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Another in the irregular 'non-state' series, this time from something 'self-published on Amazon'.

Evan Graver, Dark Water, 2017


Brown Berets (Hispanic separatist group.)

La Carranza Garza (ex-SEACOR Mariner)
Oil Platform Supply Vessel
Length: 150ft (45.7m)
2 Diesel Engines (1,1157 Horsepower Each.)
Speed: 12 knots (Max), 10 knots (Cruise)
Armament: AK-47s for all crew & 8 Strela-3 Surface-to-Air Missiles
Cargo also includes a wide range of firearms.

Plot summary: An investigation into the theft of several yachts off the US coast and their subsequent use for smuggling arms into the country leads to the discovery of a dangerous conspiracy.

Note: This is another of those novels that seems to be intended for supporters of Donald Trump, the bad guys are Mexican drug cartels, people who want to take back the lands Mexico lost in the 1840s and ISIS working together on the principle that 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend'.

User Artwork / Re: Motocar's Cutaway drawings
« Last post by Jemiba on Yesterday at 10:02:12 pm »
User Artwork / Re: Motocar's Cutaway drawings
« Last post by Motocar on Yesterday at 09:38:00 am »
I would like to locate more information about this Aurora 400 VTOL project and Phalanx Dragon for LHX, you can share it here or in the subject if it exists.

Thanks, Motocar
Modelling Forum / Re: France unbuilt space launchers of the 60's and 70's
« Last post by bgire on Yesterday at 01:15:20 am »
At last the phase 2 of this project (printing) is done. next step will be the lengthy preparation and polishing of each part to be cast. In the meantime I'll send the photo-etched sheet to the etcher.

Thanks for watching. Stay tuned.

Dry fit of Bacchus and Super Vulcain B (printed parts only)
Super Vulcain B
Photo etched accompanying sheet

Modelling Forum / Re: France unbuilt space launchers of the 60's and 70's
« Last post by bgire on April 21, 2018, 10:30:19 am »
And here comes Bacchus. These are only dry fit of the rough printed parts, just to give an idea.
Well, somewhat surprised by the size... I was expecting a smaller launcher  ;D

The printing phase will end tomorrow with Super Vulcain B.

Alternative History and Future Speculation / Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Last post by Graham1973 on April 19, 2018, 08:10:03 pm »
Back to the short form fiction,

Hilbert Schenck, Hurricane Claude, published in Edward L. Furman (ed.), The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (April, 1983)

United States

USCGC Intrepid (WMEC-???)
Reliance Class Cutter?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment based on name only which fits the naming scheme for the Reliance Class. No other details than name provided by the author. Name clashes with that of the Essex Class Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid (CV-11) which was in service from 1943 until 1974 and then converted to a museum ship in 1982.

USCGC Dauntless (WMEC-624)
Reliance Class Cutter
Real ship, details as in service
Note: USCGC Dauntless (WMEC-624) has made a few appearances in fiction. In 1979 she portrayed the ill-fated USCGC New Hope in the film version of Peter Benchley's 'The Island' (1979), she also appears in the 2016 novel 'Goliath' by Shawn Corridan & Gary Waid as one of two Coast Guard ships sent to rescue the crew of a stranded Russian Supertanker off the Alaskan coast and finally her pennant number is used for an unnamed Coast Guard cutter in the technothriller 'Avenging Storm' (1992) by Duncan Long, which I have covered earlier in this list.

Plot summary: A private group thinks they have worked out a way to disrupt hurricanes safely, but as the first real test looms, have they taken everything into consideration.

Note: Hilbert Schenk (1926-2013), was a minor sci-fi writer whose short fiction shows an interest in the sea.
User Artwork / Re: Motocar's Cutaway drawings
« Last post by Motocar on April 19, 2018, 06:03:51 pm »
Cutaway Vought  F8U-1T autor Aviagraphica and modified by Motocar

Designation Systems / Re: Ryan aircraft
« Last post by hesham on April 19, 2018, 06:26:34 am »
Nice find Boxman.
Modelling Forum / Re: France unbuilt space launchers of the 60's and 70's
« Last post by bgire on April 19, 2018, 02:07:02 am »

Small printed corrections yesterday, and a new "big" part: the Bacchus inter-stage skirt.
This truncated cone was but a challenge for me, as that kind of thin part (.4mm thick) is a nightmare for most printers.
I spent more than an hour placing correctly the numerous temporary supports to get a printing without deformation and Yipikaď!, it turned very fine.
Tomorrow I'll have my last printing session on this project with the huge stage tanks.


Designation Systems / Re: Ryan aircraft
« Last post by Boxman on April 18, 2018, 08:10:57 pm »
Here is a photo of the LOTOP Project Ryan Model 109-G at the San Diego Air & Space Museum (SDASM) Flickr site:

"LOTOP" is sparringly described in the abstract for "Preliminary Criteria & Loads Analysis: Phase I, LOTOP Project-- Ryan Model 109," authored by Hood, A.E., Sandia National Labs (OSTI Identifier:10151210; Report Nos. SC-DC-66-1917X; ALSNL199700000757; ON: DE98056532; CNN: AT-(29-1)-789):
The Phase I Design Study for the Sandia Corporation resulted in a configuration of an external store delivery system designated as the Ryan Model 109-G. The latter is a low altitude external store capable of performing a loop-type trajectory.
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