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21 October 2014

ISISAF

So what!

Someone will be along to dig up how successful the NVAF was.

Two huge things about that.  Stupid rules of engagement and the poor performance of the missiles with all our eggs in the single "use missiles" basket.

The third thing is the poor tactical thinking that came from acting as if the missiles behaved liked the sales brochure rather than as they behaved.

Most Sparrows dropped off the plane and fell to the earth when fired over Vietnam.  Hardly any lit and few of those guided and even fewer scored a hit.

But when you compare the AIM-7E to the AIM-7E-2 you see a marked contrast in performance.

The AIM-9B Sidewinder is about useless against MiG-17F and MiG-21F.  But the AIM-9D actually started doing what the manufacturer claimed the B could do...

And in the past 40 years we've not sat on our hands in weapons development.

The AIM-7E-2 Sparrow, despite being far FAR better than the AIM-7D and AIM-7E it supplanted was still called "the great white hope".  A fire and pray missile.

The AIM-7M is greatly improved, and it's not much carried any more when they're serious.

The AIM-120 AMRAAM is the present "medium" range radar guide.  It's known as "Fido" to the pilots, as in "sic 'em Fido!"  From ranges that nothing ISIS has access to can reply.

If things get to where they can shoot, the AIM-9X shoots farther than many of their semi-active radar guided missiles, and that assumes they lay hands on a MiG-23 or two.

Their best hope is to lay hands on a MiG-29 which has excellent missiles, but it also has a far more western maintenance requirement...  You know extensive, intensive and knowledgeable.

The couple of pictures I've seen of their "air force" have been in L-39 Albatros', a trainer that can carry a light load of air to ground munitions.  They might have some MiG-21s, but those are getting very long in the tooth to take on a first world opponent.

People might bring up our air-to-air record over the Balkans.  It's noteworthy that we flew with ordnance we were "getting rid of".  Older Sparrows and Sidewinders.

And there's always Israel to compare with concerning how things go for Russian gear supplied to iron age heathens...

Another thing to remember about modern Russian aircraft is they have always been willing to accept many fewer hours between overhauls than we were.  It makes their engines give a bit more thrust per mass, but it also means you need more engines and have a lower mean times between replacements and failures.  This is also very true of their electronics.  They've also not yet internalized the "make things easy to access" lesson we learned the hard way so they often end up taking an entire plane apart to get at a module that has failed.

Ducks In A Row

Doing things in the proper order is the right way to do it.

That's why the dog's vet is paid.

That's why FuzzyGeff's scope is replaced.

That is why I don't have a MAS 49/56 in 7.5mm.

In order of obligation rather than desire.

I feel like such an adult!

Oh and pay the bills every month!

Atlantis The Lost Empire

I am spoiled by Japanese animation.

If Atlantis: The Lost Empire had been done by an anime studio, that gun that looks sort of, kinda like an SMLE would BE an SMLE.  As would the Broomhandle and P.38/Luger thing.

20 October 2014

Pupdate

He goes in Thursday morning to have the offending tooth removed and abscess eliminated.


Special thanks to everyone who generously donated to the cause!

Scoping Things


Olga with the Nichols Bullet 3-9x40mm that used to reside on FuzzyGeff's Weatherby Vanguard.


Weatherby Vanguard VGS in .243 Win. wearing a Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x44mm scope.

I think the departed Bushnell Sportsman 4-12x40mm was better glass than the Nichols, but not as good as the Vortex.

The view through the scope:

It's beyond me to get the background and the reticle in focus at the same time.  That's the Dead-Hold® BDC reticle, by the way.

Multi-coated, like every scope...

The coatings matter, "multi-coated" means something.  What's lacking in information about most scopes is what the coatings are doing for you.

Resettable turrets!

In this instance you get it zeroed, then unscrew the center screw, take off the knob and place it back down with the 0 lined up with the line.  Kind of (sorta) like a Garand rear sight, actually.

I'd originally planned on getting a Bushnell Banner 4-12x40mm to replace the scope I broke.  Then I got to handle one.  Not near as nice as the Sportsman.

