Dispatches from the Front  pg. 3

Tigers at Rauray

September 29 2014
To download Train Fever  I had to sign up with Steam and install a Steam program.  Then I was able to download the game. As I keep my software development/game machine off the internet as much as possible I use an old XP machine for email/browsing. The problem would be getting the game off my email computer and onto my game machine.  That wasn't to be a problem as my anti-virus program detected the 'Win32/Heur' virus lurking in the Train Fever program and removed the game.
-----Thus ends the folly.

September 17 2014
Humble Bumdle Trouble.  Most people don't know it but I worked on the Railroad Tycoon II and III games for awhile as a play-tester and map maker.  I even had the biggest fan site for awhile until in 2006 I turned the content

over to Hawk and Badger.  So when I saw that there was a new rail game, Train Fever, with good graphics and some other nice features I decided to buy a copy.  Unfortunately the link from the Humble Bumdle - PayPal to Steam did not work quite right.  I never was able to download my game though they billed me for it.  So my complaint to support got a reply saying their tech ninjas were working on the problem.  It's been over a week and all I got so far was another email saying that the ninjas were still working.  So maybe the ninjas committed hara-kari or have gone ronin on them.

September 14 2014
I corrected a bug in the little Dispersion program.

August 21 2014
There is some question on the trajectory ballistics of the 75mm L70 KwK42. Frankly, I thought I had the data, but when I looked I had only considered one source. It seems there are several equally reliable sources.  So I made a research page on this.  For my use I will throw the data into my ballistics program and see if the physics of the data actually makes sense.  Research page.

July 22 2014
We are working to fix some bug in PCO.  The hulldown checking calculation is taking some time.  I'm not a C++ programmer so I can't help much except with logic and concept.

June 25  2014
I reworked the WWI Naval rules using the corrections to the NAaB program.  I include a few notes on each gun table so I know what factors I used for the calculation.  They go: shell weight, MV, ballistic coefficient,

June 23  2014
The NaaB error should affect the horizontal penetration values on Seas of War.   But it doesn't seem to change very much.  The 16" shell only changes penetration ranges by on average about 3,000 meters.  So in the long run it doesn't change things much.  Maybe the error affects smaller shells more.  I will eventually update all the Seas of War tables but it isn't that urgent right now.

April 14  2014
Checking other sites and some interesting tests.   88mm vs T-34.

Jan 27  2014
Somewhere the menu item of Boot Camp got lost.  So it has returned.

Jan 26  2014
Using a true ballistics equation in my ballistic accuracy program instead of a simple algorithm has an advantage in that some weird things come to light.  One of them is that when combined with the range error effect it is found that an anti-tank gun would be more accurate than the same gun on a tank.  This comes about because the trajectory of a shell passing over the target to hit the incorrect range will miss by a smaller amount when fired from a lower position.  (This could just be an aberration of the mathematical construction.) Also, this assumes that both the tank gunner and the AT gun gunner mis-estimate the range the same.  It may be that the gunner at a higher position can estimate the range better so would counter any trajectory disadvantage.  I don't know any way to determine that.

Jan 24  2014
More updates and added links.

Jan 13  2014
Updated some Research pages for clarity and errors.

Jan 6  2014
Added a page on the German 75mm Kannon 40.

Dec. 28  2013
Added a page of post WWII gun dispersion.
Dec. 24  2013
Added a British Gun accuracy page.  Link

Dec.  20-22 2013
Updated Research pages by added one on US tank gun accuracy. Right now it only has the 75mm and 76mm APC shells. All Research pages now link together.  This has been revised once again.

Dec.  2 2013
I bought an ultrasonic steel measuring device.  Now I need some tanks to measure the thickness.

Nov.  23 2013
A review of the Tiger II ballistic test at Kubinka

Oct.  29 2013
Updated German tables and Romanian tables.

Oct.  23 2013
Updated the PW US tank gun tables using updated data.  Also, working on a US gun accuracy page for the site with new info and references.

Oct.  15 2013
Another page has been added to the Research series.  This is a look at the optics of tank sights.

Sept.  29 2013