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Stationary AA Railgun by PlasmaFire3000 Stationary AA Railgun by PlasmaFire3000
Full name: "Stationary Antiaircraft Railgun"

One of a few older personal favorites; this particular piece has been printed a few times as posters for other people.

Poised in the ready-to-fire mode, this light antiaircraft stationary railgun unleashes several million joules of kinetic energy within a dense 10-25 pound tungsten projectile in order to bring down almost any type of enemy aircraft; rounds can be configured to include explosive payloads or merely rely on kinetic energy alone.

Though it stands only 15 feet high at the current angle of 55 degrees, this device is extremely dangerous, capable of shooting down low-altitude aircraft with less than half a second of lag time and high-altitude reconnaissance birds with less than a second and a half. Combined with its lightweight structure and high-accuracy hydraulic-electronic pan/tilt systems, it typically has less than 5% miss rates (per shot) under auto-tracking modes. A mobile version of this model is also available, allowing easier fast-deployment tactical antiaircraft assault.

8.5" x 11" graph paper; 0.5mm HB mechanical pencil; ruler; compass; protractor; 45-45-90 and 30-60-90 triangles.

Completed on June 9, 2005.
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017
Hice 
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AxisCreed Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You drew this with pen and paper, with only protractors and a compass? Impressive!
As for the actual gun itself, I was wondering if there was any remote firing mechanism. Unless there is some radio I missed under the wiring and support beams, it would probably be a hassle from beyond the pits of hell to fire it from only a few feet away.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015
And a straightedge, haha! Thanks for the compliments, man. :)

This weapon would definitely need to be triggered from a distant location. Upon firing, the sound, intense electromagnetic fields, heat and plasma, and other side effects would not be good for bystanders and their equipment.
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AxisCreed Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes sense.
Again, this was incredibly well done.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
Aye, thanks man! :)
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Crucial question would be; what's the rate of fire? My guess it's quite low, so a large number of aircraft could easily get in and destroy it.
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HammerHeadScott Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Finally. After all those pickings of "Railgun" character pictures I had to go through, I finally found a skechted Railgun platform. And a very unique one if I add. :D
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Wow, thank you! Glad you've found a keeper for your armament collection, HammerHeadScott.
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HammerHeadScott Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
You welcome. And thank you. :D
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evess-arudem Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing drwaing. You are a man/woman after my own heart :) It's pretty amazing that you've shown all the technical details; I usually have all of mine hidden when I render the receiver and barrels. I suppose that's the cost of using PMG to design complex weapons.

Plus, tungsten is epic. That helps.

One suggestion for operation: Use a coil accelerator to "top off" the speed at the end of the barrel. Usually adds about 15% to the speed of a tungsten round (more with iron caps). This is based on IRL testing with 19 to 20 gram tungsten rounds in a homemade railgun.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Hey evess-arudem, pardon for the late reply, and thanks for the compliments! Inspiration-wise, I find opened machinery fascinating, such as cut-away sections of aircraft engines (like this one). It's a fun and interactive way of "doing research", honestly. :)

Hmm, you're suggesting a coilgun added to the end of a railgun will boost muzzle velocities? I suppose in the future, with new superconductors and superalloys produced in viable quantities, that might be the case. Surely we'll figure out ways to augment railgun performance without increasing the maintenance load as required with today's weapons. The US Navy's new 32-megajoule prototype is already displaying impressive performance results, so I can only imagine where we're headed...
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brett9mm Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Perfect I love this thing!
Its soo EPIC! I'd love to build it but have no idea how.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Hah, yeah! This is probably my favorite out of the four, since it's trimmed down on excessive parts and feels much more imposing. What a frightening weapon it'd be if it were real... :o
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brett9mm Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Yah man!
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DrFreeman117 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
That is very detail on an extreme level. it's so cool!!!
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Thanks, Dr. Freeman. :p

