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Everything posted by Walter_Sobchak

  1. If they could figure out a way to make a tank suspension out of Beleville washers, anything is possible.
  2. From https://history.army.mil/books/Studies/sunell/sunell.htm, thought it was relevant to the current conversation. General Sunell: Well, General [Robert J.] Baer was the tank program manager for a long time, and he had a very close relationship with Fort Knox. The reason I can discuss the tank program is because I left the Armored Reconnaissance Scout Vehicle (ARSV) task force and became the deputy program manager for the XM1 tank where I worked for General Baer. General Baer, in effect, said, "This is what all these different items cost on a tank, and I have a $507,000 ceili
  3. Modern tanks are expensive. Comparing the Abrams to the cost of earlier tanks is not very useful. Perhaps a comparison of the costs of the Abrams versus other third generation post war tanks would be appropriate?
  4. So long Rutger https://variety.com/2019/film/obituaries-people-news/rutger-hauer-dead-dies-blade-runner-co-star-1203278050/amp/?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR0Bep6o72NpURTN47ZPRa3CDBaRdDsFAEkxoBDPsmZT4FSau9VacdyOe7g
  5. This is probably a lot closer to what a Panzer 46 vehicle would have looked like than most of the crap people imagine.
  6. Ah, I didn't notice that error. Based on the bibliography in the Haynes book, I think I know where he came up with the MS-2 and MS-3. They are described in John Milson's book "Russian Tanks 1900-1970". The title should give you an idea of how old that book is. Why he would include such an outdated book in his research is a bit mystifying. I don't mean to bash on John Milson, his book was pretty awesome....in 1970. We have learned a bit since then. The only Russian authors he lists in his bibliography are ones that have been translated into English, so pretty much just Baryatinskiy and A
  7. Why can't Trump just go make friends with the Iranians? Art of the deal.
  8. Speaking of the T-34, I just got the Haynes manual on it by Mark Healy. All in all, I like the Haynes books. They are a handy reference and have more info than say, the Osprey New Vanguard titles. Of course, quality varies from book to book a little. I recently got the Challenger II book by Dick Taylor, it's really quite good.
  9. Now Iran is basically calling Trump a retard. Iran’s president says the White House is ‘afflicted by mental retardation’
  10. Trump has gone from "flirting with quagmire" to just plain flirting now. MIGA!
  11. I just saw the same thing from ABC News. Seems Trump reversed course against the advice of Bolton and Pompeo.
  12. While I agree that the Iranian military lags far behind the US in terms of modern equipment and capabilities, I would not be so confident in the outcome of such a conflict. It all depends on what goals the US sets as "victory" and how much of a commitment the US is willing to make. Also, popular support for such a war in the US is going to remain really low unless Iran does something absolutely egregious, meaning that the US military will be very casualty adverse. Back in 2003 I was opposed to the Iraq war primarily on political and moral grounds. I had assumed that if the wa
  13. This video is not specifically about the Sherman, but considering who is giving the lecture, I figured I would post it here.
  14. That's pretty much my understanding of the situation. Teledyne was working with Renk by the late 1970's to get a Renk transmission into their "Super M60". So I'm not sure if Teledyne pitched the Renk transmission to the Israelis, or if the Israelis picked the Renk transmission independently.
  15. They tried to make an Easy Eight out of an M4A4? They even added onto the front hull armor to make it look like a large hatch hull and put a bigger bustle on the rear of the turret. Weird.
  16. I generally enjoy Red Letter Media, but I want to take this opportunity to disagree with them regarding Star Trek, the Motion Picture. Not too long ago, they posted a video arguing that Star Trek the Motion Picture was good. They are wrong. It is not good. It's a boring mess of a film. It's a tedious slog of special effects and tired plot elements with far too few character moments. The film is so bad it actually makes poor Leonard Nemoy say the word "oriface" as his character goes through a giant space asshole in a rocket powered astronaut suit. Here is what he had to say regarding the
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