This is the BZ Minas Gerais. The first Brazilian Dreadnought Battleship. For a time, the biggest Battleship of the world.
About this creation
Minas Gerais (1910) BluePrint
Front view and the main guns (305mm)
Photo of the Minas Gerais
Main guns shooting
Minas Gerais photo near "Todos os Santos" Bay (1943)
The Minas Gerais-class were ordered in 1906, just as the HMS Dreadnought was completing trials and was about to be commissioned. Consequently, the Minas Gerais ships were considered state of the art. However, unlike the Dreadnought, which had turbines, the Minas Gerais ships were powered by reciprocating engines with coal-fired boilers. The Minas Gerais ships were considered the most powerful and biggest battleships when completed, carring a main armament of twelve 305mm (12") main guns mounted in six dual turrets: fore and aft had two each, with another two as wing turrets. The Minas Gerais ships were later (1937) converted to oil burning.
In 1904, the Brazilian government approved a naval expansion programme and in 1906 ordered two battleships from British yards, the vessels were built in an attempt to enhance the Brazilian naval power in South America. Their completion sparked a mini South American naval race, however this quickly ended upon the outbreak of World War I with Argentina and Chile ordering two battleships each from the American and British shipyards, respectively.
Brazil declared war on Germany in 1917, her and the São Paulo (the second Minas Gerais Class Battleship) was to join the Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow, the Sao Paulo was subsequently sent to the United States for a major refit. However, the refit was not completed until 1920, by which time World War I had ended and therefore the ship never fired its guns in anger. The Minas Gerais also underwent a refit in 1923.
The Minas Gerais was modernised between 1934-37, however the Sao Paulo was judged too poor condition to justify a refit. During World War two, although Brazil entered the war on the allied side, neither ship saw action and both were decommissioned and were stated to be scrapped. The Sao Paulo was decommissioned in 1946, and its hull was sold to British breakers in 1951. While being towed across the Atlantic, a heavy gale 150 nautical miles from the Azores caused the tow ropes to snap and the ship has never been sighted again. In 1954, the Minas Gerais was successfully towed to Genoa, Italy and scrapped.
Type Dreadnought Battleship
Displacement 19281 tons normal, 21200 tons full BRT
Length 164.6 m
Complement 900 men
Armament 12 12"/L45 guns (6x2) 14 4.7"/L50 guns (14x1)
Max speed 21 knots
Engines 2-shaft VTE by Vickers, 18 Babcock boilers.
Power Designed 23,500 IHP
Great work. The hull design works out incredibly well. I don't think I've seen anything similar using LDD. I have to agree with the other review regarding the smaller side guns, the scale seems off compared to the main guns. Those look spot on. You might consider exporting the model over to MLCAD, I think you'll find a wider assortment of parts. Again great work and my compliments for using LDD.