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  1. 3 points
    Toxn

    Bittereinder 2: Plane edition

    More from the Joburg war museum/museum of military history. The planes are fairly well-known, although there are a few surprises here that you guys might like. Warning: lots of blurry photos ahead. All from the Brink Hall. There's also a Hawker Hartebees lurking around in the background that I couldn't find an opportunity to photograph make an illustrative diorama of. Engines, including a certain teutonic failure-engine lurking towards the right of the first picture. This is probably the first exhibit you'll see. It's in a little glass-fronted display just past the entrance, along with its two chums. Chum 1 Chum 2. Note the impressive late-war German build quality, as well as the utterly insane idea of making a fast, grossly unreliable aircraft into a night fighter. Speaking of dangerous aircraft, here's an Impala. My brother had a friend in school who lost a father to one of these things. A lonely whirlybird Our nuclear option. The Canberra was unavailable for comment. Turbodak's dad.
  2. 2 points
    For the record, the right only probably has like 5 people that still want mass conversion therapy as a govt policy. We like to make strawmen out of our political opponents, it is fun and easy to do. Don't?
  3. 2 points
    Would you guess that because it was Trump who singlehandedly ended homosexuality as a political issue in this country? Because it really rather annoys me that, after well over a decade of moralizing about this issue from the Left, the Right and the Trump campaign never got a shred of credit for that from them.
  4. 2 points
    There's so many federal laws on the books, the average person has most likely broken a handful just by living. On this board? We'd go for a high score.
  5. 1 point
    TokyoMorose

