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The_Integral Feb 27 2015, 11:45pm replied:

I'm not sure about regulation, but kill markers were very common on German vehicles and artillery. Typically they were denoted by rings on the barrel, not random dashes on the turret, but the concept is the same.

+2 votes   media: Battle of Berlin
The_Integral Jun 2 2014, 10:24pm replied:

Download and install v2.46 and it'll auto-update when you start it. It's a small patch so it only takes a couple of minutes to go from 2.46 to 2.47.

+2 votes   mod: Forgotten Hope 2
The_Integral Nov 3 2013, 12:25am replied:

While I share your skepticism that they'll actually be able to build it (given how difficult some of the problems involved are and the number of previous failures that have occurred), if they actually managed to construct a full sized, scramjet powered aircraft in the next 10 years that would be a huge deal. Besides military uses (hitting something going Mach 6+ in the upper atmosphere with a ground launched rocket would be ridiculously impractical), scramjets would have big implications for orbital launches and other civilian fields. Since to my knowledge NASA and the US military are the only ones putting significant funding into developing scramjets, I say let them try.

+2 votes   media: SR-72
The_Integral Sep 27 2013, 7:51pm replied:

There are plenty of European players, other regions tend to only get populated on specific days though.

+2 votes   mod: Forgotten Hope 2
The_Integral Sep 4 2013, 9:21am replied:

The aerospace industry is ridiculously protective of trade secrets. I've personally found it practically impossible to get even remotely detailed technical information on commercially available aircraft from the manufacturer (luckily, as it turns out, a lot of pilot's manuals get leaked onto the internet), and I can't imagine the defense industry is any less protective.

There is still a significant amount of speculation (trying to use aircraft geometry to estimate speeds, ect.) even within respectable periodicals like Jane's, and they tend to contain data that is, at most, lacking of any useable context such as cruise speed or minimum turning radius. In particular, conventional measures of acrobatic ability, such as the behavior of short-period oscillations, are practically never provided. Ultimately, the root of all information on non-operational military aircraft is the military, and the they rarely have any incentive to be truthful or thorough in what they release.

+2 votes   media: Suspected photo of China′s SAC F-60 prototype
The_Integral Sep 3 2013, 1:47pm replied:

There's not much to discuss... The Chinese military doesn't have much of a need to justify its funding to the public since the country is autocratic, and as a result almost nothing concrete is released to the public about any of its military equipment under development.

Not that I put much trust into anything that's posted to this group (people here seem to be vastly over-confident in their knowledge of highly secretive combat aircraft, including ones not even out of early developmental phases), but with western and Russian aircraft there's at least some semi-reliable information available from official sources. Any discussion of new Chinese aircraft is basically going to be pure speculation, making it rather pointless.

0 votes   media: Suspected photo of China′s SAC F-60 prototype
The_Integral Aug 15 2013, 3:20pm replied:

This is the cockpit layout of the F-35:

The F-35 and F-22 both were designed with human interfaces as a primary concern, and have probably the best cockpit layouts in existance. The F-15 was revolutionary due to its excellent electronics, but suffered for the exact same reason-the amount of information available was simply overwhelming to pilots. Pilot skill for the F-15 was mostly measured by how well a person could make sense of the many, many monitors, dials and other sensors while simultaneously being aware of their position in combat. The newer aircraft allow pilots to focus more on combat by greatly condensing sensor outputs and other cockpit functions, and this has been a huge selling point for the military.

+2 votes   media: Choose Your Weapon MK.2
The_Integral Jul 10 2013, 2:53pm replied:

Just because they're not at any physical risk does not mean that drone operators don't face a great deal of stress. For reference:

It is maybe understandable to worry about leadership (which itself has never been at risk) being more ready to use airstrikes against targets when there is no risk to any allied soldiers, as with the extensive drone operations in areas such as Pakistan. However, those operations have resulted in extremely few civilian deaths relative to conventional military operations, and I'm happy for any development in war that reduces death toll.

+3 votes   media: MQ-9 Reaper
The_Integral Jul 10 2013, 10:46am replied:

As odd as it might seem, the exact opposite is true. Speed is one of the primary defenses of conventional aircraft, so they tend to drop in, attack their target, and leave so quickly that the pilot doesn't see the effects of the bombing.

