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19374 No. 19374 ID: 223a41 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Seems to be a general lack of watercraft round here.

I plan on getting either a canoe or kayak (not specifically one of the two pictured, but in general) when it warms up. I'm strongly leaning towards a canoe for these reasons:

Room for 2

More room inside

Seems much easier to portage

In recent years Kayaks seems to have really taken. Any advice on which might be better would be appreciated. Kayak/Canoe thread in general.

Will probably use it mainly for fishing, and paddling around killing time.
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>This is kind of my thing against kayaks, they recover from a roll, but they seem much more prone to it.

>I've been in a few canoes but never a kayak, and am a bit partial to canoes.

My thoughts exactly. (Pic is me standing up in a canoe)
>> No. 19834 ID: a4acc8
The modern kind of kayaks on the market right now are just for fun. They aren't really designed for real work, but even a real kayak is fairly specialized for long distance seal hunting.

All the canoes on the market are for real work, they can all carry a load and multiple passengers.
>> No. 19872 ID: a4acc8
I will say though, a kayak is easier for newbies. Some modern kayaks have pedals which control a rudder, so turning is real easy.
>> No. 19965 ID: e07445
I have a smallist canoe and a larger aluminum one that is a fucking indestructible beast. Every spring I go and pick fiddleheads on river islands, about a hundred pounds or so every trip, ever with around 300 pounds they truck on just fine.
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You can get $4.50/$5.00 a pound for them. They normally grow in wet spots, and along river banks. The key to picking out the right ferns is that Fiddleheads have a copper colored chaff while other ferns have a hairy covering.

The Fiddlehead or Ostrich Fern has a lot of tannins and other shit in them so they need to be boiled first to remove those. They taste like asparagus. They should be showing up in 2 months or so along with the Ramps.

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11223 No. 11223 ID: 2a6916 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
Artillery Thread
Self propelled, towed, fixed, and man portable.
Rocket propelled and gun launched.
Nuclear and conventional, old and new.
If it is built to hurl something from Point A to Point B, you can discuss it here.

North Korean 170mm self propelled howitzers. The Norks might be a bit backwards but they appreciate artillery and seem to do a surprisingly good job at photographing their military.
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The Škoda 30.5cm Mörser M.11 used by the Austro-Hungarians during the Siege of Belgrade in WWI and the Yugoslav Royal Army postwar, part of Belgrade Military Museum outer exhibition at the Kalemegdan fortress.
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Looks like posting in this old thread won't bump it to the front page.
- German WW2 artillery at Utah Beach, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France.

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19789 No. 19789 ID: 9723b1 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
The Super Tomcat 21 would be a modification of the original F-14 design and it was to feature GE-F110-129 motors that would allow the Tomcat to super-cruise (achieve mach 1+ without using afterburner) continuously at mach 1.3. Additionally, the jet would have an upgraded APG-71 radar, modified and enlarged control surfaces, and enlarged leading edge root extensions (LERX) that would house more fuel and enhance the jet's low speed handling capabilities. Thrust vectoring nozzles tied directly to a new digital flight control system were also an option. These modifications would give the "Turkey Bird" true super-maneuverability and eye-watering acceleration and sustained speed. Additionally, super-cruise combined with its additional internal fuel carriage capacity would have given the Super Tomcat much greater range than it already had. The jet would also be able to carry targeting and navigation pods, giving it true multi-role capability. Finally, a new single-piece windscreen would be added to provide much better forward visibility.

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>> No. 19803 ID: 360765
It would have had a sustained 77 degree angle of attack without relying on vectoring nozzles, as well as carry any ordnance F-15 can.

It's a great airplane but this thing killed the portion of the ATF program designated for the Navy (NATF), and I can't forgive that.
>> No. 19804 ID: cf0776
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Naval Advanced Tactical Fighter (NATF) 1988-1991 - Due to Congressional intervention, the US Navy agreed to evaluate a navalized version of the US Air Force's Advanced Tactical Fighter (now the F/A-22) as a possible replacement for their F-14s. In return, the US Air Force would evaluate a derivative of the ATA as a replacement for their F-111s.

