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What If 3:Rise of the Machines Campaign
vonHengest
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Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 08:30 AM UTC

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OK, everyone, we're only 2 days from campaign completion, so get out the airbrushes & weathering powders & get your entries finished!

How many people out there still have something to complete???

BTW I formally submitted the request for a What If 4 Campaign. Might as well get the ball rolling.

I named it What if 4: Machines of the Mind

vonHengest, that doesn't mean I'm trying to steal the leadership from you. You've done a really good job on this one so, if you want to keep doing it, I'm happy to follow where you lead. I just wanted to submit early enuogh that we might get approved before Christmas so we can start right in the New Year. I'm also happy enough to run it of you want. Whatever works best for you.

Paul



Not a problem at all. I'd be equally happy running it or acting as your second in command when the time comes. Thanks for getting it submitted in my absence

Thank you John for stepping in as well, cheers

And thank you all for your outstanding contributions to this campaign, and keeping the bar high as always!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and I will see you all again here next What If campaign

**ps: please contact me if you have not submitted your final entry
tankmodeler
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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 03:58 AM UTC

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How do I get the ribbon ??? do I just upload one of the pics I posted in the thread to the kit maker gallery?


Fundamentally, yes. Upload more than one if you can (just makes for a nicer gallery from teh campaign), but I believe the rules say that you need at least one in the campaign gallery at the end of the campaign to get the ribbon.

Paul
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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 09:05 AM UTC
Hi john
How do I get the ribbon ??? do I just upload one of the pics I posted in the thread to the kit maker gallery?
tankmodeler
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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 08:29 AM UTC
Thanks for the ribbon, John!

Don't forget to go over to the thread looking to recruit for a new What If 4 campaign and let us know if you want in:

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=215770&page=1&ord=1

Then I can bug John to approve my submitted campaign for early next year.
D_J_W
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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 07:11 AM UTC
Jeremy, many thanks for the campaign, to John, thanks for the ribbon. See you all next time.

cheers
David
Bluestab
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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 06:58 AM UTC
Thanks Jeremy for the campaign...and thanks John for the ribbon. Hopefully the next installment will be as great.
Trisaw
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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 06:36 AM UTC
Thanks for the ribbon, John.
1721Lancers
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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 03:51 AM UTC
Thanks John
Nito74
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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 03:42 AM UTC
Ribbons sent to all those who posted their photos in KitMaker Photo Gallery, here.
Trisaw
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Posted: Monday, December 09, 2013 - 12:52 PM UTC
Finished my hoverbike which I bought very cheaply from eBay. I added the X-Wing side engines, instrument panel, rocket bells, cannons, seat belts, rocket pods, and some details. The hoverbike was advertised as 1/35 scale, but it's actually closer to 1/43 scale. The 1/43 figure is a race car driver I also bought from eBay.

I decided to keep this a clean build. Sorry for the poor-quality photos.

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Mixem 422GF Hoverbike

The Mixem 422GF military armed scout hoverbike boosts formidable firepower with its four side-barrel laser cannons and two underbelly blaster cannons which can fire simultaneously, in combined salvos, or individually. Two forward side mounts can accommodate rocket pods or small missiles. Highly-powered and maneuverable, the Mixem 422GF hoverbike boosts impressive speed and range thanks to its elongated body which accommodates a massive engine, impressive sensors, and fuel tanks. The rear contains a powerful electronic jammer, sensors, and an active countermeasure suite.

While no longer considered state-of-the-art, the Mixem 422GF hoverbike has proven to be a rugged, reliable, and well-armed and armored hoverbike for security, armed reconnaissance, escort, interdiction, patrol, and close-air support missions.

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Great campaign; I had fun and I look forward to the next.
1721Lancers
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Posted: Monday, December 09, 2013 - 05:51 AM UTC
Thanks guys, all have done well here. A cool campaign and looking forward to the next



Paul
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Posted: Monday, December 09, 2013 - 05:12 AM UTC
David, that looks really nice!

