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Re: dy031101's Mental Notes
« Reply #435 on: October 03, 2017, 07:34:29 AM »
Are you going to be modeling the ships, too?  I thought that was some first-rate 3D modeling on the tank.   :smiley:

Offline dy031101

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Re: dy031101's Mental Notes
« Reply #436 on: October 10, 2017, 11:18:42 AM »
Some interesting stuff Dy

Now that the Mi-4 gets filed into the "cute" category...... I'm running out of evil helicopters.  ;D

Are you going to be modeling the ships, too?  I thought that was some first-rate 3D modeling on the tank.   :smiley:

Which reminds me to finish the rest of the tank's variants......  :-X  So many holes I've dug for myself- gotta start filling 'em some time......

Unfortunately, the level of details ship models would require is currently outside of what I can efficiently accomplish during free time.  :-X
« Last Edit: October 12, 2017, 01:37:03 AM by dy031101 »
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Re: dy031101's Mental Notes
« Reply #437 on: November 17, 2017, 05:52:13 AM »


This minor IWCF member navy warship started out as a 70-and-some years old design and went through two major reconstructions- the first one granted a variable-depth sonar, some ahead-throwing anti-submarine mortars and torpedoes, and a submarine-killer drone helicopter facility at the cost of her anti-ship torpedoes and most of her guns whereas the second one rehabilitated her engines and gave her a modern combat data system, an automatic naval gun more suitable against smaller surface combatants and aircraft, anti-ship missiles, and improved accommodations for her complement.

The drone helicopter was quickly phased out due to a lack of spares and succeeded by an Ultra-Light tip-jet rotor helicopter, which has remained in service to this day due to a politically-motivated difficulty in procuring a more-modern replacement.  Like the drone it replaced, the Ultra-Light can carry a single torpedo.

So far the latest upgrade came soon after the operator country of this ship joined the Coalition forces in the form of a Strales 76mm gun acquired from the Armies of Frontier Nations' homeworld in an effort to improve defenses against high-speed, high-mobility aerial threats.

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(This ship is essentially a Taiwanese-style reconstruction done to a FRAM II Fletcher class destroyer.)
« Last Edit: December 04, 2017, 06:37:39 AM by dy031101 »
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Re: dy031101's Mental Notes
« Reply #438 on: November 28, 2017, 06:26:14 AM »


This class of helicopter cruisers, operated by the mysterious military force currently suspected by some within the FN Intelligence Corps to be the outgrowth of the lost remnants of the ill-fated Frontier Navy 11th Fleet, are often seen leading surface actions groups comprised of ASW ships in their war against the League of Kings.  Their anti-aircraft warfare suite, outside of having more vertical launch modules (for a total of 80 cells), is broadly identical to the Sea Viper missile system with the SAMPSON and S1850M radar combination used by the Type 45 destroyers on the Frontier Navy's homeworld.  This outfit lends itself well to the common situation of these surface action groups- that most of their constituent ships do not have sufficient air defense capability to survive anything more than occasional aerial harassments and therefore require protections offered by dedicated fleet defense assets.

Other onboard armaments include two quad MM40 anti-ship missile launchers, one twin 128mm L/61 guns, eight twin 55mm L/77 automatic guns, and four 25mm chain guns.  These cruisers are known to have operated up to nine Panther helicopters each although they clearly have ample rooms to embark larger helicopters instead.  Between missions the helicopters are sheltered and serviced in a below-deck hangar.
« Last Edit: November 28, 2017, 08:37:02 AM by dy031101 »
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Re: dy031101's Mental Notes
« Reply #439 on: January 01, 2018, 01:56:01 PM »
Happy New Year, everyone.

Something quick and dirty this time, because I came across this picture & I could not make sense out of those BBs getting reverted to their WWII configuration, and because I want to see SeaRAMs on an Iowa:



According to what I heard about some 1990s plan to equip Iowa class BBs with Mk.41 launchers, the aft Tomahawk ABL positions apparently have enough room for two 32-cell Mk.41 launchers.  Also, the 5-inch gun turrets are refitted with 5"/54 Mark 16 guns.
« Last Edit: January 02, 2018, 02:00:48 AM by dy031101 »
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Re: dy031101's Mental Notes
« Reply #440 on: January 01, 2018, 10:09:10 PM »
You could probably replace some or all of the original 20 5" twins with 16 VLS cells each.  Maybe the middle three on each beam with the furthest fore and aft being replaced with Mk-45 5" or even Mk-75 3" giving the ship 96 strategic length Mk-41 VLS and four modern medium calibre guns with space and weight to spare for CS upgrades.  Mk-48 VLS could be fitted in various locations, maybe even Danish Flex modules could be used with a number of the old 40mm tubs being converted into FLEX slots.

