Author Topic: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank  (Read 9187 times)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #175 on: November 22, 2019, 04:34:53 pm »
It reminds me of the vehicles drawn in a cartoon I can't remember the name of that used to feature in a motorbike magazine in the late 80s (and I don't mean Ogri!). All sort of Mad Max on a Katana.
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spesh

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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #176 on: November 22, 2019, 05:38:01 pm »
The Cybertruck would have looked right at home on the pages of futurology books that were a thing in 80s*. With the benefit of hindsight, they were often hilariously wrong about what the early 21st century would look like.

* Examples being, but not limited to:

https://www.amazon.com/Arthur-C-Clarkes-July-2019/dp/0246129808
https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Tomorrow-Robin-Kerrod/dp/0831794933
https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Future-Cities-Living-Century/dp/0727011847
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Mr Larrington

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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #177 on: November 23, 2019, 10:30:01 am »
You know when Clarkson et al said "How hard can it be?" Before heading for the Sheds to play with angle-grinders?  The Cybertruck was one of the results that ended up on the cutting room floor.
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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #178 on: November 23, 2019, 11:17:58 am »
It reminds me of the vehicles drawn in a cartoon I can't remember the name of that used to feature in a motorbike magazine in the late 80s (and I don't mean Ogri!). All sort of Mad Max on a Katana.

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Mr Larrington

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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #179 on: November 24, 2019, 12:23:32 pm »
Comment on FB: it's what you get if you combine cutting-edge tech and hard drugs.
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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #180 on: November 25, 2019, 11:26:45 am »
I don't understand the whole thing about beating up doors. Doors are supposed to be flimsy - they are designed to be as light as possible while providing side impact protection. They aren't a stressed member in terms of the structure. So a door that can't be dented is almost entirely pointless weight.

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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #181 on: November 25, 2019, 11:47:06 am »
The key factoid seems to be that it's the same steel that SpaceX is using for Starship (because rocket science).  It's a git to work with, so presumably getting hundreds of thousands of Tesla fanboys to bankroll a production line will help with R&D costs.  Besides, the stainless steel construction made the flux dispersal... [interrupted by the urgent beeping of a digital watch]
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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #182 on: November 25, 2019, 11:55:36 am »
The key factoid seems to be that it's the same steel that SpaceX is using for Starship (because rocket science).  It's a git to work with, so presumably getting hundreds of thousands of Tesla fanboys to bankroll a production line will help with R&D costs.
Alternatively, the time spent trying to teach the robots to weld that steel into car bodies will result in massive production delays and enormous brittleness problems when out in the real world.
It sort of makes sense, if you want to build an "exoskeleton" instead of a body-on-frame. But making the bonnet, or the doors, or any other bolt on parts from it is just daft - loads of cost, almost no benefit.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #183 on: November 25, 2019, 12:08:08 pm »
Didn't someone say upthread that it was armoured? So instead of VIPs buying a regular car and getting it bullet-proofed, they can be a ready-armoured Tesla. Apparently there are some countries (South Africa...) where this is almost normal...
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quixoticgeek

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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #184 on: November 25, 2019, 12:26:40 pm »
The key factoid seems to be that it's the same steel that SpaceX is using for Starship (because rocket science).  It's a git to work with, so presumably getting hundreds of thousands of Tesla fanboys to bankroll a production line will help with R&D costs.  Besides, the stainless steel construction made the flux dispersal... [interrupted by the urgent beeping of a digital watch]

Am I the only one looking at this stainless steel monstrocity, and thinking it will only be a matter of time until it causes something to catch fire?

Aren't doors also designed normally to break off if hit when open? I wonder if the overengineered nature of this tank means that they are too strong for such a fail?

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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #185 on: November 25, 2019, 08:45:44 pm »

spesh

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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #186 on: November 25, 2019, 10:43:38 pm »
Simone Giertz couldn't wait for Tesla to make a truck, so she made her own from a Tesla Model 3.

Fake commercial: https://youtu.be/R35gWBtLCYg

How she built it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKv_N0IDS2A

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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #187 on: November 26, 2019, 10:14:06 am »
Elsewhere the startling resemblance of the Muskon's latest to the tank in 80's video game "Battle Zone" has been noted.
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spesh

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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #188 on: November 26, 2019, 12:03:09 pm »
Elsewhere the startling resemblance of the Muskon's latest to the tank in 80's video game "Battle Zone" has been noted.

I saw that one, along with a reference to the Warthog from the Halo computer game franchise in the replies to a post pondering eco-friendly "technicals"* (which sort of ties in with Cudzo's last post in this thread).

https://twitter.com/Jon_Christian/status/1197990384372191232


* Though I guess the lack of charging points across the Levant and north Africa might put a crimp in yer average jihadi's plans for acquiring Cybertrucks in the name of their perversion of Islam...
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Re: The Rise (and Fall) of the Suburban Main Battle Tank
« Reply #189 on: November 26, 2019, 09:01:02 pm »
Ah just saw the audi wankpanzer/suv advert. Give them an inch and they'll take a mile it says. Shouldn't it say give them an inch and they'll give you an inch if your lucky