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Month: September 2013

Bikini Monday, Kate Upton Edition

Welcome to Bikini monday, 09/30/2013: Kate Upton edition; enjoy!

The Bristol Type 133 Single-Seat Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter

The Bristol Type 133 Single-Seat Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter.

The Bristol Type 133 single-seat single-engine monoplane fighter.

Circa the 1930s, the Bristol Type 133 was a prototype fighter built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in the United Kingdom. The design was of a single-seat, single-engine monoplane fighter. The design was intended to compete for the requirements laid down by the British Air Ministry Specification F.7/30. The resulting aircraft made by Bristol, the Type 133 was armed with four guns, a metal skin. and a retractable undercarriage. One prototype was built however it crashed prior to the beginning of formal trials.

The Bristol Type 133 is available in the video game World of Warplanes.

Works Cited:

1. “Bristol Type 133.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 15 Aug 2013. Web. 28 Sep 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Type_133>.

The Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte

An Artist's Representation of The German Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte Super Heavy Tank.

An artist’s representation of the German Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte super heavy tank.

Circa 1942, a proposal was made by Krupp for a super heavy tank, the Landkreuzer P.1000 ‘Ratte’ (which translates to ‘Rat’). By 1943 this project would end up being canceled by Albert Speer, the Minister of Armaments and War Production; ostensibly given the gross resources that would have been required to produce this vehicle as will become clear shortly. The impetus for the Ratte project stems from a 1941 study of Soviet heavy tanks that was conducted by Krupp; this same study lead to the development of the Panzer VIII Maus, also a super heavy tank design. It was Krupp director Edward Grotte, the then Special Officer for Submarine Construction, who suggested the vehicle design for the Ratte. Grotte had existing experience in designing tanks having worked with the Soviets before the war began; and with the Soviets his flare for designs such as the Ratte would be seen. On  June 23, 1942 Grotte proposed to Hitler a massive vehicle design which was to have naval artillery and thick hardened steel armour. While Hitler seemed to favour the project giving Krupp the green light to begin development, by the time Speer had canceled the project, it existed only on the drawing board. The proposed weight of the Ratte would have been 1,000 tonnes; by comparison a Tiger II weighs 68.5 tonnes. It is not so difficult to see why the vehicle reached such a massive weight in reviewing it’s specifications. The Ratte’s primary armament was to have been twin 280 mm SK C/28 naval cannons; one of which weighs 48.2 tonnes alone and the shells for which weigh no less than 300 kg (660 lb). Secondary armaments for the Ratte were to have been a single 128 mm KwK 44 L/55 cannon, two 15 mm MG 151/15 autocannon, and no less than eight 8x 20 mm Flak38 anti-aircraft guns. Armour for this beast was to have varied from 150 mm to 360 mm; again comparing to the Tiger II which had armour ranging from 25 mm to 185 mm we can see the Ratte was better armoured. To handle the weight of the vehicle it was to be equipped with  three treads on each side with an individual width of 1.2 metres and a total width of 7.2 metres. To move this massive machine two proposals were made:

  1. Eight Daimler-Benz MB501 20-cylinder marine diesel engines, producing 16000 horsepower
  2. Four MAN V127Z32/44 24-cylinder marine diesel engines, producing 17000 horsepower

The engines were to have had snorkels to allow for traversing water. Speaking practically the Ratte as a design had many flaws. On the battlefield the Ratte wouild have existed almost like a bulls-eye for Allied warplanes. The vehicle would have likely required a supporting group of ground and possibly air forces to assist and protect it; not unlike modern Aircraft carriers. The proposed weight for the vehicle would have made road and bridge travel grossly impractical. It is not uncommon that special vehicles and equipment are constructed to assist principally in the areas of transport, recovery, and maintenance for a vehicle. No such equipment existed or could have been modified reasonably from existing equipment to accommodate the Ratte; certainly not with the material limits existing as the war progressed for the Germans.

Works Cited:

1. “Krupp Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte (Rat) Super Heavy Tank Project (1942).” Military Factory – Military Weapons: Cataloging aircraft, tanks, vehicles, artillery, ships and guns through history. N.p., 29 Apr 2011. Web. 13 Sep 2013. <http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=293>.

2. “Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 9 Aug 2013. Web. 14 Sep 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landkreuzer_P._1000_Ratte>.

