Engineering and things that go bang!

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Engineering and things that go bang!

Postby prideofengland » Tue May 14, 2013 11:38 am

Now those of you who have been to Oddballs games in the past will know that he does like to put some effort into props etc for everyones enjoyment. For Monte LaDifensa I will be assisting him with that side of things. Now obviously I cant give too much away in advance but there will be a need for engineers on both sides to diffuse and blow things up. We could ideally do with 2 engineers on each side so if blowing shit up or getting blown up is your thing let me know and Ill put you down as engineers/pioneers :good:
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Re: Engineering and things that go bang!

Postby oddball » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:24 am

Here is a video of an SG41 prop I am making for this event.

"Cryptographic equipment type SG-41 was one of Germany's last coding machine efforts. It has been stated that if this machine had been introduced into service earlier than it was, then the outcome of WWII would have been very different since it would have certainly caused trouble for Allied cryptoanalysts. The machine was dubbed the "Hitler Mill" (Hitlermühle) since mill is slang for typewriter. Schluesselgeraet is the German name for a cipher device.

Development of the SG-41 began in 1941 at the Wanderwerke (a typewriter company) in Chemnitz, Germany. At the time, the company ranked as one of the most prominent German manufacturer of typewriters. The internal workings of the SG-41 had some resemblance to the American M-209 cipher machine. The SG-41 printed the encrypted text or the decrypted plain language on paper strips but unlike the M-209, it had a keyboard.

Functionally, the SG-41 machine resembled the machines of the Hagelin company in Switzerland and rumours abounded that they were allegedly more complex in nature in an attempt to increase security. This claim for additional security was never proven. Even today, it has not been verified even though two working examples of SG-41 still exist.

Once the machine was ready for production, Hitler's cryptography experts wanted to replace the Enigma in mass, but by that time there were tens of thousands of Enigmas in service. Even though this initiative proved unsuccessful, it did demonstrate that the German crypto community did not trust the security of the Enigma any longer.

After end of WWII, a SG41 Hitler Mill was found in Norway and the last printed message was still on it. It read:

"THE LEADER IS DEAD. THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES. DOENITZ."

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Re: Engineering and things that go bang!

Postby prideofengland » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:33 am

Very nice work Oddball, we Germans will defend our technological achievements to the last breath :good:
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Postby Joseph Porta » Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:04 pm

Very nice Oddball :good:
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Re: Engineering and things that go bang!

Postby prideofengland » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:07 pm

As well as Oddballs tank and anti tank gun, work is under way on the Enigma machine. In addition we will have defensive positions with barbed wire that will need clearing with a bangalore torpedo, minefeilds that will have to be cleared, unexploded bombs that will need to be diffused (these go bang if your hand shakes to much!). The MG42 is being issued to a machine gun team whilst the MG34 will be set up so any one can jump on it and give the Allies a blast :good: It can either load automatically when the trigger is pressed or for a higher rate of fire a 2 man team is best (one feeding the ammo) :D

This has the makings of an epic game :happyswing:

(Thanks to Gordon for the inspiration and info on the bangalore and UXB's, Boshman for info on the mines and Pete for the brilliant idea of using a screwdriver motor for feeding ammo :good: )
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Re: Engineering and things that go bang!

Postby Boshman » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:04 pm

Props are looking great Tim :good:

Did you copy the mines exactly or did you make some improvements?
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Re: Engineering and things that go bang!

Postby prideofengland » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:52 pm

Boshman wrote:Props are looking great Tim :good:

Did you copy the mines exactly or did you make some improvements?


Just longer screws so hopefully the 2 halves wont work loose over time, there hard to improve on, a great idea :good:
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Re: Engineering and things that go bang!

Postby Boshman » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:45 pm

prideofengland wrote:
Boshman wrote:Props are looking great Tim :good:

Did you copy the mines exactly or did you make some improvements?


Just longer screws so hopefully the 2 halves wont work loose over time, there hard to improve on, a great idea :good:


Good shout, I need to do that on the rest of mine too :good:
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Re: Engineering and things that go bang!

Postby oddball » Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:23 pm

The SG41 is looking better now, still got bits to do though.

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Re: Engineering and things that go bang!

Postby prideofengland » Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:40 pm

That certainly looks the business, nice job :good:
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Postby oddball » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:06 am

Here is as much as I can do before the day :D

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Re: Engineering and things that go bang!

Postby prideofengland » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:08 am

Awesome work Nigel, of course you know that I will rig it with a demo charge in case of capture? Shame to blow up such hard work :giggle:
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Re: Engineering and things that go bang!

Postby Hänschen klein » Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:52 pm

ooooh Tim love the UXB`s is that something with a trip switch I see. Much mor professional than mine if it is :good:
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Re: Engineering and things that go bang!

Postby prideofengland » Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:36 pm

There a bit like the childs game operation :slap: There is a priming coil that has to be removed from the main body without it touching the side, otherwise it goes bang :whistle:
Thanks for the inspiration Gordon :good:
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