thepatient wrote:I just recently saw a documentary about the Yamato wreck. Hopefully this model lasts longer than the real one did. This really impressive. It seems fitting this is the largest LEGO Battleship built. I think(not 100% positive though) that the Yamato still holds the record as the largest battleship ever built.
You are 100% correct. Yamato and her sister Musashi were by far the largest Battleships.
An excellent source on Battleships for all navies with great illustrations:
Ireland, Bernard. Jane's Battleships of the 20th Century.
Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 1996.
Standard displacement: 68,010 tons
Speed: 27 knots
Main armament: 9 X 18.1 inch guns in three turrets
Secondary armament: 12 X 6.1 inch guns
12 X 5 inch dual propose guns
24 X 25mm guns
4X 13.2mm guns
Armor in the turret faces were up 25 inches thick. The shock wave from the 18.1 guns was phenomenal. Guinea pigs placed on the deck in an experiment disintegrated in the shock wave (pg79).
Neither the Yamato or her sister fired a shot on another Battleship, so you could consider them failures. Both were sunk by aircraft as Japan could not provide air cover from US carrier groups. They were a huge waste of resources in a war dominated by naval air power. Their 18.1 inch guns also suffered from a slow rate of fire, battleships like the Iowas and Bismark/Tirpitz could place more ordinance by weight on a target in the same amount of time. Still, Yamato is impressive by any measure.
To get an idea how much larger these ships were than their contemporaries from other major navies:
US Iowa class
Standard displacement: 52,000 tons
Speed: 33 knots (these ships were designed to keep up with aircraft carrier groups)
Main armament: 9 X 16 inch guns in three turrets
Secondary armament: 20 X 5 inch guns
60 to 80 40mm guns
Standard displacement: 45,200 tons
Speed: 29 knots
Main armament: 8 X 15 inch guns in four turrets
Secondary armament: 12 X 5.9 inch guns
16 X 4.1 inch guns
16 37mm guns
Eight 21in Torpedo tubes
UK King George V class
Standard displacement: 38,000 tons
Speed: 29 knots
Main armament: 10 X 14 inch guns in three turrets (two quads and one twin)
Secondary armament: 16 X 5.25 inch guns
64 X 2-pounder pompoms
That is an amazing amount of LEGO.