|Colin Bishop||25/09/2018 19:27:45|
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I came late to the article having been away when it was published and found it very interesting and certainly a feasible look into the future with development of new weapon systems. Brutus is not pretty but maybe that is the way designs will go.
The problems with laser based weaponry can be summed up in one word - fog! They only work well in clear air. There is currently no substitute for hurling a chunk of metal at the target whether it relies on an explosive warhead or kinetic energy. I doubt if that will change anytime soon.
|Paul T||26/09/2018 13:32:34|
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Thank you for your comments.
You are absolutely correct that conventional lasers struggle in fog, heavy rain and snow due to the scattering effect however high intensity, ultra fast pulses are proving to be very effective.
|Andy C||27/09/2018 08:23:44|
472 forum posts
Thought the article was extremely well written. Proof in the pudding will be if people can build the boat from the plans, forum thread and your article. I will let you know in a while. About to finish my Vivace.
I also think there is not enough in the model boating area about the future of ships. Both military and private. Things like hydrogen power has been around for a while in cars, but not very mainstream yet. Most are concentrated on hybrid or full electric. Putting it in a shop makes sense if you can build smaller scale desalination plants. There are articles around about power generation plants combining desalination, so maybe it will be in the future. Especially for nuclear powered vessels. Sail boat design has also shown some interesting sail development over the years too. With ridged sails etc.
Maybe some of this will filter down into the scale world too.
Keep pushing the boundaries
|Bob Abell||27/09/2018 10:20:53|
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As a matter of interest, has anybody out there actually started the construction of Brutus 50?
If so, it would be interesting to see a few photos please
|Colin Bishop||27/09/2018 10:36:41|
4531 forum posts
I looked up the latest on laser weapons and you are right Paul, they have come on a lot. I see that the USS Ponce (what a name, worse than Boaty Mac!) is fitted with an operational system.
|Paul T||27/09/2018 15:39:14|
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I hope that readers will be inspired by these future designs and develop their own. personally I am looking forward to Ashleys building Skydiver.
Whilst it would be very gratifying to see other people build Brutus I would much rather this becomes a catalyst for other budding designers to put pen to paper and produce their own radical designs.
You would think that the Americans would do a little research when naming their ships, Ponce might be the man who invented Florida but to us the ship will always be a reason to chuckle.
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