ever made in WW.

Yesterday, 9:47pm

Author: Hood

The British Aircraft Industry and its Products 1949

Part 2: Independent Companies Abbott-Baynes Sailplanes Ltd. Works: Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey. This company ceased trading in February 1949. Aero Engines Ltd. Works: Kingswood, Bristol. Types Currently in Production: Sprite, 23hp 2-cyl opposed air-cooled engine. Pixie, 50hp 4-cyl inverted inline air-cooled engine, former Weir design. F.M. Aspin & Company Ltd. Ltd. Works: Bury, Lancashire. Development and manufacture of auxiliary power-units for large aircraft. Manufacture of engines and gearbo...

Yesterday, 9:46pm

Author: Hood

The British Aircraft Industry and its Products 1949

Part I: Main Groups within the Industry AIRCO[/b] AIRCO, the third conglomerate in the industry formed on March 6 1938 when Handley Page Ltd. merged with de Havilland and in August 1941 Fairey Aviation Co. Ltd. joined. Each company trades individually but there is close co-operation between design and sales teams and joint use of research resources. AIRCO controls; Handley Page Aircraft Ltd, de Havilland Company Ltd., de Havilland Australia Pty Ltd., de Havilland Canada Ltd., de Havilland Forge ...

Yesterday, 9:30pm

Author: Hood

Gloster G.45 Sea Meteor FSN.Mk.VI

One of the early production Gloster Meteors was fitted with two RB.50 Trent propeller-turbines and it first flew on 20 September 1944. Apart from the engines and the addition of 7ft 11in five-blade Rotol propellers a longer undercarriage was required. This became, in effect, the prototype G.45. As second navalised prototype was built and made its first flight 20 July 1945. Twenty ordered for the RANAS in 1944. Entry into service was during 1946. Dimensions; 43/ 41.3/ 13/ 374 sq ft; 2x 750shp + ...

Yesterday, 9:20pm

Author: Hood

BCAC (Bristol) Type 178 Argus MR.Mk.I

Maritime patrol aircraft based on the BCAC Britannia airliner, sharing the wings, tail, control surfaces and undercarriage with a modified fuselage. The components used are from the Type 167 long-range variant of the airliner. The Type 178 was developed to meet the requirements of the Royal Australian Air Force during 1945. 20 were ordered the same year off the drawing board. There are two bomb bays in the central fuselage, each 18ft 6in long with a capacity of 4,000lb each and two underwing ha...

Yesterday, 9:14pm

Author: Hood

Hawker Tempest FB.Mk.VA

In 1942 problems began manifesting among the RAAF's Hawker Tornadoes. A weak rear fuselage and engine problems with the RR Vulture lead to the grounding of the fleet twice in the year. In the meantime the Hawker Hurricanes and Henleys where getting long in the tooth and obsolescent. As a result the RAAF began looking for a replacement for all three in the ground-attack fighter-bomber role. The RAAF had liked the performance of the Tornado, and liked the Centaurus engine on the Bristol Buckingha...

Yesterday, 9:09pm

Author: Hood

BCAC (Bristol) Type 162 Bathurst

Again in the spirit of streamlining logistics, reducing costs, and replacing the Albacore and Dauntless, the RAN began looking for a torpedo bomber. the design selected was based on the losing Bristol entry to the competition that lead to the Barracuda. The design was updated with retractable landing gear, and a more powerful Centaurus engine. Together with the Sea Fury the new plane would form the basis for the RAN's carrier air wings. An initial order for 110 (+80 options) being placed. In 194...

Yesterday, 9:06pm

Author: Hood

Hawker Sea Fury FN.Mk.I

A further development of the aborted P.1020 Light Tempest, the P.1022 was developed under N.7/41 with assistance from Gloster to make a naval variant of the Tempest. Promising figures of a performance superior to new Supermarine fighter (465mph at 18,000ft) meant the Admiralty ordered 100 Sea Fury Mk.1 fighters off the drawing board and Gloster was to produce all the production machines. Armament comprises four wing-mounted 20mm Orkileon FFB cannon and two 1,000lb bombs or 8 2lb RPs can be ca...

Yesterday, 9:05pm

Author: Hood

Australian Aviation AA-51C Mustang III

Australia's search for a long range fighter had met with disappointment. Neither the AA-5 Kelpie nor the AA-54 Swoose Goose had lived up to their promise. However, the FA-51B Mustang had proven to be a reliable long range fighter, but did not provide enough range or endurance to meet the very high RAAF requirements. Australian Aviation therefore took the task of designing a dedicated very-long range of the Mustang. Changes included permanent tip tanks, new wing tanks, and an extra fuselage tank,...