In late 1988, a Naval ATF (NATF) program office was set up at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the existing ATF Dem/Val contracts were modified to include studies of potential NATF variants.

The Major Aircraft Review reduced the peak production rates of both the ATF and NATF. This had the effect of substantially increasing the program cost. In August 1990, Admiral Richard Dunleavy, who was in charge of Navy aircraft requirements, stated that he did not see how the NATF could fit into any affordable plan for naval aviation. In early 1991, before the final contractor for the ATF was even selected, the consideration of the NATF was dropped. This was mainly due to the fact that the Navy realized that a series of upgrades to their existing F-14's could meet the Navy's air superiority needs through 2015.

The F-22N was studied in the Major Aircraft Review as an NATF concept, and canceled in large measure because the projected high gross take-off weight exceed the capacity of current carriers. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/natf.htm

- F-22 with variable-sweep wings for the U.S. Navy's Navy Advanced Tactical Fighter (NATF) program.
>> No. 19805 ID: cf0776
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Carrier aircraft fly slower approaches than land-based aircraft and must be able to perform a waveoff at low speed. Therefore, a full power 1.5g turn at 0.2M and sea level with all stores and reserve fuel on board may be needed to ensure an adequate maneuver margin. This requirement determines the wing loading for sea-based aircraft [the SSF was exempt from this waveoff requirement because it performs vertical landings].

Carrier operations require heavier structures for several reasons: 1) arrested landings require a tail hook and reinforced fuselage, 2) landing gear are designed for 24 ft/s sink rate, and 3) catapult launches require reinforced nose gear and a strengthened fuselage. These weight increments are difficult to quantify because there are no data for aircraft that were designed for both land-based and sea-based operations with exactly the same mission capability. For example, contrary to the expected navalization penalty, the land-based F-4 actually had a higher empty weight than the carrier-based version. But in this case the land-based version used the increased strength and wing area of the carrier aircraft to carry an increased equipment load, which equates to higher mission capability. Similarly, few aircraft have successfully made the transition from land-based to sea-based operations. The carrier version of the British Hawk did perform catapult launches and arrested landings but required substantial structural reinforcement to do so. The navalized Hawk is approximately 11% heavier empty, but it can no longer fly as far as the land-based version.

Since historical research did not provide values for fuselage and landing gear weight penalties for carrier operations, an estimate had to be made another way. To this end, the F-14 and F-18 were modelled using ACSYNT's land-based weight equations. The actual aircraft fuselage and landing gear structure weights were approximately 30% greater than those modelled by ACSYNT. Therefore, 30% fuselage and landing gear weight penalties may be applied to carrier-based aircraft in this study. Informal comments by US Navy personnel agreed that 30% was a reasonable estimate.

Early in the ATF/NATF development, a Naval variant of the F-22 could have been developed. By the late 1990s, however, to graft a Naval requirement onto an existing F-22 program would be similar to the mistake that the Department made in developing the F-111. In that program, DOD directed the Air Force to add Naval requirements to an existing Air Force EMD concept "with minimal disruption" to the program. As a result, the Naval version of the F-111 was significantly overweight and subsequently canceled in favor of a new start Navy aircraft, the F-14. The appropriate time to join multi-service requirements is early in the program, and the ideal time is while the requirements are being developed in a balanced systems engineering approach.
>> No. 19806 ID: cf0776
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F-22 Raptors deploy to Estonia

An F-22 Raptor pilot from the 95th Fighter Squadron based at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., gets situated in his aircraft prior to taking off from Ämari Air Base, Estonia, Sept. 4, 2015. The F-22s have previously deployed to both the Pacific and Southwest Asia for Airmen to train in a realistic environment while testing partner nations' ability to host advanced aircraft like the F-22. http://www.af.mil/News/Photos.aspx?igphoto=2001289424
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Mother of God.

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19800 No. 19800 ID: 73b280 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
Shots fired!
>> No. 19801 ID: 9bc249
muh patriotic jokes
>> No. 19802 ID: 254d85
Didn't Land Rover do a recall last year because the doors would randomly unlock/open?

