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New Model Kit News/Reviews / Re: Thunder Model
« Last post by Frank3k on Today at 07:05:00 AM »
Looks like they're coming out with a Katzchen

Profiles and Pixels / Re: BlastWave's Pixel Works
« Last post by elmayerle on Today at 05:23:22 AM »
Here's a profile of the Iranian Saeqeh-80 or simply Saeqeh/Saegeh. It was difficult finding any photographs or information of this particular production version (it may have been a prototype judging by the paint scheme, but that cannot be confirmed either), but I think I got it relatively accurate.

I've got the Omega-Models kit of this one.  Real tempting to do an operational scheme.
Aero-space / Re: Supermarine Spitfire Family
« Last post by ysi_maniac on Today at 03:52:41 AM »
French derivative of Supermarine SeaFang.

Profiles and Pixels / Re: ysi_maniac's drawings
« Last post by ysi_maniac on Today at 03:39:08 AM »
French derivative of Supermarine SeaFang

New Model Kit News/Reviews / Re: Sword Models
« Last post by The Big Gimper on Today at 01:30:29 AM »
Coming soon from Sword.

1/72 U-125 JASDF Air Rescue (Hawker Beechcraft) 2 markings Of Air Rescue
Land / Re: Norsu Heavy APC (M113 / Centurion kitbash)
« Last post by tankmodeler on Yesterday at 10:41:55 PM »
Looking very interesting so far.

Something to consider is that with the engine in the front, the drive sprockets need to be in the front as well. The power pack is a combined engine transmission and you don't want a drive shaft running though the crew compartment if you don't have to.

A total of 13 passengers is quite large for an APC so your idea that the side height might be a bit tall are not out of line. "in real life" (tm) with the extra width of the hull, the plan might be to sit the passengers a bit lower and drop the side wall height. Just a thought.

Also note that by running the armoured walls upwards from the hull sides and not extending them outward from the edge of the fender line, as the M113 and most APCs do, you are forgoing a lot of interior volume that the crew might really need. Now, a good use of the exterior wall space might be for both external stowage boxes, providing shaped charge stand-off distance, and as external armoured fuel tanks which also provide HEAT stand-off and get the fuel out of the passenger compartment maximising passenger numbers.

Just some thoughts.

Looking forward to this.

Aero-space / Re: Bf109, Me209, Me309...Me509 Ideas and Inspiration
« Last post by ysi_maniac on Yesterday at 04:37:59 PM »
Avia S1999 in Israel service

Profiles and Pixels / Re: ysi_maniac's drawings
« Last post by ysi_maniac on Yesterday at 04:37:04 PM »
Avia S1999 in Israel service

Aero-space / Re: Saab Lansen
« Last post by Daryl J. on Yesterday at 01:50:24 PM »
Land / Re: Norsu Heavy APC (M113 / Centurion kitbash)
« Last post by Old Wombat on Yesterday at 09:09:31 AM »
It might be argued that the height will make the hull an easy target (again realism creeps in ....)

APC's are tall, it comes with the role & the fact that most people aren't 4' (120cm) tall (4' short?).

Even most of the big modern APC's are pretty cosy & limited in head-space, as much of the size increase is comprised of better armour & improved-survivability design features (including better ground clearance). Whilst passenger comfort is important for combat effectiveness of the troops, that can be kept quite low, when they're sitting, but effects the width of the vehicle, often making them wider for greater leg room. However, the egress & entry of the troops requires a minimum height, so they can get in & out sufficiently quickly so as not to expose the APC to excessively long times as a stationary target.

I'm sure military vehicle designers have come up with an optimal compromise but at 6' 21/2" (190cm) I'm fairly sure I'd still feel a bit crowded by the roof.
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