Yesterday, 8:08pm

Author: Hood

Commonwealth Adjustment

It seems that Gravina probably switched them from docks to slips in order to boost the slip situation at the start of the sim. This decision would reverse that. There is little difference between slips and docks for construction, but the latter are more valuable as they can be used for repairs too. Of course, if you the docks were blocked with repairs and refits then Australia would be rather short of construction capacity. The only consideration is to whether correcting the slips back to docks ...

Yesterday, 1:45pm

Author: Hood

Commonwealth Adjustment

Thanks Bruce, that analysis paints a clearer picture. I agree, given the already large provision of docks I think it makes sense to retain them as slips. OTL Australia had a very small shipbuilding industry and so most of the historical infrastructure would have been docks when the sim was set up. So it made sense to switch some to slips when Gravina drew up the original list otherwise Australia woudl have struggled even worse with construction. Since there has been little investment in new faci...

Yesterday, 9:48am

Author: Hood

Commonwealth Adjustment

I suspect Foxy hadn't listed them as docks. I remember loaning him use of a drydock in 1944, I think a Type 3. I'm easy either way if its purely a mistake from when the sim was set up. I have vague recollection Foxy wasn't the first Australia player.

Saturday, January 19th 2019, 4:15pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

Operation Backgammon, Monday 9 January, RCAF CFB Goose Bay, 06:30 (local ), 10:00 Zulu Everyone had been preparing for days, every aircraft had been primed and every technical detail checked and double checked. The runway had been swept clear of snow. Little groups of airmen huddled by their aircraft, making their final checks. Finally Air Commodore Dameron checked his watch and gave the thumbs up in his thick padded gloves, the party of men shook hands and exchanged salutations and good luck me...

Saturday, January 19th 2019, 3:42pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

This is the BBC Home Service… 1 January In an embarrassing situation for the New Year passengers aboard the RMS Queen Mary, the liner ran aground off Cherbourg today. It is hoped the liner will be floated off tomorrow on the next favourable tide. 4 January The RMS Caronia of the Cunard Line departed Southampton for New York on her maiden voyage today. Caronia is a 34,183 gross register tons passenger ship built by John Brown and Company and launched on 30 October 1947. She has been designed as a...

Saturday, January 19th 2019, 3:14pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1949

Noticias Argentinas 4 January The eighth Mendoza Class destroyer, which had been completed as an anti-aircraft destroyer, has been reprieved from the scrap merchant and has been re-commissioned and assigned to Carrier Squadron at Bahia Blanca. She will serve alongside the former destroyer leader ARA Sarandi as a close escort and plane guard for the three aircraft carriers. In other naval news, the five Project 414 Class torpedo destroyers are receiving modest refits with German 55mm AA guns to i...

Thursday, January 17th 2019, 9:59am

Author: Hood

The RCN still exists

The envisioned SAM system at this moment is LOP/GAP leading to Seaslug. The Royal Navy is refitting the old County class cruiser HMS Suffolk as a trials ship, but she is focusing on guns, whereas PEI will be the missile trials ship. There may be a need for a Girdle Ness type conversion too, but probably not this sim year.

Monday, December 31st 2018, 4:16pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

29 December The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dirk Stikker, was at his desk. He had taken an opportunity to sneak into the office and catch up on some paperwork as he recovered from the Christmas celebrations. The Prime Minister had given him one task that required his attention, a formal reply to the German Foreign Ministry's note on the certification of products produced within the Dutch Empire. The note had caused some head shaking around the Hague and Land had been quite dismayed that Germany...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 3:45pm

Author: Hood

RAF Specifications 1949

The latest OOB info for the RAF, AAC and FFA can be found here: http://wesworld.jk-clan.de/index.php?pag…98442#post98442

Monday, December 31st 2018, 3:32pm

Author: Hood

Fokker T.XM

Fokker T.XM This is the maritime patrol variant of the T.X bomber. Changes from the land-based bomber include wingtip tanks, a powerful searchlight in a pod under the port wing, removal of the ventral turret and the remote-control turret system, addition of side observation windows and Boulton Paul N nose turret designed for strafing as well as a larger galley and rest facilities. Torpedoes and depth-bombs can be carried under the wings. The prototype flew on 19 March 1945 and the type entered s...

Monday, December 31st 2018, 3:22pm

Author: Hood

Avions-Fairey Gyrodyne

Avions-Fairey Gyrodyne In 1948 the company began working on military versions of the Fairey FB-1 Gyrodyne designed by Dr J.A.J Bennett and first flown in Britain on 4 December 1947. The Gyrodyne features a three-bladed rotor and an anti-torque rotor on a starboard stub wing which provides added thrust, both powered by a single piston engine. The first Belgian-built prototype made its maiden flight on 18 November 1948 and was followed by two refined versions with Avia-Minerva engines in early 19...