1 & 2) M42 “Duster”. American SPAAG built for the US Army from 1945 until December 1960 and in service until 1988. Production of this vehicle was performed by the tank division of GMC. It used components from the M41 Walker Bulldog and was constructed of all-welded steel. Although designed for the AA role, it was highly effective against unarmored targets in Vietnam. Photos from armourarchive.co.uk
3 to 5) Schneider CA1. French AFV developed in France during the WWI. Although not a tank in the modern sense of the word, not being a turreted vehicle, it is generally accepted and described as the first French tank. It’s development paralleled that of the British. It was armed with a short-barreled 75mm howitzer and two 8mm MGs.
6 to 8) St. Chamond. The second French heavy tank of WWI, with 400 manufactured from April 1917 to July 1918. Born of the commercial rivalry existing with the makers of the Schneider, the Saint-Chamond was an underpowered and fundamentally inadequate design. Its principal weakness was the Holt tracks. They were much too short in relation to the vehicle’s length and heavy weight. Chamond’s had a tendency to get stuck due to its heavy nose.
9 & 10) ARL-44. French tank produced just after WWII. Only sixty of these tanks were ever manufactured and the type was quickly phased out. The ARL-44 was an unsatisfactory interim design as the “Transitional Tank”, the main function of which was to provide experience in building heavier vehicles. The main lesson learned for many engineers was that it was unwise to construct tanks that were overly heavy, something you’d think they’d have learned from the Char 2C.
severely underfunded despite literally every other club being severely overfunded
Henry Cheng as Club President
the club members used to just pay people (out of their own pockets) to do their tech work for them, but since Henry gained control he wants everything to be Authentic AKA they have to do their own tech AKA everything SUCKS
we’re talking rickety half-built unpainted sets and lighting that consists of Cheng2 sitting in the pit with a few flashlights and some colored cellophane. Instead of microphones they just. Yell.
the thing is, they have the equipment for fancy tech leftover from years past, but no one knows how to use it without killing themselves
the acting can range anywhere from Average to Fucking Terrible
the singing for musicals is almost always horrendous. Earplugs are provided at the concessions stand for $2. Proceeds go to local music programs
the choreography is. A Sight.
because they’re an all boys school, they have to either A) genderbend the female parts to male parts, B) crossdress, or C) (Henry’s favorite) make all the characters trans. All of them.
Henry has led many a protest about the administration being ButtHeads for banning their trans plays
their publicity efforts are always The Best and a highly anticipated event for the Henrietta locals
a few years ago a club member made a commercial on Windows Movie Maker and had it broadcast across the local news stations. It had slideshow effects and grainy pictures/audio recorded from his iphone. It went viral on youtube
Henry always hand makes posters and plasters them across the entirety of Henrietta. I should mention that Henry is terrible at drawing, and the posters usually look like the work of a six-year-old. But the handwriting is always lovely
someone once hired a skywriter to advertise
at least once a year, someone designs a billboard for the highway. It almost always involves clip art. It is almost always too pixellated to read.
junior year the billboard had one of Henry’s drawings on it. It’s now his phone background
before Henry’s time, someone made fancy posters and had a helicopter drop thousands upon thousands of copies onto Henrietta. The cleanup effort was monumental. Copies are still occasionally found in bushes and birds’ nests
the position of director is passed around the faculty like a hot potato
In theory it’s a chill job watching a group of pampered kids try to do actual work and mostly fail at it. In reality, the director is the one who has to deal with the boys’ constant bullshit and talk them down from the vast majority of their ideas
the director is given an extensive list from Headmaster Child of Things That Are Never Allowed. Using the saws is listed at least four times
the boys always want to use the saws
other items on The List include: the use of live animals in a performance, fire, fireworks, working vehicles on stage, actual liquor as a prop, actual liquor as a prop near fire, swords, cannons, and glitter
most of these items were added to The List after Whelk’s spectacular failure as director sophomore year. Henry walked all over that poor man
their plays are always free admission and they tend to attract an odd mix of semi-proud Aglionby Parents and eager Henrietta locals who just want to see the latest clusterfuck happen live
concessions range from super fancy hors d'oeuvres to, like, pringles
no one knows how to price anything so everything is $2
Henry always hires a professional filming crew for their closing performance and puts the video on his youtube channel. He always gives a tearful speech after the final bows. Cheng2 always throws flowers at him from the pit at the end. Other Aglionby boys made it a tradition so Henry literally gets showered in flowers while he sobs onstage.
he also liveblogs the entire play/musical process on Twitter, from auditions to striking the set. Almost everyone in Henrietta with internet access follows him
The new-look Mercedes-AMG showroom in Affalterbach has opened after a twelve-week refurbishment. The new racetrack-themed design focuses on the fifty-year-old sports car and high-performance vehicle brand’s roots in motor sports. Do you like what you see?
Audi RS 7 Piloted Driving Concept Sets Spanish Track Record
The Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept has once again driven to record times – autonomously and without any interventions by the driver. At the challenging FAST Parcmotor race track near Barcelona in Spain, Audi demonstrated its technological competence in piloted driving. Passengers were international journalists who had an opportunity to experience the latest generation of the high-powered, four-door sport coupe under race conditions.
Fulfilling the desires of true enthusiasts, the BMW 435i ZHP Coupé is a factory-built performance vehicle that truly defines the Ultimate Driving Machine: Improved optics and aerodynamics; notably quicker with more precise handling. BMW of North America embraced the thirst for the unique BMW 435i ZHP Coupe Edition once more resulting in the unique collaboration between factory options and key elements from the exciting BMW M Performance Accessory catalogue.
Ford Sheds Light on First Mass-produced Carbon Fiber Wheels
For the all-new Shelby GT350R, the most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever, Ford dreamed of using the ultimate high-performance material for its unique wheels – carbon fiber. With a little help from Space Shuttle technology, Ford helped reinvent the wheel.
But while the automotive aftermarket and a low-volume supercar manufacturers have offered carbon fiber wheels, Ford and Australian supplier Carbon Revolution took on the challenge of crafting the first mass-produced, track-capable carbon fiber wheels as standard equipment for Shelby GT350R.
The special-protection version of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard is the first vehicle to be certified with the highest ballistic protection level VR10 for civilian vehicles. These guidelines specify that the bodywork and windows must be able to withstand hardened steel core bullets fired from an assault rifle.
The new Focus RS is powered by a specially engineered version of Ford’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing projected 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque and will reach a top speed of 165 mph. It also sprints from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds – making the hatchback the fastest-accelerating RS model yet.
The official Avengers Movie Car is now up for sale at a buy it now price on eBay for $32,900. One of five models custom built for the movie, it comes loaded with factory options such as the Advance Package, moonroof and keyless ignition, as well as a host of S.H.I.E.L.D modifications performed by Cinema Vehicle Services in North Hollywood.
A custom flat black paint job was applied to the stripped-down body, before fitting a set of body-colored 19-inch diamond cut alloys, a modified front push bar originally built for a Chevy Impala police car, internal LED emergency lights, and some graphics. With only 1,111 miles on the clock, this is a bargain for a car that was over $41,500 new back in 2012.