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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2013, 11:28:04 am »
Another concept - tank destroyer, december 1943 dated.
Not sure, but looks like Maus as a prey of soviet ball tank  ;D


By the way, i start work on the "Stalin's balls of steel" book. Featured over 50 soviet ball tanks project, based on the real documents.

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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2013, 11:30:55 am »
And another concept - "Sphebrobil",1940-41 dated.

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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2013, 09:29:32 pm »
The "Sphebrobil" even was amphibious ? Or is this thing downright just
a crutch to prevent the whole thing from capsizing ... as far, as this
would be possible in a ball ?
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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2013, 10:23:26 pm »
Yes, it's amphibious ball-tank.
Lots of similar projects also with amphibious ability. As i remember, first ball-tank with amphibious ability patented in 1920.

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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2013, 01:17:10 pm »
By the way, i start work on the "Stalin's balls of steel" book. Featured over 50 soviet ball tanks project, based on the real documents.


If nothing else, I love the book title! ;)

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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2013, 11:11:35 pm »
If nothing else, I love the book title! ;)

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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2013, 02:21:01 am »
If nothing else, I love the book title! ;)

I just have doubts, that it will pass censorship !   ;D

Judging the distribution of weight, as it is recognisable in the "Sphebrobil",
I think, it would hardly have been stable without artificial stabilisation. And I don't know,
if something like that was available. Maybe a rather simple gyroscope would have been
sufficient ?
It takes a long time, before all mistakes are made ...

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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2013, 10:54:08 pm »
Another project, summer 1941 dated. Idea of Moscow Factory #381 engineers. 2-man crew, 6 MG + 2 heavy MG, 300 km/h speed, jumping ability... :o
By the way, i already see light in the end of tunnel. 3/4 of text is done.

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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2013, 01:21:26 am »
By the way, i start work on the "Stalin's balls of steel" book. Featured over 50 soviet ball tanks project, based on the real documents.

I love this title !
and what Stalin comment about this ?


i hope the book include the concrete fortress moving by vibration  ;D
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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2013, 07:50:10 am »
I love this title !
and what Stalin comment about this ?







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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #25 on: July 20, 2013, 10:54:48 pm »
Another project - "Protivodot" (Antibunker). Designed in 1942 by ingeneer-major Novitsky from Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy.
Powered by rocket engines, maximum speed - 100 km/h. 200 mm armor, 70 t weigh


And ours artist impression of Protivodot

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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2013, 03:51:23 pm »
Another concept - tank destroyer, december 1943 dated.
Not sure, but looks like Maus as a prey of soviet ball tank  ;D


By the way, i start work on the "Stalin's balls of steel" book. Featured over 50 soviet ball tanks project, based on the real documents.

Be sure to let us know when it is finished.

It would be extremely interesting if it had a discussion on civilian monowheel research and some of the design issues (e.g. the five different methods of directional control, problems with stopping etc.)

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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #28 on: July 26, 2013, 12:22:20 am »
thinking about the Kugelpanzer a long time now: Would it not possibly be a way of delivering an explosive charge, like the Goliath?
That would explain the lack of armament.

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Re: kugelpanzer aka 'ball tank'
« Reply #29 on: July 27, 2013, 07:29:16 am »
Seems indeed to be similar to the British Panjamdrum
(photo from http://historum.com/war-military-history/55653-weird-strange-weapon-2.html)
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