Drone operators on the other hand often will watch a target for hours prior to bombing it, and will stay to confirm that the missile hits. The result is that not only do they see the people they're killing, given the current use of drones, they often see them acting like normal people rather than acting as soldiers. In fact, the US military has had a significant problem with drone operators suffering psychological problems (PTSD, ect.) due the high stress nature of their work.

+6 votes   media: MQ-9 Reaper
The_Integral Jul 8 2013, 10:20am replied:

It's mounted in the frontal armor on all modern Abrams. Depleted uranium is only really toxic when it burns, which it will not do when it is in a large flat plate inside of standard armor. If the armor completely failed like this( maybe it would be a problem, but at that point the crews pretty screwed anyways.

Regardless, while the US certainly did lose Abrams in Iraq, if I recall correctly the posted image is of a tank that was decommissioned and set up in a training grounds in the US.

+6 votes   media: There goes American pride....again.
The_Integral Jun 11 2013, 9:28pm replied:

Overall they were probably the most successful AFV of the war, being much cheaper than comparable tanks while still being very effective in AT and infantry support roles. Most of the well known German aces are known for driving the Tiger or Tiger II, but actually spent most of their careers in StuGs.

+5 votes   media: have some tanks
The_Integral Jun 8 2013, 9:43am replied:

Nobody believed the F-313 because, frankly, Iran simply does not have the industry to design a home grown fighter that would rival those of major world powers, and its announcement came just after the country was caught faking missile launches.

The realty is that one can't really predict the performance of a stealth aircraft simply by aircraft geometry. Anyone with an undergrad aerospace engineering degree knows how to build a UAS, so the pictured aircraft could effectively be anything from a couple of engineers' pet project they built in their free time to the most advanced aircraft ever built. China's military is notoriously opaque to the public (which has some advantages and some disadvantages), so there is no point speculating on the performance of any of its aircraft that are currently in development.

+2 votes   media: "New" Chinese Stealth Drone: Sharp Sword...
The_Integral May 25 2013, 9:07pm replied:

The B52 was already introduced in the 50's. A more appropriate statement would be a B52 from the 40's.

+5 votes   media: Convair B36
The_Integral Apr 30 2013, 5:51pm replied:

If I recall correctly, this tank was designed so it would not be knocked over if a nuke went off nearby, and that would have been seen as a benefit in the 1950's.

+2 votes   media: have some tanks
The_Integral Mar 31 2013, 8:57am replied:

I've heard having the turret backward shifts the CG closer to the center of the tank and thus put less stress on the suspension.

+4 votes   media: Leo 2E sights
The_Integral Feb 23 2013, 9:43pm replied:

Most T-72's still in use are encased in enough ERA that they'll have, at a minimum, a fair chance again most light infantry AT weapons, although generally they would still be worse off than Western tanks.

The Soviets followed a Cold War doctrine of overwhelming enemy ground forces with a large quantity of armor, and as a result their tanks were much smaller, cheaper and lighter than Western tanks (most Western tanks like the Abrams or Leopard II range from about 25%-50% heavier than the T-80 and T-72). While the smaller size of the tanks negates some difference in weight, the Soviet tanks were generally not as well armored as comparable western models.

Arguably this has made Soviet armor not age very well, since the type of large scale ground warfare the T-72 was built for has (thankfully) began to seem unlikely to occur anytime soon.

+5 votes   media: T-72A
The_Integral Feb 18 2013, 9:25pm replied:

Russians have proven themselves quite adept at oppressing Russia :/

+5 votes   media: For mother Russia!
The_Integral Feb 12 2013, 10:36pm replied:

I think part of the problem with this and the last aircraft is that the wing is too far back for the aircraft to be stable realistically. Consciously or not, people are used to seeing aircraft that have certain layouts, and so it looks strange if those layouts are changed.

I don't care about realism, but following a realistic design can sometimes make things look more appealing.

+1 vote   media: UEF T2 Fighter
The_Integral Feb 2 2013, 4:03pm replied:

And seriously, Call of Duty 2? FH2 has better textures than many contemporary titles, skins from a decade old game would stick out a bit.

