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Old 22 Dec 2007, 03:01   #1 (permalink)
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I was looking at pictures of the model (because sadly I don't have my own) and it occurred to me: There's no way the pilot could see everything. The cockpit just has a view port to the front, covering about 180 degrees, left and right, but the pilot can't see behind him or above him or anything.

I don't know, but I'm pretty certain that's a bad thing, having poor visibility. I'm sure he has all these sensors and stuff, but suppose he's jammed or they fail or a bug in the system or some other unknown? What then? He's an easy kill at that point.

Unless ya'll know of some other way he overcomes his lack of visibility.
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Old 22 Dec 2007, 03:34   #2 (permalink)
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It's likely that there's cameras of some kind, as well as other sensors, mounted on the Barracuda that project images into the cockpit to give the pilot a 360 degree view of the outside world while keeping his cockpit self-contained and well-protected. I assume battlesuits are the same way.
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You're thinking too much. The barracuda is supposed to look cool, it isn't designed by real engineers who design and build fighter jets for a living. It's a $130 model for a sci-fi miniatures game.

If this game was realistic it'd be boring. We wouldn't have pulse or plasma weaponry, anti-grav technology, stealth field generators, etc.
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Old 22 Dec 2007, 08:07   #4 (permalink)
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Jammers would mess with the fighters radar etc, but I think closed-circuit cameras showing the 360' view would still be opperational. Plus, they've got those giant ass antennae like on everything Tau. They're so big, they MUST do something. lol

Also, the Kor are -damn- good at what they do. Born to Fly.
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Old 22 Dec 2007, 14:55   #5 (permalink)
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I may be thinking about it too hard, but look at all the other fliers. Their cockpits are at least offer more than 180 view.

Camera's would make sense, but what about the disruption pods? Okay, those are Tau, but suppose, in theory, some other race had a version of disruptor pods. What then? The pilot would look at the screen and see a hazy blur...

(Come on folks, I'm trying to start a discussion on the Barracuda...)
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Old 22 Dec 2007, 18:38   #6 (permalink)
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Haven't you ever watched Star Trek? You can see anywhere outside of the ship on a single viewscreen. And if it is good enough for Patrick Stewart it's good enough for me. lol

Seriously, though, I don't see what the big deal about an internalized viewscreen is. Surely you could use some sort of filter to get around the Disruption pod (which would be pointless on a flyer anyway, I might add). A more internalized cockpit is safer for the pilot anyway. It's entirely possible for a stray assault cannon round from an enemy fighter to penetrate the cockpit canopy, de-pressurizing it or hitting the pilot. A more compact, internalized one, solves the problem, and its vision limitations can be compensated for with technology.
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Old 22 Dec 2007, 18:59   #7 (permalink)
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There's no way the pilot could see everything. The cockpit just has a view port to the front, covering about 180 degrees, left and right, but the pilot can't see behind him or above him or anything.
Well, a lot of pilots flying modern fighter jets can't see directly behind them, but the Tau aren't stupid, and would have come up with a way to circumvent that. Not only would they likely have closed-circuit sensors surrounding the aircraft to provide the pilot a good visibility, each burst cannon has a camera and drone-intelligence to fire at targets all around/below the Barracuda autonomously.

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I don't know, but I'm pretty certain that's a bad thing, having poor visibility. I'm sure he has all these sensors and stuff, but suppose he's jammed or they fail or a bug in the system or some other unknown? What then? He's an easy kill at that point.
The Tau don't have "bugs in the system". All bugs are ironed out in the R&D phase. La'Kais comments, in Fire Warrior's first chapter, how unnerving the flight to the surface of the planet was in the Orca - completely devoid of turbulence, failures, or excitement; and how the Shas'la in their nervous waiting, checked and re-checked their weapons for imagined faults or discrepancies that he knew were impossible to exist.

Regarding jamming, you can't jam a closed-circuit camera.

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I may be thinking about it too hard, but look at all the other fliers. Their cockpits are at least offer more than 180 view.
While sacrificing the armor protection of a cockpit enclosed in nano-crystalline composite fio'tak armor.

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but what about the disruption pods? Okay, those are Tau, but suppose, in theory, some other race had a version of disruptor pods. What then? The pilot would look at the screen and see a hazy blur...
According to the Codex, disruption pods throw out distorted images in both the visual and magnetic spectra, so if it's F-ing up the Tau's sensors (which can likely see into non-visual and non-magnetic spectra), it's likely not going to make it any better to try and use your eyes... :
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Old 22 Dec 2007, 22:08   #8 (permalink)
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I'm no expert at aeronautics but I doubt many people would rely that heavily on the ability to see their opponent in the skies when they'll be flying at super sonic speeds, and engaging targets at such speeds, from vast distances. What if their flying at night? What if their flying in space? What if their flying in cloud cover? Visibility would be completely shot (at least thats what I'd think). Chances are if an enemy was on your tail close enough for you to see the, your probably already dead, thus I'd think pilots would rely more heavily on their sensors to see where their enemy is coming from, not visibility.
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