3. “Tiger II.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 31 Aug 2013. Web. 15 Sep 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_II>.

4. “28 cm SK C/28 naval gun.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 11 Jul 2013. Web. 15 Sep 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/28_cm_SK_C/28_naval_gun>.

Japanese Tech Tree Incoming to World of Tanks

World of Tanks announced earlier this week the addition of the next tech tree; this time it will be Japan.

World of Tanks' Japanese Tech Tree.

World of Tanks’ Japanese Tech Tree.

The Japanese Tech Tree will include 14 vehicles; they are:

The TV-8, Chrysler’s Medium Tank Concept

Chrysler's TV-8 Medium Tank Concept.

Chrysler’s TV-8 Medium Tank Concept.

Today’s post is on Chrysler’s wonderful TV-8 medium tank concept from the 1950s. The vehicle’s unique design placed the entire crew, the main armament, and engine in a bubble shaped superstructure; often referred to as a turret. The main gun was fixed in the turret, this and a lack of information to suggest the turret moved makes me think this vehicle was closer in design to an Assault gun than a conventional medium tank. The approximate weight of the vehicle was to be 25 tons with 15 being in the superstructure. The superstructure was planned to be separable for transport by air. The main armament was to have been a 90mm gun T208 with an autoloader. Secondary armaments were to include a .50 caliber machine gun on the turret and two .30 caliber machine mounted co-axially. The vehicle was designed with WMDs in mind and this was reflected in several design considerations including placing a closed circuit TV system inside the tank.

Works Cited:

1. “The Chrysler TV-8 Concept Tank.” Argghhh! The Home Of Two Of Jonah’s Military Guys… N.p., 18 Dec 2008 . Web. 17 Sep 2013. <http://thedonovan.com/archives/2008/12/the_chrysler_tv.html>.

Iran’s Qaher-313 Stealth Aircraft

This post is definitely off-topic; however the subject, Iran’s Qaher-313 single-seater stealth fighter jet is quite intriguing. Announced in February, little is known about this bird. A press announcement was made in front of the aircraft itself however this is all that has been seen of it. While some great photos exist of the plane, a number of people from around the world are skeptical that it represents what the Iranians claim.

The Panzer VIII Maus

Right now World of Tanks bi-monthly “On Track” is focusing on one of my favorite tanks, the Panzer VIII Maus. Not only is World of Tanks running a special on this vehicle, but they’re very own Chieftan has done a video going over the remaining prototype at the Kubinka Tank Museum in Russia:

The Maus was a proposed super heavy tank which only made it to the prototype stage in the form of two prototypes; only one of which survives.

The T-22, or TG-1(Tank Grotte-1) or Tank Grote

In 1931 the Soviet tank design team (OKMO bureau) was ordered to develop a medium tank, the T-22; the task would fall to a German engineer Edward Grote(or Grotte as sometimes written). The ensuing project led by Grotte would end up bearing his name as the TG-1(Tank Grotte-1) or Tank Grotte. The vehicle only made it to the prototype stage, with the prototype vehicle being made in 1932. The development took place in Leningrad. Although the vehicle performed well in tests it was passed in favor of heavier contemporary designs due to it’s complicated design.

Although the TG was referred to as a medium tank design, it is described as an Assault gun as it possessed a 76.2mm Gun A-19 in its super structure atop which sat a turret mounting a 37mm Gun PS-2. The super structure mounting the 76.2mm Gun A-19 is sometimes mistakenly referred to as a turret.  The TG bears a close resemblance in terms of it’s general design to the Churchill-1; which mounted a 2 pounder in it’s turret and a 3 inch howitzer in it’s hull.

Works Cited:

1. Vendel, Ottar. “Russian tanks and armor – Tank Grote TG.”Russian Armour: 1915-1997. Ibis Media. Web. 7 Sep 2013. <http://www.nemo.nu/ibisportal/5pansar/5sidor/tg.htm>.

2. “Tank Grote.” Russati.su: Soviet tanks, armored cars, missiles and more!. N.p., 9 Nov 2012. Web. 8 Sep 2013. <http://www.russati.su/tanks/Tank_Grote.shtml>.

3. “Танк Гроте. СССР.” Альтернативная История – крупнейший блог Рунета. N.p., 13 Sep 2009. Web. 12 Sep 2013. <http://alternathistory.org.ua/tank-grote-sssr>.

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