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Vehicle Construction Kit Supplement 3: Revolutionary Vehicles

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Revolutionary Vehicles adds new components and options for your VCK designs, inspired by the renaissance, industrial and early modern eras.

  • Internal combustion engines
  • Manufactories
  • Refineries
  • Rockets
  • Batteries
  • Wind power and water power
  • An overhaul of the VCK steam engine component
  • New options for quarters components, including early forms of computers.
  • Rules for giving vehicles aerodynamic or hydrodynamic streamlining; for granting a bonus to speed due to a vehicle's size; and for calculating a flying vehicle's rate of climb
Example constructions include:
  • Ship mill
  • Eight-sailed windmill
  • Runabout, an early automobile
  • Steam aircraft
  • Coastal class airship
  • Continental class airship
  • Cutter, a fast cargo sailing ship.
  • Light observation helicopter
 
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Gage R July 09, 2019 3:03 am UTC
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Also, back when you showed me a rough idea of how to convert cannons to modern guns, I forgot to ask how crew requirement was affected.
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Duncan T July 12, 2019 4:42 pm UTC
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The base crew requirement remains the same, however from Early Modern onwards an artillery component can have autoloaders. This increases the cost by one-third, but decreases the crew requirement by one-third. Autoloaders do not require Power Points (they use auxiliary power included in the component).

(This is my rough estimate based on tank guns. I haven't reality-checked this against modern naval cannons yet).
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Gage R July 03, 2019 12:14 pm UTC
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How the hell would you make a helicopter? The PP requirement for Rotors just to generate the required lift is INSANE.
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Duncan T July 03, 2019 9:39 pm UTC
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I'll double-check my calculations.
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Duncan T July 03, 2019 10:42 pm UTC
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The values are correct :) . Okay, here's a full explanation!

What we think of as a modern helicopter is powered by gas turbines, a component I haven't introduced yet (as I am saving it for a "modern" supplement - Revolutionary Vehicles stops at piston engines). A single aviation gas engine component produces 15 PP to 30 PP. An apache gunship for example has has 2 modern rotors and 3 gas engine components.

Early modern helicopters using piston engines require much larger engines. For example, the 1940's Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 (weighing about 1,200 lbs) uses an aero piston engine, the Franklin O-200 (about 300 lb). This is 5 components-worth of engine: at 7 PP per component, this is 35 PP. With an early modern rotor, this gives a speed of 60 mph and a Lift of 4 (pleasingly close to the real helicopter).

I included modern rotors in the base book, because it can represent a magical creation. Elemental engines give 12 PP per component, so a couple of those gives a decent...See more
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Duncan T July 03, 2019 10:51 pm UTC
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I'll also add for low-lift rotor systems (particularly the industrial variant) the intent is that you are combining it with other forms of lift, such as magical lift, or even fixed wing combinations are possible.
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Gage R July 08, 2019 2:08 am UTC
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I noticed that flight speed has several multipliers for different factors. Do you multiply the flight speed by each multiplier, or add the multipliers together then apply it to flight speed. For example the Streamlining Levels and Size Bonus on the Propellers.
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Duncan T July 12, 2019 4:20 pm UTC
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You multiply by each multiplier. For example, the Continental-Class Airship on page 17 has a base speed of 63 mph (early modern propellers with 2 Power Points). The multipliers are x0.4 (drag from gasbags), x2 (size), and x1.25 (good streamlining). Applying each multiplier in turn (63 x 0.4 x 2 x 1.25) gives you the final maximum speed (coincidentally 63 mph).
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