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11 hours ago, JoeSchmuckatelli said:

So... WOT's next low tier reward tanks? 

Well, wouldn't you know it, the guy who popularized digging through all the monstrosities there works for Wargaming...

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The terrifying thing is that a lot of those people either found professional engineers to do the drafts, or were engineers in the first place.

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2 hours ago, DDE said:

Well, wouldn't you know it, the guy who popularized digging through all the monstrosities there works for Wargaming...

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The terrifying thing is that a lot of those people either found professional engineers to do the drafts, or were engineers in the first place.

Well that was something you don't see every day. Take 4 tanks bolt them together. Make an mid section with turret from an destroyer and that I assume is an heavy AA gun then an AA turret to get something 20 meter long an 10 wide. Why not have 4 light tanks, an heavy and one AA tank? They can be different places and if one of the tanks breaks down you are one tank short, and even the heavy tanks will fit on roads.  

Yes it looks kind of cool but if you want to design stuff with lots of weapons on move over to designing warships. 

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I was trying to imagine that thing driving over any rolling terrain... And couldn't. 

2 minutes ago, magnemoe said:

Why not have 4 light tanks

Can't b/c Soviet.  3.  3 is the right number. 4 is too many. 

Why?  Why not 4 tanks? 

"Because 3, damnit!  3.  3 is the right number."

 

 

 

 

 

(I'm assuming that is how the 'discussion' went when deciding on how many tanks constituted a platoon) 

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On Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 07:00 GMT or 2 a.m. EST, the Earth will reach perihelion, its minimum distance from the sun for the year. At that time Earth will sit 91.407 million miles (147.105 million km) from our star — or 1.66% closer than our mean distance of 1.0 Astronomical Units

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On 1/3/2022 at 7:27 AM, Superfluous J said:

My barber is $25 a cut and they have a free whiskey bar.

Sounds like a casino.

But a casino lets the gamblers drink for free while they are gambling to make them inattentive and don't see what they buy...

Wait... Oh, ... !

19 hours ago, DDE said:

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Isn't the classics not good enough?

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2 hours ago, kerbiloid said:

Isn't the classics not good enough?

OK, another fun fact: the Landkreuzer is the brainchild of one Eduard Grotte. He first (as early as 1931) marketed it to the Soviets as TG-5 with the even larger 12" guns.

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These, I imagine.

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In practice, he never got past TG(-1)

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3 hours ago, DDE said:

OK, another fun fact: the Landkreuzer is the brainchild of one Eduard Grotte. He first (as early as 1931) marketed it to the Soviets as TG-5 with the even larger 12" guns.

That's where he had gotten the wideness of the Russian soul.

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1 hour ago, JoeSchmuckatelli said:

Licorice can kill you. 

https://www.pinterest.cl/pin/395261304772624423/

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Licorice Root

Used for binding, love spells, and crossing over rituals. This herb can be added to a love spell to gain control over the relationship or a career spell to gain control over a situation at work. Licorice may also be used in binding spells and spells to change someone's mind. Chew a piece of licorice root while visualizing that your words are more convincing or carry a cross made of licorice root tied with a red string for protection against injury and the evil eye. 

By love

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Yeah, methonks I've been taking this thread in the weong direction.

Anyway, all the Soyuz variants feature the same basic layout of the orbital module, which includes two large areas known under the highly technical terms "the sofa" and "the cabinet".

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It seems the foward-view blister was added onto the window on the cabinet side.

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Unexpected pack of Huggies Baby Wipes to the upper right.

 

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17 minutes ago, DDE said:

Yeah, methonks I've been taking this thread in the weong direction.

Anyway, all the Soyuz variants feature the same basic layout of the orbital module, which includes two large areas known under the highly technical terms "the sofa" and "the cabinet".

Balaschowa_05.jpg

soyuztma17_down_1.jpg

It seems the foward-view blister was added onto the window on the cabinet side.

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Unexpected pack of Huggies Baby Wipes to the upper right.

 

Looks like design changed quite a lot since the drawings. All the controls are moved down below the cabinet top who is an laptop stand, I assume the view port is moved forward rather an out and the device above the laptop is an camera and / or for targeting 
The sofa, assume this is simply above some stuff you don't need an seat in zero-g

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On 1/3/2022 at 4:41 AM, JoeSchmuckatelli said:

(I'm assuming that is how the 'discussion' went when deciding on how many tanks constituted a platoon)

Wikipedia states that it was four, including the platoon commander. Isn't this identical to NATO nations? During the late 80s it did apparently lower down to three total though.

