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Keiji Fukuda's 55.000ton Battleship Design

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Like how Ezaki Iwiakichi was the pupil of Kikuo Fujimoto, Keiji Fukuda was the protégée of Yuzuru Hiraga and hence many aspects of what Hiraga deemed necessary in a battleship appeared in Fukuda's designs as well.
Like Ezaki, Fukuda too draw up designs of battleship with all diesel propulsion but he proposed at least 3 variants before chosen to work on the largest battleship of all time, the Yamato class battleships.
These 3 variants are reminiscent of the Kongo regalement designs of Hiraga from 1928/29 regarding armament, size and displacement.
A 28.000ton variant with 3 tripe 36cm cannons, a 35.000ton variant with 3 triple 41cm cannons and an 55.000ton variant with 3 triple 46cm cannons. All of these designs featured heavy armour and good secondary armaments for their size though not fast vessels.

It seems Fukuda was better calculated the speed and engine power of these designs because while the largest design was 5.000tons heavier than Ezaki's slow variant the required engine power was 1/3rd less and the speed was 26knots as designed.


As there were no drawings or sketches seem to survive the many decades only the data on the designs Fukuda prepared I have to think of a ship which somewhat resembles the Yamato preliminaries yet still different than of those and this is what I finally able to create.

The design had the following characteristics:
Dimensions: 259 (wl)  x 36 x 9,76m 
Displacement: 55.000tons (standard)
Armour: 256mm/305mm Deck, 460/480mm Belt (or 456 / 483)
Engines: 100.000shp, 4 shafts, Diesel engines
Speed: 48km/h (26knots)
Range: 18.500km at 33km/h (10.000nm at 18knots)
Armaments: 
3x3 46cm/45 Type 94 Cannons,
4x2 15,5cm/60 Type 90 Guns
4x2 127mm/40 Type 89 DP-AA guns
Unknown number of light AA guns, I've choose 8 triple 25mm/60 Type 96 AA guns
4x Seaplanes (I choose Kawanishi E7K Alf and Nakajima E8N Dave planes)

Data Tables describing the design:
imgur.com/V00Xjai
ktymtskz.my.coocan.jp/J/JP/yam…
ktymtskz.my.coocan.jp/J/JP/yam…
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TzoliHobbyist Digital Artist
thx
DonLittle666's avatar
great, nice Job
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Skibud98Student Digital Artist
Very lovely!
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Midway2009Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome design. :wow:
Alfredo555's avatar
It has little length in relation to previous designs, right?
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TzoliHobbyist Digital Artist
You mean shorter.
Yes
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The Keiji Fukoda 460mm design?
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TzoliHobbyist Digital Artist
Yes
Alfredo555's avatar
One of the Keiji Fukoda design?
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TzoliHobbyist Digital Artist
Yes
DonLittle666's avatar
203mm Secondarys???
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TzoliHobbyist Digital Artist
No
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16" triple battery?
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TzoliHobbyist Digital Artist
Nope
darkwanderer123456's avatar
Nope, the same 46cm/45.
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May be it's time to 507-mm guns? 
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TzoliHobbyist Digital Artist
Nope
Wiedzemin's avatar
Ok. But I am still dreaming =)
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TzoliHobbyist Digital Artist
The 510mm cannons will be the last drawings in the future (after around 35 drawings in the future)
Wiedzemin's avatar
Got it =) Will be waiting for new monsters - please draw something with 20 x 510-mm like your Ultimate Yamato =)
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TzoliHobbyist Digital Artist
No such proposal exists
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8"/20.3cm twins aft?
darkwanderer123456's avatar
Same 15cm/60 but twins instead and this one look like a reduced, shorter and more chubby (main guns batteries and AA are pretty tight grouping together and speed maybe lesser than previous one).
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