Again

Look, another war movie where everyone dies.  Beautifully done, but haven't we seen this already?

It'd make me furyous but it was so entirely predictable.  I'm a lot sick of the convention, they only reason the characters are given any fleshing out is so that I care when they are killed.  They've no value other than to extract that emotion from me and I am fed up with it.

Never mind that the basic set up for the battle is pretty much exactly Saving Private Ryan.  Hold and delay the SS (ever notice it's always the SS and not Whermacht Heer?) at the bridge crossroads?

I fear a real live Tiger I instead of a T-34 dressed for the part won't be enough to salvage it.

I'm also a little disappointed that I can read the entire movie without seeing it.

Alles en Ordnung

If you're a member of a local range, you shoot free.  If you're not a member, you pay $14 for the day.

They've had a problem with members loaning their membership cards to friends so they now require ID to shoot.

Even if you're not a member (I am not).

So I asked, "if you find out I am a member are your going to make me shoot for free?"

19 October 2014

Qualified

I remember once thinking that I wasn't qualified for all manner of government positions.

Looking at the people appointed of late, I think my only real disqualification is that I'm not registered as a Democrat.

I could be a czar!

Scope

Replaced the scope of FuzzyGeff's I broke back in April.

His Bushnell Sportsman 4-12x40 that I broke has been replaced on his AR with the Nichols Bullet 3-9x40 that was on his Weatherby Vanguard.

The Weatherby now sports a Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x42 with BDC reticle.

Now I have to get them zeroed for him.  It's the least I can do after ruining his Bushnell.

Vortex seems to do good work, the glass seems quite clear.

Pics later.

Engaged To Be Engaged

I forgot to mention that the pup is scheduled to be scheduled for his tooth removal.

They're juggling the schedules of two people and being considerate of mine, so in the next week most likely.

Fingers crossed!

18 October 2014

Astute Cultural Observation

We’ve worked with enough 8541s to know that they like to do things the hard way, and they take particular joy in doing it the hard way faster than an Army guy can do it the easy way, and take a positively indecent glee in breaking the dogface’s easy-way technology. Bringing this to the Marines first means that they will use their considerable intellect and energy to break your machine and send you away with a duffel bag of expensive pieces (so they’re great for finding unimagined points of failure — there is that). Bringing it to them after selling it to the Army is not a panacea. It might be even harder, because they will be energized to demonstrate that the Army did Something Stupid, because if Marines believe three things about the Army it’s that: we have too much money, too little guts, and way too little brains.




Check out WeaponsMan, he's in the sidebar too.

Filth

The uncle who taught me to shoot was influenced by his military experiences about cleaning.

"The gun should be spotless when put away and have a protective coating of light oil applied to it.  This oil should be renewed as often as it took to prevent rust."

The Army reinforced this idea to me.  I see why now that I'm in my dotage.  If they didn't force privates to clean their rifles, the rifles would never get cleaned or lubricated.

Zero preventative maintenance on any machine will eventually get to the point where it gums up the works and stops the machine from functioning.

A couple of boxes of ammo at the range does not constitute this level of filth.

I read over and over the round counts people have put into ARs without cleaning and without function problems.  I've seen pictures of the accumulated grime.

I could never let it go that long!

My tolerance for a dirty gun is far better than my uncle, but I start getting twitchy when my hands come away with carbon on them when I shuffle them around to get to the back of the safe.  But I notice that it's fastidiousness not concern about function that gets me to cleaning.

Still...  The haughty dismissiveness about how gun x could never go y number of rounds without cleaning is preposterous.  Especially when so many people have gone to the trouble of documenting it.

ARs and 1911s can't go y without cleaning and parts breaking?  Lots of examples out there doing just that.

AK and Glock never fail and don't need cleaning?  There's just as much documentation showing that they can fail and will fail from accumulated debris if you let go long enough.

Never say never.  Never say always.

I cannot help but think that a good hunk of this is "grass is always greener".