Offline dy031101

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Re: dy031101's Mental Notes
« Reply #441 on: January 02, 2018, 02:44:43 AM »
You could probably replace some or all of the original 20 5" twins with 16 VLS cells each.

I do not realize that the twin 5-inch turrets occupy that much space......

Maybe the middle three on each beam with the furthest fore and aft being replaced with Mk-45 5" or even Mk-75 3"......

I was originally gonna let the whole thing go and settle on merely thinking "that's ain't what a reactivated Iowa is gonna look like"...... but I really wanted to see SeaRAMs on an Iowa  ;D

It is said that the Mk.16 is essentially a longer version of the Mk.12, so I refitted the 5-inch gun turrets under the assumption that the refit would be relatively straightforward and quick, which would be conducive to the scenario conveyed by the anime picture that I linked to- wartime activation rather than merely force level maintenance (although, if they are still available, scrounging the remaining ammo stockpile for the 5"/38 remains conceptually the simplest)- but then I went for the VLS installation......

I'm not an expert, so I don't know if the twin 5-inch turrets can be outright replaced with the Mk.45 mounts as well within the time it would take to modify the aft superstructure to accommodate the Mk.41 modules.



Also, my current choice of fire control systems do not support Sea Sparrow missiles although conceivably I can replace two of the SPG-60 with Mk.92 "eggs".
« Last Edit: January 02, 2018, 04:06:22 AM by dy031101 »
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« Reply #442 on: January 02, 2018, 10:33:49 AM »
Tartar and its Mk11 and 13 GMLS was designed to slot into the space occupied by a 5" twin, where you can fit a Mk-13 you can easily fit two 8cell Mk-41s.

The later Mk-26 is an even simpler swap with the 24 round version having the same volume as a 29/32 cell Mk-41 and the 44 round the same as the 61/64cell.

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Re: dy031101's Mental Notes
« Reply #443 on: September 29, 2019, 08:20:20 AM »
I attempted to make a Shipbucket graph for the Shin Meiwa SS-X a.k.a. Shin Meiwa LA (Light Amphibian), a "40-passenger light amphibian for inter-island feeder service".

Aerial tanker and AEW variants are created for my fantasy world use  ;D

Now I seriously need a bigger boat (seaplane carrier) to launch them.

« Last Edit: September 30, 2019, 01:32:47 AM by dy031101 »
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« Reply #444 on: February 09, 2020, 06:03:10 AM »
I used what little free time I have to revisit my fascination with the underdogs of the F-16 family again......



The People's Liberation Army Air Force's acquisition of the Panavia Tornado ADV long-range interceptors led the air force of the Taiwan-based Republic of China to conclude that their already-aging fleet of the F-104G Starfighters and F-5E/F Tiger IIs are no longer sufficient in the event of a resumption of cross-strait conflict- while not exceptional dogfighters, the Tornados provided the PLAAF with the means to escort their bombers on flanking runs against targets in Taiwan while pre-emptively attacking any ROCAF interception effort from beyond visual-range with their Aspide missiles (the PLAAF chose an Italian radar instead of the British AI.24 Foxhunter).  This, combined with the anticipation of future difficulties in acquiring modern combat aircraft due to the ROC's worsening status in international politics as well as the subsequent desire to buy time for building up an indigenous military aviation industry, prompted the ROC in early-1980s to place what was expected to be a large order for US-made fighters for the last time, in the form of 150 F-16/79s and 150 F-20s.

Despite a protracted negotiation and numerous political close calls, these orders are approved, with the F-16s built to a variant of the Block 15 standard that additionally included a night identification spotlight and the ability to employ the AIM-7F Sparrow missile.  Strike capabilities without external aids were deliberately limited to unguided munitions and the AGM-65B missiles; laser-guided bombs can be employed if supported by forward observers with laser designators on the ground or a F-20B equipped with the AN/AVQ-27 laser target designator set.    As the J79-GE-119 turbojet has less performance restrictions at higher altitudes and because the performance of the F-20 suffers when carrying the AIM-7 missiles, the F-16/79s took over interception missions from the F-104G/J Starfighters whereas the F-20s largely displaced the F-5E/F Tiger IIs in other frontline roles.  These F-16s, like the F-20s, adopted a camouflage scheme derived from the one used on the F-5E/F Tiger IIs.

