From: Chattanooga, Tennessee
I am making some small modifications to Andy Macs Iron Man scenario for personal use. I have sprinkled in a few changes and the biggest that I am going to attempt is adding in a completely new class of battle cruiser.
It is going to be a 3 ship class of battle cruiser for the USN. They will combine some ideas from the Lexington class, with the Alaska class and some ideas of my own. They will be true battle cruisers and not large cruisers like the Alaska's.
I used Springsharp to help my design.
Here are some specifications to help your art. If there are multiple entires I will submit them to the design bureau and a decision will be made
The ships are going to be a fairly modern design but all three will make their appearance in the first 9 months of the war.
The design will be from 1936 with the hulls being laid down between 1937-1938 and being commissioned in 1940-early 1941.
So the look needs to be somewhat between the Colorado and North Carolina class. I like the long sleek lines of the North Carolina. The North Dakota class looks too short and both ends look like they were shortened.
Weight 44,000 tons
One tower, slightly swept back
8 x 14 inch guns, four double turrets, two fore and two aft evenly distributed
16 x 5 inch guns, 8 double ring turrets, clustered towards center
3 x 4 1.1 inch AA guns two forward and 1 aft
10 x 1 0.5 inch AA machine gun
Provision for eight seaplanes, two catapults
I will be hugely indebted to whomever can help. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can create a upgraded version too with a slightly changed tower and radar antenna added. You can also mix up the paint schemes. I plan on having three upgrades during the war.
Massive thanks to whomever takes on the challenge