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  1. Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    An earlier cupola configuration that doesn't have the same "linkage issues": I wanted to change it to add another machine gun, which those hatches pretty much prohibit.
  2. Helloooooo, the Drug War? Afghanistan?
  3. The Trump Administration has released candidate logos for the new Space Force, and they are terrible. In light of this, I decided to submit my own, completely original, design:
  4. Sturgeon

    Collimatrix's Terrible Music Thread

    I didn't know I needed this in my life
  5. Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    waves hand dismissively jus depens how you 'range the linkage n shit
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    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    You were correct, actually, it was the scale of the M2 that was wrong. This is where I'm at right now. The MGs and mounts are a mess, but perhaps that's how it will have to be for now. They should really be on flexible, erectable mounts, but whatever. Some stuff is still missing and/or more simplified than I'd like. But I'm done for today.
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    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    I am suddenly very sure that the M240 model I am using is about two times bigger than it should be...
  8. Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    Current turret configuration: Yes, that is an M2. Still trying to add more machine guns. So hard!
  9. Sturgeon

    The Whirlybird Thread

    A thread for helicopters, choppers, copters, helos, thopters, whirlybirds, eggbeaters, gyroplanes, slicks, autogyros, gyrocopters, ornithopters and other non-fixed-wing aerodromes. Our first topic: Attack helicopters. They are undoubtedly awesome, but in a large-scale conventional war, will they be resilient enough to have a presence on the battlefield?
  10. Correct. In other words, don't design a Panzer IV for "Design a German Tank: 1942", because the Panzer IV is a mid-1930s design. Obviously, use your judgement.
  11. The year is [year]. You are a [thing] designer working in/for [country/nation state/corporation]. The [things] of the rival [country/nation state/corporation] have recently *gotten meaningfully better in some specific way* and/or *the geopolitical and/or industry circumstances have significantly changed*. You have been tasked with designing a [thing] to meet the needs of this new and changing world! If that made you laugh, maybe you've participated in a design competition before, here or on another forum. I've been a contestant or judge five or six design competitions by this point, and I'd like to highlight a mistake I've seen people make often that I think could hurt your chances. And that is, designing something for the wrong time period, specifically designing something that is too early for the period in which the competition takes place. Quick: When you think about US rifles in World War II, what comes to mind? A lot if you would answer with the M1 Garand, I'd bet. If I went on another forum and started a "Design a Rifle: USA 1944" thread, I bet I'd get a lot of entries that took their cues from the M1 Garand - but the M1 wasn't designed in 1944, it was designed in the late 1920s. In attempting to "fit in" to the time period of the competition, they would have in fact submitted a design that is 15 years too late! The an appropriately dated entry would be something like a T25 Lightweight Rifle, which is associated mostly with the late Forties and early Fifties, but whose design began in the mid 1940s. Using the M1 Garand as a model for your 1944 design would result in something like a slightly refined Garand with a box magazine slapped on, putting you well behind the curve! The T25 was what 1940s designers thought the rifle of the future would look like. Keen SHitters will notice the joke about the M14 in the above paragraph. Tanks and other vehicles are the same way. The M48 is associated with the Vietnam era, but its development began in 1953. The Space Shuttle is associated closely with the 1980s, but design work on it began in the late 1960s, before the first man ever set foot on the Moon. The MiG-15 is associated with the Korean War, but Soviet jet fighter designers at that time were already putting pencils to paper on what would become the MiG-21. It's tempting to create a design that looks like it would fit right in to the battles we know and associate with whatever time period a competition covers. Yet, the real-world designers fighting those battles from their drafting tables were already imagining the next thing, and even what would come after that, in turn. Design competitions are just for fun, but in some ways they are also practice for the real thing, so don't get stuck in the past!
  12. Yeah, like Tox intimated, I'm not saying people can't or shouldn't design things that are based on or leverage existing tech from the time period, it's rather that I mistake I consistently see is people designing something that they think should fit in with the other things in the same category that were in use at the time. So, for analogy, a T20E2 for the USA 1944 rifle comp would be fine, but designing a Pedersen rifle would be committing the error I am talking about.
  13. Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    What my design lacks in elegance, it makes up for in ground clearance!
  14. Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    It's starting to look like a tank!
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    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    Both the turret and hull began as sketches which were then extruded. To get the right contours I used extrude-cuts and revolve-cuts to sculpt away at the thing. You end up with open bits that way, but those can be filled with extrusions, etc. After that, I put like 500 fillets on it to make it look organic and cast.
  16. Establishment Democrats really do have a different concept of "the law" then most Republican voters, and I think that's probably one of the biggest gaps between them.
  17. Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    Looks like I can stuff 54 rounds of 85mm into the turret bustle in a ready-to-load configuration. Not bad!
  18. Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    I don't have a rack yet, I was just looking at max packing density. Realistic load is probably more like 60 or so. Still great. Went to my standby tan:
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    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    I think that's as good as my cupola is gonna get:
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    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    73 rounds fit in the turret bustle behind a firewall:
  21. Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    I don't really think there's a way to make really cool cupolas tbh.
  22. Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    Calm down, sparky. 1. He is directly behind the gun, but the intended weapon is an M240 with spade grips, not the actual model shown there. It's just a placeholder (and frankly, a pretty shit model anyway). 2. Yes, he can reload the gun. That is part of why the cupola... Looks that way. 3. It's not feeding from a side box. Ammo feeding would have to be done differently. But it's always thus in these kinds of cupolas. 4. Diameter of the shell, or the round, or?
  23. Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    Like... That's it. That's all the commander's got. A little over four feet.
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