Another amusing part of this reliability and cleaning discussions comes from reading old Ordnance reports from when smokeless powder had just stopped being a French state secret.  They're doing comparisons between the issue guns of the day and talking about the inherent reliability of the actions and doing so independently from the reliability of the feed system; for bolt actions.

Go to any forum where there's a fully developed thread on AK v AR and you're going to see the exact same arguments as were put forth just prior to The Great War War to End All Wars World War One concerning the old and busted Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield Mark III against the new hotness Gewher 1898 Mauser 1895 and 1893.  To the point that the Brits adopted the AK, um, Mauser in the Pattern 13.

17 October 2014

Why Bubba Why

Today I saw a Remington M1915 Mosin-Nagant.  Numbers matching.

Butchered by bubba.

Bolt handled stretched and turned down.

Stock was dovetailed so that a comb and pistol grip could be added, with the cut bisecting the US acceptance cartouche.

Barrel cut down and a new front sight applied.

Forearm cut down too.

It appears to have been pristine before the modifications were applied.

16 October 2014

New Voting Policy

If I expect the results of a policy or investigation to have an effect on my vote, but the implementation of that policy or the results of that investigation are delayed until after the election...

I will just go ahead and assume that the party in power is hiding something that will make me vote against them; so I'm voting against them.

Sick Of It

A refrain I am sick of hearing...

A government agency of some sort, be it cops, schools or dog catcher, does something stupid, dangerous or immoral...

The investigation reveals that the government entity in question adhered to its policies and procedures, therefore the stupid, dangerous and/or immoral act is OK.

If I get to make the rules I have to follow, you're damn sure that I am acting in accordance with them when I hurt someone else...

This is why I am sick of hearing these cases.

Why on God's Green Earth® do these jerks get to make the rules they will follow and establish their own standards to be held accountable to?

It's a fundamental disconnect from what "by the people for the people" is supposed to mean.

55 Days At Peking

Well, the guns used in the film anyways...

Shifting Sabrina

Kaylee and Sabrina have swapped barrels.

Sabrina is now a representation of a GAU-5/P or "mixmaster" carbine.  The Air Force is kind of famous for "waste not, want not" about keeping M16s and CAR-15s in service.

Depending on when the work was done a GAU-5/P could have a 1:12 or 1:7 pencil barrel.  It's 1:9 here...


It's nice to have two tax stamps so that one can do silly swaps like this.

Oh, and it's a great excuse to hit the range too, gotta zero them now!

This is Kaylee.

Kaylee is my first AR-15.  She started life as an attempt to make a clone of an XM177E2.  Unfortunately, I didn't know much about XM177E2's when I started; in fact I thought CAR-15 was the proper designation.  I later made a much more faithful clone of an XM177E2, and then I decided to make Kayee more of an Israeli  carbine.

This Israeli carbine, in fact.



But as time passes, plans change.  Kaylee was entirely too similar to The Lovely Harvey's Cheyenne.  Cheyenne is a clone of an R653-P because Harvey loves the carbine carried by SSG Barnes in the film Platoon.

Because she felt I was stepping on her toes, I changed Kaylee's furniture.  Then did some swapping with some Arfcommers and ditched the carry handle.

Then just for laughs I swapped barrels with Sabrina.  Super handy little carbine like this!


What we have here is a Del-Ton carbine kit that I have modified.  The 16" HBAR barrel that came with the kit was replaced with a Bushmaster Superlite chrome lined pencil profile shortend to 11.5".  The C7 upper has been replaced with an Aero Precision flat-top and KAC 600m folding rear.  The lower receiver came from Anvil Arms, who are no longer in business.  In foliage green, items from Magpul; CTR stock, MOE handguard and Damage Industries ECS grip Bravo Company mil-spec receiver extension.


Complete history after the fold.  There have been a lot of starts and stops along the way while I figured out what I wanted to do with her.  And yes, I give my rifle's girl's names.  And yes, you've seen this post before, it gets bumped and updated as I make changes.

