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  1. Metal
    N-L-M reacted to Toxn in COMPETITION Brawling Bobcat: Armored Truck for the Lone Free State (2245)   
    Greetings all, I've been pulled on as a judge for this one, so none of the following should be construed as competition so much as... encouragement.
     
    This is the Mogcat:




     
    It's designed to exactly nail the minimum specs, while being relatively easy to produce and long-legged. It sports a 3"/76mm main gun, a bunch of machineguns and the sort of conveniences you'd expect from a late-40s design (commander/gunner's panoramic sight, wet ammo racks, internal firefighting equipment and smoke launchers). It's otherwise very bare-bones, and comes in at all of 10.3st/9.3mt.
     
    I'll add further specs as this goes along, but for the moment all you have to know is that this is the minimum, lowest bar that I can think of. This thing is intended to be the product of unimaginative minds working at what passes for the ordinance department in the Lone Free State - men who spent their lives designing incremental improvements on machineguns and recoilless guns, and think that their lightweight 3" gun is a world-beating novelty.
     
    For what it's worth; what I would like to see is something that grabs the requirements by the balls and works out a way to wring something that can beat @N-L-M's Norman design in a reasonably fair fight out of the thin gruel that the Provisional Government has put out. Remember that the Texans don't know what they don't know - their official line is that the arrival of Deseret light tanks is some sort of shocking revelation. But they aren't stupid - the smarter engineers will already be looking at what they could do with their given automotive and gun tech, and what was achieved in the pre-war era, and are probably staying up late at night worrying about their conclusions.
  2. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Karamazov in Israeli AFVs   
    No, definitely a 1 or 2.
    The merkava 3, 4, and Namer have individual swing arms, the mounts for which are these large bases built into the hull side. The lack of such mounts means it must be a Merk 1 or 2, where the arms are attached to the bogies which are mounted to the hull.

    This is a Namer hull, but the idea is the same. There are a few pics of merkava 3s with the swing arm ripped off where you can see it more clearly but my Google fu is weak.
    In the pic posted earlier there's no sign of these swing arm hub bases.
  3. Metal
    N-L-M got a reaction from Kal in Israeli AFVs   
    No, definitely a 1 or 2.
    The merkava 3, 4, and Namer have individual swing arms, the mounts for which are these large bases built into the hull side. The lack of such mounts means it must be a Merk 1 or 2, where the arms are attached to the bogies which are mounted to the hull.

    This is a Namer hull, but the idea is the same. There are a few pics of merkava 3s with the swing arm ripped off where you can see it more clearly but my Google fu is weak.
    In the pic posted earlier there's no sign of these swing arm hub bases.
  4. Metal
    N-L-M got a reaction from Lord_James in COMPETITION Brawling Bobcat: Armored Truck for the Lone Free State (2245)   
    You could always just hose down everything with a 100 round burst 
  5. Funny
    N-L-M reacted to TokyoMorose in COMPETITION Brawling Bobcat: Armored Truck for the Lone Free State (2245)   
    I was tempted to mount ye old M135 demolition cannon as a secondary mount to meet the HE requirement while being under armor. I am quite certain the 165mm HEP round would satisfy even the most ardent of rangers.
     
  6. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Sturgeon in COMPETITION Brawling Bobcat: Armored Truck for the Lone Free State (2245)   
    After review of firing trials, the Rangers approve cutting that spec significantly, to 1.6 lb or 26 oz HE fill, approximately the fill of a so called "75mm" 3 inch M48 HE shell of old.
    We apologize for the inconvenience.
     
  7. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Toxn in COMPETITION Brawling Bobcat: Armored Truck for the Lone Free State (2245)   
    After review of firing trials, the Rangers approve cutting that spec significantly, to 1.6 lb or 26 oz HE fill, approximately the fill of a so called "75mm" 3 inch M48 HE shell of old.
    We apologize for the inconvenience.
     
  8. Metal
    N-L-M reacted to Xoon in COMPETITION Brawling Bobcat: Armored Truck for the Lone Free State (2245)   
    Improved hull:

     
    Currently 5,38 Metric Ton.
  9. Metal
    N-L-M reacted to Xoon in COMPETITION Brawling Bobcat: Armored Truck for the Lone Free State (2245)   
    Mock up is coming along:

     
     