+1 vote   mod: Forgotten Hope 2
The_Integral Jan 30 2013, 9:20pm replied:

You should look into the tournaments. I think Forgotten Honor at least has had some Italian campaigns.

It probably isn't out of the question for an official release either, since there is already plenty of equipment made for the Italian army. The only things the devs would really need to make would be maps and statics.

+1 vote   mod: Forgotten Hope 2
The_Integral Jan 12 2013, 11:34pm replied:

The Germans made plenty of strategic blunders, but all nations made their share of mistakes during the war. The worst German mistakes are nothing when compared to those made by the Soviets during the first few years of the war, for instance.

+5 votes   media: Maus heavy tank
The_Integral Jan 10 2013, 7:05pm replied:

It's probably set up to only protect the crew compartment. The ERA probably wouldn't provide much protection for the sprocket wheel anyways, although it would protect the engine compartment, but it may not have been worth the extra weight and cost.

+1 vote   media: Challange #9.
The_Integral Jan 9 2013, 8:12pm replied:

It depends where you are in the world, since most of the mod's players are in Europe, but there is usually at least one full server. You can certainly find populated servers even if you're outside of Europe, but you'll sometimes have to deal with slightly higher pings or play in tournaments, ect.

+3 votes   mod: Forgotten Hope 2
The_Integral Jan 2 2013, 11:22am replied:
Quote: it outmatches every U.S. fighter except the F-22 (Said by pentagon)

Needs a citation. I'll eat my hat if the pentagon actually had a press release saying that.

Saying the aircraft outmatches the F-16, which was designed almost half a century ago, is a little more reasonable, and that's not what people were dubious about I think.

+1 vote   media: CAC FC-1 Xiaolong
The_Integral Dec 27 2012, 10:25pm replied:

It wouldn't work for a whole host of reasons (not the least of which is that there is only one gun actually designed for indirect fire on the entire deck), but the picture is obviously just of some sort of test fire. They probably needed a very flat ground surface or something and so they did everything over the ocean.

+5 votes   media: Chinese coastal fire-support boat
The_Integral Dec 26 2012, 11:01pm replied:

If you're playing on a server that's properly set up the incapacitated time should only be about 1 sec. A small time is necessary to prevent players from ragdolling weirdly when they die, but beyond that there's no point to having it.

+1 vote   mod: Forgotten Hope 2
The_Integral Dec 18 2012, 6:27pm says:

Is it a Panther? Several were disguised to look like M10's during the Battle of the Bulge if I recall correctly.

+5 votes   media: Challenge #1
The_Integral Dec 18 2012, 11:25am replied:

The one on the left looks like an M36 Jackson. The suspension and turret don't match a Hellcat's and the gun seems too large for it to be an M10.

+2 votes   media: Happy Battle of the Bulge
The_Integral Dec 16 2012, 10:41am says:

Yep, the under slung plane is the SpaceShipOne, which made headlines a while ago for making the first privately funded manned spaceflight.

+1 vote   media: Mix
The_Integral Oct 31 2012, 8:58pm says:

With the turret turned backwards it looks kind of like a Crusader.

+2 votes   media: Two awesome T-55 upgrades.
The_Integral Oct 24 2012, 9:48pm replied:

On modern aircraft there really is nothing that is not complex.

+2 votes   media: J-20 picture dump.
The_Integral Oct 13 2012, 8:46pm replied:

Presumably it's during testing and they're gauging its ability to cross shallow creeks, flooded shell holes, ect.

+5 votes   media: M103 Heavy Tank
The_Integral Oct 12 2012, 10:41pm replied:

That's what it's primarily intended to combat, but this type of ERA does provide some protection from kinetic penetrators as well. It has armored plates above it that shear off at an angle when activated and that can damage the round or knock it off center, increasing the chances that the conventional armor will survive the impact.

It's not without its problems, but it's a very good way to cheaply improve the protection on aging designs like these.

