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World of Warships Supertest: German Tier X Freemium Destroyer Z-42

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Historical background

Historically, Z-42 was a planned unit of the Typer 1936B destroyer of the German Kriegsmarine. The construction was canceled in 1940.
As for the Z-42 that we get in-game, it is a Wargaming-modified Type 1936B destroyer from the Kriegsmarine. Compared to the standard Type 1936B destroyer, Z-42 is armed with ten 105 mm guns in five dual-purpose twin turrets.

The ship will be available for Steel with a price that should be around 28 000 steel.

Ship’s preview

Ship’s commemorative flag

Ship’s camouflages

For the classic reminder, this is a ship in testing, anything can change so don’t look at her like she would already be released.

Modules

Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery
Torpedoes

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Z-42

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Propulsion: 70 000 HP

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‎FKS Typ 10 Mod. 1

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105 mm/65 SK C/33 on a Dop. L. C/37 mount

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‎G7a T1

General Characteristics

TierX
Health19 700 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction0 %
Displacement3 542 tons
Dimensions
Overall length127.0 m
Beam11.9 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)14.6 m
Freeboard2.35 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range12.570 km
105 mm/65 SK C/33 on a Dop. L. C/37 mount5 x 2 105 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range10.000 km
533 mm Vierling2 x 4 533 mm
Maximum speed36.5 knots
Turning Circle Radius670 m
Rudder Shift Time4.4 s
Surface Detectability7.25 km
Air Detectability3.48 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke2.44 km

Main Armament

5 x 2 105 mm/65 SK C/33 on a Dop. L. C/37 mount
 Maximum Firing Range12.570 km
 Reloading Time3.1 s
180 Degree Turn Time18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front35°
Optimal firing angles at the rear45°
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion109 m
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 105 mm Spr.Gr. Kz.
Alpha Damage1 200
Penetration capacity 26 mm
Explosion size0.31
Fire chance5 %
Projectile Speed900 m/s
Air Drag0.29
Projectile Mass15.1 kg
Type of ProjectileAP – 105 mm P.Spr.Gr.
Alpha Damage2 300
Projectile Speed900 m/s
Air Drag0.29
Projectile Mass15.1 kg
Projectile Krupp2 149
Projectile Detonator0.01 s
Detonator threshold18 mm
Ricochet Angles45° – 60°

Torpedo Armament

2 x 4 533 mm Vierling
G7a T1

Reloading Time100 s
Maximum Distance10.000 km
Optimal firing angles at the front43°
Optimal firing angles at the rear55°
Damage18 400
Flooding Chance311%
Speed66 knots
Surface Detectability1.8 km

Anti-air Armament

5 x 2 105 mm/65 SK C/33 on a Dop. L. C/37 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 5.2 km
Hit chance100 %
Sector’s damage32
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second112
Flak clouds number5
Flak cloud damage1 540
4 x 2 37 mm/69 Flak M42 on an LM/42 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance100 %
Sector’s damage22
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second77
3 x 4 30 mm/45 Flak 103/38 on a quadruple mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 3.0 km
Hit chance95 %
Sector’s damage28
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second98

Consumables

Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 4
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Short-Burst Smoke Generator

Number of charges: 6
Work time: 10 s
Cooldown: 70 s
Smoke radius: 600 m
Smoke duration: 40 s
Engine Boost
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Speed bonus: +8%
Hydroacoustic Search
consumable_PCY016_SonarSearchPremiumNumber of charges: 3
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Torpedo spotting range: 4.0 km
Ship spotting range: 6.0 km

The Armor

Personal Opinion

Right now, Z-42 looks like a rather nasty little ship, being basically a German Harugumo with all the advantages that come with it. In terms of gun handling, the ships have very similar ballistics but Z-42 suffers from poor firing angles at the rear as well as a slower turret traverse. Fortunately

Z-42 might lose (but not by much) in the HE spamming contest, however, she has a much higher AP DPM which will be perfect for farming damage on broadside targets. Just like Harugumo, she will just be raining shells on anything in range and farm damage like no tomorrow.

Where Z-42 gets interesting is her consumables. She gets a short-burst smoke with many charges and a short cooldown which is perfect for farming damage whenever you wish to do so. The best thing however is her Hydroacoustic Search. It turns out that her Hydroacoustic Search has a 6.0 km range while you can get the surface spotting range to 5.87 km. This means that you can basically stealth hydro enemy destroyers and nothing can outspot Z-42 as long as the consumable is active. I don’t know if it’s intended or not but that is pretty juicy.

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