Recent content by RanulfC

  1. A Better Rifle at Halloween

    Citation needed ;D Randy
  2. Ghastly Victories: The United States in the World Wars

    More likely sell to anyone FOR cash on the barrel head ONLY! The problem is the US needs the cash and frankly we can afford to supply everyone in the war, (we did so OTL for at essentially a high loss in terms of actual money) and make a lot of money but at the cost of being 'targeted' by...
  3. Air and Space Photos from Alternate Worlds.

    Quick note that "Hazygreyart" on YouTube did a vid of this shuttle version launching :) Randy
  4. What if Eisenhower dies in 54?

    Nixon already had some significant "credit" built in places that Kennedy did not so he can afford to be somewhat more "lax" on certain issues. If he doesn't lean on Von Braun and Sheppard does not go up first then he's going to get just as hammered as Kennedy was and he'd also have the...
  5. Keynes' Cruisers Volume 2

    UXO stories :) Aviano AB Italy had a couple when I was there in the 80s. (And one not so funny one in that the ex-German Air Base was riddled with boobytraps so much that they poured concrete into several underground entrances to prevent people from entering) First of all was an unexploded...
  6. What would a space race in the 90s be like?

    Unfortunately there's no 'extraterrestrial' economy without a major Cis-Lunar infrastructure and/or economy to drive it. Shipping to Earth isn't cost effective at all and even a LEO or Cis-Lunar processing and manufacturing system is rather marginal. Building and using such an infrastructure...
  7. What would a space race in the 90s be like?

    The whole "point" of the 90-Day Study was to ensure a robust and affordable, (OK, based on the Shuttle sure and a likely SDLV but the intent was there :) ) system of access to LEO on a regular basis. Why would you need to 'radically reduce' your IMLEO when the mission requirements were a...
  8. Keynes' Cruisers Volume 2

    Or maybe that's what he means by the U-505 had a 'better' day... It's still open for tours though the guides seem to have maybe a bit TOO much knowledge about the "captured German U-boat"... Maybe a little too eager to ask YOU questions and they have this faint accent.... Pennsylvania Dutch...
  9. What would a space race in the 90s be like?

    I know but considering that a main "justification" for Mars Direct was exactly that it WAS "Apollo 2.0" and obviously the ONLY 'successful' manned space exploration program was Apollo and therefore... Zubrin's not being subtle when he pounds this home in both the original paper and follow-up...
  10. What would a space race in the 90s be like?

    Well, while I'd agree for the most part the assumption that there is some support for the idea the question would be how much of a national 'priority' would the entire project be? The OP proposes 25% of the military budget of the United States which would be the lions share and frankly the other...
  11. Why has the Korean War become so forgotten?

    Fixed that for you :) Randy
  12. What would a space race in the 90s be like?

    This pretty much as it was always a lack of will, (funding being a 'manifestation' of that) that was the problem. Having said that you actually need a plausible REASON for that decision which isn't likely given the US and Europe for one are looking to consolidate and REDUCE expenditures not...
  13. The Anglo/American - Nazi War - The on-going mystery

    I'd need to point out you answered the latter issue with the former one really :) Randy
  14. The Anglo/American - Nazi War - The on-going mystery

    Very correct. Not quite. While from our perspective it would be 'easy' and likely feel better to "blame" PTSD and the "need" to keep Germans 'down' as a reason there is a bigger picture and more importantly this applies to a wider purpose. Keep in mind the German Statelets are essentially the...
  15. The Anglo/American - Nazi War - The on-going mystery

    So would many if not most OTL, those with more specialized knowledge and longer 'planning' horizons as well as those in the A4 of the AANW-universe would not agree and in fact they would be 'right' and you wrong. Now on a moral and "tactical" level this would seem a much more "black-and-white"...
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