+4 votes   media: Bangladesh Army Type 69 Mk. II “Gai”
The_Integral Aug 14 2012, 5:04pm replied:

There were a few specific units that averaged above 10 armored kills per Tiger lost. It was not common, but it was also far more than a handful of commanders that managed to knock out more than 9 tanks for each one they lost. If you're only looking at the top handful of German tank commanders (most of whom used StuGs admittedly) then you'll get numbers much, much larger than 9 kills per tank.

+6 votes   media: T-34 model 1943
The_Integral May 29 2012, 8:07pm replied:

The turret is real, it's one of the early Pz.IIIs armed with a 37mm gun. The tank is still fake though.

+2 votes   media: Pz.I Ausf.A mit Pz.Kpfw T-III
The_Integral May 29 2012, 8:05pm replied:

It's armed with a recoilless rifle so the recoil should be low, but presumably it's meant to be fired stationary and the motor bike is just used to transport the gun.

+7 votes   media: Vespa the Tank
The_Integral Mar 28 2012, 9:41pm replied:

Could have kept some around for propaganda purposes, or it may be a anti-partisan or garrison unit, since those sometimes kept tanks in use far longer than the regular military.

+1 vote   media: T-28
The_Integral Mar 11 2012, 7:58pm replied:

Agreed. It'd fit right in fighting robots in some Japanese anime.

+1 vote   media: More pictures of T-72M2/Moderna
The_Integral Feb 26 2012, 4:53pm replied:

Probably Mechanized Combat Vehicle. That's what it stands for the the Warrior's name(MCV-80).

+1 vote   media: MCV14 High Survivability Test Vehicle-Lightweight
The_Integral Feb 22 2012, 2:57pm replied:
Quote:It's ridiciously unrealistic, atleast when I played it. Shermans can easily take out Panthers and what not...

In earlier versions angle wasn't accounted for, reducing the effectiveness of tanks like the Panther that have heavy frontal armor but weak side armor. However, there's still nothing unrealistic about a Sherman destroying a Panther.

Quote:how about damage values and critical damage? Can you blow of the tracks, kill the driver and all WoT has but made it suck because it's based on dice rolls?

There's no component damage due to engine limitations unfortunately.

+1 vote   media: Forgotten Hope 2 / Battlefield 2 mod
The_Integral Feb 21 2012, 9:55pm replied:

It's about as realistic as possible given the engine. Angle is accounted for and armor values are all realistic, including weak spots like the shot trap on the lower mantlet of early Panthers.

+2 votes   media: Forgotten Hope 2 / Battlefield 2 mod
The_Integral Jan 14 2012, 9:08am replied:

I'm not sure where you're getting the 45mm number, the 44/45 refers to a time period(1944-1945), not an armor thickness.

I do agree the armor of the Panther still gave it some advantage against the T34 and Sherman, though, since HVAP and other ammunition that allowed these tanks to reliably penetrate the Panther's frontal armor at medium-long ranges was still quite rare through the end of the war. The Panther was never designed to be invincible like KV or Matilda II were early in the war, rather it was meant to be able out range other tanks and to some extent it could still do that. However, the 17 lber is in a different league than the 85mm and 76mm guns, and could easily penetrate the armor of any German tank with the exception of the Tiger II at long range.

+3 votes   media: Flakpanzer Panther
The_Integral Dec 20 2011, 8:41pm replied:

I'm pretty sure it's just the back of an IS-2. The mod(Forgotten Hope 0.7) has a mini mod called Secret Weapons that adds a ton of new content and may include the rest of the IS series though.

The_Integral Nov 6 2011, 9:45pm replied:

It's not really much of a shot trap since the lower surfaces on the T34's original turret had very thin armor anyways, and thus most serious anti-tank weapons would penetrate it regardless. This is how most early T34's were lost, since the tank's hull armor was too thick to be penetrated by most German guns. Furthermore, this played a significant role in the design of some variants of the Sherman, as statistics showed most Soviet tanks were being lost to shots to the turret and this is why the Sherman's turret was generally much more heavily armored than the rest of the tank.

