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stalkervision #6141 Posted May 15 2015 - 11:12

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on May 14 2015 - 00:19, said:

He's rather missed the woods for the trees. I'm not advocating trying to not get spotted. I'm advocating assuming that you're spotted, unless you have reason to believe you're not. That means anticipating when the shell is likely to impact. People who watch my streams may have noticed that I will occasionally comment upon impending artillery moments before it hits. After 20,000 games, one tends to get a feel for that sort of thing.

 

About a week ago, I was playing a game in my T92, and getting all the normal "Chief! Why you play sky cancer" comments that seem inevitable when I play artillery. By the end of the game, I, and all the other arties were dead, and the last four players were all within proximity-spotting distance of each other, around hard cover. We were then treated to about five minutes of...nothing, as no player seemed willing to take the risk of getting killed by moving. As I observed in all-chat "wouldn't an arty be kindof nice about now?"

 

Now, you can perhaps argue the mechanism for arty in the game. Small alpha/high ROF vs the current large alpha/low ROF, for example. But as it currently stands, if you've got something blocking the route which needs removing so that you can proceed on your merry way, the best tool for the job is artillery.

 

arty is a very good road bock remover I agree. I like to play it too very often.

Walter_Sobchak #6142 Posted May 15 2015 - 12:42

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on May 14 2015 - 23:20, said:

Walter, or anyone else. Have you picked up one of the Hunnicutt reprints? I'm seeing a few notes on Amazon reviews about it being a poor-quality reproduction.

 

I have not.  I plan to, but right now I don't have the spare cash.  There is a discussion about the reprints here.  Also, If you buy directly from the publisher (echopointbooks) and use the coupon code EPBUYER, you get 10% off.  

 

Since Chieftain mentioned the Icks collection, here is a PDF listing its contents.  It's quite a treasure trove of documents

 

Collection description: Collection of photographs, books, booklets, and manuscripts covering all aspects of armored vehicles worldwide. Collected and collated by COL Robert J. Icks, Ordnance Corps, U.S. Army. The photographs are divided by country and vehicle type. They number well over 10,000. (60 linear feet). Books, pamphlets and manuscripts include rare and one of a kind items in such languages as French, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Finnish, German, Italian, and English, and are almost exclusive in their dealing with armor and armor development from 1914 to 1980. 


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I come back to this thread every now and then because there's some pretty cool stuff lurking around.  But every now and then....

 

....holy crap it's Chieftain's hat stand again.  Keep up the good work, Chief.



The_Chieftain #6144 Posted May 15 2015 - 16:53

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OK, apparently the publisher are changing their printing mechanism. I feel better about the future print runs. Let me ask Benning if they've sorted out their library yet.

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on May 15 2015 - 14:21, said:

View Postshapeshifter, on May 15 2015 - 06:12, said:

Wasn't a large amount of files he had sold off? or some museum has a large number of boxes with his files. I may be confusing another author.

 

A large amount of his photographs were sold off. I have them.

 

A large amount of his files, however, were bequeathed to another author; one who wouldn't urinate on me if I were on fire. I have no idea what he plans on doing with them in the long run, but I can fairly guarantee that out of spite he won't release them to aid in anything I might be remotely associated with.

 

That said, much of the Icks collection is retained by the Armor Museum. If they've finally opened up the boxes after the move to Ft Benning...

 

Is this the guy that wasn't invited to Operation Think Tank?



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View PostWalter_Sobchak, on May 15 2015 - 06:42, said:

 

I have not.  I plan to, but right now I don't have the spare cash.  There is a discussion about the reprints here.  Also, If you buy directly from the publisher (echopointbooks) and use the coupon code EPBUYER, you get 10% off.  

 

Since Chieftain mentioned the Icks collection, here is a PDF listing its contents.  It's quite a treasure trove of documents

 

Collection description: Collection of photographs, books, booklets, and manuscripts covering all aspects of armored vehicles worldwide. Collected and collated by COL Robert J. Icks, Ordnance Corps, U.S. Army. The photographs are divided by country and vehicle type. They number well over 10,000. (60 linear feet). Books, pamphlets and manuscripts include rare and one of a kind items in such languages as French, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Finnish, German, Italian, and English, and are almost exclusive in their dealing with armor and armor development from 1914 to 1980. 

