Large Military Zeppelin
Gas/Armour rating: 240Gondolas
: 18(14)Hanger capacity
: 44 aircraft (24)Weapons
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 1, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 2, Starboard
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 3, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 4, Starboard
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 5, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 6, Starboard
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 7, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 8, Starboard
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 9, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 10, Starboard
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 11, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 12, Starboard
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 13, Port
Dual 60 calibre turret, Engine Pod 14, Starboard
3 x 4" Siege Guns (long), Broadside, Port
3 x 4" Siege Guns (long), Broadside, Starboard
Heavy turret, Nose, Forward
Heavy turret, Tail, Aft
Heavy turret, Gondola, GroundSpecial characteristics
Improved Combat Maneuvering.
Cost: 4.5 Million Dollars (5.6 Million Rubles)Construction time
: 2 YearsIn the service of
Union Of Soviet Socialist RepublicsCurrently
: Montana Raiders pirate band.Crew
: 122 (nominal 180)CP used
The CCCP "Lenin" Class was birthed in late 1934, almost three years after the design had first been considered. Those three years were telling on it, and the rapidly changing world of air power, it was obsolete almost as soon as it was turned loose.
When the design first went before Stalin in the final days of 1930, it was conceived as the leading ship of the USSR's new airship fleet, large, at it's design, it would hav been the largest made, fast, and with an adequate fighter capacity. The "keel" was laid on New Years day 1931, and almost as soon as it began, the troubles arose. Rumblings of trouble in the Red Military distracted Stalin and when the Politburo collapsed in 1933, work went idle while Stalin began rounding up the renegade generals and put emphasis on smaller, more quickly finished designs.
As the various dictators and warlords crumbled back into the USSR, Stalin ordered the Lenin to be given top priority over even the more badly needed smaller and more usefull zeppelins, as a symbol of Red Might. Alas, when it left the yards, it was almost scorned out of hand. The needs of combat had changed. Designed to intimidate it's smaller neighbors to the west, run down and kill lightly armed and armored pirate zeppelins and engage in combat with multiple small zeppelins.
While still extremely fast for it's design(possible due to quietly replacing the Soviet Design specs with foreign produced models), it simply lacked firepower, with the Texas Republic and German Kyritz class both packing an equal number, with the Lenin Class having less armor, while also carrying far less fighters than comparable zeppelins. In addition, when designed, it had put emphasis on speed, and streamlining the design, and by effect, making the hanger a crowded, miserable to work in affair. It was also made more expensive than either, while being less effective.
At the same time, the White Russians in Georgia, and Alaska were causing Stalin a large pain, while the Soviet Far East Republic (the sole remaining Communist holdout to Stalin) began making attractive deals and partnerships with Red Alaskans. As a show of "goodwill" Stalin sent the Lenin on a trip through Alaska in early 1935, to try and garner (or strongarm) support for his cause.
Being the second-from-shakedown cruiser, and Soviet Crews still not having any large degree of experiance, the Lenin proved an easy target. A daylight raid by two combined bands crippled the small 24 aircraft escort, and then a nighttime boarding attack took the zeppelin, the Montana Raiders taking the zeppelin, while the White Swans took the remaining fighters, ammunition stores, prisoners and anything else of value inside.
Since then, the Raiders have put the zeppelin to heavy use, using it's heavy firepower to capture cargo zeppelins under threat of destruction, while using it's speed to outrun several heavier military zeppelins that have tried to capture it.
However more and more nations are taking note, as very rarely is a military grade zeppelin in pirate hands. As such, the reward for it's (re)-capture or destruction are high, leading the Montana Raiders to take few chances with their prize.
I'm just gonna say that while it's up, I'm not participating in the contest
Being website administrator, I simply won't. Also, the design isn't "official" Per-say since I'm only using 14 of the possible 18 engines. I like having flavor.
That's my "original" design, built using Yahzuk's Zeppelin Rules. I will say that while I am using Patricks movement, damage and firing setups(and template format), I think for my personal use I'll continue with yahzuk's rules. Since I never
actually get to PLAY a design I've made, I need a little more.....uh...flavor in hex layouts, engines,etc.