That being said it is one fine looking turret though, especially compared to the blocky (albeit much improved) turret that replaced it

+1 vote   media: tanks old and new
The_Integral Jul 22 2011, 6:17pm replied:

Granted, it won't be a huge difference, but it's not necessarily useless. For instance, if the plane is on the ground at an airfield, camouflage will play a factor in concealing the plane since radar and other traditional sensors any enemy aircraft are using will have much more difficulty differentiating it from its surroundings then they normally would were the aircraft in the air.

+3 votes   media: bestest camo or what?
The_Integral Jul 4 2011, 8:41am replied:

The thing that would be exploding would be ammunition, not the engine. Seeing as the Ratte using a turret from a battlecruiser it probably would have a similar magazine, and naval magazines cooking off create a pretty gigantic explosion. Having seen it in game it looks like a small atom bomb and is no doubt exaggerated, but it would be a pretty large explosion in any case.

+2 votes   media: Ratte's explosion
The_Integral Jun 1 2011, 9:18pm replied:

Why do so many people here not understand that depleted uranium is not radioactive...

+2 votes   media: LOL UNBALANCED T80 VS M1A1
The_Integral May 15 2011, 10:53pm replied:

Flan is a custard, it's kind of like a creme brulee without the hard sugary crust.

+1 vote   media: Delicious flan
The_Integral May 6 2011, 12:28pm replied:

Different things for different people, I personally like FH2 a lot better than FH.7. It has less total content and tank combat is a little off, but infantry plays so much better than in .7 it completely makes up for it.

+1 vote   media: Tank Fails
The_Integral May 5 2011, 9:32pm replied:

It's the Forgotten Hope mod for 1942. It's an amazing mod that adds a ton of new content if you still play 1942(and it still has players online I hear), but there's also a version for BF2.

+1 vote   media: Tank Fails
The_Integral Apr 11 2011, 9:00am says:

Take off the text, it's redundant since moddb already puts text on top of the banner.

Otherwise it looks good, and not stretched like the other ones were.

+9 votes   media: Header Idea.
The_Integral Mar 11 2011, 8:34am replied:

About 200 will be built, but they're not attached to their own squadrons. The plan was never to completely replace F-15s, rather it was to integrate F-22s into the existing structure. The production halt means now there will be about a 1:3 ratio of F-22s to F-15s in a squadron, rather than the originally planned 1:1 ratio.

+2 votes   media: Some HOT mil jets
The_Integral Mar 9 2011, 10:28pm replied:

The source of the photo said it was taken in the Austrian Alps.

+1 vote   media: T34 and Sherman
The_Integral Feb 24 2011, 6:14pm replied:

I'm pretty sure the suspension is from a Pz.I

+2 votes   media: Strange German tank
The_Integral Dec 2 2010, 7:06pm replied:

The side skirts are also removed though. My guess is that their just in the process of doing some sort of maintenance work on it. If it was just missing some wheels that is the type of thing they would probably use reproductions or similar parts from another vehicle for.

+1 vote   media: Jagdtiger Bovington HD/HQ
The_Integral Nov 19 2010, 5:46pm replied:

It was probably primarily political, as they may not have wanted to continue using captured German tanks when they didn't need to.

+1 vote   media: French Heavy Tank ARL 44 1946
The_Integral Nov 19 2010, 5:42pm replied:

The front of the hull looks wrong as well. It really does look like an Abrams, but I think it must be some other tank.

+1 vote   media: nevermind, it's just a bush
The_Integral Nov 17 2010, 8:10pm replied:

Forgotten Hope 1/2 is about the only FPS I play regularly, and that's more realistic than any main-stream WW2 game. But then again, games are very poor thing to cite as what is realistic, even ones that strive towards realism.

And of course there is camping in WoT, but there is other play styles too. Camping is ALL that real tank combat is. There would be no artillery, you would need about 10 guns to even hope at hitting anything. There would be no scouts or light tanks (well, they were used but not for long). No special ammo (except HVAP/APCBC/PzGr39, ect, which would be all incredible overpowered, and HEAT which would be the ONLY thing most howitzer armed tanks could hurt anything with). Oh, and yeah, no tanks could really go 60 kph off-road, let alone through 2m deep water. Combine that with the fact that aiming was extremely accurate on most tanks when stationary, but difficult when mobile, camping would be all there was in game too.

