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  1. The L 20 is a series of planned design and successor to the Bayern-class dreadnoughts, and match for Hood, Tosa, and South Dakota super-dreadnoughts. In this, we're going to talk about the L 20e α variant. Oversimplified Background in 1914, the Kaiserliche Marine began planning for the battleship design for the 1916 construction program, which would follow the Bayern-class under construction. The Germans had intended for the battleship to be superior to contemporary Queen Elizabeth and Revenge-class dreadnoughts, and called for either ten or twelve 38 cm guns with higher speed of at least 25 knots. Following the Battle of Jutland, Vizeadmiral Reinhard Scheer pushed for new, more powerful battleships, which in concert with Kaiser Wilhelm II's call for what he referred as Einheitsschiff (unified ship) that combined firepower and protection of battleships with high speed of battlecruisers, similar to what we call today as fast battleship. Scheer demanded that the new ships should have guns of 42 cm caliber, an armored belt of 350 mm (14 in) thick and capable of speeds up to 32 knots, all in displacement up to 50,000 ton. By end of 1916, these designs shows up: Ultimately, L 20e are chosen as the basis for the next battleship built. Though at the end, the ships were never built, primarily the shipyard capacity available had been diverted to U-boat construction. The final design, L 20e α, resulted in layout similar to Ersatz Yorck-class battlecruiser, with eight 42 cm gun in twin turrets arranged in two superfiring forward, and two semi-superfiring aft. Protection were broadly similar to the preceding class, but eliminated underwater belt armor due to time-consuming process and belief that the high speed of 26 knots would make up the vulnerability to torpedo attack, hence making them unnecessary. Original Specifications Displacement: Design: 43,800 long tons (44,500 t) Full: 48,700 long tons (49,500 t) Length: 781 ft (238 m) at waterline Beam: 110 ft (33.5 m) Draft: 30 ft (9 m) Installed power: 6x oil-fired and 16x coal-fired boilers, 100,000 shp (75,000 kW) Propulsion: 4x steam turbines, driving 4x propeller shafts Speed: 26 knots (48 km/h) Armament: 8 x 42 cm (16.5 in) SK L/45 guns 12 x 15 cm (5.9 in) SK L/45 guns 8 x 8.8 cm (3.5 in) SK L/45 guns 3 x 60 cm (23.6 in) submerged torpedo tubes Armor: Belt: 30 to 350 mm (1.2 to 13.8 in) Barbettes: 100 to 350 mm (3.9 to 13.8 in) Turrets: 150 to 350 mm (5.9 to 13.8 in) Deck: 60 to 120 mm (2.4 to 4.7 in) Conning tower: 350 to 400 mm (13.8 to 15.7 in) Bulkheads: 60 to 250 mm (2.4 to 9.8 in) Bow plating: 30 mm (1.2 in) Secondary armament: 170 mm (6.7 in) World of Warships - Possible Retrofit and Aspects of Balance Of course, to make her viable for World of Warships gameplay (i assume she's going to be T8), she needs a retrofit to enhance some aspects of her, especially in anti-aircraft department. In this, i drawn up a sketch based on Bayern's and Bismarck's hull in-game: Note: Removal of 2 x 15 cm (5.9 in) gun Replacement of 8.8 cm guns to 16 x 10.5 cm (4.1 in) SK C/33 DP guns in twin mount, arranged four mounts each side Addition of 10 x 3.7 cm Flak LM/42 in twin configuration Addition of 27 x 2 cm Flak 38 in various configuration Superstructure change with Deutschland-style tower and new rangefinders Catapult Some basic aspects of gameplay i can think of: Hitpoints of 68,500 (based on calculation, it should be 69,300, but for the sake of Bismarck maintaining her HP superiority from all, i reduce it) Main gun reload of 30 sec, based on her big caliber but relatively few guns Accuracy the same as other German BBs, but wider spread due to her turret layout Placement as T8 premium
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