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 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:19 am 

Replies: 7
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"An explosion involving nuclear material" becomes "nuclear explosion" because that sells more papers... More likely the journalist in question lacked the background to differentiate. That's the biggest problem with media these days. All the specialty journalists are gone. They c...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: What should be my next model?

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:19 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 341


M.Becker wrote:
I see people propose carrers and battleships. Why not both at the same time? The battleship Ise in her 1944 configuration. :geek:

Insufficiently ridiculous.

I nominate HMS FURIOUS. You would be too if an 18" gun happened to you.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: 2S4 Tulpan 240mm heavy SP mortars being modernized

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:41 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 159


A 240mm projectile of any size is very useful. Especially when the device flinging it can be made very mobile, and deliver a precision BANG.

If you don't have lots of ready airpower, you will invest in artillery. It's a hell of a lot cheaper and easier to maintain.

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: Hunting for Little Green Men.

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:49 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 914


Or they might simply be biologically different enough that 'cross-contamination' isn't an issue. Using 'alternative building blocks' (silicon, ammonia, etc.), things like that. Totally true. But it also means that they won't be stopping by to pick up food. No, but they may still need to deal with b...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: Hunting for Little Green Men.

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:24 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 914


If not a Carrier group, then Medieval Chinese Junk Fleet blown off course. Enormous ships, huge crews, tech several centuries beyond the locals, but nearing the end of their endurance. They need some-where 'mostly harmless' to flush toxins, recover from 'cabin fever', tank up, trade for grain and g...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: What should be my next model?

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:39 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 341


I'm almost done with USS Tennessee as she appeared at Pearl Harbor, so its time to get serious about the next project. My candidates, and I realize that I've always been partial to Japanese ships, they're more "interesting" in my opinion. The list: Yamato Fuso I keep going around about wh...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:00 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 374


What about the procurement of horse flesh? Did either the Union or the Confederacy set up stud farms to grow their own, or did they rely on the private market and officers equipping their units? The US Army had centralized remount services for both cavalry and field artillery. Initially, those rais...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:30 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 374


Your posts Johnnie, have been very entertaining and quite educational. Why thank you. When I think of the US Cav, which is very seldom, I think of Light Horse Harry Lee, GA Custer, Nathan Bedford Forest and most especially John Buford. That's a bit of a shame, because the US cavalry tradition is pr...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:40 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 374


It also depends on the ability to supply units in the field with sufficient ammo, and proper drill to avoid firing it all away unnecessarily. We have several examples like the 21st Ohio or 20th Maine, which found themselves in extremis because they ran out of ammo. Hear, hear! It looks like Allin a...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:32 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 374


Would the widespread adoption of breech loaders have impacted the effect of Cavalry raids in the war? I have read that cavalry armed with a brace of revolvers had an advantage over infantry with single shot muzzle loaders in close encounters, does this change if the infantry have breech loaders? Sh...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:03 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 374


So I really don't think you'd get much more of a bloodbath by adding breechloaders. The proportions are all about the same, despite increasing numbers of men engaged and skill at killing each other. I hazard a guess. Even if the manufacturing capacity for breechloaders using cartridges existed (did...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:49 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 374


He said he liked his Allin better than his 1853 Enfield "snider". He said he really wanted to get his hands on a "Chasseur Tabatiére". I never heard of that beast. It's this guy here: http://www.militaryrifles.com/France/Carabine.htm The key difference with the Allin, the Snider...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:20 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 374


He has three hobbies, loose women (he is a long time widower), doing extra "speaking" parts in real movies shot locally and antique fire arms. He is into Cap and Ball revolvers and early breach loading rifles. He's been to my club's "Black Powder Range" and the crazies there wer...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Raise your glasses

 Post subject: Re: Raise your glasses
Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:13 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 339


Theodore wrote:
Thank you all. Everyone is healthy, and my sister says giving birth to two 7.5-lb babies is way easier than giving birth to one 10-lb baby. I'll take her word for it.

Is this where you go "twins? Easy peasy!"

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: Opiate Game Changer or just Hype?

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:47 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 263


Here is what N0. 2 daughter, a Nurse Practitioner with many years of service in the Oncology ward of one of NE's very best hospitals wrote me. "I would wait for the human clinical trials and then take results with a grain of salt if they are funded by drug companies. Big Pharma told us oxycodo...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Raise your glasses

 Post subject: Re: Raise your glasses
Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:33 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 339


Huzzah! Uncledom is fun.

 Forum: Bar   Topic: I blame Dennis.

 Post subject: Re: I blame Dennis.
Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:23 pm 

Replies: 110
Views: 3796


Conversely, I'm enjoying a glass of Four Roses Single Barrel bourbon, with what Williams and Sonoma promises me is the perfectly-shaped ice cube. I'm becoming quite partial to the small batch bourbons, and there really is something adult about a glass that lasts you for hours because it's something ...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: The Star Wars Bomber Gap

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:41 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 543


Why didn't they just blow up Yavin? That would've taken care of the base on the moon thereof... All this leads me to the conclusion that Yavin was an inside job by the Neo-Siths to promote an endless war. So... Just what happens if you shoot a superlaser into a gas giant? Maybe it can't blow up a g...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: The Star Wars Bomber Gap

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:26 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 543


Poohbah wrote:
Why didn't they just blow up Yavin? That would've taken care of the base on the moon thereof...

All this leads me to the conclusion that Yavin was an inside job by the Neo-Siths to promote an endless war.

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: The Star Wars Bomber Gap

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:24 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 543


HMS Warspite wrote:
Someone clearly never played Tie Fighter.

Oh, I have. TIE Defender forever! :p
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