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Re: Campaign rules?

From: rpaul@w... (Robin Paul)
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 09:41:34 -0500
Subject: Re: Campaign rules?

>On Wed, 4 Dec 1996, Hal Carmer wrote:
>> Hello Guys,
>>   As a first rule for construction times, what do you all think about
>> using the square root of the mass as time in months for construction
>> Thus a 100 mass unit would take 10 months to make, while a 4 mass
>> would take 2 months to make.  Time taken is considered to be wartime
>> construction times where the shipyard is taking 7 days a week to
>I'd rather think that the opposite would be the case - the bigger it
>the longer the building time per mass becomes. At least it seems to
>like that for naval warships...

I disagree, at least as far as the end of WW2- consider a ~30000 ton
battleship- a reasonable fast peacetime (modern non-carrier capitals
often been built, as opposed to completed, in wartime) construction time
about 2 or 3 years, so that gives a capital ship building rate of 10000
15000 tons/year.

Taking a destroyer as 1500 tons, that's 5 to 8 weeks building time,
seems too short to me.	As a yearly rate I have no problems with it;  I
think the vessels would tend to be built and completed in, say 2 or 3
batches with longer build times per ship.
Building time is often decided by the supply of critical items such as
engines and guns/turrets.  The original dreadnought, HMS Dreadnought of
1906, famously was built in a year and a day, by fitting her with
already built for Lord Nelson and Agamemnon, which were delayed as a

>Oerjan Ohlson

Rob Paul
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