This Japanese-made, remote-controlled tank got tech nerds all excited in 1931. But it wasn't just because they saw a new toy. Tech-minded folk of the early 1930s also saw a utopian solution to war. A solution where, ideally, fewer humans would have to die.
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Video: If you have a dream, a workshop, a lot of free time and live in Russia, you can basically make anything with your bare hands. This is what I've learned from watching UFO Garage. They made a homemade MS-1 tank (the first Soviet designed tank). It's totally unstoppable in any weather (look at it plow through that snow and slide through that ice) and looks like so much fun to drive.
Image Cache: So. Cool. Here's a photo from the US Army showing M1A2 Abram tanks and a M2A3 Bradley fighting vehicle during a live-fire demonstration. Because their cannons have kicked up the sand from the ground, they almost look like desert sand sculptures. But then they start to take shape and you realise that yep, they're war machines.
There are so many things going on in this year's US and South Korea's live fire exercise that it's hard to remember what you're seeing because each drill just keeps raising the ante over the previous one. All I know is that there were a ton of tanks, helicopters that filled the sky, planes that scorched flybys, and so many explosions that ripped up the Earth.
The Matilda II Mark IV was an Allied infantry tank of the Second World War. Noted for its formidably armored hull, it was one of the primary tanks used by Australian Army regiments during New Guinea, Bougainville and Borneo campaigns. Last week, we stepped inside one of these 25-tonne death machines for an authentic taste of World War II driving. Here are the photos.
Last month, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency introduced what a next-generation tank might look like. Known as the Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program, this experimental vehicle is less like the traditional heavily armoured brutes typically on the battlefield. These are built for speed.
Video: Holy crap, it's real! As this new video shows, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Pizza Thrower — a full scale 3.66m-long version of the classic toy — actually works, throwing pizzas fast and far enough to actually hurt people with dough, cheese, and pepperoni projectiles. They should really call it the Pizza Tank.
If you're an off-roading enthusiast you've probably already seen those kits that let you replace your truck's wheels with a set of four tank treads for tackling any terrain. The Track N Go is the same idea, except that you don't need a garage, a lift, or any kind of mechanical know-how to install them. You just drive your vehicle onto the treads, lock them in place, and away you go.
Video: A car dash cam in Mariupol — an Ukrainian city 500km from Crimea — captured this tank wreaking havoc through a street, smashing through a billboard and invading road lanes going in the opposite direction. Luckily, the car driver avoided a potential collision and continued to drive like nothing had happened.
Arnie wants you to help him crush stuff with a tank, and to show you how fun it can be, he's been crushing a few things in anticipation of your arrival.