Through some investigation,
u/WackyMan157 discovered that the recently announced
"Georgia" is actually a re-turreted Tier 9 American paper battleship that WG had already modeled, but ultimately did not implement. The
stats card for this ship was also discovered. It appears that this ship model dates back to the game's early development cycle when the Iowa was supposed to be Tier 10, and this ship presumably would be Tier 9.
Upon inspecting the stats card, I noticed that the displacement figure and propulsive power (55,620 tons full load, 230,000 SHP) looked suspiciously familiar, so I opened up my copy of Friedman's U.S. Battleships book to look at some of the listed preliminary design schemes for BB61, and lo and behold, it's an exact match for Scheme IV from May 1938 listed on page 312.
EDIT: I saw the translated version of the stats card and it indeed says it’s Scheme IV (or “prototype IV” as it’s translated as).
I've posted pictures above, as well as a table of the characteristics for easier viewing. Note how much WG's model resembles the model of Iowa's preliminary design in the book. "Georgia" appears to be just this design with WG swapping out the 16"/45 Mark 6 three-gun turret for the 18"/48 two-gun turret design from April 1938. Note that the 18"/48 two-gun turret would easily fit in the 37 ft 3 in barbette of the 16"/45 Mark 6 three-gun turret; weight wise, the 18"/48 two-gun turret is expected to weigh 3,559,000 lbs, more than the 3,142,720 lbs of 16"/45 Mark 6 three-gun turret, but less than the 3,810,240 lbs of the 16"/50 Mark 7 three-gun turret.
Note: WG appears to use the nominal ballistics of the 18"/47 Mark A prototype rather than the hypothetical production 18"/48 gun. Based on the nominal chamber pressures, the L/47 prototype ballistics seems to be on the conservative side.
While the 18" turret may fit dimensionally, it would almost certainly result in issues with balance and center of mass, though it probably could be compensated by shifting some frames and internal components (similar to what was done to the North Carolina's hull when they replaced the 14"/50 quad turrets with the 16"/45 three-gun turrets). However, to my knowledge I don't know if the US Navy had actually planned for that on this design scheme.
Scheme IV, May 1938
|Waterline length||832 ft|
|Beam||108 ft 3 in|
|Draft (Max Load)||35.96 ft|
|Standard displacement||44,540 long tons|
|Battle displacement||53,440 long tons|
|Max displacement||55,620 long tons|
|Main battery||9 x 16” (406mm)/45 (swapped out for 6 x 18" (457mm)/48 on "Georgia")|
|Secondary battery||20 x 5” (127mm)/38|
|Belt (19 degrees on 30# STS)||12.2” (310mm)|
|Heavy deck (on 30# STS)||5.1” (130mm on 19mm)|
|Bomb (weather) deck||1.5” (38mm)|
|Splinter deck||0.63” (16mm)|
|Barbettes, conning tower||17.3” (439mm)|
|Turret face||18” (457mm)|
|Turret, CT roof||7.25” (184mm)|
|Traverse bulkheads||13.5” (343mm)|
|Splinter protection||2.5” (64mm)|
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