This ship paper model is the Kasuga, the lead ship of the Kasuga-class armored cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), designed and built by Ansaldo Yards, Genoa, Italy, where the type was known as the Giuseppe Garibaldi-class cruiser, the papercraft was designed by etsutan. She was named after a sacred mountain in Nara prefecture.
Designed as a cross between a battleship and a cruiser, but with a very small displacement, the Kasuga-class ships had the ability to stand in the line of battle and the speed to avoid action with battleships. Their armor was only 6 inches (150 mm) thick but covered a far greater percentage of the hull than previous armored cruiser designs. Kasuga had a sister ship, the Nisshin.
Kasuga had an overall length of 111.73 m (366 ft 7 in), and beam of 18.9 m (62 ft 0 in), with a nominal displacement of 7,698 long tons (7,822 t) and draught of 7.4 m (24 ft 3 in). The ship was armored with Italian-made Terni Steel, similar to Krupp armor in performance.
Kasuga was powered by two vertical triple expansion steam engines made by Ansaldo, with eight cylindrical boilers, driving two screws. This type of locomotive boiler was considered obsolete at the time, but was selected to provide standardization with other ships in the Argentine Navy. The engine had a nominal output of 13,500 shp (10,100 kW), which yielded a theoretical speed of 20.05 kn (23.07 mph; 37.13 km/h) (although for practical purposes, Kasuga could only make around 18 kn (21 mph; 33 km/h)).
Her main armament consisted of one 254-mm L/45 Armstrong gun in a single mount in the bow and two 20.3 cm/45 Type 41 naval guns, paired in a gun turret in the stern. Secondary armament consisted of 14 QF 6 inch /40 naval guns and ten QF 12 pounder 18 cwt naval gun and six QF 3 pounder Hotchkiss. She also had four 457-mm torpedo tubes. For more information please click here.
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