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About Damian90

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  1. @mondkalb I do not know how usefull this might be for you guys. But here are declassified British documents from Leopard 2 armor tests. Just to explain it a bit. The mentioned "LEO 2 (in-service)" is a Leopard 2A1/A2/A3/A4 with so called B tech armor package (so called A tech armor package was used only in prototype Leopard 2AV), these tanks were made from 1979 up to second half of 1980's. The so called "LEO 2 (Improved as proposed)" are later production batches of Leopard 2A4 from the second half of 1980's that used so called C tech armor package. The last ever made 75 Leopard 2A4's used so called D tech armor package, but these tanks were made in 1991 as the last batch 8 so they seems to be beyond the scope of the DLC. It also appears that all NATO tanks with special armor in 1980's period, had more or less equal protection levels over the hull and turret front.
  2. Damian90

    RHS Escalation (AFRF and USAF)

    No, it happens, I suggest trying to hit in area where autoloader storage is or try to hit tank several times. There is certain probability to it.
  3. To be more precise, a baseline M1A2 have EAPU on turret rear. However M1A2SEPv1/v2/v3/v4 in place of EAPU have VCSU (Vapor Compression System Unit) which is part of crew air conditioning and electronics cooling system. It depends if there is UAAPU or Hawker Battery Pack. UAAPU besides access hatch have also UAAPU exhaust. Here you can see exhaust cover for UAAPU next to left rear light. M1A2SEP with Hawker Battery Pack does not have exhaust and exhaust cover. In general M1A2SEPv1's had UAAPU and M1A2SEPv2's have Hawker Battery Pack, but it's not an absolute rule, it depends on production series from which a specyfic vehicle comes from. By the way, M1A1SA's, M1A1FEP's and M1A2SEP's have also these two boxes, smaller one is for rear slave receptacle, larger box is for tank-infantry phone. Also notice rear right light also have rear driver camera. Glad to be helpfull. 🙂
  4. If I may suggest something. Loaders MG shield should also be separate as well as EAPU on turret rear transport basket. Also rear left hull sponson should have a separate fuel injection cover and it's entire upper part, because M1A2SEP variants do not have fuel tank there but either UAAPU or Hawker Battery Pack. There are probably a few other minor parts but I would need to see more of the model to make suggestions. If you want to just PM me. 🙂
  5. @CUP Ok, the M1 model looks promising. It looks like USMC M1A1HC. Can't tell much more, but I would adjust geometry and positioning of the M257 smoke granade dischargers, they should face more towards the front. Photo presents the difference between USMC M257 smoke granade dischargers (top) and US Army M250 smoke grenade dischargers (below). I would also work on muzzle of the M256 120mm main gun. Muzzle should be a bit longer and smaller than barrel thermal shroud. But other than that, it really looks promising.
  6. Understood, thanks for answer. 🙂
  7. @mondkalb A question, or two. 1. Can we expect some new ground (armored) vehicles in next update? 2. Can we expect new MBT's, like a Leopard 2A1/A2/A3/A4? And perhaps a T-72M/T-72M1?
  8. I think changing a displaynames should not cause any problems regarding backward compatibility, classnames is a different thing of course. But hey, keep a great work, cheers!
  9. @TeTeT Something to consider for the mod team regarding realism. US Army weapon designation codes starting with M letter do not use "-" symbol. So for example tanks should not be designated M-48 but M48, not M-551 but M551 etc. Same goes for other vehicles and weapons with designation starting with M. Just my two cents. Keep good work, cheers!
  10. Damian90

    RHS Escalation (AFRF and USAF)

    Hmmm, @reyhard?
  11. Damian90

    RHS Escalation (AFRF and USAF)

    Just adding to what Reyhard said. USMC will give all their tanks back to US Army, and official plans are that US Army will provide heavy armor support to USMC. However plans are being constantly changed, USMC plan to deactivate its tank battalions in 2030, this is 10 years from now. In these 10 years Commendant of the USMC can change to someone who will want to keep tanks. Or later on tanks will be readded to USMC inventory. In RHS you have option to either use tanks or not.
  12. Damian90

    RHS Escalation (AFRF and USAF)

    This is how it work in real life, with launcher being hidden in hull when stowed. It can't be used when vehicle is moving, like most ATGM launchers, especially of that generation.
  13. Damian90