And lets face, would you really be happier if you could kill a Tiger in 1 shot with a T34, but 5 out of 6 times(Going by the losses as Kursk) it shot you before you got with a kilometer of it? Or on the flip side, would you like spawning in a city map with your fancy Tiger only to find it's useless because everything can kill you in 1 hit anyways, and it doesn't even matter because your engine gives out before you even see an enemy tank?

+1 vote   media: World Of Tanks
The_Integral Nov 16 2010, 8:13pm replied:

Realistic tank combat would be pretty lame, as it would just be a massive camp-fest. The HP system makes the game playable at the ranges in which it is fought and increases diversity between tanks.

Plus, you should not be using the 76mm gun on the T34. Its 57mm gun is probably the best gun in the game, given its tier.

+3 votes   media: World Of Tanks
The_Integral Nov 6 2010, 9:43am replied:

It's too big and the suspension is wrong for it to be Universal Carrier. I'm guessing it was built off of a M113, which is a pretty common vehicle to use for mock-ups.

+1 vote   media: A METAL BOX!
The_Integral Oct 28 2010, 8:05pm replied:

Could easily be none of those. Quality control wasn't so great in WWII, least of all in Germany, so the steel on this Tiger could just be significantly stronger than what it was assumed to have during whatever testing or analysis used to determine if a 122mm gun could penetrate it.

Plus, it could have just been lucky. Those armor penetration tables are good for averages at best, one can't look at one and conclude a shell would penetrate so much armor every time.

Seconding that it was only hit with AP though. HE makes a kind of flower shaped spattering where it hits, and certainly wouldn't bore into the armor like that.

+1 vote   media: 122mm & 85mm guns failed to penetrate Tigers armor
The_Integral Oct 22 2010, 6:00pm replied:

Company of Heroes and Dawn of War 2 show IMO exactly how tanks and infantry should coexist. Tanks are extremely powerful, but if used improperly are just as fragile as infantry, and infantry are essential in any case for holding onto territory.

It's much more realistic than games where armored units are simply more powerful in every way.

+1 vote   media: GDI Infantry!
The_Integral Oct 1 2010, 6:23pm replied:

Ramelle Neuville is a fictional battle from SPR, so this map is completely based off of the scene from that movief.

+5 votes   media: Ramelle
The_Integral Aug 22 2010, 2:37pm replied:

The Iraqi army wasn't entirely modern, but it wasn't weak or ill equipped either. Sure the AC-130 wouldn't fair very well against AA or fighters, but the US has no shortage of other aircraft to ensure those things aren't a problem.

Plus, it's for lending fire support for ground troops, which means it doesn't operate deep in hostile territory where it would be easy to hide SAM sites and the like.

+5 votes   media: Ac-130
The_Integral Aug 5 2010, 11:40am replied:

Yep, the M2 Browning .50 has been is use since before WWII, and has only seen relatively minor upgrades since then. The US army has only recently begun looking for a replacement, and even that is supposed to be little more than a lighter weight version of the same thing.

+1 vote   media: M4 SHERMAN
The_Integral Jul 16 2010, 3:05pm replied:

Haha, sloped armor goes a lot further back than Soviet tanks. The old ironclads used during the American Civil War employed it, and you really could trace it back into the middle ages if you were generous with your definition of it.

+5 votes   media: T-95 Black eagly
The_Integral Jul 4 2010, 10:05am replied:

I believe it's a T-60.

+3 votes   media: I don't feel like telling you what this is...
The_Integral Jun 26 2010, 11:06am replied:

I think the word you're looking for by "barrel holder" is mantlet

+2 votes   media: Russian tanks in WW2
The_Integral Jun 16 2010, 10:17am replied:

...We can read the description too you know.

0 votes   media: Convair B-36 Peacemaker
The_Integral Sep 12 2009, 4:37pm replied:

You can't fire well standing up, but guns are insanely inaccurate for about 1 second after going prone, so dolphin diving is quite rare-I think I've only gotten killed once by a dolphin diver since 2.2 came out.

There are also tripod versions of the gun which can be fired standing up, but require the gun to be set up which takes a few seconds.

+1 vote   media: Previewing 3d ironsights
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