14 October 2014

Dingus and Ms Bear

Everyone Say DAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWW


Last night Shi Shu was going apeshit about something behind the shed.

Figuring it was the local possum again, The Lovely Harvey went to investigate.  As she got closer she hear a kitten mewling.  She called me out there to help and as the photo above attests, it was not A kitten mewling, but three.  Two males and a female.  The center one in the pic is the female.

No sign of momma-cat anywheres.

The each took about 12cc of half-n-half and about a 1/3 of a can of wet kitten food between them.

It's great news they're weaned enough to eat the wet-food.

Marv came up and he's taken charge of the black male.  Being the most curious and adventuresome, we dubbed him Trouble.

The other two are still here and we're not certain what to do.  Prolly end up with two new cats.  That's the way of things, it seems.  Shi Shu is of the impression that they are chew toys, and if we can't get him to figure the whole don't kill them thing...  But for now a plastic tub suffices to keep them segregated.

Gun Pron


Because ARs are Barbies...

Swapped the moderator and grenade ring for an A1 birdcage and swapped the aluminum 2nd gen stock for a 3rd gen plastic.  Interestingly it's still an accurate representation of an Air Force GAU-5A/A, just from the '80's instead of the '60's.

Took inches off the overall length and nearly a pound off the weight.  6.5 lb. fully loaded; 30-1/2" extended, 27-1/4" collapsed.

It's good to have a tax stamp!

13 October 2014

Being Elderly

Damn kids on the lawn and all...

It hit me today that when I was born and for much of my life the way that people stayed in touch over long distances involved the physical transportation of paper.

You could use the phone, but it was god-awful expensive compared to writing a letter and buying a stamp.

A missive to a family member or friend took a week to get a reply, minimum.

I recall the first time I had unlimited long distance.  It stands out more than the earlier moment of getting email because not everyone had a computer at the time.

Now we carry computers in our pockets that NASA would literally have killed someone slowly and publicly to get in the '60s.  Computers that are so cheap we shrug and say, "oh well," when we sit on them and shatter the screen.

Communication is stunningly fast now.  As fast as the electrons can travel down the wire, even up to the speed of light where you have fiber-optic service.

I'm in awe that I lived to see the future!

I'm digging it.

I don't yearn for simpler times at all.  It's exceedingly cool to type in, "poke," on any one of several message systems and get a reply.

I like it better than the phone in many respects because the pacing of texting or chat is a bit slower and you can type with your mouth full.

Also interesting to me is the conversations that take days to occur using this instant transmission.  You send a message and days later get a reply, and sometimes take days to reply.  Right back to USPS speeds!

Smart-phones and 450hp cars that get 30mpg.  The future rocks.

We're A Bit Tone Deaf

I'm gonna keep saying it until I stop seeing it...

Open Carry Texas open-carried long arms because carrying handguns openly is illegal in Texas.

Telling them that carrying a long-arm is stupid and they should carry handguns to make their point is inciting them to break the law!  Their open carry events are attempts to get handgun open carry legalized.

We, the pro-gun side, used to be a lot better about getting facts ahead of emotions, unlike the antis who are pure emotion.

I do not think OCT's tactics are effective.  They're legal, but not effective.

There's lots of legal but not effective open carry.  The Florida Carry fishing events, for example.

The big difference between Open Carry Texas and Florida Carry's events is people NOTICED the long arm carry.  Neither really advances the cause of actually getting the laws changed.  OCT by pissing off allies, FC by not registering on the radar at all.

Sniffing from my Cassandra bunsen burner...

If Florida legalizes open carry with a permit, it will be pointless to open carry because there will be no punishment for cops who harass people open carrying.  Harass might be the least of the problems since it seems like many departments default mode for armed citizen is guns drawn and screaming orders.

I sometimes am bemused at all the acrimony surrounding the topic of open carry.  The bemusement stems from reading a lot about the history of the Old West.

Carrying a concealed firearm back when was a sign of low character and shady intent.  To the point that among the first gun laws ever (at least the laws not aimed at disarming blacks) were about the carrying of concealed guns, while you could openly display your favorite Colt* to your heart's content.



