TOURS USS TEXAS BB35 PHOTOS BATTLESHIPS
FAST WW2 BATTLESHIPS:
Iowa (Missouri, Wisconsin, New Jersey) - US NAVY, hull and turrets have been produced by Swampworks! One of the largest ship kits, featuring 8 units and 24 second speed. Bring your buddy to the lake, as this monster weighs over 50 pounds, and is over 70 inches long! The kit is currently available from Swampworks as a semi-kit. This ship is very tough to sink, and takes a lot of damage. Set up your Iowa using the inner two props, dual rudders set immediately behind each working prop, with triple stern guns, and dual sidemounts in both forward turrets.
North Carolina (Washington) - US NAVY, hull and turrets have been produced by Swampworks! Possibly the very best battleship for the hobby, the North Carolina is about 60 inches long, 10 inches wide, turns well by powering the two inner props with dual rudders set immediately behind each working prop. Most ships are set up with triple stern guns, and a single sidemount on each side. If you are new to battleships, this is the easiest kit to get advice about, as almost all the veterans either own or have owned a NC.
South Dakota (Alabama, Indiana, Massechusetts)- hull may be available from Ralph Coles! US NAVY, This ship is the same as the North Carolina, but at 26 seconds, and slightly shorter. Shorter means this battleship turns better. If you plan to "slug it out" with enemy ships, this battleship is very good, and mounts the same prop, rudder, and gun configuration as the North Carolina.
Bismark (Tirpitz) - GERMAN KRIEGSMARINE, hull and turrets have been produced by Swampworks! If you build German ships, this is your battleship. 24 seconds, three prop shafts, two rudders, 68 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 6.5 units. Using the center shaft only, and a large (2" diameter) prop, this ship will turn well. This ship also features dual stern guns, a haymaker (stern sidemount), and two forward sidemounts. Use the extra half-unit for a 75 round magazine on the haymaker.
King George V - BRITISH FLEET, Hull and turrets have been produced by Swampworks! If you like triple sterns, have you ever considered quad stern guns? That is exactly what this British battleship gives you. With a single rudder and four shafts, the ship will not turn as well as other battleships. Still, this is YOUR ship if you enjoy the ability to totally annihilate your opponent with your powerful stern guns from time to time.
Hood - BRITISH FLEET, hull may be available from Ralph Coles! This is perhaps the most beautiful looking ship, and perhaps the longest ship next to the Iowa. Because of the length and single rudder, this ship does not turn very well. The aft step-deck keeps stern guns close to the water. Not a very popular ship, but a good choice if you want to be different.
Richeleau - FRENCH NAVY, This is the French fast battleship. The nice looking superstructure seems to be missing the rear turret, as all of the main turrets were forward, and the stern featured secondary guns. Check the rules on gun placement before you build this ship.
SLOW WW2 BATTLESHIPS:
Arizona (Pennsylvania) - US NAVY, hull and turrets have been produced by Swampworks! This is a slower ship, but has excellent gun placement, and casements!
Tennessee (California) - US NAVY, hull and turrets have been produced by Swampworks! This is also a slower ship, but has excellent gun placement and casements. As a modernized (bulged hull) ship, this one can out-turn Arizona and many other ships! Can be modified to be built as the Maryland, or a number of other classes of slower US battleships.
Invincible (I-boat) - BRITISH FLEET, hull and turrets have been produced by Swampworks! This is the second-most popular battleship in the hobby. At 26 seconds, it is not the fastest ship, but it does pack a punch. Power the inner two props, and place the rudder close to them. This ship will turn very well, and features "hard area" casements, to minimize the penetrable area above the waterline.
Baden - GERMAN KRIEGSMARINE, hull and turrets have been produced by Swampworks! This is a well known 28 second German battleship. It's a little Bismarck with guns everywhere, and really excellent turning.
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