djizomdjinn Posted March 1, 2016 Author Share Posted March 1, 2016 Superb! Only minor nitpicking on the painted/finished machine... the emblem is very clean. It would be a little dirtier IMHO. Maybe a small wash over it? Thanks! I was thinking though, that since it's so high up (3 meters in the air?), and one of the few things on it probably cleaned regularly as a point of honor, that not much in the way of dust or dirt would accumulate on it. Maybe rain streaks... Of note, you can now browse all the images from the Dover and Percival projects in one continuous album here. Let me know if it breaks, I'm not sure if imgur's 250 image count applies to albums. I've been scratching my head about this for a few days. Or at least it feels like a few days by now. Measurements put the real-scale tank at a height of 3.8m. 3.8m. That's staggeringly tall. Twelve and a half feet. Not to mention, I read once about a proposal to raise the hull of the Sherman (or some other American WW2 tank) to fit some equipment or other, and Ordnance replied that yes, it could be done, but at a cost of a ton of extra weight per inch raised. Dover II desperately needs a size cut. This side engine arrangement is proving more trouble than it's worth. I can understand why Israel did it, they needed a low-cost well-protected APC, they had a bunch of old T-55 hulls, they didn't want to spend too much time and money futzing around with it. But just look at all that wasted space! That entire walkway next to the engine can't be filled with anything, or else the troops can't get out, and it needs to be raised above the rear sprocket axles, which means the floor is ridiculously high, which pushes the ceiling even higher... And in a domino effect, the troop compartment pushes the turret forward, which pushes the turret basket forward, which crushes the driver against the glacis plate. Not looking good. So, like an import sports car, I am shoving the engine into the middle of the tank, between the turret basket and the passenger compartment. Power would be split in a differential right before the passenger compartment, and then diverted to the two sprockets through drive axles running under the passenger benches. Now, with the rearmost axle split in two, the floor of the passenger compartment can be dropped, dropping the ceiling, letting the turret relax a bit, letting the driver relax. End measured result? 3.3m. A half-meter reduction in height just by shuffling things around. If that report was any indication, I just shaved 20 tons off the vehicle. Pros: Vehicle is not stupidly huge, just mildly huge. Passengers have an easier time getting to rear access ramp. Driver can exist. Cons: Passengers can no longer store stuff under their seat. Crew can no longer bail out through the passenger compartment. Accessing the engine powerpack must be done through the passenger compartment., and doing routine maintenance on the engine probably requires rotating the turret. More extensive maintenance probably needs pulling the turret off the tank. Possibly more fragile drivetrain. At one point, I was considering shifting the era this tank would have been built. I was thinking 1960's technology at first, but if I do a 1980's version I can do all sorts of wonderful space saving tricks using computerization, dropping the turret crew into the basket for even better armor protection, etc. What do you guys think? After the war, the Altian military commenced development of a next generation infantry support tank, under the program name of Project ROOK. Firepower was to be provided by a licensed Royal Ordnance L7 105mm cannon, but most importantly, the new vehicle was to have space for transporting a small infantry section. Armor was given the highest priority; mobility and range were deemed to be largely unnecessary in the network of steep river valleys where most fighting took place during the last war. These tanks were intended as defensive tanks, speedy offensive light tanks would be developed under the sister program, Project KNIGHT, to replace the Percival tank destroyer. At first, the vehicle was tentatively named 'Camelot', but the Queen herself took a deep interest in the program and insisted that it be christened the Dover II. Rumor has it that one of the prototype vehicles was repainted in old St. Sophia's Military Academy colors and presented to the royal family as a gift as the first batch of tanks started equipping the armored divisions. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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