 


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Hello folks, I have a question, has this photo been used in a publication. When Fort Knox went outta business I copied a lot of CDs and 2 of the CDs were Hunnicutt photos, around 5000 photos. If these haven't been seen I will start posting some of them, but if they are already out there, I won't go to the trouble. Did he do any books on German vehicles?

 

 

Would be interested in seeing those CD's. :ohmy:



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I suspect I have them. It wan't the WW2 German vehicles which surprised me, it was the reels of film on WWI aircraft.

Strv74 #6148 Posted May 17 2015 - 02:57

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You probably get asked this all the time, but with Cutland going down to ISR, is there any chance of a Argentina/Brazil tour? Plenty of interesting hatches down there. Chile, however, IIRC scrapped their M50-60s and M24-60s.

The_Chieftain #6149 Posted May 17 2015 - 06:38

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ISR? Israel?

Considering a recon to South America in the autumn.

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on May 17 2015 - 06:38, said:

ISR? Israel?
Yes
Considering a recon to South America in the autumn.

 

If you want a list of museums with interesting tanks, I can provide one. Highlights would be X1A / X1A2s, M41 Bulldog versions, Repotenciados and any M50-60 or M24-60 that you might find if they let you on a firing range. This list, ofc, excludes the many possible armored cars down there, and modernish tanks like TAMs. 

 

A hatch article on the DL.43 Nahuel is also possible, I have a friend who is the closest I know to an expert on the thing, contrary to popular belief, enough is known on it to implement. 


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View PostThe_Chieftain, on May 15 2015 - 01:21, said:

 

A large amount of his photographs were sold off. I have them.

 

A large amount of his files, however, were bequeathed to another author; one who wouldn't urinate on me if I were on fire. I have no idea what he plans on doing with them in the long run, but I can fairly guarantee that out of spite he won't release them to aid in anything I might be remotely associated with.

 

That said, much of the Icks collection is retained by the Armor Museum. If they've finally opened up the boxes after the move to Ft Benning...

Jeez, now you have me all curious as to who this guy is.  



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Probably Coldown. I keep having to go talk to him, but I always have more pressing priorities.

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View PostStrv74, on May 18 2015 - 13:19, said:

 

If you want a list of museums with interesting tanks, I can provide one. Highlights would be X1A / X1A2s, M41 Bulldog versions, Repotenciados and any M50-60 or M24-60 that you might find if they let you on a firing range. This list, ofc, excludes the many possible armored cars down there, and modernish tanks like TAMs. 

 

A hatch article on the DL.43 Nahuel is also possible, I have a friend who is the closest I know to an expert on the thing, contrary to popular belief, enough is known on it to implement. 

 

If only that thing was easier to actualy balance in-game. 80mm of sloped frontal armor and a pre-WWI 75mm do not an easily balanceable tank make.

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on May 18 2015 - 20:12, said:

Probably Coldown. I keep having to go talk to him, but I always have more pressing priorities.

Yes, it is COLDOWN. If you add me on Skype, I can link you two up that way. PM if interested. 

 

View PostLife_In_Black, on May 18 2015 - 20:33, said:

 

If only that thing was easier to actualy balance in-game. 80mm of sloped frontal armor and a pre-WWI 75mm do not an easily balanceable tank make.

Yep. However, if the gun was overbuffed a bit to 75mm M3 standard, it could get premium MM like the T14... (oh wait).

 

 

 

 



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I already have him on Skype :).

 

It really is just a matter of man-hours available to me right now.



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View PostThe_Chieftain, on May 18 2015 - 21:30, said:

I already have him on Skype :).

 

It really is just a matter of man-hours available to me right now.

 

Great. :)

 

Ivan is definatly the Argentine guy, also being boots on the ground, but I know a lot more about Brazillian stuff, so I asked him to pass it along when you message him. 

Always good to shop around, if you know what I mean. 



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Hey Chieftain, I saw you're going to be at Tankfest NW.

 

Are you going to take the M1A1 turret trainer for a spin?



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They bought it, did they?

 

I don't see why. 1-161CAB is bringing a real M1A1. The turret trainer has no switches or anything, it was actually designed for maintenance types to work on.



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Chieftain, do your Hunnicutt pictures include the photos he used in the Patton book?  In particular, the pictures of the various models of V12 engines used in M48/M60 tanks?

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Mmm... I don't recall seeing any, but it's not as if I particularly looked for them out of the 10,000 I was trawling through. You have a particular need?




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