Densoman2 wroteColonI know that this carrier type might not be 100% feasible but considering how some of the Crimson Skies ships look vs the laws of physics I think we could consider a few Scandinavian pirates with a "frozen" carrier as not too far out on the extreme.
Anything in the Crimson Skies universe that doesn't look like it can fly doesn't exist to me.PERIOD.
Only the aircraft that look like aircraft exist. All the others, I have different pictures in my head for them. At one time, I started to making markers for aircraft by kitbashing some that were already out there. I've drawn a few of my own lately. Though I'm not nearly as good as some, they are good enough for me and will be posted here when I get them ready. I hope to, one day, go through the artistic abortion that was the 'Aircraft Manual' and redraw the more cartoonish aircraft into something believable.
A few days ago I typed up a long post on this thread about Carthaginian mention of Floatplane Cruisers. The internet ate it. . . . .
I was so upset that I went to bed without trying again.
BUT, seaplane tenders were the FIRST aircraft carriers, and to me, a Pykrete cruiser or battleship makes even more sense for pirates than a pure flat decked carrier does. Add a short ski ramp and a steam catapult and you can short launch from the deck and still have lots of room for lots of big guns AND a dirigible tower/mooring hook. Just use small/light cranes to recover the planes to their hanger/hold (You could even side door them in!) after they land beside the ship, rather than ON the ship and suddenly that ship becomes very much scarier! Unsinkable and endurable, just exactly what pirates need! It could even be disguised as a commercial cargo vessel.
Now, a Pykrete cargo
ship isn't too far-fetched; speed isn't an issue and the enormous cargo volume would be important. You have only one real problem... where you gonna park it? Habbakuk
was to have had a draft of >100'/31m; this greatly limits the locations where it could be constructed and docked. Virtually all work would have to be done in very deep bays or far out to sea under most circumstances- think of the logistical problems facing modern supertankers, and also take into consideration the ease with which liquid cargo can be transferred under these circumstances.
Smaller vessels would make for easier docking- but I don't know exactly how much their draft will be reduced. Use in the Nordic nations would make for better possibilities of use, though, as the fjords there are naturally very deep.2.)
A SEAPLANE CARRIER is something I have very much wanted to design for Crimson Skies. I did one for the Cuba book that I have never finished (but an re-reading and cleaning up a bit in prep to continue work on). It was a converted merchant in the vein of the Marus of the Imperial Japanese Navy
, but I also wanted to design a purpose-built vessel based on the Harrier Skyhook Carrier
. That ship would have a catapult launch system, and use a modified zep skyhook to capture planes flying low and slow.
Keeping in the same vein as Pykrete- but getting a little bit more conventional- think about something like boats made outta concrete!!!
These ships actually worked, and sailed for several years around the close of their respective wars. Many of them are still afloat s a breakwater in Canada- proof that if well-maintained, the vessels might have a long and useful working life. Virtually any nation could build one of these vessels, as the material would be cheap and readily available. It would require only structural steel beams and the outer hull would be concrete. Though the cost would be approximately the same, you didn't need as many skilled tradesmen to construct the vessel.
This would possibly make the concrete ship an attractive option to less 'educated nations' (like the Collective and Louisiana) or nations where steel was in shorter supply (like Australia and Japan).