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Everything posted by Lord_James

  1. http://navsource.org/ Lots of good photos of USN warships.
  2. lol, this would imply M829 has had 4 generations of upgrades, while M900 has not been touched, since it was introduced. We really needed that smoothbore 105 like 2 decades ago, at least... or the 75mm ARES.
  3. yeah, um, not really. For modern ammunition, and the velocities they impact at, DU (and tungsten and steel) all undergo adiabatic (constant mass) shearing; basically the forces are so great and happen so quickly, the material cannot plastically deform in any meaningful way, and simply disintegrates. This can be seen in still-frames of high velocity test KE penetrators impacting hard targets, and how both the ‘penetrator’ and ‘armor’ turn to a noticeable plume of dust at the impact point. It’s not so much penetration, or deformation, as it is atomization.
  4. I would be interested in that, I have some ideas for a ground attack/ heavy fighter and a high altitude interceptor. But: this. Making an airfoil (convincingly) in some 3D CADs can be difficult and tedious, but I think choosing pre-defined airfoil shapes from something like NACA would make it easier as the contestants could just make a general wing shape, then specify which airfoil shape they’re using... maybe. However, the calculations involved would still be a pain, as aircraft can be very sensitive to minor force imbalances, and the body shape of the craft would still pose a problem. That darn caveat: money. Anyway, as interested as I would be to make a 1940s aircraft using modern knowledge, I think it would be a difficult contest to follow through with, either with the complexity of the aerodynamics involved with the aircraft, time investments into modeling said complex shapes, continually having to teach and mentor some competitors who know (comparably) little about aircraft, or extending the time of the competition. on a tangential note: I do have some ideas that I can’t find data or theories to confirm my suspicions. Which forum topic could I ask those in?
  5. Bradley with a turret bustle (and Iron Fist light)? Actually doesn’t look bad.
  6. Glad I could make your brain work Not too surprised; though I was initially confused when you mentioned selective breeding and gene screening, but it is interesting nonetheless.
  7. I have been noticed!!! This was another concern I had with gene manipulation: would such modifications effect the individuals’ ability to procreate? If some person who modified themselves to be a half human/ snake naga thing tries to have children with another who is modified to be a mer-person (and I think it’s reasonably safe to assume neither knows much of how the gene mods affect them), would it be possible for them to conceive? Would the child be human (at first, anyway) or some terrible amalgam? Also, I’m almost certain that if a child were modified in utero to be something their parents decided for them, there will be major legal and moral issues if and when the child reaches adulthood and decides “I don’t like these changes I’ve had since birth, and were forced upon me by my parents.” As thoroughly interesting and beneficial as this technology can be (I myself could benefit from a cure to my outrageous metabolism and Aspergers, as well as removing the familial cancer risk for women in my family), there are consequences and concerns that must be resolved before societies utilize it. Since I’m more familiar with industry and machines, than biology and organisms, I think I’ll make a post on how that may effect the future; just need to gather my thoughts.
  8. Why does the exhaust cause yellow stains all over her superstructure? Burn marks would be understandable, but it looks like the crew uses that area to piss.
  9. Major Necro, but I have some questions: 1. Not 100% sure on this, but wouldn’t such radical genetic changes require the immune system to be heavily suppressed, if not completely deactivated? And wouldn’t such a procedure be expensive and time consuming, making it viable only for the rich (and those people who spend more money on their car or jewelry than their home)? 2. On the cultural/societal aspect of this: wouldn’t this cause a type of classism, where the rich and wannabe rich can alter themselves (seemingly) at whim while the plebeians below can only look on in envy? Would it also spawn types of xeno/ species/ racialism due to animosity, jealousy, and/or inferiority complexes? 3. In relation to society and culture, would individuals who chose certain modifications, let’s say high muscle and bone density, for high strength applications, be held in the same regards as someone who modified their brain to maximize surface area and neuron transmission speed? Would someone’s genes, and physical structure, limit their societal roles to the select areas attuned to them, as other areas are already saturated with ‘attuned’ people? These would seem to provide major challenges to the populist and communist dreams of many who yearn for this, as people often (and are programmed to) separate differences they observe into different categories. Also, the first point that “everyone will be hot” is not only subjective (personally tastes like exoticism and fetishes) and objective (Fibonacci’s number and general cultural / societal beliefs of attraction), but also would be subject to availability curves, insofar as if the percentage of “hot people” in a population increases, the average or perceived level of ‘hotness’ within that population would stay constant, or decrease. (This would also cause animosity and exoticism / fetishization between the societies and cultures who have access such technology, and those who do not; think the exoticization of certain extra-cultural/ societal/ racial groups and/or sexes, like orientalism, and American idealism in the late 1800s and early 1900s.)
  10. So basically you can ‘blow the whistle’ and call for a federal investigation based on a rumor or gossip... that’s not going to be abused to slander and poison the well of their opponents... related
  11. “Hydrofoil Handbook; Volume 1” (design of hydrofoil craft) 1954 https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/089648.pdf
  12. Lol, never let your superiors know you’re smart unless they ask you if you’re smart. Learned that in ROTC before I was unable to continue.
  13. IIRC, (Damian stated) that the U in a vehicles serial number indicated that it uses first or second generation DU inserts, or something along those lines. The source is questionable (I mean, Damian is fucking crazy), but seems logical. My memory is also a little hazy on the subject.
  14. Oh, yeah, sorry, brain must have stopped working for a couple seconds. Oh, ok. I wasn’t looking at the suspension, but the hull and turret.
  15. Works for me on safari (IPhone) and Microsoft edge (computer).
  16. The hull is an early M4A2 small hatch, or late M4A1? @Jeeps_Guns_Tanks
  17. Shit, why the hell is there a huge ‘open boarders’ crowd in the US, again?
  18. Yeah, the 6” naval gun was causing me some problems, especially when trying to comfortably fit crew in the turret (I actually had no problems with ammo storage, with my hull being so tall; like 56 such shells in 2 ammo racks, at last calculation); would probably make the turret unmanned / low profile if I were to redo this. I was in the middle of making a 140mm gun, with a breach and trunnion similar to the M256, and basic ammo when my Calculus 2 summer class started; I planned on having all the major design work and arrangements set up, so I could just refine it with my spare time, but life seems to have had other plans. I agree, air intakes and exhausts are a big deal on front mounted engines, and the first thing I thought of to protect them was to use a slatted, spaced armor array at a high angle. I also calculated that any hits along the frontal arc, up to 10* elevation, would also have to pass through one of the special armor blocks around the intake to penetrate. The hardest part was actually exhaust because I refused to have it close to the intake, and was unsatisfied with having to run it through the floor. Thanks for the feedback, will try to do better next time I definitely like Xoon’s design, too (and it would have gotten my vote, if I were a judge). I have a strange allure towards exotic / unique vehicle designs, like the ELKE and it’s elevating gun, or Object 490.
  19. Penetration is 220mm at 68.5o at >2km? Penetration at normal would be around 600mm, if I read that right.
  20. 24th International Symposium on Ballistics (September, 2008) https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1009660.pdf
  21. Let’s remember, we’re talking about the British army here; their bosses are not known for making good decisions.
  22. If I’m reading this right, this says: It doesn’t explicitly state the fractions are in inches, but it would be safe to assume so. I can’t make out the underlined section; if anyone can clarify, that would be appreciated. Is there more to this document, @Wiedzmin?
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