This year, level 1 is host to the NEMO van. Pretty cool, but it’s no Rally Fighter.
This truck is currently up for grabs on eBay. It’s a custom build that was used in the pilot of a show “Mining Wars” that’s currently being considered by The Discovery Channel. There’s a buy now option of $28k, if refurbished cargo trucks are your thing.
The Local Motors Rally Fighter is a kick-ass machine, but it’s a little above obtainable for the common man. Still, you can at least model your ideal RF using the Local Motors Configurator. You can choose the primary and secondary color scheme, the design pattern, additional details like accessories and rims, and even one of two environments to model it in. The one I configured for the image has an Urban Camo pattern with OD Green as the main and a textured black as the accent.
Smittybilt G.E.A.R. is a line of vehicle accessories with PALS webbing: seat covers, tailgate covers, overhead consoles, and door panels. The line is designed largely for more recent Jeep models as listed: CJ, Wrangler, and Wrangler Unlimited, although in the case of the seat covers, “universal truck seat” covers are also available. The product line is constructed from 600 denier polyester with a PVC liner and is UV stable; the overhead consoles are constructed from covered 3/16″ solid plate. Available in Black, Coyote Tan, OD Green, and ACU.
I was wondering down into the lower levels of the beast that is SHOT Show and came across the MultiCam Rally Fighter.
The Tank Vest is a modular, PALS webbing based storage system that allows users to attach MOLLE and ALLICE gear to their motorcycle to improve storage capacity. Tank Vests are made from 1000 denier Cordura nylon and uses a system of military grade straps and synthetic buckles to attach to the tank frame. This separates the Tank Vest from other storage options that use magnets or require drilling into the bike’s frame. A feature also unique to the Tank Vest is it fits around the gas cap, negating the need to remove the vest during refueling. Currently, Tank Vests are being made for Kawasaki KLR650, KTM950/990 Adventure motorcycles, some models of Harley Davidson, the XR650R, and the Boulevard 800, with a vest for the Vstrom 1000 coming out mid-September; more models are being made based on customer demand.
The Tank Vest is available in the following colors: Black, Coyote Brown, Woodland MARPAT, ACU, MultiCam, OD Green, and Safety Orange.
Thanks to Mike K. for the tip!
I suppose the most important lesson the crowd learned that day was to avoid standing near large puddles when multi-ton war machines are on the prowl.
As with all movies, good or bad, there has to be some related memorabilia for sale, and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is no exception. Luckily, Hot Toys doesn’t disappoint with their series of highly-detailed scaled models of Batman, Bane, and the camouflage Tumbler/Batmobile. Aside from being completely badass looking, the camouflage tumbler features a roof panel that slides open and functioning headlights, requiring 3 AAA batteries. The good news? It’s available for pre-order! The bad news? It’s not being released until September 2013! By that point, The Dark Knight trilogy will already be available as a 3+ disk special edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack in a collector’s box most likely shaped like the Tumbler. Then again, you can’t rush perfection.
I first heard about Drive A Tank on NPR of all things, and the idea, while familiar, intrigued me: a company that specializes in recreational tank driving. Of course, we’ve already written about Armourgeddon Tank Paintball, and if the interview on NPR is any indication this is the very company that inspired the creation of Drive A Tank. Drive A Tank, however, is located in Kasota, Minnesota instead of Leicestershire, England, so it’s a bit more realistic that our CONUS-based readers would be able to make a visit.
Drive A Tank offers progressively pricier package deals which allow for the operation of the following vehicles: the FV 433 Abbott, FV432 APC, and Chieftain Main Battle Tank, which is used mainly to crush cars in the appropriately named “single car crush” or “double car crush” packages. Each deal includes a safety and introduction class and a hands on tour and photo op. Each package also comes with the opportunity to test fire from their collection of historic firearms in an indoor fire range.
Armourgeddon is a company based in based Leicestershire, England that deals in paintball matches using a fleet of British tanks, specifically the FV432 Armored Personnel Carrier. After an introductory training session, teams of three battle it out tank-to-tank on an old WWII bombing range. Now, this isn’t the only activity the company specializes in (they also have, among other things, air rifle shooting, archery, hovercraft, and standard woodland paintball games), it just happens to be the most unique.
Coverking is a company that specializes in car seat covers, among other car-related products, and they’ve recently expanded into a line of Tactical Seat Covers. The covers are made from Cordura nylon and feature PALS webbing down the length of the rear. Each cover comes with 6 MOLLE compatible pouches of various sizes for storage purposes with the pouches also available for individual purchase. The covers come in five colors: black, cashmere, charcoal, grey, and tan and are custom made specific to a vehicle’s make and model. Coverking products are made in the USA.
Love this bumper sticker. Of course, you’d be far better off sporting it here CONUS that you would on the back of one of the ubiquitous little white pickups or checkered taxis in Iraq. It’d be really cool on a jingle truck, but it wouldn’t be as funny because of the language. Guess it might look okay on the back of a jundi gun truck if they really had a sense of humor.
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has been looking for something like a tactical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (to steal one writers description of it) for a long time now. It’s apparently actually in the works. Aviation Week recently just approved designs from AAI and Lockheed Martin to enter the second phase of the testing program which is (seriously) named the “Transformer Program”.
