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  1. it did not feel like metal to the touch at all, might be metal covered in some form of material, but not 100% metallic at the very least, the perforated material also seemed to be 1 piece per section of skirt, not divided into smaller pieces as on the leopard 1 turret add-on armor. If i remember correctly that was also shown on some of the pictures of destroyed turkish Leo2A4's Edit: seems like i was wrong on it being one piece: From the Leopard 2 thread looks like it is in the form of strips of material.


  2. Maybe i should create a "Toimisto's stupid questions" thread but before that i will keep polluting here, So is there any reason why after WW2 USA kept using vision blocks instead of Periscopes on its Commanders cupolas? ogorkiewicz mentions that they usually have a greater field of view and resolution but does not go much beyond that. With Japanese tanks they kept using them even on the Type-74.

  3. What sort of round would be an ideal machine-gun cartridge for 1930´s, it seems that most of the nations that had 6.5 as a rifle cartridge went for larger calibre's during the period, in hindsight was this really necessary, what was the reason? did .30 MG's have better barrel life or something? another thing that has been bugging me is the comparison between 6.5 Creedmoor and 7.62 NATO as MG cartridges, would the 6.5 have any real advantage over 7.62 NATO for a GPMG.

  4. Hopefully this is the right place for this, but why does the Japanese Type-74 have such an archaic commander's cupola? Vision block's, Fixed commander's sight and no provision for open protected position, and with the .50 M2 mounted centerline on the turret, a "tradition" that continues to this day in the Type-90. All of this seems very strange, especially as the STB-1 at least had a panoramic periscope for the commander.

  5. What books should i buy to get information on the pre-merkava days of the IDF and into the development of Merkava and Patton/Centurion upgrades? The 75mm French gunned Shermans and their performance and development are especially of interest.

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