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      Quote Originally Posted by compy222 View Post
      i'd have to assume there is substantial permitting/government allowance that allows someone to possess a live tank cannon. i feel like if i need to have a $200 tax stamp and federal background check for a rifle that is shorter than a 16" barrel...a tank has to be more than that.
      Nope. Same $200 stamp.
      Maybe more hoops because it is a destructive device.
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      Quote Originally Posted by GoHomePossum View Post
      Indian Scout for me plz

      I like the BMW R75/ Ural bikes with sidecars and/or trailers.
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      The Hellcat was a pretty innovative AFV. Where most other WWII Allied and Axis tanks needed a gantry crane or recovery vehicle with crane to remove the engine or transmission for maintenance, the Hellcat's engine and transmission were unitized and on rails so they were easily accessible without a crane.
      Couldn't find an actual pic of the engine removed but still on the rails.
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      interesting. Just drop down the tailgate and slide it out.


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      stripped down to it's bare essentials, that Lycoming 9 cylinder is a thing of beauty

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      Quote Originally Posted by NeverEnoughCars View Post
      Nope. Same $200 stamp.
      Maybe more hoops because it is a destructive device.
      i just looked and you are actually correct, you only need a federal background check and tax stamp...that's hilarious. it's basically as hard to get a freaking tank mounted heavy gun as an AK-47 with a folding stock or a silencer for a .22.
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      Quote Originally Posted by compy222 View Post
      i just looked and you are actually correct, you only need a federal background check and tax stamp...that's hilarious. it's basically as hard to get a freaking tank mounted heavy gun as an AK-47 with a folding stock or a silencer for a .22.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Rory Calhoun View Post
      The perfect escort and scouting vehicle

      '42 Harley...

      They weren't so perfect. The Army demanded Harley build a clone of the BMW R75:

      During WWII, the U.S. Army asked Harley-Davidson to design a specification of a motorcycle much like the BMWs used by German forces, with shaft drive, a boxer engine, and several other features that made the BMWs exceptionally reliable and low-maintenance machines...

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      Quote Originally Posted by Roberto Dimento View Post
      stripped down to it's bare essentials, that Lycoming 9 cylinder is a thing of beauty

      That would make a very nice display in my living room.
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      ^ Beautiful indeed.

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      Here is another photo of the flying Hellcats of 1944:


      ( By USN; - Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here; U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 2011.003.274.018, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3078727 )

      Here is its air cooled radial engine:


      ( By Highflier - Self-made taken at the USAF Museum; Dayton, OH, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2550566 )

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      Quote Originally Posted by vwtool View Post
      They weren't so perfect. The Army demanded Harley build a clone of the BMW R75:



      Stuff like this is why I love TCL. That's fascinating!
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      Sooo how does one acquire a tank? And do you need a tank license? How did he drive it to car shows?

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      Quote Originally Posted by VWVan View Post
      It's great for capturing zones with it's speed. Unfortunately the machine gunner is easy to dead, and only 2 crew left. However it can take out higher tiers pretty easy.

      The airplane suicide drive me nuts though. You should lose a respawn.
      Super Hellcat is even more fun. All the speed of the standard Hellcat, but with that godawful 90mm gun for your booming pleasures.
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      Quote Originally Posted by tjl View Post

      2000 horsepower. The internals of that crank must be something to ponder.

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      Quote Originally Posted by CactusAvant View Post
      Sooo how does one acquire a tank? And do you need a tank license? How did he drive it to car shows?
      As far as I'm aware, assuming the guns are demilled, its pretty simple to get one. Go to somewhere like this (in CZ so you're got to import so its a bit more difficult) http://www.mortarinvestments.eu/prod...2#currency=USD. In the UK there are a few AFV's that are street legal.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Hand Cannon View Post
      2000 horsepower. The internals of that crank must be something to ponder.
      Single crank throw, secondary pins off that rod bottom end for the other rods.