Graeme, doncha just hate friends??

I've also started a new campaign thread here:

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=215770&page=1&ord=1

Please indicate there if you want to join a new What If 4 campaign. Do it quickly, please, so we can show the moderators that there is interest and we can get approved and started right after Christmas!

Paul
D_J_W
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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 08:45 PM UTC
Great work Graeme and Paul, here is my finished, the British ITD (Interm Tank Destroyer)









cheers
David

P.S. I'm in for WIF #4
Trisaw
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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 01:26 PM UTC
Another original piece, Graeme, looks great!

I hope to make the deadline this Tuesday. I'm almost finished with mine but I don't know if I'll have time to write a story or not. Most "What Ifs" I do write something, but this time I'm not sure.
Bluestab
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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 12:59 PM UTC
Graeme,
Another nice piece of work.

Paul B,
Just to clarify I was joking about the rear hatch.
gcdavidson
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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 11:31 AM UTC

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How many people out there still have something to complete???

Paul



It would have been done today, except some guest dropped by, unannounced, and stayed for 5 hours. There went the modelling time.

I'm all for a WIF 4. Here's where my build sits now. It's really close to being done.

phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 11:11 AM UTC
Paul, excellent work on your Stug. I can easily imagine such a vehicle being built towards the end of WW2.

I'm hoping to resubmit my idea for a WW1 laser-tank for the next campaign. I've just seen the History channels 'The Martian War 1913-17' and its given me a lot more inspiration and determination to get that project off the ground.

Best of luck to everyone still working at this one.

Stephen
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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 06:26 AM UTC
Paul B,
I'm liking the StuG/H. It looks good and the design appears to be completely plausible. If I were to nitpick, I'd note the rear hatch would be above eye level. I guess there could be steps or ladder rungs on the inside of the hatch. When it's opened all the way, it would hang down to about the bottom lip of the casement. A rung or two beneath that and I think you should be good to go.

Paul R & Jeremy,
Anytime to start is fine with me. Using partials is still okay? Most of the kits I plan on using have had some work done to them. But I also plan on doing a lot of scratching and reworking.

I'm probably going to start off with the assault Stuart and maybe dabble with the Panzer IV/K on the side. I'll probably use the chassis I used for the first Panzyusha. Then plan on using the second half of the year on the Bradley Hellfire Launcher and the M113 Hellfire Tender Vehicle.

Heck I've gt a couple ideas brewing for part #5. I'm sort of on an assault vehicle kick.
tankmodeler
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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 03:55 AM UTC
OK, everyone, we're only 2 days from campaign completion, so get out the airbrushes & weathering powders & get your entries finished!

How many people out there still have something to complete???

BTW I formally submitted the request for a What If 4 Campaign. Might as well get the ball rolling.

I named it What if 4: Machines of the Mind

vonHengest, that doesn't mean I'm trying to steal the leadership from you. You've done a really good job on this one so, if you want to keep doing it, I'm happy to follow where you lead. I just wanted to submit early enuogh that we might get approved before Christmas so we can start right in the New Year. I'm also happy enough to run it of you want. Whatever works best for you.

Paul
1721Lancers
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Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 03:28 AM UTC
Done, here's the "AO serie der StuG III Ausf. H 128mm Sturmkanone L36.6 :-




















Hope you all like it . I'm now ready for Pt.4 with the Challenger/Merkava



Paul
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Posted: Friday, December 06, 2013 - 08:01 AM UTC
Hi there,
here's the back story, I hope you like it. More pics from the StuG H tomorrow:

