But seriously, this is no joke. The drawing is based on real plans
Not Joke, (1940 ?) serious plans
You drawing have only 1 (very) small mistake
There were two designs for a diesel powered aircraft-carrying cruisers. My drawing depicts the heavy version, the "Grosser Atlantikbomber-Kreuzer".
This design is so unworkable, that only the largest version is "thinkable"/"praticable"
The ship would have had a maximum speed of 40 knots and a range of 12000miles at 20 knots. Well, at least if it would have been able to float at all...
Its hull form is very peculiar, in that it would have had a large thin keel, which is kind of reminiscent of speedboats or sailing yachts.
The plans are signed by the "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Leichtmetallbau" (consortium for light metal construction) and the hull was partly to be made of "light metal", most probably aluminum.
So many flaws:
- planes and catapults seriously impede correct use of the main turrets.
- planes and catapults even reduce the firing arc of 105mm secondary guns
- ridiculous pattern and quality of armor on a 200-meter ship => Hull vulnerable to 102mm guns of English escort destroyers ? (even vulnerable from 76mm gunfire ?)
=> too focused on speed, ridiculous armor
- too low number of the air group aircrafts (air group too vulnerable to AA fires, ennemies fighters), not numerous enough, to inflict severe damage on the enemy fleet.
- ridiculous bow shape, not "Atlantic bow". This ship will suffer in the Atlantic, its forward part will be "very wet in heavy seas".
- these propulsions shafts are ridiculously long (28+ meters) and too vulnerable. In the open sea, in the event of a collision, a blue whale weighing 120-180 tonnes could break these long shafts ?
- when we think that the Germans did not manage to finish the heavy cruiser Seydlitz in 1940-1943 so imagine these ships
I highly doubt, that this design was even considered to be built. Like all those whacky Flugzeugkreuzer and later H-class proposals, it was probably just some thought excercise and an excuse to prevent young designers from being drafted.
So many flaws,
Studies used to prevent precious german naval engineers from going to the (Occidental & Russian) wartime front
On this 1940 study, I only detected 2 interesting things (for hypothetical future/never-were German capitals-ships/large-cruisers designs of 1941-1945 timeframe) :
- 203mm triple turrets
- newly designed main tower bridge & aft tower bridge