I think I knew about the bulged hull when I switched over to building the Jean Bart and so I modified the hull. I was building a scratch build 1/550 model and came to believe that I could not successfully model the Richelieu's tower wind baffles. Many years ago I heard of the Heller Richelieu model and longed to buy one, but my local hobby shop never brought it in to Hawaii. In those days, there very few plastic ship kits available.
If you are interested in my opinion the RICHELIEU and the JEAN BART are very different ship structures in periode you are talking about.
RICHELIEU is in 1940 configuration when completed she was in war in Dakar for the strike over there. The JEAN BART is still on yards in St Nazaire and far to be completed as just heroically escaped she was never completed same as RICHELIEU she
should've to be and in Casablanca for the same fight against Allies landing in 42 Morocco. Both were faithful to Vichy at the time as it was legal gvt of France.
But the two battleships are by war events very different looking exemple of fake sisterships in their life.
The JEAN BART unfinished took long years after war and got almost total new design to be settled with artillery of 100 mm and 57 mm you refer and new upperworks to dispach these guns, and bridge, guns deck, boats deck, artillery radars and all masts and compatible cranes, so on. The JEAN BART after a time in talks to be aircrafts carrier converted but abandonned project was at last finished as said up here in battleship but only in 1955.
Much more too late to be operating in fleet and was in 1957 placed in reserve after a short service of 2 years.
The biggest difficulty to convert the kit is the hull body as JEAN BART has a flanks bulge anti torpedoes then that RICHELIEU has not. So it is to rebuild entirely.
You dont say in which scale you work but to me it would be easier to buy the 2 kits RICHELIEU and JEAN BART in 1/400 issued by Heller models in past years. A lot is to do to improve details but the scale is correct.
I have gone back to working on my model of the French battleship Jean Bart. I started building it over 20 years ago as the French battleship Richelieu but changed my mind to build her sister ship. This must be my 3rd restart of the project. I am presently struggling with the complicated 12 100 mm mountings and will still have to look forward to the 12 57 mm mountings that I will need to be build afterwards.
What modelling projects are on your benches/tables?
I'm keeping busy converting Revell's Aida cruise ship into a "Fast Combat Support Ship" loosely based on the USN SUPPLY class.
Copious amounts of Evergreen styrene is being used.
I can post some photos soon as it's nearly finished.