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    IDW007: Airborne Tank, 20 person crew

    IDW007: Airborne Tank, 20 person crew

    Topic: Airborne Tank, 20 person crew

    Description: In 1988, The USSR commissioned their top Russian engineers to create two tanks that could take out a capital city's of france and poland. The tank was a behemoth of metal and firepower. The tank would be flown over a city and dropped within city limits-- The lone tank would have no back up and the sole mission of destroying all major political structures.

    These tanks were never put into practice due to the fall of the USSR, but remain under control of Mother Russia to this day.


    Your Job: Develop a tank that is possible to hold over 20 crewmen. The tank must be able to withstand a fall of at least 3km(1.9miles). The tank must have enough firepower to cause mass destruction.

    Deadline: March 25th Midnightish


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    Yay, I got to an activity before the polls started! Maybe I can submit something now...

    All I can say is, I pity the poor people inside. I think my tank is going to be made out of...unobtainium. Off to the drawing board!
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    Does "tank" imply caterpillars?

    Edit: I think tracks is the word for what i meant.
    Last edited by Friso; March 18th, 2006 at 01:21 PM.

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    Sorry I read the wrong date

    Damm I can't think of anny thing nice..
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    can it be a hovering tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambidextros
    can it be a hovering tank?
    i assume it can if you can convince the viewer that the technology was in place back than to do it :/

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    Excellent tank resource

    Found this while searching tank stuff... a really great resource:

    http://212.84.179.117/afv.htm

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    so this tank doesnt fly? it just drops? what would be large enough to carry a 20-person crew tank 2 miles above ground?

    also, is the briefing fictional? it seems like there's a lot of things that dont make a whole lot of sense functionally once you really start to think about it... a tank that large, with no back-up would need extremely heavy back-up, loads of weaponry and ammunition, yet be light enough to be carried AND have some sort of way to not completely fall apart from a mile-high drop.. not to mention this is set in 1988, so the technology has to be already existent... eesh thats one hell of an assignment
    Last edited by Main Loop; March 19th, 2006 at 04:46 AM.

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    Ok, I think some people are confused. The tank itself doesnt fly or hover. It is dropped from an aircraft. Therefore it has to have a few things. The first is some kind of cushioning system to reduce the impact of it hitting the earth from hundreds of feet up. The second is really dense and impregnable armor, this thing is a lone fighter and it has no support, plus its expensive to produce so it cant be lost. The third is some kind of really powerful weaponry. The tank can hold 20 crewmen so its obviously large enough to hold multiple missle batteries, tank turrets, mounted gatling guns, etc. Also it has to be able to topple major structures. So I would concentrate on any weaponry good for razing buildings. Keep in mind that normal tank treads wont do for this thing, if its as large as it would have to be then it will need massive supporting treads. In addition it will need a huge engine, tons and tons of unstoppable tank doesnt just move itself. Thats about all I would make sure to worry about,.

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    well im trying to think of it as something that can hold up to scrutiny in the real world.. there's a lot you have to think about, maybe too much for it to be able to pull off realistically.. i'd really like to give it a go, but thats a hell of a lot to cover

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    I found a huge sorce of reference!

    http://www.tanxheaven.com/referencepictures.htm

    I know they are old but I think they could help!

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    here are communist russia era tanks. broken up into catagories to at least aid with visual style

    http://www.battlefield.ru/index.php?...mid=50&lang=en

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    Assuming that the soviets actually did ask for something like this from their engineers at one time (I doubt it was ever built since 1988 was very very close to the end for the USSR), are you sure that the 20 people were crewmembers or was this a tank/apc and some of those people were demolitions/occupation personnel? I can't imagine needing 20 crewmembers for any non-naval military vehicle built after the 60s, no matter how many weapons and systems it has onboard.
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