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Catarraz #1 Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:41 PM

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...You'd expect the superstructure to be heavier than it looks, but I guess life really is full o' surprises...

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steview162 #2 Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:46 PM

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There is nothing that can't be shifted, if you just use enough Hi-Ex. i think they had enough Hi-ex.

Edit anyone know what the big cup-and-ball things either side of the rear hatch are?

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I guess the ammo could have exploded ,however,the structural damage to the hull doesn't seem to be much(at least to the back).I guess tha there's a lot more visible damage to the front-the gun seems to be pointing at a pretty odd angle.

The other reason ,I can think of ,is a hit by a rather big HE shell or a bomb but I'm probably wrong...

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View Poststeview162, on 06 March 2012 - 10:46 PM, said:

Edit anyone know what the big cup-and-ball things either side of the rear hatch are?

Those are pistol ports

steview162 #5 Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:07 PM

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Cheers, never noticed those before. Not innocent entertainment for the bored crew then  :D .

Seriously though, aircraft bomb? No evidence of fire damage, so maybe not ammo explosion or fire. Maybe shockwave damage?

DD_Zooly #6 Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:20 PM

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The early Ferdi didn't have a mg to protect the crew (was fixed later though) which might point to a grenade dropped through the hatch maybe?

niick #7 Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:32 PM

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I think it was blown up by crew, who had to abandon the vehicle.

Catarraz #8 Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:42 PM

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View Poststeview162, on 06 March 2012 - 11:07 PM, said:

Maybe shockwave damage?

I don't think shockwave alone would be able to flip a superstructure at least a dozen tons heavy while keeping the rest of the tank intact...
Notice how the gun remained pretty much in place too, infact I think it is even OVER the superstructure and holding it on place, as you can see, half of it is missing...

DD_Zooly #9 Posted 07 March 2012 - 12:05 AM

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-1 rep? I only asked a question, jeez some people eh!

steview162 #10 Posted 07 March 2012 - 12:45 AM

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All that damage done to the superstructure, no soot marks, no ragged edges, clean breaks at the welds(?). And at least one track completely

intact, and what is visible of the other looks OK too. The rear hatch, assuming 80mm, thick completely gone, yet 2 plugs secured with chains

still attached. Definately one for Mulder and Scully.




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