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7th Mar '18 4:27:57 PM nombretomado
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** Preceding the Fatboy were the "Crock" and "Triton" tanks of ''TotalAnnihilation'', which also had hovercraft of its own.

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** Preceding the Fatboy were the "Crock" and "Triton" tanks of ''TotalAnnihilation'', ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'', which also had hovercraft of its own.
4th Mar '18 3:20:08 PM nombretomado
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** In StarTrekOnline, the Federation is the only faction with a dedicated science ship class at every level (Klingons have ships that can be variably modified to fit such a role and the Romulans can use their allied faction science ships until proper level).

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** In StarTrekOnline, ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', the Federation is the only faction with a dedicated science ship class at every level (Klingons have ships that can be variably modified to fit such a role and the Romulans can use their allied faction science ships until proper level).
24th Feb '18 2:35:47 PM nombretomado
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** And then there's the IS-7 heavy tank, which there were only three made, but actually had an 130mm S-70 naval destroyer cannon as a main weapon, in addition to no less than 8 machine guns as secondaries, of which two fired 14.5 mm anti-tank rifle rounds. And although its gun was almost as good as the Maus's 128 mm, and the frontal armour was in many ways equivalent (similar thickness, greater angle - sufficient to deflect 128 mm shells) it subverted the trope by being [[PintsizedPowerhouse smaller than and as heavy]] as Tiger II, and having a tested road speed of 60 KPH (i.e. [[LightningBruiser as fast as a medium tank]]), courtesy of a 1050 HP diesel. [[ExecutiveMeddling A doctrine shift]] that banned all 50+ t tanks (which is [[RussiansWithRustingRockets upheld to this day, apparently]]) was the only thing between that ''beauty of a war machine'' and mass production.

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** And then there's the IS-7 heavy tank, which there were only three made, but actually had an 130mm S-70 naval destroyer cannon as a main weapon, in addition to no less than 8 machine guns as secondaries, of which two fired 14.5 mm anti-tank rifle rounds. And although its gun was almost as good as the Maus's 128 mm, and the frontal armour was in many ways equivalent (similar thickness, greater angle - sufficient to deflect 128 mm shells) it subverted the trope by being [[PintsizedPowerhouse smaller than and as heavy]] as Tiger II, and having a tested road speed of 60 KPH (i.e. [[LightningBruiser as fast as a medium tank]]), courtesy of a 1050 HP diesel. [[ExecutiveMeddling A doctrine shift]] that banned all 50+ t tanks (which is [[RussiansWithRustingRockets [[UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRustingRockets upheld to this day, apparently]]) was the only thing between that ''beauty of a war machine'' and mass production.
17th Feb '18 10:41:35 PM nombretomado
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* The arcade game series ''Raiden'' is chock-full of these, to the extent that in the later games, even the {{Mooks}} are a good example of the "smaller" types.

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* The arcade game series ''Raiden'' ''{{VideoGame/Raiden}}'' is chock-full of these, to the extent that in the later games, even the {{Mooks}} are a good example of the "smaller" types.
17th Feb '18 10:41:20 PM nombretomado
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* The two BossInMookClothing tanks in ''{{Raiden}} II'''s second stage, and the Stage 3 boss in most installments.

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* The two BossInMookClothing tanks in ''{{Raiden}} II'''s ''VideoGame/RaidenII'''s second stage, and the Stage 3 boss in most installments.
5th Feb '18 5:42:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[NoituLove Noitu Love 2]]'' has one as its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK37gN7kCwQ very first boss.]] Humorously, when defeated, it sinks despite being fought ''on a city street''.

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* ''[[NoituLove ''[[VideoGame/NoituLove Noitu Love 2]]'' has one as its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK37gN7kCwQ very first boss.]] Humorously, when defeated, it sinks despite being fought ''on a city street''.
29th Jan '18 7:54:19 PM nombretomado
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* The Hungarian "Big Wind" tank was a mashup of an old T-34 tank with two MiG-21 engines and firefighting hoses. This thing wasn't actually designed to fight as much as decontaminate irradiated vehicles, but when the First Gulf War rolled along and Saddam Hussein torched Kuwait's oil fields, a hybrid tank/fighter/fire truck combo shooting water at supersonic speeds was just what the doctors ordered to put the fires out.

