After the battle of Lissa (1866) there were not other major engagements between the Italian and the Austro-Hungarian fleets.
This is a fictional naval battle in 1916 (50 years after the famous Italian defeat).
1/3000 models are by Davco and include two hypotethical super-dreadnoughts: Francesco Caracciolo, that was only partially completed after WW1 and scrapped in 1921; and the "Schiff VIII" of the Ersatz Monarch Class, that existed only on paper. I used the Pz8 1939-41 Naval Rules
without modifications and played solo, picking the Italians with the "random activation" of the Austro-Hungarian.
LISSA 1916 Order of Battle:
Def Att Range
Erzherog Karl 1 1 3
Radetzky 1 2 3
Zrinyi 1 2 3
Viribus Unitis 2 3 3
Schiff VIII 3 4 4
Def Att Range
Dante Alighieri 2 3 3
Caio Duilio 2 3 3
Conte di Cavour 2 3 3
F. Caracciolo 3 4 4
In the first game the Austro-Hungarian fleet withdrew under smoke screens, after some indecisive fire from the super-dreadnoughts at long range... quite realistical, but I decided to try a second encounter.
This was more exciting with both fleets manouvering and counter-manouvering, until the Italians managed to deploy broadside and straddle the Austrian-Hungarians... Zrinyi was Crippled, but the K.u.K. Admiral ordered to advance again towards the blazing guns, singing the Imperial Anthem
... a rather suicide decision!
Viribus Unitis and Erzerhog Karl are sunk and the guns of the mighty Schiff VIII are silenced... the Imperial fleet retires past the burning Zrinyi and exits the table. A great imaginary victory for the Regia Marina
... and a fun game for me.