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21730 No. 21730 ID: b6523d Stickied hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
General car discussion thread

>post your car
>post other people's cars
>post dank maymays
>get derailed by Bat Guano
>ask questions
>get answers
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Wife got an unexpected promotion at work (didn't apply for it, didn't interview) from wage to salary with full benefits/401k. ~$250 a pay period raise but mando overtime during football season.

Since I didn't trust her 03' Beetle to not burst into flames on her we bought her a new 2018 Mirage SE. I was told that it would be shit in the mountains and on the highway due to the small engine but so far it is doing great. Hell I was passing people just fine on I81 this morning.
>> No. 21920 ID: 5d4aa3
Responding to a dead post kinda

There's another problem with gear driven systems, they have no slack in the system. Think about the torque being exerted on drivetrain components during a harsh downshift. In a a belt or chain system, there is some small amount of bounce that is taken up by the tensioning system. Performance suffers, but with a gear system, and especially on straight cut gears, all the load can shear a tooth. The best performance, and guaranteed to hold valve timing, but an extra failure point for race cars.

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Post it if it's yours and gets you from point A to point B!

No post without picture.
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>> No. 21886 ID: 99d212
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Holy shit, I never posted about my GMC C2500... well, I sold this already, but I owned it for a good 6mo-1yr.
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sold that, to fund this
2000 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71
factory everything, all options, and about 60k miles less than the GMC had(180k compated to 241k)

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temporary image hosting for reasons.
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>> No. 21916 ID: 95e1b4
yep that's a Z
>> No. 21918 ID: 09c7e0
was that a late model 280 or an early 300? i forgot how to tell the difference.
>> No. 21919 ID: 99d212
was a 300ZX, first gen. was hosting images to sell it, and its sold.

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Let's just gloss over the fact that it can fly and be invisible (apparently defying the laws of physics), let's discuss the helicarrier's flight deck design. Going by this picture, the flight deck is on two levels: Takeoff from the fo'c'sle, straight out of the hangar in a similar bi-level design to HMS Glorious. Landing is on an upper flight deck, which is angled. Given that the Quinjets are STOVL, the need for an angled deck is questionable, since there is no arrester gear and thus no risk missing it and having to "go around". There is also no ski-jump, but Quinjets may take off happily without one.
>> No. 21915 ID: 55fdd6
They also fly F35 B-variants in and out, as seen in the first Avengers. It's capable of STOVL but that design allows for less fuel-draining traditional take-off and landing and also allows adaptability for other non-STOVL aircraft to take off and land as well.
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Not to shit on your morning brownies but Marvel Films©®™ are (im-)purely U.S. propaganda mouthpieces, for all the money and manpower from the U.S. Dept of Defense that gets invested in them at this time.



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...got any image dumps of 'em, Bat Guano?
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What is that bottom cockpit used for? I have always wondered.
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Pretty sure this was a sawn-off demo cockpit, but don't have any exterior pictures to confirm the type. Seen at the Scottish airshow 2014.
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Met office BAe146 (not a great shot, I'm afraid.)
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pilot, copilot, aircraft captain, engineer, navigator & radio operator
all that work can be done by two pilots with a relatively low workload these days on even the largest aircraft.
>> No. 21912 ID: 278cbe
Naturally, it is a navigator's cabin.

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Some photos from a world war 1 event at Beamish earlier this year:
Starting with... a "tin turtle" Simplex armoured locomotive.
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War Department-liveried Foden steam wagon.
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Can't remember what make this truck was. Unfortunately you can't make out the badge in the photo.
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And finally a Latil four wheel drive truck.

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  World war 1 convoy from Bovington tank museum to Great Dorset Steam Fair.
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  Last post seems to be just a slideshow of stills. Here's some video:

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ASPEN, Colo.

Will the Pentagon, with its 30-year planning cycle for building ships, still be launching aircraft carriers in 2048 — even though they’re highly vulnerable to attack today?

That’s an example of the military-modernization questions that kept nagging participants at last weekend’s gathering of the Aspen Strategy Group, which annually brings together top-level current and former national security officials, along with a few journalists, to discuss defense and foreign policy. This year’s focus was on “Maintaining America’s Edge” in the dawning era of high-tech combat, and the big takeaway was this: The future of warfare is now, and China is poised to dominate it.

Speakers at the conference described a new generation of combat systems, powered by artificial intelligence, cyberweapons and robots that can operate on land, sea and air. But America is still largely wedded to legacy weapons of the past — superbly engineered (but super-expensive) aircraft carriers, bombers, fighter jets and submarines.

“We have a small number of exquisite, expensive, manned, hard-to-replace systems that would have been familiar to Dwight D. Eisenhower. They are being overtaken by advanced technology,” argued Christian Brose, staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Instead, he said, the Pentagon needs a large number of inexpensive, unmanned, expendable, autonomous systems that can survive in the new electronic battlespace and overwhelm any potential adversary.

