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  1. Xlucine

    Movie tanks and terrible Vismods

    Could be CGI upper hull on a tracked vehicle pretending to be a tank (proper CGI of snow being non-trivial)
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    Britons are in trouble

    I'm sure the RTR will love the all-black colour scheme, but cav may not be as impressed
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    General Mechanised Equipment

    Double log!
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    Bash the F-35 thred.

  5. When you think about it, all guns are just long range poking implements
  6. Looked like they were manually flying a top attack profile on that shot
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    Random Nuclear Stuff

    That's a lot of effort for a 0.63 MW mobile generator
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    General AFV Thread

    Erm, good point. I'm not sure if the value for chieftain hull height to turret roof is correct, but that depends on if the ground clearance includes the V or not: 1956 mm per this 1959 specification, which still puts the chieftain hull close to the cent hull height
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    The UK Brave Space For Shitposting and Other Opinions Thread

  10. http://niiikooooo.tumblr.com/post/177825520308/im-uploading-this-because-its-honestly-gold-and
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    United States Gun Control Megathread

    A data point https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45419445
  12. A cool spear was found https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-atlatl-ice-patches-1.4809947?cmp=rss
  13. It's also completely lacking any statement from Brophy about the need for speed, despite asserting that speed and range are both needed. Only asking for more range, of course, is a good excuse for getting F-35C with its ludicrous amounts of internal fuel stowage (More than a F-14, with only one engine to feed! About the same weight as an entire harrier!)
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    Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV

    Putting it on the wheels and drive sprocket does look like it would be frustrating to maintain
  15. Are there many cruiser designs under consideration that could be subsumed into destroyer programmes? Huh, I didn't expect that. Just about everyone else (other than USN and RFN) has destroyers for AAD and frigates for ASW. Dedicated big ASuW ships is a bit pointless these days, as it's easy to strap ASCMs onto most things (of course, easier on a 7-10k frigate/destroyer than a 2k corvette)
  16. I'm not sold on Main Battle Ships - ASW, AAD and GP constabulary work have pretty different requirements. A hull to do all three will be much too expensive for the GP work, and taking out the stuff you don't need is basically a redesign of the ship (e.g. adding a bit mast with a big radar on top for AAD has a big effect on the ship, and same for a proper quiet machinery installation for ASW). One class of ship to properly do everything would be cool, but that's a lot of money to burn Fuel consumption per unit weight of cargo and overall fuel consumption are not the same thing
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    Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV

    Servicing the armament is a plus for manned
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    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    It wouldn't - the benefit is the reduced cross-section reducing the drag. Technically the propellant gases will still accelerate the projectile through the conical bit, but as the diameter (and area at the base of the projectile reduce) then the force applied by the gases also reduces (the energy taken to crush the skirts also slows it down) - so muzzle velocity for a squeezebore is lower than for a straight walled tube of equal length. To model one in the powley computer I'd be tempted to adjust the barrel length for constant swept volume (i.e. starting diameter * length input to powley computer = (starting diameter * length of straight bit of barrel) + (volume of conical bit of barrel)), the swaging losses are probably pretty small.
  19. As everyone knows, modern documentaries are trash. Reduced to mere grout between advert breaks, with the same old stock footage repeated a hundred times, and the same old talking heads repeating conclusions that were debunked in the academic sphere decades ago. This thread is for proper documentaries, from back before millennials killed the documentary industry corporate media ruined everything. A time when (especially immediately post war) some knowledge of military affairs could be expected from the audience, and veterans were still around to give interviews. I'll start with The Silent Service: filmed in the late 50's, retelling true tales of heroism in the submarine branch of the US navy during WW2. Season 1 playlist: Season 2 playlist: These are definitely a product of their time (the footage of the Japanese sailors is often entertaining for the wrong reasons), but still worth watching
  20. Things this battle teaches: - Radar > Visual spotting (in WW2 at night) - Information management is key Taken together you can end up with what should be a japanese advantage resulting an a pretty major beating, even with many unforced errors on the US side
  21. I like the mental image conjured by that article of Jeb! walking around manhattan, showing everyone on the street the paper because he's just so damn happy
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    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    I tried putting the values for the US 105mm on the T29 into that a few years ago and it matched exactly with hunnicutt (IIRC), which shows that there is precedent for predicting large calibres with it
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    Human genetics

    Our lineage came out of africa and ran straight into a big pile of spaghetti