With April coming to a close I will be resuming my work on Improved Realism, now shifting my focus to the naval vessels and their new models. In an effort to be clear, this phase of the mod will be very time consuming. Every model requires alterations in order to rig for movement. This doesn't merely include the primary and secondary armaments, which can be extensive themselves, but also 40mm Bofors, 20mm Oerlikon, and .50 Cal gun emplacements as well. Due to this immense volume this phase will be broken up into sections.
These sections will serve to break up the work and keep new content coming out at a decent pace. As such the simplest ships will be undertaken first. This means that cargo vessels & destroyers will roll out in release 1, US light cruisers in release 2, IJN light cruisers in release 3, heavy cruisers in release 4, and battleships and carriers in release 5.
That said, this is the initial plan. Depending on how work proceeds, this plan may be amended. If any amendments happen, they will be posted here as well as on the main mod thread over on Steam.
Also note that no balance changes are expected to take place during these releases.
With that out of the way, bellow is a complete list of models to be added. The list represents 96 distinct models. You may notice that several classes that are currently in-game are not listed here. This is due to difficulty in sourcing models for these units. As with aircraft, classes which I can not find models for will retain their vanilla models until the time at which models can be sourced or produced for them. You may also notice that Japan has some non-production classes included. This is being done to better round out their fighting ability late game when the US will be deploying advanced hulls while the IJN would have been crumbling or already long defeated.
At the completion of this phase, new shell models will also be released, possibly accompanied by new weapon sounds.
Des Moines Class
New Mexico Class
New Orleans Class
New York Class
North Carolina Class
Agano-class (1944 configuration)
Furutaka early Class
Furutaka late Class
Mogami Class (Early)
Mogami Class (Late)
Mutsuki class (1941 configuration)
Yamato Class (Early)
Yamato Class (Late)
King George V Class
MTB Vosper 1 series
MTB Vosper 2 series