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  1. I think its an interesting question, not from a "measurement/statistics" point of view, but just from a "these are the types of guys/girls invloved". If we asked "how many women are interested in MVs", it would not get an adverse reaction? Anyhow, that said, I think just being interested in Armour is what floats my boat...god only knows why! My main obstacles were (and still are) cash and dry storage (getting the kids on my side helped in the eventual "wearing the wife down" process :roll: ) I would not say I had a huge interest in war (although I have some strong views about how we (mis)treat our current and old troops and their families!!!) I have more interest in the machinery, the mechanics and the sheer scale of the engineering. My view of a nice looking machine appears to be ugly in others eyes (pigs, saracens etc), although the ferret is kinda cute. So there you have it.....two trips to Beltring, got hooked on wheeled armour (from a couple of displays, one behind that hotdog stand in that little field...all very nicely set out) and speaking to a few guys who were passionate about showing me their vehicles, getting poorer as each week goes by, but grinining every time I go out in it. sorry...what was the question?
  2. The train was quite crowded, so a U.S. Marine walked the entire length looking for a seat, but the only seat left was taken by a well-dressed, middle-aged, French woman's poodle. The war-weary Marine asked, "Ma'am, may I have that seat?" The French woman just sniffed and said to no one in particular, "Americans are so rude. My little Fifi is using that seat." The Marine walked the entire train again, but the only seat left was under that dog. Please, ma'am. May I sit down? I'm very tired." She snorted, "Not only are you Americans rude; you are also arrogant!" This time the Marine didn't say a word; he just picked up the little dog, tossed it out the train window, and sat down. The woman shrieked, "Someone help me put this American in his place!" An English gentleman sitting nearby spoke up, "Sir, you Americans seem to have a penchant for doing the wrong thing. You hold the fork in the wrong hand. You drive your autos on the wrong side of the road. And now, sir, you seem to have thrown the wrong bitch out the window."
  3. Clive....darnit...I nearly had it....NOT!!! next!
  4. Nothing along the lines of James Bond's jetpack from Thunderball? Are items 350 in figure two significant, or are they just holding the tank in pace within the sphere?
  5. dammit Clive!!! OK, are they detonators or something on the front? Is that why it needs to travel in a particular orientation, to keep them forward facing? Is it used against something on land or in the air? Mick
  6. You say its about 2ft diameter, and its a weapon. Does it rely purely on its speed and weight to cause destruction, or is it some kind of defensive/decoy weapon? There does not appear to be any sort of payload...explosive or otherwise? Is the water cooling to make it stealthy...so the device has minimal heat signature?
  7. Richard, yes I read that: The Japanese R&D team put the machines together, following the German instructions, and... there was something very bizarre and other-earthy standing in front of them -- a ball shaped flying device without wings or propellers, that nobody knew how it flied. The fuel was added, the start button of this unmanned machine was pressed and it .... disappeared with a roar and flames without [into] the sky. The team never saw it again. The engineers were so frightened by the unexpected might of the machine, that they promptly dynamited the second prototype and choose to forget the whole incident." did seem to fit the bill, but a Japanese/German collaboration to build it was discounted in an earlier post, so I dropped that line of thought. Mick
  8. Dave, I am a relative newbie also, but can vouch that they are a friendly bunch, and will make you welcome :-) Your first task is, however, to identify mystery object #23, as I do not want to lie awake again tonight, finally to fall asleep and be awoken by a eureka moment at 3am that I had forgotten by the time I woke again at 6am.... Mick
  9. Looking at the diagram of the internals, I'm guessing its a two part propellant...one part being held in each end of the cylinder and fed through parts 181 and 207, the other being held in the central tank and fed directly into the pitch, yaw and roill jets? There do not appear to be any control equipment, unless the valves (233) are pre-set and self correct the flight, or the controls have been perposely not shown? Has anyone been even remotely close to what this is?
  10. Nope :-) Makes it even more confusing if anything A decoy? Maybe to attract heat seeking missiles? Jeessss...are you making these up!!!
  11. Richard, I think you are 100% spot on. The tyres were almost flat when I got it (about 6 - 8 psi in all tyres), and one valve had been dragged into the tyre. That makes me feel kinda better...in a strange way, at least there may not be anything wrong with the tracking/rolling gear. I'd be interested in the toe in, just so I can make sure. Cheers Mick
  12. 4 good...6 better? Anyhow...maybe something, maybe nothing. I was looking at the tyres, and they are not in great shape...but the front left looks rather odd Is this the tyre perishing, or is it scrubbing? The right rear also looks the same (the walls have also gone hard and kinda breaking up a little), and I am pretty sure that one has always been on the rear (looks like the ferret has been parked with the right side exposed to the weather). As far as tracking is concerned, are Ferrets set up with neutral tracking (no toe-in)? Thanks, Mick
  13. Is it some sort of weapon disabling/detonating device? Spy type thing? Looks like something out of Jules Verne!! Was there some German/Japanese collaboration at some point towards the end of WW2?
  14. Is it used to propel something, ie some sort of fuel cell? I assume it flies in air...or is it in space or underwater? Anything nuclear involved?
  15. Is it significant that there are two, or is that just to show both sides? Would they be deployed alone, in groups, or from a host? Laser guided?
  16. Show me a man who doesn't make mistakes, and I'll show you a man who does nothing ;-)
  17. The original design for the spheres in Phantasm?
  18. A ball, coated internally with matt black paint...effectively a perfect black body ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_body - absorbs radiation, but refects or radiates none). So, energy/heat builds up, caused by light entering it, and then used to power it?
  19. Dear Deidre My wife just caught me on the forum, and she said "are you on that bl00dy forum again, can't you look at porn like normal blokes"....there is no pleasing some people :? How can I make her understand?
  20. Thanks guys...good advice :-) I think Marcus and his wife are getting to know me!
  21. How very sad...makes you wonder how and why it got there in the first place. A Saracen was actually going to be my choice for my first forray into armour, but thought it would be just too much mechanically and marriage-wise to take in for a newbie!
  22. ahem...... A little tip (and I am sure you omitted this by mistake, or did not allow for idiocy)....when driving "fast-ish over sleeping policeman", check the severity of said sleeping policeman beforehand, and lean back away from the hatch if you don't want a rather fetching groove in the top of your head!!! :redfaced: Anyhow, need to get a 1 inch socket to check out the flywheel fluid level. Unity Motors up the road here seems to do everything or can order it in, so will order up some ISO10 if needed, but thanks for the offer Fred. Mick
  23. Richard, yes, its the same in all gears, but most notable when the revs are high, if I have low revs the engine does not appear to struggle....which makes some sense I guess as I should not have the revs low anyway as the fluid flywheel is not working efficiently at low revs? I am guessing I should be keeping the revs high all the time to avoid cooking the fluid? Mick
  24. mmm...nice to see he's kept his svelt figure like the rest of us!!!!
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