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  • Birthday 07/03/1971

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    Minnesota
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    Models, ARMOURED VEHICLES, making fun of the air farce

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  1. Man, I can never get the specifics correct... Besides, is there a single thing in the Russian military that has only ONE designation?
  2. True enough, but I believe the timeframe would be compressed due to the shock factor. People in the South, and the soldiers on the DMZ, have always felt like they have a target on their chests. The North has to rely on propoganda of how much better they are than the rest to simply stay in power AND they must remain fearfull of any one unit/group being powerfull enough to overthrow them. This is a fatal handicap. While the South would indeed need to recover from the initial shock (what human in the middle of all that would not), I think those of the North would endure their shock far longer
  3. I agree with the analysis posted by Stimpy. They truly are a paper tiger with only one solid tooth...nukes. How far Russia and China would be willing to back up N. Korea if a non-nuke skirmish broke out is another wild card. Both are hard to quantify and I would guess that they are actually moving targets day-to-day, meaning I do not know the "stability" of the NK nukes or the relationships between NK and Russia/China. IF NK got really stupid and provoked, I could see a situation where they would get swatted hard by the SK/US/NATO without help from China/Russia. I can also see a situatio
  4. Leave it up to the Japanese to do something THAT cool...mixing RC racing, Trucks, Driving, AND Flying. That level of coolness is...frosty.
  5. Jacques

    M36 B2

    I knew one of the gunner instructors from Ft. Knox who was involved with testing of the 90mm: Wayne Nelson page I do not know enough specifics about the ammo, but I thought one thought against the 90mm was its poor HE capability, vs. the 75mm's much more usable HE round. My Uncles-in-Laws father, August Swenson, was a tanker in NWE and he said he preferred the 75mm to the 76mm because they seldom ran across tanks to shoot, but very often had targets that the 75mm was better at dealing with. That said, he said they always wanted the BIGGEST and BEST gun they could if they did run across a
  6. Built on the KShM chassis. It is a BTR-80 chassis with a larger superstructure, then it can be specially fitted for a number of missions...one of which is the 1V152. There is also a generic troop mover as well. They are mostly used for command/control or intelligence.
  7. Buzzed through the thread quickly and did not see it so... Does anyone have the production cost of the T-54 available?
  8. Harkonnen, where were these T-80UD with K-1/3 ERA pictures taken? They are credited to Sergey (interest68). I am assuming they are pictures of the T-80UD prototype from Kharkov, but some people have suggested that they are photos of a operational vehicle after retirement. I have found another interesting photo that seems to show K-1/3 ERA AND double quad smoke dischargers on the gunners side. And there are more than one of these tanks in the photo.
  9. Harkonnen, where were these T-80UD with K-1/3 ERA pictures taken? They are credited to Sergey (interest68). I am assuming they are pictures of the T-80UD prototype from Kharkov, but some people have suggested that they are photos of a operational vehicle after retirement. I have found another interesting photo that seems to show K-1/3 ERA AND double quad smoke dischargers on the gunners side. And there are more than one of these tanks in the photo.
  10. Bojan, can you direct me to where Karpenko says that T-55 and T-62 AAMG addition starts in 1969? All I know is that in 1972 (pg. 310) the T-62 is noted as being fitted with a AAMG and in 1970 (pg 300) the T-55 was fitted with the AAMG. Is there something you are seeing that we are missing? As for the Iraqi T-62 with T-55 coupola's for AAMG, where was the work done that leads you to believe that it was not a local Iraqi mod? I am not sure why the Iraqi's could not have done that particular mod themselves.
  11. Bojan, What reference do you have for the AAMG being fitted to the T-62 in 1969? I am having a hard time finding anything earlier than the evidence of the T-62 at APG, USA that is from the May 1971 production batch.
  12. Well, rebuilding right now is cheaper than re-opening the production lines, as stated earlier. And there is the political football of why not build a new design instead of continuing witha legacy design...as well as the argument of who will build it, and where etc... Rebuilding is cheaper in the fact that it is a slower process, so there are fewer tanks run through at any given moment, as over all year to year costs are lower....not new tank vs. rebuild tank over the entire run, but the year to year build. Rebuilding is LESS EFFICIENT than a full up production line, but it can be more ECON
  13. Thanks again Bojan. Does anyone have photos of a T-62 with the welded loaders AAMG hatch? I have seen one set of pics of a museum piece, and we all know to be carefull about those, but all the other photos I have, especially of those on excersize or in parade, are all too far away to distinguish if there is a weld seam or not. Maybe the best evidence is a welded on (non-iraqi) Loaders AAMG coupola. Anyone? (I will keep digging as well).
  14. Thanks Bojan, I already knew about the Iragi T-62 with the added T-55 coupola for the AAMG. I guess I am having a hard time seperating the T-62 m62 refit with a T-62 m69 pupose build...what are the destinctive features? I thought that the difference was a coupola on the loaders side that was welded on rather than being integral to the turret: http://www.dishmodels.ru/wshow.htm?p=1041
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