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Today I found out about the use of exploding anti-tank dogs during World War II. These dogs, usually Alsatians, were also called “Hundminen” or “dog mines.” They were trained to carry explosives on their bodies to enemy tanks, where they would then be detonated. No, it did not end very well for the dogs in question.
After being thoroughly worked over by Chechen separatists at the Battle of Grozny in 1995, Russia set about reinventing its armoured divisions. The existing BMP-2 vehicles were scrapped in favour of the improved BMPT “Ramka”, better known as the Terminator. And, earlier this year, an even bigger sequel was delivered: The BMPT-72. Call it Terminator 2.
While not as popular as cars, monster trucks, or even planes, remote control tanks have become surprisingly complex and capable over the years, even to the point of actually firing plastic pellets. The No Network tank, however, doesn’t fire at targets you can see. Instead, it’s equipped with a wireless jammer that blocks cellular signals in a 10- to 15-metre radius around the tank, making it decidedly more dangerous… at least if you’re waiting for an important call.
The folks at FinalCutKing, who brought us that wonderful remote control car chase a while ago, are back with a new scaled-down film involving tanks, fighter planes and simulated explosions galore. But don’t let the fact that these are just toys prevent you from getting caught up in the action.
In 1936, Hugo Gernsback proposed a terrifying new war machine meant to be more efficient than any that had come before it. He called it the “flame tank”. And while the thing looks absolutely horrifying in every way (those appear to be dozens of people being burned alive by the tank’s flame guns), the stated goal of Gernsback’s machine of death was actually to make war less brutal.
It might look like a one-seat sofa capable of traversing almost any terrain on the planet, but this compact electric vehicle is actually designed to be a highly manoeuvrable and comfortable alternative to a traditional wheelchair. You won’t ever see it cruising down footpaths, but one day they might be crawling all over hospitals.
For as cool as hurling columns of fire at your enemies is, “flamethrower guy” was one of the most dangerous jobs in the military — one stray bullet and the big canister of napalm strapped to you goes ka-boom and you along with it. So what better way to safely spread thermobaric mayhem than by incorporating your flamethrower into a T-72 Battle Tank?
To better their ability to perfect a mix, sound engineers sit at a giant board outside of a recording studio where it’s whisper quiet. And to avoid having to keep running in and out of a studio to perfect their mic placement, someone’s slapped a microphone on a remote controlled RC toy tank that promises to make a sound engineer’s job a heck of a lot easier.
If you find yourself in a disagreement with a friend or co-worker you can either settle it using a grownup approach like polite discussion, or with a set of these awesome RC Battletanks. Controlled via an accompanying Android or iOS app, they can turn any neutral cubicle into a militarised zone in no time.
If you’re bored of the recent trend of tiny RC cars and helicopters, a company called Armortek has a line of incredibly detailed RC tanks that will surely pique your curiosity. The Centurion Mk5/2 is a 1/6-scale behemoth that even sounds like the real thing thanks to a petrol-powered engine and real metal treads.