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by Coefficientofsnark
Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:32 pm
ForumCOLON Regions
TopicCOLON Zeppelin trade routes and pirate hot spots
RepliesCOLON 18
ViewsCOLON 6229

Re: Zeppelin trade routes and pirate hot spots

Nah, whatcha need is an anti-aircraft listening device:

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by Coefficientofsnark
Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:10 pm
ForumCOLON Regions
TopicCOLON Zeppelin trade routes and pirate hot spots
RepliesCOLON 18
ViewsCOLON 6229

Re: Zeppelin trade routes and pirate hot spots

Radar kinda cramps the pirates' style methinks. A zeppelin is... oh yeah, that's right. A several hundred meter long thing made of freaking aluminum. How on earth are the pirates supposed to sneak up on anyone in that if they have radar?
by Coefficientofsnark
Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:53 am
ForumCOLON Expanded Rules
TopicCOLON Beeper-Seeker detector: House rules.
RepliesCOLON 7
ViewsCOLON 3368

Re: Beeper-Seeker detector: House rules.

I have issues with the fluff surrounding Beeper-Seeker. Let's ignore the fact that the entire concept is a shameless port of the same idea from mechwarrior, specifically the NARC missile beacon , and that there's no plausible way to make this sort of thing work in a world where transistors haven't b...
by Coefficientofsnark
Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:45 am
ForumCOLON Mile High Fliers Club
TopicCOLON Why so many pusher planes?
RepliesCOLON 16
ViewsCOLON 4708

Re: Why so many pusher planes?

The Russians loved the P-39 and P-63, which is where a lot of them ended up. Most of the combat on the Easter Front was low-altitude, so the P-39's lack of a turbocharger wasn't a huge issue. Good forward visibility and good ground handling (most of the Russian pilots had very little training), plus...
by Coefficientofsnark
Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:39 am
ForumCOLON Regions
TopicCOLON Zeppelin trade routes and pirate hot spots
RepliesCOLON 18
ViewsCOLON 6229

Re: Zeppelin trade routes and pirate hot spots

Not sure where the perception for limited operating altitude for airships comes from. WW1-era zeppelins could operate at up to 13,000 feet, and by 1917 there were designs that could cruise at 16,500 feet and push up to 21,000 feet when necessary. Interesting. The Hindenburg is listed as having a pr...
by Coefficientofsnark
Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:08 am
ForumCOLON Mile High Fliers Club
TopicCOLON Why so many pusher planes?
RepliesCOLON 16
ViewsCOLON 4708

Re: Why so many pusher planes?

You could put a large enough hook in the autogyro rotor mast to clear the rotors, but at that point you're trying to connect a hook to a loop way above you as opposed to in front of you. Much trickier operation. Also, heavy, bulky, draggy, and just generally impractical. Why would you need a brake f...
by Coefficientofsnark
Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:08 pm
ForumCOLON Mile High Fliers Club
TopicCOLON Why so many pusher planes?
RepliesCOLON 16
ViewsCOLON 4708

Re: Why so many pusher planes?

The major advantage of a pusher design is that it provides much cleaner airflow, therefore better lift over the wings. The zep docking thing would be an added benefit, and could lend designers toward favoring it as more convenient and workable design. A big draw back as I see it is that there's not...
by Coefficientofsnark
Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:09 pm
ForumCOLON Expanded Rules
TopicCOLON Gyroscopic Gunsight (custom equipment)
RepliesCOLON 3
ViewsCOLON 2578

Re: Gyroscopic Gunsight (custom equipment)

I actually have no idea whatsoever how much historical gyro gunsights weighed. A quick google did not reveal this information. I just wanted a convenient weight increment that would allow it to be swapped easily for other, pre-existing equipment. I could easily see making it heavier.
by Coefficientofsnark
Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:07 pm
ForumCOLON Mile High Fliers Club
TopicCOLON Why so many pusher planes?
RepliesCOLON 16
ViewsCOLON 4708

Re: Why so many pusher planes?

The Extra 300S can hang off its prop: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extra_EA-300 at just over a short ton and 300 HP. I don't recall any CS gyros having anywhere near that power to weight ratio. Stopping the main rotor on an autogyro is a non-trivial problem too. The rotor on an autogyro is different...
by Coefficientofsnark
Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:40 pm
ForumCOLON Mile High Fliers Club
TopicCOLON Why so many pusher planes?
RepliesCOLON 16
ViewsCOLON 4708

Re: Why so many pusher planes?

Hmmm... Well, in nearly all the WWI designs and most of the WWII designs where they had guns in the top decking shooting through the prop arc, the machinegun breeches poked into the cockpit for easy access by the pilot: http://www.preservedaxisaircraft.com/Japan/Mitsubishi/images/ZekeN553TT.jpg So, ...

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