Overview: In honour of those serving in the war on terror and a dedication to all things armored and used in modern day warfare.
Conventional warefare has forced many countries to constantly improve the amount of armor on all vehicles without compromising performance and efficiency.
Types of Armor:
There are several kinds of armour. The most common is called passive armour, comprised of layers of battle steel, alloys and ceramics. One of the best types of passive armour is the British-developed Chobham armour, which is comprised of spaced ceramic blocks contained by a resin fabric matrix between layers of conventional armour. A form of Chobham armour is encased in depleted uranium on the massively protected M1A1 Abrams MBT.
Nearly every tank designed since World War II has been designed with sloped armour surfaces, usually in front. The purpose of this is to deflect projectiles off the angled surface. A notable application of sloped armour during WWII is with the Soviet T-34. German tank crews were said to be horrified to find that shots fired at T-34s would sometimes simply bounce off. In addition and more importantly than simply increasing the possibility of deflecting a projectile, sloping the armour also has the effect of requiring the penetrator to travel a greater distance through the armour than it would if the armour was perpendicular to the trajectory of the projectile: i.e., sloping the armour increases the effective thickness of the armour from most angles.
Another common design feature among tanks is to use spaced armour, characterised by empty space between armour layers. This was first introduced in WWI and became especially common in WWII, as the technique was especially good at defeating shaped charge warheads that do not depend on kinetic energy for effectiveness. Some common types of spaced armour include slat armour, screens, or solid sheets attached outside the main armour of the tank, or alternatively an extra layer inside the main armour face. Some spaced armour design keep fuel in the space, instead of air. The increasingly commonly seen "RPG" screens can be thought of as a common example of spaced armour.
Another major type of armour is reactive armour, which involves the armour "exploding" out towards the incoming round and diverting it. Reactive armour is most effective against shaped charge weapons while passive armour tends to be better against kinetic energy penetrators. Reactive armour tends to be attached to the outside of an MBT in small, replaceable units rather than being permanently incorporated into its main body. Secondary passive armour may also be attached to a tank, but this is not common.
Let's show everyone on Armorama how much armor has progressed in modern times!
The Rules and Regs
Please construct any modern armor that is used by any county in this day and age. For example: Abrams, Challenger etc. There are no restrictions on the kit-maker so feel free to use all kits at your disposal. Single models or dioramas are all welcome but the only restriction is to build armor vehicles that are often used after the 1970s. Armors used in ODS and OIF are examples of these. M113s are included in this seeing they are used frequently in modern warfare.
- ENJOY yourself
- Models can be OOTB or scratch built.
- Minimum of one photo of your build, 3 maximum.
- Both wheel and track vehicles are included in this campaign.
- Starting the model on the start date is encouraged but not a criteria.
- Provide a short description on what methods were used in the construction. ( From construction to weathering techniques)
- Add a short history of the model being constructed.
Only one award per person per campaign. You are welcome to submit multiple submissions but only one award per person once again.
This campaign also partly celebrates Armorama reaching 10,000 registered members.
The official forum thread for this campaign can be found here:
or you can navigate to the Campaign Central Command by clicking on the Forums tab > Campaign Central Command > Modern Armor Subjects Campaign.
After a long hard fought campaign, casaulties were high but despite the challenges that were faced, these brave souls remained steadfast and pushed on.
It is with great pleasure and honour that i present to you the following Armorama members that have been awarded the prestigious Modern Armored Subjects Ribbon.
Thank you everyone for making this such a successful campaign and it was all done mainly for yourselves but also in support of the place we have all come to love and support.........Armorama.
P/S: To view the outstanding work that these individuals have produced, please log on to Kitmaker.Net (Photo Gallery) and navigate to:
Campaigns (Group Builds) » 2006 Campaigns » Modern Armored Subjects Campaign
Please feel free to drop them a PM or leave a comment on their photos as im sure all would appreciate any feedback that you may have.