The ROC is later able to develop an equivalent to the AIM-9L designated TC-1 or the Sky Sword 1 missile, and after France exported the Mirage 4000 to the ROCAF in the wake of Tiananmen Square Incident, the F-16/79s were cleared to use the Magic II within-visual-range missiles that came with the heavy fighters although the TC-1 and AIM-9P remained in common usage.  The AIM-7Fs were supplanted by AIM-7Ms and remanufactured into RIM-7F for use with the Skyguard air defense systems in late-1990s, and the ALQ-184 ECM pods were acquired at the same time.

In mid-2000s the F-16/79s were structurally-rehabilitated and then, in cooperation with the Singapore Technologies Aerospace based on their Falcon ONE project, upgraded at the AIDC with a new cockpit and avionics suite, APX-113(V) Advanced IFF system, new wiring, and a new radar.  In the meantime, the US first approved the release of the AIM-9X and AIM-120C for export to Taiwan and then, 34 years after the sale of the F-16/79 and F-20, approved the ROCAF request for another US-made combat aircraft in the form of the F-16C/D Block 70.  A new ECM pod incorporating Digital Radio Frequency Memory technology is being planned, with the proposal of joining the USAF's ALQ-131 Electronic Attack Pod Upgrade Program seen as the frontrunner.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2020, 09:36:12 AM by dy031101 »
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Offline elmayerle

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Re: dy031101's Mental Notes
« Reply #445 on: February 10, 2020, 05:37:24 AM »
Beautiful!  Just a thought, combine those surplus F-5Fs with the old "three camera" RF-5A nose, replace the radar and guns with the internals of a laser designation pod with the head where the front window of the camera nose was, and use them as "fast FAC' aircraft to designate targets for laser-guided munitions carrying aircraft.

Offline dy031101

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Re: dy031101's Mental Notes
« Reply #446 on: February 11, 2020, 01:31:21 PM »
Just a thought, combine those surplus F-5Fs with the old "three camera" RF-5A nose, replace the radar and guns with the internals of a laser designation pod with the head where the front window of the camera nose was, and use them as "fast FAC' aircraft to designate targets for laser-guided munitions carrying aircraft.

I'm actually rather partial to Sargeant Fletcher LITE, which mounts a Litening targeting pod section to the forward portion of a F-5 external tank.  Unfortunately I can no longer find a picture of it, and I don't think I am faithfully reproducing its likeness.



(I did not add my name to the attachment because the only thing I did is to change weapons- clockwise starting from upper-left corner: AIM-9X & AIM-120C5 [AIM-120C7, once available, would be issued specifically to F-16/79 units], TC-1 & Magic II, TC-1 & AGM-84L, and TC-1 & GBU-12 & centreline tank-mounted targeting sensors.)
« Last Edit: February 11, 2020, 01:45:07 PM by dy031101 »
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Re: dy031101's Mental Notes
« Reply #447 on: February 12, 2020, 02:34:49 PM »


The Falcon ONE project offered a choice of radar between Grifo and APG-66(V)2 (or, in the ROCAF's case, APG-66[V]3 because of the need to be able to utilize the AIM-7 missile until the widespread service of the AIM-120C).

But Grifo would, in my estimation, probably have offered a more-convenient pathway to ultimately having a phased array radar on these F-16s.   From APG-66(V)3 would likely have led to wholesale replacement by the APG-83, and I don't remember ever hearing about any fighter fleet having their radars replaced twice or more...... the Italians, OTOH, might be more-easily-incentivized into coming up with a PESA or AESA antenna option that is either drop-in or requiring only up to moderate modification to the Grifo radar's backend.

Grifo is also advertised as being compatible with the MICA missile (the US won't release the APG-66[V]3's source codes anyway).  Although having a shorter range, the MICA EM is also lighter than the AIM-120C...... having said that, the compatibility being advertised is likely in the interest of the radar being installed in a Mirage 2000; the F-16 would have had to be qualified for making use of it.  The alt.-ROCAF therefore would likely have had to pay out of their own pocket to carry out that qualification- that could have been expensive, and if neither NATO nor UAE would fund the qualification of MICA on the F-16, the alt.-ROCAF probably wouldn't have, either.
« Last Edit: February 13, 2020, 12:25:19 AM by dy031101 »
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Re: dy031101's Mental Notes
« Reply #448 on: February 18, 2020, 02:56:46 AM »
While we are still on the subject of the F-16......



The camo (chosen based on a scaled model displayed at TADTE 2019) is an attempt at HAVE GLASS V and total conjecture as to the question if the ROCAF machines will get it or not, as is the triple AMRAAM rack (originally shown in promotion material for the F-21).  But hey, at the very least one can always dream and see how much the real deal is similar to or different from it  ;)
« Last Edit: February 19, 2020, 03:09:12 PM by dy031101 »
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