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  1. HMS Eagle (1918) What If.

    Let's suppose that when entering the South American Dreadnought race Chile made a different choice and instead of ordering two battleships they order two battlecruisers similar to HMS Tiger. Their career in WWI matches the otl ships with HMS Canada being commissioned into the RN in 1915 and...
  2. The Austin 7 Utility.

    It's September 1945 and the war is over. For the last 6 years people in Britain have had to do without much in the way of private motoring. Petrol was, and still is rationed. Production went to the war effort. Those with cars mostly laid them up for the duration or sent them for scrap. Now...
  3. Folland Gnat a success

    Your challenge should you choose to accept it is to make the Folland Gnat as much of a success as its replacement, the B.A.E. Hawk. Some modifications to the design are allowed so long as they stick to Petter's basic concept for the aircraft. Keep it simple, keep it small, keep it cheap...
  4. Motorised bicycles encouraged.

    Suppose in the immediate post war years the British government took steps to encourage the use of bolt on motors on push bikes. For a start they are no longer considered as motorbikes so need not be registered or pay vehicle excise duty. You also no longer need a licence or to buy insurance...
  5. RAF opts for the Rolls Royce Buzzard.

    Suppose for a moment that instead of specifying the useless Rolls Royce Goshawk steam cooled engine for the F7/30 program to replace the Bristol fighter the RAF had opted for the more conventional and promising Rolls Royce Buzzard. In the late 20's this engine was giving 800 - 900 hp and was...
  6. F.A.B Thomas.

    How would it have gone if after Captain Scarlet Gerry Anderson had aimed at a younger audience and made a Thomas the Tank Engine series?
  7. VC 10 a commercial success.

    As it says can you make the Vickers VC10 a commercial success at least to the level of the Douglas DC-8.
  8. Rearm the ANZACs for the Pacific War.

    It's 1933 and the governments of Australia and New Zealand are getting twitchy about the ambitions of the Empire of Japan. You are tasked with making recommendations for how their militaries can prepare for a potential war. It is of course assumed that the Mother Country will be fighting...
  9. 1920's US South ----- Black Community Lynches White Rapists.

    Black men being accused of raping white girls was often the excuse for lynchings, but what if the reverse happened? Exactly how bad would the reaction get?
  10. Anglo German settlement January 1941.

    I was thinking earlier after reading the no lend lease thread. Without US support (I'm assuming Roosevelt couldn't get the bases for ships deal past Congress so there's no prospect of any assistance once the money runs out) Britain's prospects in the war are dire and they know it. Germany is...
  11. Rearm the British Infantry for WWII

    The challenge is as it says you have to rearm the British Infantry for WWII. The trigger for this is Hitler coming to power in German, the Sino Japanese conflicts from the early 1930's and the rising military strength of the Soviet Union. While it is believed that war can be avoided the...
  12. Early Safety Bicycle.

    Let's suppose that the Diamond Frame chain driven Safety Bicycle was invented not in the 1880's but rather in the 1850's. The Safety Bicycle had a large impact on the late Victorian society, not least in significantly expanding the gene pool of small villages as young men, and less frequently...
  13. Scandanavia March - May1945.

    March 1945 the war in Europe is raging but it's obvious to all the Allies have won, however Denmark and Norway are still under the German Jackboot. Enter Sweden whose walked a very fine line for the last six years to maintain its neutrality. In an unexpected move Swedish forces move to...
  14. AHC Save the British Motorcycle Industry.

    Up until the rise of the Japanese Motorcycle companies in the 60's British companies were dominating the market. Your challenge is to find a way to maintain that dominance. For example could developing light motorcycles such as the Honda Cub help?
  15. May 1st 1940, the Day War Broke Out.

    So, what if the outbreak of war in Europe was delayed until May 1940? Maybe the Czech military realised the Germans were about to take the rest of the country when their President was summoned to Berlin and knowing resistance was futile at that time destroyed as much of their equipment as...
  16. Henry VIII's Diary Found.

    While doing a summer course at the local university a couple of years ago the discussion got a little bizarre. Basically we were talking about primary sources and somehow it was jokingly suggested what a find Henry's diary would be, especially if it was found he liked wearing his wives dresses...
  17. Effect of no Russo Japanese War on RN Battleship and Cruiser design.

    So if there's no Russo Japanese War to demonstrate the fallacy of having mixed large calibre batteries is there another generation of Pre Dreadnoughts and Armoured Cruisers built by the Royal Navy, and if so what form would they possibly take? For example I could imagine a follow up to the Lord...
  18. On yer bike Dr Beeching.

    So what if as part of the Beeching Cuts of British Rail in the 1960's the axed railway lines were, with the exception of those that became heritage lines, all converted into cycle tracks?
  19. Arrest the Monarch?

    Let's suppose for a moment the reigning monarch of a constitutional kingdom is caught on live TV committing a serious crime, how do you go about bringing them to trial? Can you bring them to trial?
  20. Post Boer War British Army Recommendations.

    It's 1902 and the Boer War has finally ended. This has been a huge embarrassment to the British Army, who got shot to pieces by a militia of Dutch farmers, and who's organisation and generalship was at times shown to be at best amateurish and at worst disasterous. You have been appointed to a...
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