My entry for luke's 8x8 "massive wangle" vignette contest. (deadline Nov.30th) it is a random microscale (it could be miniscale, but then it wouldn't be as cool) magnetic acceleration artillery cannon.
About this creation
this Magnetic Acceleration Cannon Artillery platform (M.A.C.A.P.) is my entry for http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/14068 it boasts some of the latest technology.
For instance: That little cab thingie on the side is equipped with some of the best electronically shielded targeting software and hardware available. "why is it shielded?" you ask. Whenever dealing with large amounts of magnetic forces, electronics can easily be screwed up unless they are properly shielded.
"what's with all the gizmoes on the platform?" you ask? simple. The bent cable at the front is used to recover dispersing magnetic energy after a shot. this both increases efficiency and reduces the range around it at which unshielded allied electronics can be messed up. The little hole on the side of the back of the cannon discharges both the small anchored negative charge (which can be reused) that is released from the warhead upon firing, and helps to ventilate the barrel, preventing heat buildup and damage.
The purpose of the antennae on the left should be obvious.
What about the other stuff on the barrel, you ask? The vanes at the very end of the barrel help to disperse excess electromagnetic energy after a shot, thus helping the inner magnetic coils to stay in alignment.(think of an industrial scale degauss system)
the small slots on the side are vents for escaping gas that travels both into and out of the barrel (out of barrel in front of round, into barrel in the vacuum created behind one) there are turbines inside those tubes that generate a small portion of the energy for firing.
obviously, the cab can't see through the cannon, so a large camera/radar array is positioned on the left cannon support strut.
Quoting Chuke Lapman
Cool design! I don't know if you can class this as a vignette, but I'm not an authority on the matter, I'll have to consult someone who knows these kind of things :)
well, if you look at the rules of the contest, the main thing is that it has to be on an 8x8 base. (overhang is encouraged) this build is both on an 8x8 base and has overhang.
so, it might not be a "true" vignette, but it qualifies for the contest.