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  Praised as the greatest tank of all times in the US and northern parts of Saudi-Arabia, in reality the M1A2 SEP is nothing to write home about. A detailed comparison to an older French design revealed, once again, that more expensive does NOT = more effective. In fact, the M1A2 SEP is nowhere close to being the best MBT around.
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19142 No. 19142 ID: e7f332 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Getting towards the end of the usable life of my tires, which are the bridgestone potenzas the car came with.

Considering getting these to replace them:


Other suggestions have included:

Continental Xtremecontact

Michelin Pilot Sports

Nitto somethings.

The reviews of the Driveguards look solid, any reason I shouldn't get them?
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>> No. 19640 ID: ae87b5

thanks for tirefacts, I didn't think getting 5 years of use out of the old ones was too bad.
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>> No. 19697 ID: cfaec1
Tyre is an ancient city.

Tire is short for attire, meaning the metal dressing on the rim of spoked wheels, c1300. It was misspelled as tyre a few hundred years later and that became popular. Then the grammarians fixed it back to original in 1600, which is when America started saying it. And now retarded British schools are bringing the misspelling back again just to be different from America.

This is probably one of few cases where Americans are using proper English spelling.
>> No. 19749 ID: 223a41
I hope you got a deal on those, I bought my mom a set of Michellens for $410 installed after mail in rebate in that time frame. For future reference if you drive on a popular size, you can sometimes get slightly used tires for hella cheap. I got a set of good tires on steel wheels for for $300 for my expedition. F150s are as commons as Asian people in China out here, but still a great deal. Retail on that would have been about 1k.
>> No. 19761 ID: ae87b5

All told the tires were $500 and then I paid some russian guys $100 to balance them. I didn't find them cheaper anywhere else that wasn't sketchy OR would only sell them to me if I had them put on there at an exorbitant service charge.

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19588 No. 19588 ID: fc3045 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
I need a bicycle for commuting. Here's what I found locally.
Advice, ideas, etc welcome.
Budget is 100-200, I'd prefer cheaper to allow for pedal upgrades and for rebuilding.

I want to eventually get into long distance riding, and would be happy to do it on whichever ride. But, I'd rather have an older heavier bike, then a heavier cheap chinese chink bike.

But, this would also be my first road bike.
What I've found locally:

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>> No. 19673 ID: 7443a9
You actually did good. Old ten speeds are usually decent bikes but they can be a nightmare to repair sometimes.

http://www.mytenspeeds.com/ - Great resource

Love the extension levers. Just make sure they are adjusted correctly or sheldon says they will kill you and steal the soul of your first born child.
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Yeah I could have done a lot worse. New tubes, new cables, new front pads, all the shifters have been cleaned and lubed, front bearing repacked. Got more to do but it's serviceable right now.
>> No. 19675 ID: fc3045
>Love the extension levers. Just make sure they are adjusted correctly or sheldon says they will kill you and steal the soul of your first born child.

The rear extension levers (right hand) aren't adjusted right (i've got the hoods way too far forward so I can get fingertips on the brakes when in the drop). It's bent to hell and back.
The front brake is the brake that matters.

It's got some quirks, I need to adjust the shimano 600 derailers because it's a friction shift setup but it's also just need to put some miles on the bike as well.

Not in the picture is the vintage u lock holder, lol.

handlebar rewrap self done.

Not bad at all for a $60 bike.
>> No. 19676 ID: fc3045
Got any links on the jewazon.

I was looking at this, but I think kryptonite's quality has fallen recently.
>> No. 19713 ID: 044fd0

Yeah, Kryptonite has gone to shit lately. They've cut quality to save costs. I'd check Ebay for their older stuff.

Here's a 6' 3/8" chain.

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19533 No. 19533 ID: cfe73e hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
The New $3B USS Zumwalt Is a Stealthy Oddity That May Already Be a Relic
12.10.15 http://www.wired.com/2015/12/the-new-3b-uss-zumwalt-is-a-stealthy-oddity-that-may-already-be-a-relic/
AT FIRST GLANCE, the long-awaited USS Zumwalt looks more like brutalist Soviet architecture than a destroyer in the United States Navy. But despite appearances, this trapezoidal hunk of gray steel was built at Bath Iron Works in Maine, not plucked from a Bulgarian mountaintop.