    Cold War Rearmed III

    @W0lle Fantastic news. By the way, if you wish I can provide you with some usefull data about armored fighting vehicles like tanks, IFVs etc. Cheers!
  14. @Chairborne@Alwarren Perhaps this might help a bit with new models. M1A1 series uses CWS or in case of modern M1A1SA (US Army and ARNG) or M1A1FEP (USMC) new fully stabilized cupola SCWS. This image shos M1/M1IP and M1A1 series CWS (Commander Weapon Station) cupola on the left, and M1A2 series ICWS (Improved Commander Weapon Station) cupola on the right. The CWS cupola is non stabilized and have only power traverse. Elevation is manual handcranck. CWS cupola only have 3x day sight + 6 periscopes. Here you can see the CWS sight on the side of the machine gun mount, and central periscope under the machine gun mount. And this is view from CWS cupola, CWSS (Commander Weapon Station Sight) sight. The modern M1A1SA and M1A1FEP uses upgraded SCWS (Stabilized Commander Weapon Station) which have a full stabilization in azimuth and elevation, as well as power traverse and power elevation. The SCWS cupola uses upgraded CWSS sight for day channel, but also RTS (Remote Thermal Sight) seen in front of the ammunition box. RTS provides 3x, 6x and 9x zoom. The M1A2 series ICWS cupola due to changes in internal electronics architecture is non powered and is fixed (it does not rotate). Only it's machine gun mount rotates around the cupola and can only be used when TC open hatches and expose itself. This is why in M1A2SEPv2 (currently the most common M1 tank variant in US Army active service, all basic M1A2's and M1A2SEPv1's were long time ago upgraded to M1A2SEPv2 standard) replaced the mg flex mount, with M153 CROWS-2 remotely operated weapon station. The CROWS-2 is fully stabilized, have a day channel 1x, 15x and 30x zoom, thermal channel have 4.3x and 12.5x zoom. It also have a laser range finder and it's own FCS. For 12.7mm M2 machine gun, it hold 400 ready rounds with probably 400 more in storage. As you can also see, CROWS-2 is not directly mounted in the turret roof, but on the gunners primary sight "doghouse". This is the view from the gunner primary sight thermal channel. It shows central crosshair. Above the crosshair is the azimuth indicator, below crosshair is the range. Letter F indicates that something is inoperational (laser range finder for example) and should not be visible if tank is fully operational. On both sides of of the range are visible GPS coordinates from Far Target Location system. This system is used in various US armored vehicles. It uses own vehicle GPS location coordinates, north finding module, turret azimuth relative to the north and a range to target obtained by laser range finder, so the tank computer can calculate targets exact GPS coordinates. Later this data can be displayed for other units via FBCB2/BFT or JBCP command and control system, and sent to a higher echelon command, or artillery or even air support. This is a day sight view (altough FCS is not fully turned on). Thermal sight view (again FCS not fully cuntional). And a CITV view. The driver also have a thermal vision device that can replace his central periscope in his hatch. Also a rear view camera is mounted in one of the rear lights. It's mounted in the rear right light housing to be more precise. Other than that? A yes. All M1A1's and M1A2's can be up armored with TUSK kit. Either TUSK-1 or TUSK-2. The difference between the two is that TUSK-1 uses only M19 ARAT-1 ERA modules mounted on hull side skirts. TUSK-2 uses combination of M19 ARAT-1 and M32 ARAT-2 ERA modules in hull side skirts and M32 ARAT-2 modules on turret sides. This is M1A2SEPv2 with TUSK-2 kit mounted. This is how ERA is mounted and how combination of M19 and M32 modules look like on hull side skirts. Other than that? Ah yes. US Army faction should use M1A1SA and M1A2SEPv2 tanks. USMC should only use M1A1FEP tanks. All these variants have also new main gun ammo racks. This means they store 42 rounds in total. 18 rounds in ready rack behind loader, 18 rounds in semi-ready rack behind commander, and 6 rounds in hull ammo compartment between turret and engine. I can also share some of my research about the M1 series armor protection if you wish. But in general, M1A1SA/FEP and M1A2SEPv2 should have the most modern and heaviest armor protection from all the tanks avaiable in CUP. As they either use 3rd generation Heavy Armor Package (developed in early 2000's) or 1st generation Next Generation Armor Package developed in mid 2000's. This is a more modern solution than Leopard 2A6 D tech armor package eveloped in late 80's and early 90's, Challenger 2 Dorchester armor package also developed in late 80's and early 90's or T-90 armor package developed in early 80's. @Alwarren If you will have the models somewhat ready to show, I can point out where and what differences should be there between M1A1SA/FEP and M1A2SEPv2 as there is a few more details. Cheers.