  10. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Beer in ATGMs and RPGs for infantry - a thread for rebels around the world to choose their ATGM supplier.   
    Many missiles are axi-symmetric. In particular those which spin in flight have to be. Therefore, in order to generate lift for horizontal flight they must fly at a positive angle of attack. Examples of such missiles include SS.10, SS.11, Swatter, Sagger, Spigot, Spandrel, Metis, Kornet, HOT, MILAN, and others.
    The TOW also has entirely horizontal wings, but as it does not spin in flight the horiz tail is canted at 2 deg down to raise the nose for positive AoA, and can then vary from +2 to -6 deg, unlike the vertical tail which goes symmetrically from -4 to +4 deg.
  11. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Sturgeon in COMPETITION Brawling Bobcat: Armored Truck for the Lone Free State (2245)   
    If that's what you feel best suits the needs of the Lone Free State, go for it.
  12. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Karamazov in United States Military Vehicle General: Guns, G*vins, and Gas Turbines   
    Yeah that's the new suspension test bed
    Note the 5 in arm hydro pneumatic stations as opposed to 6 torsion bar stations on the regular Brad.
    In testing now IIRC.
    Also note the weight simulators on the turret cheeks.
  13. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Ramlaen in United States Military Vehicle General: Guns, G*vins, and Gas Turbines   
    Yeah that's the new suspension test bed
    Note the 5 in arm hydro pneumatic stations as opposed to 6 torsion bar stations on the regular Brad.
    In testing now IIRC.
    Also note the weight simulators on the turret cheeks.
  14. Funny
  15. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from 2805662 in General Mechanised Equipment   
    Working prototype to production is a non negligible step.
    Other than the refit market for vehicles using the AVDS already, yes. The MTU engine is sufficiently different in shape to make integration into AVDS tailored spaces... annoying. Boat-hulled Pattons come to mind.
     
    I'm not absolutely sure the thing isnt fully production ready, just smells to me like it.
     
    If it is indeed fully ready, then yes L3 has managed to develop one AVDS upgrade since they bought the IP and plant.
  16. Metal
    N-L-M reacted to Toxn in Competition Suggestions   
    {Drums, sounds of chanting in distance}
    "Rooikat, Rooikat, Rooikat..."
     
    {Opposing chanting begins, in counterpoint}
    "Ratel, Ratel, Ratel"
  17. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Belesarius in Competition Suggestions   
    The Lone Free State of Texas needs YOU!
    The year is 2255, and the Lone Free State is still recovering from how hard it got hit during The Big One. The geography and politics of the local area are such that borders are very hard to draw, movement ranges are long and points of contact may shift at any time. The Lone Free State Rangers require a new family of vehicles capable of keeping the peace and moving forces safely in the presence of both light irregular forces and thin skinned improvised armored vehicles. 
    More details to follow soon.
  18. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Sovngard in The Soviet Tank Thread: Transversely Mounted 1000hp Engines   
    So, this is objectively wrong.

    From the Swedish trials doc, note the side protection of the ammo bustle.
    And note that that was a downgraded armor package.
  19. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Beer in The Soviet Tank Thread: Transversely Mounted 1000hp Engines   
    So, this is objectively wrong.

    From the Swedish trials doc, note the side protection of the ammo bustle.
    And note that that was a downgraded armor package.
  20. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Karamazov in The Soviet Tank Thread: Transversely Mounted 1000hp Engines   
    There is no reason to believe ARAT 2 has ceramics, it's a single curved ERA tile.
    To clarify, M32 is the ARAT 2 reactive tile.

  21. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Su-57 Flapjack in Competition Suggestions   
    The Lone Free State of Texas needs YOU!
    The year is 2255, and the Lone Free State is still recovering from how hard it got hit during The Big One. The geography and politics of the local area are such that borders are very hard to draw, movement ranges are long and points of contact may shift at any time. The Lone Free State Rangers require a new family of vehicles capable of keeping the peace and moving forces safely in the presence of both light irregular forces and thin skinned improvised armored vehicles. 
    More details to follow soon.
  22. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Lord_James in Competition Suggestions   
    The Lone Free State of Texas needs YOU!
    The year is 2255, and the Lone Free State is still recovering from how hard it got hit during The Big One. The geography and politics of the local area are such that borders are very hard to draw, movement ranges are long and points of contact may shift at any time. The Lone Free State Rangers require a new family of vehicles capable of keeping the peace and moving forces safely in the presence of both light irregular forces and thin skinned improvised armored vehicles. 
    More details to follow soon.
  23. Tank You
    N-L-M reacted to Scolopax in The Swedish AFV Thread: Not Just Strv 103s   
    Ikv 91 appreciation post.  Vehicles and crew here are participating in training exercises, 1978.  Photos from the Swedish Arsenalen museum archive.  Link to a few more.  The infantry rider photo is separate from the others in both setting and photo collection
     
     
     

     

     

     


     
  24. Funny
    N-L-M reacted to LoooSeR in General PC games master race thread. Everything about games. EVERYTHING.   
    @N-L-M Time to prepare your wallet, kek
     
  25. Tank You
    N-L-M got a reaction from Stimpy75 in Turkish airstrikes on Syrian AFVs   
    5km is approx 16000 ft. At that altitude, good luck hitting anything without a fire director.
    In WW2 manual aiming was used only for short range close in air defence, anything longer ranged than a Bofors 40mm was directed, and even those got mk 51 directors by 1944. The need to accurately calculate lead and drop on a moving target is essential, unless the target is within tracer range- typically less than 5k yd.
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