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* The Hungarian "Big Wind" tank was a mashup of an old T-34 tank with two MiG-21 [=MiG=]-21 engines and firefighting hoses. This thing wasn't actually designed to fight as much as decontaminate irradiated vehicles, but when the First Gulf War rolled along and Saddam Hussein torched Kuwait's oil fields, a hybrid tank/fighter/fire truck combo shooting water at supersonic speeds was just what the doctors ordered to put the fires out.
9th Jan '18 3:11:31 AM Cryoclaste
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* The Kreon in ''{{Vanquish}}'' is a [[SpiderTank spider-legged]] land dreadnought.

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* The Kreon in ''{{Vanquish}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}'' is a [[SpiderTank spider-legged]] land dreadnought.
6th Jan '18 2:15:27 AM Azaram
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--> '''Professor Danforth''': I don't know whether to call it a Sea-going Heli-tank, a Land-going Heli-sub, or an Airborne What-in-the-hell...
4th Nov '17 12:47:02 PM WillKeaton
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* Wouldn't be a complete article without mentioning [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_AC-130 the AC-130]]. With the weapons load including a ''105mm howitzer'' it's is informally classified as a flying artillery platform. I mean just look at that thing.
* The AC-130 is cool, but similar attempt was done on at least two [[http://www.stormbirds.net/variants262a1aU4.htm ME262]], the Me262 A-1a/U4 variant, with 50mm Anti-tank cannon fitted on its nose. Consider WWII have light tanks with smaller cannons.

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* Wouldn't be a complete article without mentioning [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_AC-130 the AC-130]]. AC-130.]] With the weapons load including a ''105mm howitzer'' it's is informally classified as a flying artillery platform. I mean just look at that thing.
* The AC-130 is cool, but similar attempt was done on at least two [[http://www.stormbirds.net/variants262a1aU4.htm ME262]], ME262,]] the Me262 [=Me262=] A-1a/U4 variant, with 50mm Anti-tank cannon fitted on its nose. Consider WWII have light tanks with smaller cannons.



* The Boulton Paul Defiant: a WWII RAF fighter/interceptor with a machine gun turret behind the cockpit and no forward armament[[note]] the turret guns ''could'' be triggered by the pilot, with the intention of allowing forward fire as in a standard fighter, but the cockpit was in the way, which forced the guns to elevate by 19 degrees when pointed forward. It would have been difficult to design a gunsight that would handle this, so the pilot ended up without one[[/note]]. The weight of the turret and gunner seriously impacted on the aircraft’s performance compared to other fighters, and it was still vulnerable to attack from beneath or dead ahead. Initially, the Defiant brought down quite a few rather surprised Luftwaffe pilots, [[note]]many of whom confused it with the similarly-shaped Hawker Hurricane[[/note]] but once they knew what they were dealing with, they made mincemeat of it. [[note]]The turret fighter concept had worked rather well back in the WWI era, with a number of successful models, particularly the RAF’s Bristol F.2 Fighter, which the Defiant was intended to emulate. However, that was the era of biplanes, open cockpits, top speeds a quarter of those in the WWII era, and rather more forgiving aerodynamics. Which, for instance, allowed the Bristol F.2 to be equipped with both a turret ''and'' a forward machine gun. By the time the practical limitations of the turret fighter in the WWII closed-cockpit arena had become apparent, a number of turreted versions of successful fighters (such as the Mosquito) were in the process of being designed or commissioned. None made it into service.[[/note]] It proved a very successful night fighter, as it could shoot the German bombers from underneath, and provided the backbone of the RAF night fighter command before the advent of Bristol Beaufighter.