 

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3 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

Wikipedia states that it was four, including the platoon commander. Isn't this identical to NATO nations? During the late 80s it did apparently lower down to three total though.

 

Soviet platoons were 3.  NATO 4.

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8 hours ago, DDE said:

Anyway, all the Soyuz variants feature the same basic layout of the orbital module, which includes two large areas known under the highly technical terms "the sofa" and "the cabinet".

It's the known story, told by the designer of the original promo-design of the Soyuz habitat module.

https://ru-m-wikipedia-org.translate.goog/wiki/Балашова,_Галина_Андреевна?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=ru

Also here

https://www-designspb-ru.translate.goog/news/posts/orbital_space_station_design/?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=ru

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Though, as we can see, happily almost nothing has left of her original facepalm "design" (having followed the Korolyov's aesthetic preferences) in the real spaceship,

Soft couch - what can be wiser?
Soft in zero-g, Karl !!!11oneone
And flammable.

Curtains and flowers are in order.

On the other case, this proves again that the habitat was originally planned for the Moon landing.

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1 hour ago, JoeSchmuckatelli said:

Soviet platoons were 3.  NATO 4.

We don't use old, outdated systems here. Please stick to metric where a platoon is 10 tanks or a decatank. A tank may also be referred to as a deciplatoon but most of the time we just refer to the "default" SI kilotank.

Soviet platoons were 0.003 kilotanks. NATO were 0.004.

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58 minutes ago, Superfluous J said:

We don't use old, outdated systems here. Please stick to metric where a platoon is 10 tanks or a decatank.

The Soviet/Russian tank company is metric, it's the decatank (1 + 3 x 3).

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Also, the Soviet/Russian system is ternary (Me, The Left and The Right tanks),
while the American one is binary (2 pairs, 0/1 x x0/1, so they could designate the platoon tanks (platoonks?) as 00, 01, 10, 11).

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As there is always a commander, so he should be always 0 (00, 000, etc).

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6 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

Wikipedia states that it was four, including the platoon commander. Isn't this identical to NATO nations? During the late 80s it did apparently lower down to three total though.

 

2 hours ago, JoeSchmuckatelli said:

Soviet platoons were 3.  NATO 4.

Historically tank platoons have varied from 5 (lots of places, including US for much of the Cold War, and the pre-war Soviet Union) to 2 (Israeli experiments with Merkavas in the 2000s, with Moshe Bar Kochba advocating for a one-tank "platoon" led by an officer billet).

"Classic" Soviet tank platoons were bumped to four tanks in mechanized regiments.

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Late in WWII the Western Allies decided to try and forego the usual mess of shipping fuel to the frontline via tanker by laying down a pipeline from Britain to France. This involved a flexible pipe rolled off a large drum.

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In a fit of terrible originality, the vessels were known as HMS Conundrum.

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So, The Sun claims HMS Northumberland has lost a towed sonar array to a Russian sub.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17243613/royal-navy-warship-hits-russian-submarine-atlantic/

They're lucky the array didn't get caught in the sub's propeller. In October 1983, K-234 cleverly "collected" USS McCloy's "tail":

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The cruiser in the above picture demonstrates how anxious the US were to get that piece of kit back. The Victor-III had to be towed to Cuba for untangling. Worst thing is, Victor-IIIs are one of the few boats with coaxial contrarotating propellers... oh joy.

Meanwhile I've seen claims that the Royal Navy submariners chased after a Polish subhunter with some sort of an infernal scissors attachment to the same end.

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Fun fact: while the manufacturers of Japanese anti-tank guided missiles use the acronym "ATM" for their products (the first Japanese ATGM was thus designated "ATM-1" internally by Kawasaki), the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force uses the acronym "MAT" (Missile, Anti-Tank), allegedly because "ATM" sounds like "atom" (which would imply nuclear weapons)!

Also, Japan's first ATGM, the Type 64, had a pretty slow speed for when it entered service in the mid 1960s. While the Soviet 9M14 Malyutka had a speed of 115 m/s, and the NATO SS.11/AGM-22 had a speed of 190 m/s, the Type 64 flew at a painful 85 m/s.

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11 hours ago, SunlitZelkova said:

Fun fact: while the manufacturers of Japanese anti-tank guided missiles use the acronym "ATM" for their products (the first Japanese ATGM was thus designated "ATM-1" internally by Kawasaki), the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force uses the acronym "MAT" (Missile, Anti-Tank), allegedly because "ATM" sounds like "atom" (which would imply nuclear weapons)!

Instead they made the Soviets giggle with an implied maternal insult.

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