*Reference to those race-based gun laws.

Insanity

The requests for proposals (RFP) that let to the F-22A Raptor, Advanced Tactical Fighter, entering service in December 2005 was let in September 1985!  First flight of an actual F-22A (as opposed to YF-22A which is not very related at all) was in September 1997.  So it takes 12 years to go from "we want one" to it flying and then eight more years for it to enter service.

And it's not speeding up.

The Joint Strike Fighter program dates from 1993 and the Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter program.   The first F-35A flew in December 2006.  The F-35A is expected to enter squadron service in December 2015.  The F-35B first flew in June 2008 with a service entry date of Dec 2015.  The F-35C is taking until February 2019 to get to the fleet after first flying in June 2010.

Thirteen, fifteen and seventeen years from program inception to first flights.  Nine, seven and nine years from those flights to service or 22, 22 and 26 years total for each variation.

What the hell.

Oh and this is ALL Lockeed-Martin.

The F/A-18E went from RFP in 1992, first flight in 1995 and in service in 1999!  Seven total years...  Of course it is a development of the older F/A-18A...  Sort of.  It's really a new plane with similar aerodynamics.

The F/A-18A went from a study of the YF-17A in March 1977 to a first flight in November 1978 to entering service in January 1983.  Even figuring that the YF-17A comes from the 1971 Lightweight Fighter Competition it's a much shorter gestation than F-22 or F-35.  Even more impressive since the just short of two years from RPF to flying involved converting a plane from USAF to USN capability and partnering with another company to make them.

The F/A-18A goes from first concept to first flight in seven years then five years to service.  If we include the legacy Hornet's development in the Super Hornet's it's STILL not worse because there's a decade of real service from earlier versions before the first flight.

It's not an unfair comparison either.  The F/A-18A was pushing the technology boundaries as hard as the newer planes.

F-16A stems from the same 1971 LWF program and it first flew in January 1974 entering service in August 1978.

F-15A, FRP December 1965, first flight July 1972, service entry January 1976.

F-14A, a troubled program, FRP July 1968, First Flight December 1971, hit the fleet in September 1974.

F-111A, controversial and troubled, from the 1961 TFX, to flying in december 1964 to squadron service in July 1967.

The new planes are pushing the edges of technology, but so were every plane I mentioned.  For less money and many more unknowns with regards to materials and aerodynamics.

By the way, take the government teat away and Boeing can go from sketches to first flight in six years with it entering airline service a year later.  Seven years total, contemporaneously with the F-22 program, in fact.  The Boeing 777 is an apt comparison because fighters are cheap, things that can accept atrocious safety and maintenance burdens.

12 October 2014

Investments

I know more than a couple of people who have "heirloom" china.

Complete sets of what was extremely expensive dinnerware.

A cursory glance at the values of these sets makes it appear that they're sitting on retirement funds.

A more detailed examination reveals that it's a single seller asking the retirement rates...  They're more than happy to buy your whole set for pennies and sell individual pieces for tens of dollars.

The people I knew have been hanging on to grandma's china for decades, not using it, with the intention of selling it and cashing out.

The only person buying sets is this one seller and the only people buying otherwise are buying single pieces to replace breakage in their set.

Yet we all remember when complete sets were selling for damn good money.  Seems the bubble has popped on fine china.

Funny!


Sadly

It has turned out as I said it would.

I am owed a coke.

Et Tu Pillsbury

I'm done with change for change's sake.

I am officially elderly because of it.

We've been using Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits in a recipe for decades.  Tonight they are entirely too stiff to spread out.

Thinking that we'd let them get too old in the fridge, I bought new...

Same problem.

Winn Dixie store brand Texas Style Buttermilk Biscuits (after a second trip to the store) behave like Pillsbury used to.

Grumble.

10 October 2014

I Hate Socialists

Read about this.

If a single person on that list is harmed in any way by any member of any union anywhere, I suggest we prosecute UAW Local 31 under RICO.