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EART1 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Mind = Blown.
Seriously, you could probably build a fairly able railgun just from studying this. It's friggin awesome.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
You think so? Man, I might have to pull this in case the Department of Defense wants credit for it... :p
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EART1 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nah, they've already gone WAY the wrong way. Apparently, they reckon a railgun needs an additional two tons of anchorage for every hundred tons of thrust. Or something like that, I'm not sure of the exact numbers.
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Freelancer521 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Very Cool, do you mind if I reference it in a story I'm writing?
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Sure, go right ahead! Hope it turns out well for you... :)
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Lean-V Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Love...at hypersonic speed. :O
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Lean-V Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love...with an impact that levels city-blocks. =D
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DJBIG Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
I love detailed technical drawings!
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ShengDaFlashPRo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
damm that is one crazy contraption. Reminds me of the railgun they used on the huge ass transformer in 'Transformers 2'
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Dude! I didn't realize you're a EE! Congratulations - you're talented for an engineer (I TOTALLY kid!). Why do I feel just a leetle bit nervous looking at that design? Perhaps because it's so practical. You're hoping to build this one, aren't you? ;-)

Honestly, this is great work. Keep working with your drafting tools - they're the key to making (and keeping) your mecha designs tight.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Well, I have wanted to build a railgun, along with a walking bipedal machine, far more times than I could count. But there's the issue of time and money... :)

Thanks a lot, though; I do eventually want to learn how to hybridize drafting techniques with freehand drawing to help tighten up my lineart.
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newtman001 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well, you're well on your way. Let me know if I can help you in any way.
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Monstrous gun! Love you manage the thickness of the outline.
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DMBoyleDesign Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, it's so engineery, I love it.

Have you shown any of your profs your mecha stuff? :P
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Thank you, David. I loved using drafting tools years ago, and I'm trying to re-integrate them into my repertoire once again.

I haven't shared my art with my college professors, though. It's too detached from what we're being taught, unfortunately. :p
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DMBoyleDesign Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lol but you're electrical engineering right? Design a rail gun!
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Once I get my own mech, certainly!

It won't be called REX, though. :p
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Agonis100 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
Nice! Wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that baby. The navy declassified some of their Rail gun experiment not too long ago, and the kinetic energy produced at the point of impact was even greater than what was originally anticapated. Truly the future of anti-vehicle + aircraft weaponry, and imagine what the applications could be if they do manage to scale on down into a rifle. Definitely a possibility.
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
Neither would I, Agonis100; tungsten-core projectiles moving at 7.5 kilometers per second or more aren't something to sneeze at. :p

I saw a number of those Naval railgun test videos a couple years ago. The real-time demonstrations didn't seem so impressive (it looked and sounded more like a typical large-caliber cannon). However, the slow-motion captures revealed awesome plasma formations and some impressive target damage. And to think--those were low-energy tests compared to the 64 megajoule prototype unit they're eventually rolling out.

Hand-held railguns are a possibility in the future, but only if designers can find a compact-enough (ultra-high current surge-capable) power source, fix rail erosion issues, and reduce the incredible recoil these devices produce. Unfortunately, science fiction doesn't show us the realities of basic physics very often, eh?

Thanks for fav'ing this, by the way. I really enjoyed drawing it way back then...
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Agonis100 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
Indeed, the greatest barrier to achieving the technology you see predicted in scifi is definitely the issue of a practical and portable power source capable of meeting the energy requirements. And im glad you took note of the recoil issue: like you said, rather than make a more practical device, many scifi developers ignore the laws of physics entirely.
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OvyZ Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
fkn sicker
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MacKen77 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
awesomesauce
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Tsubasa-Strange Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is awsome, great attention to detail and very well drawn. (jealous)
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DeviantRye Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
I would not want to park my capitol ship anywhere near a battery of these things. 0.o
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Tungsten rounds moving at 9.4 km/s are FUN to catch...

...with hands? ^_^
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Nukedz Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
better to catch those rounds with someone's face! lol.

btw, 9.4 km/s? that's mach 27.38! Does that thing have a capacitor bank for that?
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
Haha, yep! Or a very powerful compulsator of sorts.
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OdinicWanderer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
If only we could mount this on some sort of tank.

Perhaps a bipedal machine...

...and it could launch...nuclear warheads.

...and roar like a dinosaur for no apparent reason!
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Then I would be in violation of Hideo Kojima's universe, correct? :D
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karlonne Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
cool, i hope that can be put in a gundam costume
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PlasmaFire3000 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
It would be awesome to have your own railgun, wouldn't it?
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karlonne Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yup as a back weapon, usually back weapons are long nosed guns like bazooka's or launchers

sometimes it can be the main but it can be a time wasting machine as for a recoil basis than riffles and guns
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