    The Leopard 2 Thread

    Different crystal phases of the steel, essentially the grade "P" armor is welded while still hot, the other grades are welded at much cooler temperatures. Likely implies that the grade P material is welded post-heat-treatment, while the grade Q and R metal is welded pre-heat-treatment. (This is not necessarily the case, but would be the most likely reason for welding at different phases).
  6. 1 point
    The Joburg war museum (now Ditsong museum of military history) is a bit of an odd beast. Located right next to the Joburg Zoo, it's sort of small and kind of schizo in terms of content. It's also partly a monument to the fallen, partly a conference/events venue and partly a warehouse for all the odds and ends that the country has collected over the years and isn't sure what to do with. Anyway, I went there recently with my son and brought back tonnes of photos. These will be dumped around the forum in the appropriate places (tanks, planes, big guns and small arms), with this thread serving as an overview. The entrance is like the rest of the place: tucked away a bit and kind of pokey. A few metres away, though, is an impressive monument to the British dead from the second Boer war. Nothing screams 'empire' like crushing your enemies and then putting up a huge shrine to your own war dead in their former city. The museum is divided into a few big halls, some narrow glass-fronted galleries, an open park area and a central conference venue. One thing which should be noted is that two of the galleries do not allow photography. The interior pictures from these halls posted below are merely accurate replicas made from memory and a bunch of 1:72 models I happened to have lying around. Brink Hall from the front and back. It has a number of aircraft and related gear, as well as stuff related to the Boer war and First World War. The Brink Hall is pretty much the first thing you're going to wander into, as its close to the entrance. Between the two halls is a little artillery display. From here you can either go right to the open park area or straight into the Adler Hall. The Adler Hall from a few angles. This one is dedicated to small arms, uniforms, a POW exhibit and just about everything else you can cram into a small hall and still fit. It also has a few vehicles (M3 light, Sexton, M4) that are opened up and/or have stairs so that you can look into them. Past the uniform exhibit (which snakes around the sides and back of the hall) is a rather random exhibit on Cuito and the Border war. The cut-up Ratel in there has a driver's station with a display above it. The display shows grainy footage from the battle on a loop. Just past the artillery display thingy there are a few naval objects on display. The most interesting is probably this Nazi mini-sub which we got from who-knows-where. The placement of the sub did something strange to my phone camera, so there are no photos with it in perfectly focus. Most of the outdoor park stuff is going into other posts, so I'm just putting this there. These are the only two things that kids are allowed to clamber all over in the museum, and the little tykes seem to have stripped them down to bare metal over the years in doing so. I actually have lots of photos of these, as my little one was very insistent on spending time driving the jeep/flying the plane. All in all: a decent little museum, and home to a few interesting odds and ends that I'll put up in other places. Edit: Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
  7. 1 point
    Where has the left, beyond like 5 crazy people, come out to support pedophilia?
  8. 1 point
    When people say Pence is for Conversion Therapy, they are not reporting the facts, and you haven't, but the left sure has, that's what I was talking about. I'm surprised you haven't heard it, surely in the circles you run in, someone whined about how he wanted to convert teh gays? Gay rights are not going anywhere, the people on the right don't give a shit anymore, the world didn't end when they got Gay Marriage, they moved on. I see you are aware of a few the lefty problems but what about denying biology and pushing to normalize pedophiles both are real things. What about the lefts blatant attack on Free Speech with pushing the LGBQ "say my pronoun bitch or go to jail law", or Hate speech laws, that are an even more blatant attack on the First Amendment. Are you concerned about the push to ban guns, since that's what their Semi-auto ban will do? Well, anything fun anyway. I mean yeah I get it, Trumps an Asshole, and not presidential, and a jerkface, but he's not the one attacking two of my fundamental rights, so it gets kinda old to hear all this talk as if he has done anything all that bad, but the abortion of a budget he signed. He is also getting a ton of good stuff done, so I can ignore him being an asshole. I won't ignore the left in this country corrupting the government to force him out of office while saying straight up they want to limit my rights.
  9. 1 point
    Jeeps, it's not "slander" to report the facts. Pence has consistently been opposed to legislation favored by the LGBT community throughout his career as a public servant and media personality. Also, I have seen plenty of articles from the left saying that getting rid of Trump would not be much of a victory since he would just be replaced by Pence. It's a pretty common concern amongst liberal circles actually. I would would not minimize the Christian right's antipathy to gay folks to being just "a few weirdos in the woods." The shift in acceptance of LGBT folks in my lifetime has been pretty amazing to witness. I generally operate under the assumption that anything that has happened in my relatively short span on this planet could easily prove to be impermanent. History is replete with examples of societies that became more "traditional" or religiously fundamentalist when things got tough. At the same time, I can certainly understand peoples frustration with the current state of leftish Identity politics and the proliferation of nonsensical acronyms to describe every minute variation of peoples sexual preferences and orientations.
  10. 1 point
    In this instance, the state decided for the parents to forego treatment. I am saying that that is fine. It's when the state then denied parents access to their child for what in the states would be a second opinion that the line was crossed. The key here is that legal guardianship of a minor has passed from parents to the state. In contrast, you are asking if legal guardianship extends the opposing way. That would I be fine with a parent refusing care for a child out of their morals or principals. I am in favor of legal guardianship being delivered at benefit or potential benefit of the stakeholder. In this case, the ultimate stakeholder is the child who's life is at risk. While you may make a rightful judgment call that in this case specifically the child's life was a lost cause, I am more Keen to look ahead at the precedent set by following this removal of guardianship from the party that holds the stakeholders best interests as their direct argument. I'm sure you're ready to bring up a Watchtower/JW example here stateside, and their insistence against blood transfusions. While currently the numbers Indicate about 1.5 percent increase in surgical deaths in this group because of their beliefs, I still hold fast to my analysis of stakeholder claim. Always err to context and the party at the most risk to lose if guardianship is transferred to someone without stake in the matter.
  11. 1 point
    Wiedzmin

    The Leopard 2 Thread

    Soviet BTK-1 and BTK-1Sh used on T-80 have same hardness IIRC
  12. 1 point
    Alzoc

    Oddballs

    Apparently jihadist ants are a thing: https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/22661/element/8/49209/
  13. 1 point
    SH_MM