For one thing, it'd be the first time in decades it was appropriately applied.

09 October 2014

Too Close

The USAF developed two air to air weapons with nuclear warheads.

The AIR-2A Genie and AIM-26A Falcon.

The use of a nuke makes sense when it was assumed they'd be firing at massed formations of bombers.

What is a gut check is the ranges.

The Genie's max firing range is about nine nautical miles.  The Falcon is about six.

Admittedly they are teeny nukes.  The Genie is a 1.5 kT and the Falcon a mere 0.25 kT.

Still, considering they are fired in a head on shot at very high closure rates...  You're much closer than those maximum ranges at detonation.

Even more fun is you have to keep the radar, and thus the nose, pointed at the bombers until detonation with the AIM-26A.  That's kind of the reason it's got a smaller warhead, the greater accuracy makes it as effective as the Genie when they detonate.

We'd planned on using them over northern Canada against Soviet bombers coming over the north pole; but someone finally asked, "what happens if you fired one of these things over a population center?"

That ended a lot of development of AtA nukes.

But we'd made a LOT of Genies and the associated W25 warheads since it began service from the F-89J in 1957, so it stayed service with the USAF until the last F-106A was pulled from service in 1988 and with Canada until they retired their CF-101Bs in 1984.

The AIM-26A had a much shorter life, entering service in 1961 and being retired in 1972.

Adventures In INI Editing

SF2 defines nearly everything with .ini files.

It makes changing things easy, but you have to know the syntax...

My rush of downloading free planes from Combat Ace came with the weaponry peculiar to the planes.

A "generic" weapon is defined by its type and what nation made it.  So a Sidewinder would be IRM and USN,USAF (the Air Force and Navy are separate nations in SF2).

A weapon station is likewise defined generically.

So if you add a new missile that's USAF and IRM it will appear in the loadout of every plane with stations marked USAF and IRM.  Sometimes in inappropriate ways, such as an AIM-4F showing up in the Sparrow recesses of an F-4C.

What you can do to end this is to edit the weapons and stations to be station specific.  Thus you add a line that says that station can carry AIM-4 and a line to the weapon saying that it can only be carried by a station so marked.

Luckily, the list of planes that carried the AIM-4 and AIM-26 is short.

But it becomes a problem with the F-101B.  The internal side of the flip door can carry both Falcons and Genies.  Making the stations weapon specific means it's an either/or deal.

Still working this one out.


The way you solve the problem is to make a whole new system identical to the system that contains the stations set aside for the Genie.

So you end up with:

(Original)
SystemName[018]=GenieBay

(New)
SystemName[018]=GenieBay
SystemName[019]=GenieBay2

in the fuselage section and:

(Original)
[GenieBay]
SystemType=WEAPON_STATION
StationID=7
StationGroupID=3
StationType=INTERNAL
NumWeapons=2
AttachmentPosition001=-0.26,3.32,0.02
AttachmentPosition002= 0.26,3.32,0.02
AttachmentAngles=0.0,-1.2,180.0
LoadLimit=800
AllowedWeaponClass=AHM,IRM,SAHM
SpecificStationCode=AIR2
DiameterLimit=0.5
LengthLimit=3.0
BombBayAnimationID=9
BombBayOpenTime=1.0
BombBayCloseTime=1.0
AttachmentType=USAF
ModelNodeName=Genie_Hi
MovingPylon=TRUE
RotatingPylon=TRUE
AutomaticDoors=FALSE
PylonMass=10
PylonDragArea=0.06

(New)
[GenieBay]
SystemType=WEAPON_STATION
StationID=7
StationGroupID=3
StationType=INTERNAL
NumWeapons=2
AttachmentPosition001=-0.26,3.32,0.02
AttachmentPosition002= 0.26,3.32,0.02
AttachmentAngles=0.0,-1.2,180.0
LoadLimit=800
AllowedWeaponClass=AHM,IRM,SAHM
SpecificStationCode=AIR2
DiameterLimit=0.5
LengthLimit=3.0
BombBayAnimationID=9
BombBayOpenTime=1.0
BombBayCloseTime=1.0
AttachmentType=USAF
ModelNodeName=Genie_Hi
MovingPylon=TRUE
RotatingPylon=TRUE
AutomaticDoors=FALSE
PylonMass=10
PylonDragArea=0.06