“It is not that we lack money. It is that we are playing a losing game,” Brose contended in a paper presented to the group. “Our competitors are now using advanced technologies to erode our military edge. This situation is becoming increasingly dire.”

Future needs are being drowned out by past practices, because of what Brose’s boss, Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), has called the “military-industrial-congressional complex.” Brose calculates that in the Pentagon’s initial request for $74 billion in new defense spending in fiscal 2019, only 0.006 percent was targeted for science and technology. The National Science Foundation estimates that in fiscal 2015, only 18 percent of the Pentagon’s research and development budget went to basic, applied and advanced research. Major systems claimed 81 percent.

Even when the Pentagon tries to push innovation, it often stumbles. When Ashton B. Carter was defense secretary under President Barack Obama, he created the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, with offices in Silicon Valley, Boston and Austin. That operation thrived initially, negotiating 60 defense contracts with start-ups. The program has slowed under the Trump administration, despite support from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, because it lacks funds and bureaucratic support, warned Christopher Kirchhoff, a former DIUx partner. If Ma
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  Hello airplanes? It's blimps, you win.
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>> No. 21870 ID: f0fb5d
  Saw this neat video recently by an engineer who wrote a book on the R101. It explains why helium isn't/wasn't really viable as well as the...uh, interesting...gas bag technology the British used.

While every airship from their glory days seems to have ended in disaster, I still feel like modern technology and controls could rectify the problems. It wouldn't be cheap but it could be better.
>> No. 21871 ID: f0fb5d
I'll also say that I think the aspirational design characteristics of many of these grand, intercontinental airships contributed to their grand failure.

If you design an airship that doesn't try to take over cargo ships' market share over the oceans, eliminate the need to go from London to Cairo to Karachi to Melbourne and back or even cross the Atlantic without refueling inbetween, equip it with carbon fiber, rubber, plastic and aluminum where appropriate, don't try to power it with locomotive engines, set it up with 4G, radio and/or satellite links to modern weather radar feeds and match that with historical meteorological maps of graded wind-risk areas, you could do a lot of good without leaving any given continent or going too far beyond the shore.

Instead of thinking it's a cargo ship or luxury ocean liner in the sky like they did in the 1920s and 1930s, think of it as an 18 wheeler (or RV) that doesn't need a road.
>> No. 21872 ID: df12a0
I'd love it if they designed one to be an extremely-high-altitude, super-long-endurance "Spooky"-style gunship
>> No. 21885 ID: 947d3d

As if that isn't already above our heads RIGHT NOW!

I'm also a member of the "retire to an airship" club. They definitely could be repurposed into an RV of the sky. Just a small ship big enough to house 3 people in relative comfort.
>> No. 21893 ID: f0fb5d
So, I'm doing a little research and I wanted to check with /v/ to see if there's any input here.

I'm looking at metropolitan areas that are not far apart as the crow flies but nevertheless isolated due to geography, whether that's mountains or impassable swamp. Two examples might be Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paolo, Brazil as well as Yaziva, Panama and Turbo, Colombia.

Both Rio and Sao Paolo are huge metropolitan areas and they're only 270 miles apart on the same coastline but it takes 7.5 or 8 hours to drive from one to the other thanks to the mountainous terrain and impossibility of a convenient coastal highway.

Yaviza and Turbo are the ends of the Darien Gap, the only break in the Pan-American highway. The distance between them is only 60 miles but it's proven impossible to build roads due to expense and environmental concerns.

What other examples can you think of?

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By Harrison Smith
June 18 at 6:36 PM
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In the early weeks of January 1942, relying on an old World’s Fair guidebook to find his way, Reinhard Hardegen brought his German U-boat near the mouth of New York Harbor. A Kapitänleutnant at the time, holding the equivalent rank of a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, he was close enough to shore that, standing on his submarine’s bridge in the dark of night, he could watch the Ferris wheel turn above Coney Island, spot the headlights of cars and see the distant glow of skyscrapers in Manhattan.

“I cannot describe the feeling with words,” he later wrote in a memoir, “but it was unbelievably beautiful and great. . . . We were the first to be here, and for the first time in this war a German soldier looked out upon the coast of the U.S.A.”

That same night — by then, the morning of Jan. 15, 1942 — Lt. Hardegen and his crew fired torpedoes at the Coimbra, a British tanker ship carrying oil off the coast of Long Island. Thirty-six crew members were killed as the ship sank into the sea, its bow pointing out of the water like a buoy that, Lt. Hardegen declared, marked the way to New York City.

In two patrols along the East Coast, Lt. Hardegen — who went on to achieve the rank of lieutenant commander — sank about two dozen merchant ships, part of a German military campaign to sever the supply chain between the United States and Britain.

He became a hero in Germany, where Adolf Hitler personally awarded him the country’s highest military honor, but later disavowed any support for the Nazi party, became involved in German state politics and returned to the United States to speak with veterans groups and meet with the families of his wartime victims.

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