    The Leopard 2 Thread

    I posted about this on another forum quite a while ago, so you may already know this: The company FWH manufactures cast armor parts for German AFVs. It offers three quality classes. Quality class "P" with a hardness of 350 to 380 on the Brinell scale was used for the Leopard 2 to 2A3 (I suppose the early batches of 2A4 tanks also received casts parts of the same quality class). Quality class "Q" with a hardness of 380 to 420 HB was used on the Leopard 2A4, 2A5 and the 2A6 models for Greece and Spain. The quality class "R" with a hardness of 480 to 520 HB is used for the Puma and Boxer. Most German combat vehicles make use of welded armor, so this info is rather meager. However the Boxer uses 45 cast armor parts made by FWH with a size of up tp 1,600 mm. On the Leopard 2 cast armor elements might be used for the gun mount, the mounting system for the suspension elements and maybe parts of the hatches. But this information gives a general idea about what steel was used for this tank and how protection was improved from the earlier models to the later Leopard 2A4 batches and the following models. Welding is done austenitic for steel elements of quality class "P" and ferritic for the quality classes "Q" and "R". There is a document suggesting that the welded steel plates for the Leopard 2's basic construction were delivered by the Stahlwerk Geisweld. The steel is branded "HFX 130" and has a thickness ranging between 5 and 45 mm depending on location. Unfortunately there is no HFX 130 steel being advertised anymore. An interessting fact is that the Stahlwerk Geisweld is nowadays owned by Schmolz und Birkenbach, which also owns the Swiss company SteelTec. While Stahlwerk Geisweld seems to be focused on manufacturing stainless steel for industry applications, SteelTec offers a product called "HSX 130". Given that the "HF" stands for "hochfest" (German for "high strength") and "HS" also stands for "high strength", both of these steel alloys might be the same. HSX 130 steel is offered with a maximum thickness of 45 mm (like shown in the German document mentioning HFX 130) and has a hardness of 395 HB on average (tensile strength ranges from 1,250 to 1,400 N/mm². This might be used on the Leopard 2, given that flyers from Krauss-Maffei talked about the high quality steel used for the tank. ___ German Leopard 2A6MA2 being handed over to the Netherlands:
  14. 1 point
    Wiedzmin

    The Leopard 2 Thread

    not far from real life steel thicknesses...
  15. 1 point
    LoooSeR

    Contemporary Western Tank Rumble!

    IEDs are not really a problem for LFP. Generally only EFP mines can be real danger, but they are usually placed in such way that only side armor is in real danger. And ALL Western tanks are needlessly big comapred to MUH SOVIET MEDIUM TANKS like T-64. Yes, medium, because i am now fully into "USSR never had MBT from 1960s to 1990s" theory.
  16. 1 point
    SH_MM

    Contemporary Western Tank Rumble!

    The spall cone created by shaped charges can be larger than 90°, in such a case there is quite some danger of the crew being injured. Fragments of the projectile/shaped charge jet might also damage the internals of the tank, rendering it useless. I wouldn't assume that hitting this place or the gunner's sight won't cause harm to the crew. Based on photographs, the side armor of the M1 Abrams is not thicker than the side armor of the Leopard 2 or the Challenger 2. The M1 Abrams just has a very large commander's cupola, which creates the illusion of the hatches being located closer. The Abrams turret has about 10% more frontal surface and has about 40% more side armor volume (at the ammo racks), so I'd expect it to have less frontal armor at the same weight. The problem of the mantlet-less design of Challenger 1 and Chieftain, is that it had a negative impact on too many other aspects. For example replacing the gun barrel took about 24 hours, while the same task can be done within half an hour with proper equipment on the Abrams and Leopard 2 tank. The lack of a proper gun mantlet also meant lower protection; while the size of the weakspot is smaller, the armor still gets thinner at the gun mount.
  17. 1 point
    EnsignExpendable

    Scale Models Megathread

    This is your lucky day, because I have a double feature for you.
  18. 1 point
    EnsignExpendable

    Scale Models Megathread

    Party is over, heavy mortar time! These are probably my best figures yet, the washing went really well.
  19. 1 point
    EnsignExpendable

    Scale Models Megathread

    Hey guys, the Marder II is a good tank and all, but what if it looked dumb as fuck and was worse in every way? Luckily, the designers of the FlakBus school of thought have just the TD for you. More photos of this disaster here.
  20. 1 point
    Tied

    Scale Models Megathread

    Im so disappointed in you not showing the one Czech tank that actually matters T-72 STRONK REMOVE LEOPARD 2 AMMORACK ON TRACKS FROM PREMISIES CZECHOLOGY ADVANTAGE IS REAL
  21. 1 point
    Walter_Sobchak

    Scale Models Megathread

    I'm too embarassed to post pictures of the 1/72 scale stuff I have built myself. Mostly I buy the prebuilt platic or diecast stuff. When I was a kid, I had a collection of German tanks in 1/35 scale, all Tamiya kits. I had various other kits in various scales, including all sorts of weird stuff my friend and I built out of spare parts. We made an entire army of made up vehicles to battle the German tanks. Eventually, all the weird stuff got blown up when my friend and I came into the possesion of several packs of bottle rockets. It was a glorious battle, plastic shards flying in ever direction. The German stuff never got the bottle rocket treatment, I think it eventually got sold in a garage sale when I went off to college.
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    Are you saying Trump... is gay?
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    Brigitte Macron seemed quite taken:
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