[GenieBay2]
SystemType=WEAPON_STATION
StationID=8
StationGroupID=3
StationType=INTERNAL
NumWeapons=2
AttachmentPosition001=-0.26,3.32,0.02
AttachmentPosition002= 0.26,3.32,0.02
AttachmentAngles=0.0,-1.2,180.0
LoadLimit=800
AllowedWeaponClass=AHM,IRM,SAHM
SpecificStationCode=AIM4
DiameterLimit=0.5
LengthLimit=3.0
BombBayAnimationID=9
BombBayOpenTime=1.0
BombBayCloseTime=1.0
AttachmentType=USAF
ModelNodeName=Genie_Hi
MovingPylon=TRUE
RotatingPylon=TRUE
AutomaticDoors=FALSE
PylonMass=10
PylonDragArea=0.06

The important thing to making this work is to make sure the StationGroupID is the same between them, that forces the game to load either station 7 or station 8 and not both.

08 October 2014

I Dream Of Genie

AIR-2A Launch
Detonation
Tetsuo?
Splash six!

Blood Moon

I have a flimsy tripod, the garbage men doing their collection really shakes the camera.



Caught a plane with my 15 second exposure!  It's kind of remarkable how far the heavens move in a quarter minute, look at how streaked the stars are!

07 October 2014

Follow Up

I see that I said it wrong, again.

I don't necessarily think that OCT is doing it right.

I tend to think that rule one is: Don't freak the mundanes.

Carrying an EBR into Target is freaking the mundanes.

What I am trying to say is I understand why they are doing what they are doing the way they are doing it.

I think people on the pro-gun side are discounting the desperation that lots of pro-gunners on the outlying issues of gun-rights feel.  The reason they feel that way is because they feel ignored by the mainstream gun rights folks.

The condemnation of their desperate tactics serves to convince them they were correct, that they were being deliberately discounted and ignored.

And it feels so familiar.  Like when nobody cared about assault weapons until they banned them.  (Which is almost certainly a misremembering of the situation, but you know, feewings.)

I empathize with them because I feel like NFA is another red-headed step child of the pro-gun movement.

Of course, I don't carry my SBR into Target...

Bolster

Adding fuel to the fire for my F-117A conspiracy theory...

In March of 1962 the USAF painted a Q-2 drone with radar absorbing material and failed to detect and intercept it.

The interest in stealth is a lot older than many people think.

OC

A principle problem with open carry is that people aren't accustomed to seeing their fellow citizens running around armed.

This problem is exacerbated by the simple fact that one cannot become used to seeing something until one is seeing something!

It's the swimming problem.  You cannot learn to swim until you're in the water.

The antics of Open Carry Texas are often cited as how not to do it.  Rarely have I seen it reported that the goal of OCT is open carry of handguns but since that's illegal, the only legal means to carry openly is with a long arm.  It's deliberately ridiculous to make the point that if handgun carry was legal it'd be more sensible.

Rather than look at that, the pro-gun forces join with the anti-gun to demand there be no open carry.

Who sounds the bugle call to rally and condemn the open carrying of guns?  Pro-gun bloggers.  If you don't read the anti-gun organizations propaganda sites you're only going to read about open carrying at pro-gun web pages.

Think about that.  Think about who that helps.

Victory!

I've been having odd loadout problems with SF2 since I started making modifications.

I figured a lot of it out now!

First things first, I finally got the dunderheads who thought they were explaining things to actually explain things.

The weapons bay on the F-106A is now manually actuated.  In the real world, they are automatic, but the lack of opening was bothering me when firing the radar guided weapons.

On the forward stations, GAR-3A (aka AIM-4F); on the rear stations, GAR-4A (aka AIM-4G) and up in the center, MB-1 (aka AIR-2A).

