Good point, and one thats true in "most" cases. Then again lets not forget the fact that even the Yank super-BBs, the Iowas, were designed, indeed their keels laid, before it became apparent naval warfare had moved on past the Dreadnoughts. Even the Montana's were designed before flat-tops became the rage, or at least in between taranto and PH. The argument could also be made that the Iowas were worthwhile, or at least worth their steel, due to their excellence in fire support for amphib ops.Rich: It is more or less a technological law: The best represenatatives of a concept are made AFTER the concept has become obsolete.
The best stone daggers were made in the bronce-age.
The best sailingsships were build after steamengines had taken over.
The best propfighters were build after the jetengine.
Hmmm... what about 110,000 tonne supercarriers or 12,000 tonne "destroyers" , etc ...No, the US Navy did that during WW2.
And simultaneously confirmed another law: Growth in size to the rediciolus just before extinction. That applies in biology as well.