I am starting this Post to show the Construction of a scratch built Z plan cruiser design that The Germans were planing on building but never got to the point of doing. They did laydown a few keels of quite a few ships and start construction on some but latter when the war started recycled those materials into building tanks and field guns that were needed in other theaters of the war.
There are other forums and wikis that talk about the war history and conjecture what might and could have been if things would have been done different, so I dont want to wear your ears out here with that. I just wish to describe that the model in this post is from a design that the Germans wanted to build 4 to 6 of as part of the Z plan, and basically had 3 variations in design stages with 2 designs for a possible 2 improved ships in the same class and possibly a second class.
This was do to influences from previous light cruisers in existance and projected mission expectancy. The Germans Lacked design and construction experience that the major nations of the world had. The financual situation after world war 1 and the naval treaties led to this situation, so the ships that The Germans were designing were slightly modified world war 1 designs. This was very apparent in ships like Sharnhorst and Bismark where they used 3 engine rooms and shafts, instead of 4 like the British, Japanese, and United States. this allowed for reduced weight in the ships and less crew to man them.
The Germans also realized that they would not build a Navy in 5 years that would rival the British Navy in battle fleet engagements. Briton simply had to large of fleet and it was already in place, so the Germans knew the Comerce raiding tactic would be the goal again in a future war that was supose to start in 1945, not 1939.
Therefore the ship designs were idealezed to run fast, and cruisers ussually had mixed diesel and steam poweplants so they had an extended operational range, but could cruise at a high speed during combat and hit and run on convoys. With this in mind and the time frame in history I am designing My model with the basic hull and main armermant design from the proposed line drawings then add equiptment and AA armerment in a fasion that I belive to be logical to what they would have done, and did on ships during the war.
Last edited by Haratio Fales on Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:23 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Grammer)