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nnascati Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2019 3:57 p.m. PST

So inspired by Bob Cordery's new book, I've dusted off some very cartoony ships I made a couple years ago. I am fine with their appearance, except for torpedo boats and destroyers. Are there any online sources with good diagrams of what these should look like? I just need a rough guide, not looking to make display models.
I've based all the hull son carpentry biscuits to give you an idea.

Yellow Admiral23 Apr 2019 6:06 p.m. PST

All my resources are physical books. :-(

Try looking at the photos and diagrams in the Wikipedia pages on early destroyer and TBD classes. Start with the earliest DD class of each nation, and keep clicking the "Succeeded by" link to get to the next class, until you leave the period.

- Ix

Yellow Admiral23 Apr 2019 6:13 p.m. PST

Some generic common features of early TBs, TBDs, and DDs:

  • The turtleback bow, usually a half deck or even a full deck higher than the rest of the hull
  • Low, small bridge/pilothouse
  • Multiple funnels (2-4)
  • Big cowl vents to let air below decks
  • Torpedo tubes, of course. Lots of fixed tubes on small boats and early boats.
  • Small size. Even the "high seas" destroyers of the pre-dreadnought period were pretty bad sea boats. They were just small and light and had low freeboard.

- Ix

NCC1717 Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2019 4:18 a.m. PST

Try the 'related images' links on this page for several early 1900s drawings:


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2019 4:30 a.m. PST

Thanks to all for the tips and suggestions.

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