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* The Boulton Paul Defiant: a WWII RAF fighter/interceptor with a machine gun turret behind the cockpit and no forward armament[[note]] the armament.[[note]]The turret guns ''could'' be triggered by the pilot, with the intention of allowing forward fire as in a standard fighter, but the cockpit was in the way, which forced the guns to elevate by 19 degrees when pointed forward. It would have been difficult to design a gunsight that would handle this, so the pilot ended up without one[[/note]]. one.[[/note]] The weight of the turret and gunner seriously impacted on the aircraft’s performance compared to other fighters, and it was still vulnerable to attack from beneath or dead ahead. Initially, the Defiant brought down quite a few rather surprised Luftwaffe pilots, [[note]]many pilots.[[note]]Many of whom confused it with the similarly-shaped Hawker Hurricane[[/note]] but once they knew what they were dealing with, they made mincemeat of it. it.[[note]]The turret fighter concept had worked rather well back in the WWI era, with a number of successful models, particularly the RAF’s Bristol F.2 Fighter, which the Defiant was intended to emulate. However, that was the era of biplanes, open cockpits, top speeds a quarter of those in the WWII era, and rather more forgiving aerodynamics. Which, for instance, allowed the Bristol F.2 to be equipped with both a turret ''and'' a forward machine gun. By the time the practical limitations of the turret fighter in the WWII closed-cockpit arena had become apparent, a number of turreted versions of successful fighters (such as the Mosquito) were in the process of being designed or commissioned. None made it into service.[[/note]] It proved a very successful night fighter, as it could shoot the German bombers from underneath, and provided the backbone of the RAF night fighter command before the advent of Bristol Beaufighter.



* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_boat Flying Boats]], being a fairly straightforward combination of a boat and an airplane. For decades, these planes were used as long range transports, bombers, and scouts, as they did not require a prepared runway to land and refuel, as long as there was a sizeable enough body of calm water to land on. Flying Boats which were unable to fly due to damage or being overloaded could often simply sail like a boat, using their engines to push them along and their rudder to steer, as happened with a Catalina flying boat that ended up taking on 56 shipwrecked sailors after the sinking of the USS ''Indianapolis''. Various models are still in use to this day, although their popularity faded with the development of proper long-range land-based planes, and in particular Jet Liners such as the Boeing 767.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_boat Flying Boats]], Boats,]] being a fairly straightforward combination of a boat and an airplane. For decades, these planes were used as long range transports, bombers, and scouts, as they did not require a prepared runway to land and refuel, as long as there was a sizeable enough body of calm water to land on. Flying Boats which were unable to fly due to damage or being overloaded could often simply sail like a boat, using their engines to push them along and their rudder to steer, as happened with a Catalina flying boat that ended up taking on 56 shipwrecked sailors after the sinking of the USS ''Indianapolis''. Various models are still in use to this day, although their popularity faded with the development of proper long-range land-based planes, and in particular Jet Liners such as the Boeing 767.



** Overall the effect was that with the newly much longer ranges of the modern airliners, and the lots and lots of improved airfields around, the sturdy-but-tricky flying boats were simply not needed anymore. They also were the fuel hogs, due to radically different hull forms needed to function well in the water and in the air. They still exist, but are more of a niche thing, used where their ability to land on the water is crucial, like as the anti-submarine patrol, in the Search and Rescue or as the fire bombers, where it allows them to take on water quickly and efficiently. Still, even then most of them are actually equipped with the conventional landing gear and are technically amphibious — this is largely because they can only land on ''calm'' water.[[note]]Even the sturdiest modern flying boat, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ShinMaywa_US-2 the Japanese ShinMaywa US-2]], can only land in what is basically just a stiff breeze by the naval standards.[[/note]]

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** Overall the effect was that with the newly much longer ranges of the modern airliners, and the lots and lots of improved airfields around, the sturdy-but-tricky flying boats were simply not needed anymore. They also were the fuel hogs, due to radically different hull forms needed to function well in the water and in the air. They still exist, but are more of a niche thing, used where their ability to land on the water is crucial, like as the anti-submarine patrol, in the Search and Rescue or as the fire bombers, where it allows them to take on water quickly and efficiently. Still, even then most of them are actually equipped with the conventional landing gear and are technically amphibious — this is largely because they can only land on ''calm'' water.[[note]]Even the sturdiest modern flying boat, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ShinMaywa_US-2 the Japanese ShinMaywa US-2]], US-2,]] can only land in what is basically just a stiff breeze by the naval standards.[[/note]]



** Behold the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspian_Sea_Monster Caspian Sea Monster]], the largest of the ekranoplans.

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** Behold the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspian_Sea_Monster Caspian Sea Monster]], Monster,]] the largest of the ekranoplans.
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