      Fun fact: radial engines like this are almost always odd numbered in a given bank. As I understand it this made plug firing easy, skip every other cylinder for two rotations and you get all of them with a single throw. To add banks, change the crank to add a throw and put the guts in a new case.
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      Quote Originally Posted by ErikGTI View Post
      As far as I'm aware, assuming the guns are demilled, its pretty simple to get one. Go to somewhere like this (in CZ so you're got to import so its a bit more difficult) http://www.mortarinvestments.eu/prod...2#currency=USD. In the UK there are a few AFV's that are street legal.
      If they were attempting to fire this gun, wouldn't it be safe to assume it wasn't demilled? That's what I was confused about in the first place, how could a piece of equipment like this be acquired by a private citizen and still be capable of firing? I'm not a man that's into stuff like this as a hobby so I'm a bit naive of how these types of acquisitions work.
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      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      Stuff like this is why I love TCL. That's fascinating!
      I got to drive one of those when I was stationed in Greece in the late 1980's. The sidecar wheel was driven, it had reverse gear and a low-range, too, I think. I had a chance to buy one of those, and also a Zundapp KS 750, which is considered the best motorcycle made in WWII, but I passed. I ended up buying a BMW R 67/3, instead.

      Lots of these bikes got left behind by the Germans when they left Greece, and the Greeks made good use of them. They were so rugged, they basically turned them into 3-wheeled pickup trucks and used them to haul everything including construction material. When I needed a differential for my bike, I finally quit looking in Greece because they were all worn too badly - the coupling splines on all the ones I looked at were worn to a "V" shape.


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      I didn't know the sidecar wheel was driven, I guess I'll be on my knees peeking under that local Ural next time I see it.
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      Quote Originally Posted by vwtool View Post
      I got to drive one of those when I was stationed in Greece in the late 1980's. The sidecar wheel was driven, it had reverse gear and a low-range, too, I think. I had a chance to buy one of those, and also a Zundapp KS 750, which is considered the best motorcycle made in WWII, but I passed. I ended up buying a BMW R 67/3, instead.

      Lots of these bikes got left behind by the Germans when they left Greece, and the Greeks made good use of them. They were so rugged, they basically turned them into 3-wheeled pickup trucks and used them to haul everything including construction material. When I needed a differential for my bike, I finally quit looking in Greece because they were all worn too badly - the coupling splines on all the ones I looked at were worn to a "V" shape.

      super cool... thanks
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      so basically the OP has no clue about anything and just posts out of his ass?

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      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      If they were attempting to fire this gun, wouldn't it be safe to assume it wasn't demilled? That's what I was confused about in the first place, how could a piece of equipment like this be acquired by a private citizen and still be capable of firing? I'm not a man that's into stuff like this as a hobby so I'm a bit naive of how these types of acquisitions work.
      Just need a background check, $200 tax stamp, and probably a few other forms filled out.
      That is it.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Hand Cannon View Post
      interesting. Just drop down the tailgate and slide it out.

      that is sweet engineering
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      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      I didn't know the sidecar wheel was driven, I guess I'll be on my knees peeking under that local Ural next time I see it.
      Some are, some are not. I had a Dnepr, driven sidecar with reverse. Mine was always 2wd, some had a lever on the differential to make it 1 or 2wd, as desired. The most popular version of the Ural/Dnepr sidecar rigs has them being built by the Russians after an agreement between Hitler and Stalin, before Hitler invaded Russia. Some say it was mutually agreed upon, some say the Russians stole some and copied them. I believe the trade agreement version, given how fast the Russians started churning out the rigs and how closely they followed the BMW versions. You can also trace the development through the flathead motors to the OHV motors, as BMW likely gave the Russians the more inferior flathead designs, while keeping the OHV secret. There is agreement that after the war, the Russians took most of the desings and tooling for the BMW motorcycles as reparations, to produce the bikes for the home market. At some point, the tooling went to China, where they started making the Chang Jiand sidecar bikes, with te same 750cc flathead mills.

      Mine was actually a Neval, a British-modified Ukrainian motorcycle, if that gives some idea of the build quality and reliability
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