The problem is many stations are defined by the type of weapon carried, such as an IRM for heat-seekers.  In 1966 that opens up a LOT of missiles.  I solved the bulk of it by making the AIM-4 stations on the F-102 and F-106 AIM-4 specific and changing the weapons ini so that AIM-4A-C and E-G can only be carried on a station so designated.

The AIM-4D is an odd duck and could be carried the same place as a Sidewinder on the F-4D and F-4E.

Next I did much the same trick to get the F-111B to recognize that it carried the AIM-54A.


Including the weapon bay...


The next challenge will be lifting the AWG-9 avionics out of the F-14A and incorporating them into the Seavark.

Research

I almost feel sorry for the poor bastard.

I complained that AIM-4's were showing up in the loadout of the F-4C...

A relatively prominent member of the forum blasted me for doing no research on the Falcon or Phantom.

He's now got a fully cited work on the development of the AIM-4D and its integration into the F-4C fleet and how not a single AIM-4D was carried on an F-4C outside of testing and how the modifications made by Project Dancing Falcon were reversed almost as fast as they were applied.

The USAF wanted to use the AIM-4 across the board on all of its fighters.

The AIM-4D was to be the Phantom specific model.

The Air Force took delivery of their first Phantom, an F-4C in mid-1963.  In November 1964 they amended their requirements to include the AIM-4D.  But they didn't actually add the capability until mid 1968!  In April of 1969, the capability was removed and the AIM-9 restored to being the short ranged missile.

The F-4D and F-4E left St Louis with the capability to carry the Falcon. 

06 October 2014

Black Box

My uncle had an article clipped from some military aviation magazine framed over his desk.

It was about the increasing cost and complexity of black boxes in military aircraft.

Included was a cartoon with a plane on fire and the black box is ejecting.  The pilot is looking at it and his thought bubble is, "That can't be good."

The plane-guard flying for the X-47B reminded me of that cartoon.

Traveller Mores

GM'ing Traveller made me think about some things harder than I would have otherwise.

An Aslan is a person, a Vargr is a person, a Hiver is a person, a Droyne is a person, even a K'Kree is a person!

Once something is a person, it's got all the rights, privileges, duties and obligations that being a person carries.

Notice that it's not all rights?

That's because I latched onto that whole no rights = no responsibilities thing.

It changes your worldview somewhat compared to your fellows in rural Iowa in the late '80's.

Suddenly it's no longer fags, niggers or spicks (thanks for your prejudices Dad!).

It's gay PEOPLE, black PEOPLE, hispanic PEOPLE.  Once they're people it's much harder to de-individualize them.  It's much easier to see their behavior on an individual level too.

Once they're people they have rights.  But rights come with responsibilities, no?

What I am seeing of late with minorities is an utter lack of responsibility.

No responsibilities means no rights...  No rights means not a person...

Denying their individual responsibility is in effect dehumanizing!

Dehumanization is to make the other and the other is easily victimized.

Please don't get me wrong, they are people and they are due their rights; but the rest of us are due their responsibilities.  By refusing to shoulder their burden and accept the obligations of being people they are, in effect, demanding to be dehumanized and surrendering the rights they'd be due as people.

I am baffled that they'd WANT this treatment.

Something that's somewhat related...

Once a group is recognized as people, I think it's time to stop talking about it and just behave as if they're people from then on.

Sinister Controls


The slide stop on the Browning Hi-Power has that spoon shaped part in front of the pivot point.

I'd often wondered why.

Playing around with left handed drills I discovered it's handy for locking the slide to the rear by pushing down on the front part with your index finger.  I now wonder if that's why it's the way it is.

Oooops

All my modding in Strike Fighters 2 has created a bit of a problem.

Several of the stock planes have been given weaponry they never actually carried.

The F-4C Phantom never carried the AIM-4 in any variety, for example.

On the plus side this also added a Mk28 (B28EX) nuclear device to the list, which is jolly good fun.