After the disastrous end of the 6th Army in Stalingrad ´42 / ´43, the OKW put out the order to develop a vehicle with a gun big enough to deal with heavy soviet tanks from a distance of 2000 meters and also have a heavy destructive force at close range i.e. inside cities.
The answer they came up with was a Panzerkampfwagen III with a lengthened hull, a large casematt
fitted to the rear of the vehicle, with 2 to 4 Mg34’s and a 128mm main armament. As the 128mm field gun was also being developed, cal L54.8, it was decided to use this gun but in a shortened form.
The choice was made and the StuG III Ausf. H 128mm Sturmkanone cal L36.6 went into service. In March 1943 the Wehrmacht received the first 50 vehicles, these were sent straight to the Russian front with only one objective, Stalingrad and the capture of the Volga.
Once they arrived at their destination, they caused havoc. The Soviet KV’s and T34’s were being destroyed at distances of 2500 meters and with experienced gunners even 3000 meters. The way
to Stalingrad was cleared, and then the 24th Panzer division entered the city and cleaned up the mess
left over from the 42/43 disaster. Two weeks later Hitler had control of the Volga including all raw metal and crude oil transports along it. With this “Hitler’s Macht” grew and the fortress of Europe/Eurasia became almost impenetrable.
The Soviet Union was for the time being crippled, there was no chance of help from west Europe as this had already fallen. Britain we’re their own, as the U-Boot strength had grown with the resources from the Soviets and Euro-Asia. This made any shipping convoys from the US impossible.
The only way to get at Nazi Germany now would be an American / Chinese coalition attack from the east. But this would mean clearing the Japanese threat out of the Pacific, neutralizing the Japanese mainland and then entering the game after crossing roughly 8000 miles of mountains, swamps, deserts. But this is another story.





Paul
tankmodeler
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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 01:54 PM UTC

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Sounds interesting Paul R. You could maybe use a Marder turret.


For my purposes, the Marder turret is still too tall, that's why my concept has the Bushmaster in the fender box. Remember, the S-Tank could aim quite adequately using it's transmission and the variable suspension, so why not use it and lower the profile even more. The Tow/Milan mount would be stowed behind the engine deck when not in use and then rise up from behind the vehicle, kinda like the turret on the Aliens APC that comes over the top on rails. I might not use that method, but that's the general idea.

The whole thing is to keep the vehicle almost undetectable. I'd have an IR suppression scheme for the exhausts, especially the plume from the gas turbine, which would show up from a hundred miles off with modern IR equipment. Might actually swap it with a 700 hp diesel and change the air supply and exhaust arrangements.

Lotsa options!

Can I start now? I'm getting pumped!

Paul
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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 11:43 AM UTC
Thanks Paul. I blame my short attention span for the what-if ideas.

I could go with a new What-If campaign starting yesterday. But first of the year is fine for me.

The Assault Stuart is based on the German StuG theory. Take a chassis, remove the turret, and up-gun it. The Assault Stuart would be based on a M5 Stuart. The Assault Stuart I would be be up-gunned with a 57mm gun. The Assault Stuart II would be taken a bit further, based on theoretical battlefield performance...not to mention still being under-armorerd against Panthers. The gun would be a 76mm, most probably snatched from an old Italeri Shermy. The chassis would be stretched to allow for a bigger powerplant to allow more armor. And, I on the fence on this one, the suspension would have an extra pair of bogies added or the Stuart type would be replaced with Sherman VVSS bogies and track. I'd probably stay away from using the Sherman suspension. I think it'd really lose its Stuart origins. I'd probably go with a different name, instead of the Assault Stuart.

I would have thought the Hellfire Tender would have drawn more questions than the STuart.
tankmodeler
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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 08:50 AM UTC

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Next year, you all let me know what start dates you'd be comfortable with


How about Jan 1 through Dec 31, 2014? I'm ready 'n' rarin' go!

Paul
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Posted: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 08:40 AM UTC
Paul R: thanks for the great ribbon!

Paul B: she's looking great! Keep the stride going strong


To answer everyone's question, yes there will be a What if 4! Next year, you all let me know what start dates you'd be comfortable with