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Re: Random whiffs you have found
« Reply #315 on: December 10, 2017, 01:58:45 AM »
Easy - Saving Private Ryan.
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Re: Random whiffs you have found
« Reply #316 on: December 10, 2017, 03:22:34 AM »
Easy - Saving Private Ryan.

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Re: Random whiffs you have found
« Reply #317 on: April 10, 2018, 10:54:20 AM »
Mark Salwowski has some interesting retro drawings on his site:





Some more in his Gallery 3

He's known for his SF book covers, like this one:



EDIT: Just tidied up a little... ;)

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Re: Random whiffs you have found
« Reply #318 on: April 10, 2018, 09:17:39 PM »
The last one reminds me of the Ring World series by Larry Niven.
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Re: Random whiffs you have found
« Reply #319 on: April 11, 2018, 03:02:45 PM »
Mark Salwowski has some interesting retro drawings on his site:




Inspirational to kit-bash.
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Re: Random whiffs you have found
« Reply #320 on: May 22, 2018, 01:57:03 AM »
All hail the God of Frustration!!!

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Re: Random whiffs you have found
« Reply #321 on: May 22, 2018, 02:53:13 AM »


Via David Knight.

In 1945 Japan became wise to the Manhattan Project, they then convinced America (through counter intelligence) they had their own version of the atomic bomb and the means to deliver it to the west coast of the USA using a modified Sen Toku I-400-class submarine and launching atomic torpedo-like missiles (later tested by the US Navy under the 'Jupiter' guise), therefore creating a nuclear stalemate and not ending the war in august 1945. Home defence against a 'regular' invasion became thus even more important than it already was, and defending an empire consisting of lots of islands called for fast, water-borne aircraft for reconnaissance, interception and anti shipping missions.

As the N1K2 Shiden Kai was at that moment arguably the Japanese Navy's best aircraft it's understandable they choose that proven airframe to experiment further with, and so the N1K1/2 was born, and later proved itself even more important as being the first Japanese single seater to launch a heat seeking missile in anger: the Igo-2-A fired against HMS Irreplaceable of the British Pacific Fleet: she was hit and sufficiently crippled to be out of commission until just before the end of the war.

The N1K1/2 was designed in October 1945 (though it's the Igo missile that dates this specific plane to 1946).
but the design for the original N1K1 Kyofu is from 1944, and the N1K2 Shinden Kai (the wheeled version) first became operational in 1945.

The right, de-cockpitted side has a different, experimental engine from the engine on the left side. You can tell that from the different exhaust, the air-inlet just below the vertical stabilizer, and the lengthened fuselage.

The Missile:
The missile between the fuselages is a swept wing Igo-2-A Anti Shipping Missile, made by Mitsubishi. Introduced in the closing stages of the war (November 1946 to be precise) it uses infra red (thus the world´s first ´heat seeker´, with the first batch delivered to the Imperial Navy about 10 years before the AIM-9 goes into production), has a solid-fuel rocket, and is small enough to be launched from fighterplanes instead of bombers.
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Re: Random whiffs you have found
« Reply #322 on: May 23, 2018, 12:41:41 AM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Random whiffs you have found
« Reply #323 on: May 23, 2018, 01:24:15 AM »
The last one reminds me of the Ring World series by Larry Niven.
Very similar, but if I read the book correctly, it doesn't need a star, having it's own power source, and isn't as big in diameter as a ring world.

Called an "orbital" in Banks' books and still many, many times the surface area of any planet.

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Re: Random whiffs you have found
« Reply #324 on: May 23, 2018, 07:17:33 AM »
The orbitals orbit a star and rotate to provide roughly 1G on the inner surface. They're tilted to provide a night/day cycle and the tilt can be changed to provide seasons as well.