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    So, now that we are sci-fi orientated with Tripods, any chance Ol' Cap'n America and the crew could reverse engineer any technology off knocked out Tripods and mount them on Vintage aircraft?

    An 0/400 with power weapons and shields................DVII with double laser QF guns, escorted by Bristols armed only with shields to cover the attacking DVII's.

    Imagination is a powerful thing.

    Now where are my happy pills?
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    Thinking about this?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNKNvunfD-c

    Given that the planes couldn't carry the powerplants to energize the weapons and shields, probably not.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Hilarious !!

    cheers,
    Guus
    "zet 'm op ... witte muizen !" (strijdkreet van 1e JaVa, Luchtvaart Afdeling, Nederland 1940)
    "let's go get them ... white mice !" (battlecry of the 1st Fighter Group, Army Air Force, Netherlands 1940)

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    Very amusing.
    We will have to use our common cold virus after all.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Maybe in the face of adversity the Germans perfect the Fokker Leimberger, or the AH's perfect the Gebauer gets into service ?

    https://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/sh...ghlight=vulcan

    "He is wise who watches"

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    I suppose that you could have some form of napalm bombs, poison gas bombs and, if you were prepared to take the risk, bombs filled with deadly germs. Also, you might copy the Baron's plane from Spiderman and have a grappling hook on a cable and attempt to pull over a tripod but I suspect that the tripod would be too heavy and it would pull down your plane.

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    I often wonder if deploying something like a bolas could entangle the legs.
    Rob.
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    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Shades of Snow Speeder v ATAT a la Star Wars ?
    Firing/hooking a grapnel on a tripod and flying around the legs so as to trip it up.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Exactly like that Dave.
    Could be an Ace ability for Albert Ball.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naharaht View Post
    Also, you might copy the Baron's plane from Spiderman and have a grappling hook on a cable and attempt to pull over a tripod but I suspect that the tripod would be too heavy and it would pull down your plane.
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    I often wonder if deploying something like a bolas could entangle the legs.
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    Shades of Snow Speeder v ATAT a la Star Wars ?
    Firing/hooking a grapnel on a tripod and flying around the legs so as to trip it up.
    Aleksandr Kozakov (Russia's highest scoring ace) made several unsuccessful attempts to bring down enemy aircraft with explosives and grappling hooks trailing behind/beneath his Morane-Saulnier G in early 1915. Though it proved unsuccessful in air-to-air combat, I like the idea of it potentially working against ground-based Tripods.

    http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/russia/kozakov.php

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    That would be a cool idea to implement. The trade off for the big boom is that the pilot has to fly straight and level against the target to make the run.

    Edit: When I first read it I thought it was about trailing an explosive reeled out of the plane. Basically contact fused TNT on a hook. Not sure why that came to mind after rereading the napalm and grappling hook comment. Although...
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    I think surviving circling the legs of a Tripod a couple of times without being burnt, smoked or collided with would be a pretty big ask but hey, no one said it would be easy and I'll enjoy watching people try !
    To keep it simple you want to be able to place the hook - so anything but a 0 on the B deck at close range ? Then just get round it twice within one ruler range ? Then anything but a 0 on the B deck & it trips ?

    "He is wise who watches"

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    It's the way you tell em Colonel.
    Kyte.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    I think surviving circling the legs of a Tripod a couple of times without being burnt, smoked or collided with would be a pretty big ask but hey, no one said it would be easy and I'll enjoy watching people try !
    To keep it simple you want to be able to place the hook - so anything but a 0 on the B deck at close range ? Then just get round it twice within one ruler range ? Then anything but a 0 on the B deck & it trips ?
    If it were to work, that's probably the way to do it... keeping it simple to implement, if not simple to accomplish.

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    Of course, then how do you keep the cable, now attached to how many tons of tripod, from ripping your plane apart?
    Guessing this option is for 2-seaters only, with a (good) chance for a draw of the collision deck
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    What if the cable and grappling hook system was carried by larger plane or a couple of planes and deployed as netting. Something like the barrage balloons nets but mobile by the planes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken at Sunrise View Post
    What if the cable and grappling hook system was carried by larger plane or a couple of planes and deployed as netting. Something like the barrage balloons nets but mobile by the planes.
    Why am I now getting Yankee Doodle Pigeon flashbacks!
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    An idea for perusal:

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    See you on the Dark Side......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    Why am I now getting Yankee Doodle Pigeon flashbacks!
    For those who don't remember... or never knew, here's the intro:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj6-LG5VpGk.

    I don't remember any episodes specifically, but Karl is correct... it's exactly the type of thing The Vulture Squadron would do.

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    That's certainly some food for thought, Neil. To my mind, very much in the spirit of T&T.

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    Not sure about a Bolas, but it did remind me of another idea.

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    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    I've been contemplating the bag of bricks thrown and grappling hooks for my Taubes etc, in the early war era. There was a morane monoplane in the lobby at Omaka with the grappling hook attached, looked crazy!

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    When your opponent has a large array of wires, snagging one at 50 mph could do damage to both of you, split the damage points?

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