http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/M ... schem2.jpgBlappy wrote: OK Mr Smarty smart.... Enough talk. Lets see your design. DEC, HWR MKII, and myself have threads showing actual work. (Well two of us do anyways) It's your turn now. Make us a tank that is a tank but does not look like a tank as we think of a tank in the tank sense. Tanks!
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Here's a design based on one of my favorite shapes. It started as a Cameron-esque transatmospheric landing boat, then turned into a post-ST:TMP starship for my Starfleet Museum website. Here I've turned it into a hover tank. This is a WIP.
The main weapons are dual beam/particle weapons powered by vertically mounted accelerator rings. The crew of two sit in semi-reclining couches on each side of the gun. They will also have hatches, perhaps with antipersonnel weapons (eg, machine gun turrets). The hull is peppered with sensor eyes.
The drive system is repulsor-based drive/lift device in twin pods at the rear. Something spins inside. I don't understand the details, but it involves high-level physics rather than chemistry. Probably similar to what is used by a Bladerunner Spinner.
This AFV operates from ground level to about 20 feet above the ground. Since it's airborne and doesn't rely on tracks or wheels to push it along, it can reach speeds of 200 mph or more, which are useful for both attacks and evasion. I don't think a speed of less than 60 mph should be part of the definition of a hover tank, just because that's the top speed of present day AFVs. It can hide behind hills to pop up and fire, then can scoot to hide behind another obstacle. It can also charge while keeping its main weapon on target.
I've also found some similar designs that would work as turretless hovertanks.
A light Martian hover tank by FichtenFoo: (you might have to cut and past this address)
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Lunadiver Stingray: A Kow Yokoyama Maschinen Krieger design that would make a cool hover tank. Just put a big gun in the nose and remove the bit hanging off the bottom.