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avatar Epitaph
Level 36 : Artisan Sailor
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AU profile - the 無月 (Mugetsu) - class destroyers were built to accompany the heavy capital ships of Japan's latest Naval Armaments Supplement Programme. Intended as multi-purpose vessels, they were larger than earlier Japanese destroyers and were characterized by their four twin 12.7cm/60 mounts, additional anti-aircraft weapons, and two prototype 61cm sextuple oxygen torpedo launchers.

Rebuilt from an earlier project linked here.

Also, in case anyone's curious, the modernized Tosa from the third image is actually part of a larger ship pack - the Eight-Eight Fleet Program (1940s Modernisation) - which includes the Tosa and five other modernised project Japanese battleships from the 1920s.
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  • Wooouh
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Vampire
  • April 5, 2018, 7:40 am
Great! Diamond!
I also noticed the gun turrets are quite a bit different than the old 5'' L/50 jap turrets used on most of their wartime DDs. Do they improve elevation and turret traverse?
  • Epitaph
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Sailor
  • April 5, 2018, 7:53 am
Considering this is a fictional build of a mid-forties destroyer, I would like to say that the turrets here - despite drawing many elements from IRL Japanese 12.7cm turrets- are of an updated design. For one thing, the (updated) 12.7cm guns would be too long/heavy to be accommodated in the old turret, and I should think that the Japanese would have recognised the weakness of the turret by the mid-forties. The 12.7cm gun turrets on most Japanese destroyers IRL were good turrets when they came out in the early 1930s, but by the 40s they really couldn't keep up compared to American dual-purpose guns on ships like the Gearing.

So yes, these are new turrets with increased elevation, traverse, ergonomics and firing/reloading mechanisms. :)

The actual destroyer that I've built for you will be going up next, by the way.
  • Wooouh
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Vampire
  • April 5, 2018, 8:21 am
Thanks,man! I am also working on a DD design for you. (based on german DD's though)
  • Nippy Neko
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Architect
  • April 4, 2018, 6:27 pm
Good design.
  • notjhnope
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Architect
  • April 4, 2018, 12:54 pm
Very nice!

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