The Zumwalt completed its first at-sea tests this week, and its captain, who really is named James Kirk, couldn’t be happier. “For the crew and all those involved in designing, building, and readying this fantastic ship, this is a huge milestone,” he says. Bath Iron Works employee Kelley Campana, with tears in her eyes, told the The Telegraph, “It looks like the future.”

Maybe so. But the Zumwalt, named for Navy Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, may already be a relic.

The Zumwalt-class destroyer program started in the early 1990s and has been a problem child ever since. At first, the Navy planned to purchase 32 of the stealth vessels. Then it said it would buy seven. Then three. Now, it may buy just two. After decades and billions of dollars spent, the DoD may instead choose an updated version of the Arleigh-Burke DDG-51 destroyer, a model that entered service in 1991.

- ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 7, 2015) The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is underway for the first time conducting at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean Dec. 7, 2015. The multimission ship will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces.
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Yeah, the point is to fool those hideously destructive anti-ship missiles if you cannot swat them down (or destroy their bombers, ships, subs or launchers) at distance.

The ship’s tumblehome hull is plainly visible in this sharp bow view. Unlike more conventional hull forms, the tumblehome hull is fuller and wider at the waterline and below than above. The ship’s maximum beam is 80.7 feet on a length of 600 feet. http://jamesgzumwalt.com/the-latest-pictures-of-the-uss-zumwalt/
>> No. 19667 ID: df12a0

Taffy 3's escorts didn't even need their armor against the Japs.
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They needed that armor when the Japanese shell started ripping in.
But that historic battle in the Leyte Gulf of the Philippine Islands stands testament to how a small screening force of destroyers were able to unnerve and frighten away a much stronger attacking enemy fleet of cruisers and battleships who were about to destroy a relatively unguarded collection of escort carriers. The Japanese commander thought that US destroyers attacking his force so aggressively must have been the vanguard of a powerful American surface fleet and he fled ingloriously when he could have swatted away the escorts and destroyed the carriers.

- A memorial to Sprague and Taffy 3 next to USS Midway (CV-41) in San Diego.
>> No. 19669 ID: cfe73e
  WW2: The Battle of Leyte Gulf https://youtu.be/f-iGLrrwiGw
>> No. 19671 ID: f5c39f

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So, it's official. The UK is to purchase 9 P8 Poseidon aircraft to replace the scrapped Nimrod. if you ask me, this is what they should have done in the first place. Remember the Nimrod AEW clusterfuck, when we spent large sums of money on a plane that didn't work, then had to buy an off the shelf US design (Sentry)? Well, history has repeated itself, with the Nimrod MRA4 being scrapped and now we are looking to Boeing (again) to fill the gap.

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>> No. 19543 ID: a19011
I dimly remember reading something like they left space in the design so they could retrofit a catapult if required.

Don't forget this thing has a 50 year service life expectation. there's nothing to say it wont get one in 2035 or so in an upgrade pack, when the MOD gets round to buying Navalised Super Typhoons.
>> No. 19552 ID: f013be
Yes but why is just the catapult mechanism as expensive as an entire carrier without one?
>> No. 19553 ID: 794d7b
Honestly I don't really know whether or not that was the case; I guess you'd have to ask the British government for the specifics of the estimated costs. The ships were actually originally planned to be STOVL and a decision was made in 2010 to build them with cats instead, but the projected cost to do so apparently doubled from its original estimate sometime afterwards and they reverted to the original plan in 2012. I remember there was a big kerfuffle about it in the UK a few years back and a lot of Royal Navy guys were angry, so I guess somebody in the government must have screwed up when estimating the costs.
>> No. 19592 ID: 9aea35
Oh jeeezus fucking.... just cancel the military, cancel it, there's no point if all the enemies of the United Kingdom have to do is wait until sheer efficiency brings the place down
>> No. 19598 ID: cfe73e
Steady on, old bean. No need to become despondent.
MONTY PYTHON The Royal Nay Vee https://youtu.be/HtbKSXoueks
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