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  1. Toxn

    Bash the F-35 thred.

    Innovative production process for the X-32: https://imgur.com/gallery/Gl8Bo
  2. Toxn

    Bash the F-35 thred.

    Guppy plane best plane.
  3. Toxn

    Tank Layout

    It should be a bit better than improvised solid armour, because it won't transmit the shock wave very well and uses up a significant amount of energy in dispersion. If you mean instead that its mainly a psychological comfort rather than something practical, I think you should remember that explosive injuries are less all-or-nothing than kinetic ones. Anything you do to disperse or redirect the blast and associated shockwave results in less injuries. Sling seats, for instance, have been shown to have a measurable effect in reducing blast injuries despite doing very little to directly protect the occupants of the vehicle. Instead they function by providing a few more centimetres of standoff and lowering transmission of the shockwave through the body.
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    Tank Layout

    If you run over a mine, the wheel is the first thing that gets blown up by it. Filling the tire with water means that part of the explosion's energy is spent in moving all that water mass out of the way before it gets to the hull. So, uh, sacrificial dampening I guess.
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    Tank Layout

    I know that it was/is common practice to fill the tires of vehicles with water and stack sandbags on the hull floor specifically to act as shock absorbtion.
  6. I dunno about brighter futures, although I agree that we seem to have gotten the cyberpunk future without any of the cool neural interfaces. My abiding impression was that the thesis if cyberpunk (beyond its fascination with cool setpieces) is that people are pretty much scum and the future is just the worst aspects of the past plus dangerously powerful technologies that its users barely control. From memory: Snow crash ended with a meme virus almost killing off humanity and a major american city almost getting nuked because a crazy pedo russian gangster somehow had access to one. The diamond age ended with a random white kid leading the second boxer rebellion because one guy fucked with the programming of a super-advanced educational computer. Also, nano-pollution is so bad that anyone not living under a dome dies at 30. Humanity also splits into hereditary ethnic enclaves. Finally; neuromancer has a future dominated by a really grody version of hereditary aristocratics, and ends with a super-advanced AI being born and essentially overtaking humanity as the dominant species on the planet.
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    Aerospace Pictures and Art Thread

    I thought that one of the reasons for prop seaplanes was that the engines did not like seawater and tended to break if they got hit by too much spray. Prop clearance was also an issue where waves were concerned.
  8. Superceramics in high strength polymer matrix, against a carbon fibre/graphene composite hull, with a kevlar spall liner. Or, you know, layers of rubber and steel.
  9. Toxn

    Bash the F-35 thred.

    I shall be released?
  10. Horses are effort though. Horse and carriage uber I can totally see working. Edit: I'm actually remarkably okay with this - I think that building a city around rail and mostly non-ic transport would honestly be a step forward for urban spaces. And it would make for charming cities, since I'll only ever come to costa rica as a tourist.
  11. Toxn

    I Learned Something Today

    The boring practical issue with no yaw control (for me, at least) is that your landing approach becomes an all-or-nothing affair. Better hope your approach is perfect or you get to play a rousing game of dip the wing into the tarmac. For most other purposes bank-and-yank seems to work fine for me.
  12. Toxn

    North Korea, you so crazy!

    Wait, how are they dismantling their nuke program?
  13. A pretty good channel:
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    WoT v WT effort-thread

    Chafee really is good for its tier. Pity that I suck with it. I have more luck with Cromwells, though. Lord knows why.