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Old 01-09-2020, 10:04 AM   #411 (permalink)
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Quote: "According to Wikipedia both sides had pilots crash deliberately into enemy ships or planes when their own planes were damaged and unable to return. Just to be sure and to maintain neutrality I vow to never buy a Grumman, Curtiss or Lockheed car."

I scanned that Wiki article to see what this attempt at neutrality was, and found the following:

"Before the formation of kamikaze units, pilots had made deliberate crashes as a last resort when their planes had suffered severe damage and they did not want to risk being captured, or wanted to do as much damage to the enemy as possible, since they were crashing anyway. Such situations occurred in both the Axis and Allied air forces. Axell and Kase see these suicides as "individual, impromptu decisions by men who were mentally prepared to die". In most cases, little evidence exists that such hits represented more than accidental collisions of the kind that sometimes happen in intense sea or air battles."

Well, I got to say that is mighty thin soup to serve in an attempt to find any equivalency in what a handful of Allied pilots may have done vs the Japanese policy to specifically obtain, train and send thousands of pilots on suicide missions. The Japanese had a culture that accommodated such activity, which also resulted in such activities as Banzai charges as a last desperate attempt to avoid capture during the island campaigns.

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I will never buy a Fokker or a Messerschmitt.
Hmmm... Are you sure?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_KR200


That with the guts of a Zero motorbike would be awesome as a wonky commuter.
Avoid barbers though.

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Well, I got to say that is mighty thin soup to serve in an attempt to find any equivalency in what a handful of Allied pilots may have done vs the Japanese policy to specifically obtain, train and send thousands of pilots on suicide missions. The Japanese had a culture that accommodated such activity, which also resulted in such activities as Banzai charges as a last desperate attempt to avoid capture during the island campaigns.
True, but it is also true that the prearranged suicide missions only started when Japan was facing an impossible situation, namely the loss of most of their carrier fleet and the inability to make up for that. So they occupied most of the western Pacific ocean but were extremely vulnerable at the same time, inevitably coming under siege. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and so it happened.

From Japanese WW2 perspective they were heroes defending their land while paying the ultimate price.
In hindsight it was bad for all, never mind perspective, as the war could have ended earlier without kamikaze with less casualties on all sides.
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All manufacturers are responsible for the death of someone. It just depends on where your parents were born and where you were born.

And it all happened before most of us were born. How things came to be from a historical point is not a very Entertaining type of approach. Rather if you purchase something now, where will the funds go and how will they be used is what you should be thinking.

If one is really bothered, one could try to find and restore a Monteverdi, Enzmann or Sbarro.
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I never understood why pizzas were cut that way, but now all is clear!

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VTC5A battery pack

Hey all, about to purchase a handful of Lipo VTC5(A) cells, used in most high end drills. 3.7V 2600mAh when the draw is in the 2 to 5 amp range. Though expect that energy storage to fall into the floor at high draw applications such as starting a car. Will be lucky if each cell delivers effective 750mAh in the sole starter-motor application. How much energy in MAh, with a few seconds of that and then running peripherals, only one way to find out? 1000 mAh lucky.

Mooch on the lipo battery testing website, and on youtube has found these VTC5As are 35 amp continuous and safely about 60 amp in short bursts, each.

To substitute the winter struggling lead acid battery in the 1 L 1994 suzuki cultus/geo metro. The setup in mind, is essentially going for a cross between a vaping "mech" rig and an ebike.

With the VTC5s going for 2 dollars apiece, a 4s(four in series to get 16V max, 14.4V nominal) quad parellel wired pack, for the all important 240 cold cranking amps easy. A 4s4p cell arrangement.

Should cost 32 dollars and then for the battery cradles, another dollar apiece for the dual holders,, 8 dollars. Depending on where they're sourced.

Comes out at 40 dollars total.

Some ebike enthusiasts might not like these cradles, as it necessitates the cradles wrapped in electrical tape or held with zip ties to keep them from potentially springing out during driving, though it's vital as taking the 16 cells out and charging them at home in those handy 6 cell phone battery banks, will be how they'll get balance charged each day/week depending on how well it holds up.

To do this yourself, if you don't have the empty phone battery banks already, probably closer to 60 dollars for you.

Though with the added versatilty of also not having to worry about charging your phone ever again. To take the sting out of it. When you're carrying 3 phone battery banks with you, at least 1 day out of every week.

To make the required cradle arrangement, 4s4p and the need for a minimum total of 8 of these doubles clearer. Here attached are the all important hi-amp battery cradles that can handle a hundred amps easy. Your typical thin-coil- spring AA style battery cradle, will turn into a toaster at similar draws, so it's these or nothing.

Anyone see any problem with this setup? Willing to wager on longevity?

Expect me to get stranded at night somewhere with the (guessing) 20Amp headlight draw? Depleting the pack?

Suggest a solar array to output 5V 2amp so if stranded, breaking bad style, should recharge the phone battery bank, in a few days? Made Ready then For, a re-enriched (uranium) reload, into the car 4s4p arrangement.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/18650-Batte...0yJxlZYO4Vg6EQ


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