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Re: French Navy Design C5-SA1 for a CA in 1940
Sounds but not official said the separate and integrated stack in main mast back block castle of RICHELIEU & JEAN BART and sistership projects also proposed for never built pre-SAINT LOUIS (3 sisters) design were to avoid smoke hot temperature in the classic style of construction too close of forecastle.
Other means this stack separation would be to confuse with the forecastle way of direction of the ship front or back to enemy gunners.
Fact that this far away exhaust pipe wasn't discussed and efficient at sea and was a good idea and marking for a typical French ships outline style.
I agree with Jim, The design looks years ahead of its time from the mack, to the sensor suite, to the heavy AA battery. Too bad it never saw the light of day.
And of course, another fine job by John.
It never struck me before now how the stack design of the Dunkerque and Richelieu, and this ship's design seem to have prefigured the "MACK" trend in USN and RN builds from the late 60's to the 90s....
I recently completed a commission to build a model of design C5-SA1 for a French Navy CA to succeed the Algerie. The design was done just prior to WW2 and the fall of France. Here are some photos. You can find photos on my website "miniaturemodeling.com" in the France WW2 Cruisers gallery, last two pages. A model of the "final" St. Louis class is in the works, awaiting adequate reference material.