The goal is to have a diesel powered battlefield utility vehicle like the humvee able to lift and carry a squad of four personnel with their loadout. This may or may not be practical in the wide scheme, but it would sure make it easier to get up some of those shitty goat trails roads in Afghanistan than walking with everything on your back.
The idea of a flying vehicle is by no means new of course. It’s been the topic of design discussion for years and a standard trope in science fiction for just as long. We’ve seen them in everything from Bladerunner to the Jetsons. That doesn’t mean it won’t have some use of course, and in certain situation might be the transportation force multiplier needed. Some concerns arise…how do we qualify the driver/pilot? Will the Air Force complain, like they did about the UAVs? Will we have to add some sort of aerial vehicle acronym to METT-C to avoid traffic jams and midair collisions? Who knows. One things for certain. If they do get to the field, and the infantry gets hold of them it’s going to make for all new kinds of entertaining once they get bored.
Read the rest of the story over at Techland.
Filmed at a BDS Tactical Gear photo shoot, this video has it all: hot women holding guns while posing next to expensive cars. A pretty good way to start the day, don’t you think?
It’s not too late to go visit the Atomic Café, Thunderdome, Wasteland Casino or Mushroom Cloud Lounge. With any luck you’ll have time to get a free mohawk.
Wasteland Weekend started today, but it goes through Sunday; it’s not to late to dunk your face in a bucket of fishhooks, throw some leather on, grab up your sawed off scattergun or crossbow and get down there. Go have some fun in the sun in the lovely Mojave Desert with the finest in fringe elements of a Mad Max loving subculture.
There are a lot of bands scheduled to be playing in addition to numerous events (an archery contest, Wasteland Games (including boomerang toss and gas can carry) plus, of course, multiple Thunderdome fights. There will also be some sort of sermon delivered around an ‘unexploded nuclear bomb’ on Sunday.
They are working toward an immersive environment. From the official website:
“Wasteland Weekend reserves the right to prohibit any vehicles, structures, or items it deems unfit for the look of the themed area. (Any unfit property can be stored outside the gates of the themed area in the general camping area or hidden from view.) We are trying to create a convincing 360-degree post-apocalyptic environment. We hope you understand.”
In addition to individuals, there are a number of “tribes” who will be in attendance. There are several, including the Petro Pirates and Dukes of the Nuke, but our favorite has got to be the Dystopian Slut Militia.
Wasteland Weekend is a relatively new post-apocalyptic event, but organizers expect it to be much larger than the 400 attendees they had last year.
One long weekend of booze, body piercings, pointy things, makeshift weaponry and metal, punk rock, industrial rock and cleavage. What’s not to like?
This is the Tactical Protector Vehicle from Oshkosh Defense. Built on a Ford F550 chassis, it is designed to haul up to 8 officers around and protect them from threats rated up to NIJ Lvl IV.
It is called the ‘Black Raven’ and is was developed as the perfect vehicle for wolf hunting in Karaganda, Kazakhstan by its creator, a handyman named Vladimir. It features a V8 engine, hand-built aluminum body and independent suspension and is comfortable in rough terrain at speeds exceeding 60mph. Amazing do-it-yourself engineering aside, I can’t help but make a Soviet Batman reference.
Hat Tip: Jalopnik
For the second year in a row, Jeep and Activision have partnered up to bring the masses a limited edition Jeep Wrangler Rubicon based on the Call of Duty series. Available in two and four door models, the MW3 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon comes in Black or Bright Silver Metallic and features MW3 graphics, 32-inch BFGoodrich mud-terrain tires, spare tire cover with a unique special elite logo and a large assortment of Mopar® accessories including: a Performance Parts Kit (Warn® Winch, 2-inch Lift Kit, and Classic 5-hole wheels in Black), a power-dome hood, front and rear bumpers, rock rails and a satin black fuel filler door. It’s cool and all, but honestly, does anyone actually buy these things?
It’ll be available this Fall from Jeep, most likely in November along with MW3 itself.
Just a quick update on that totally sweet turbine powered Batmobile built by Casey Pusch I wrote about a while ago. It turns out he’s currently putting it up for sale on eBay to help fund other projects. However, as expected from something built from …”a military spec 385 hp Boeing turboshaft engine from a naval drone helicopter…”, as well as being modeled after the most bad-ass super hero of all time’s preferred mode of transportation, it ain’t cheap. If you’re really into getting it, you’re looking at spending $620,000. At that price, only the real Batman could ever hope to afford it.
One of the most iconic police cars in the US, the Crown Victoria, is finally being retired by Ford. Although the Crown Vic wasn’t available from licensed dealers since 2008, Ford continued to sell to police departments until this year. The cars Ford is replacing the Crown Vic with? A Tarus variant and the Explorer SUV. Commence laughing at any time; the Tarus sucks. Some good news comes from this though, since I’ll no longer have to wonder if any old dudes rocking Crown Vics on the highway are just playing cop or really driving an unmarked car.
Hat Tip: freep.com
Check out this video of the three tumblers/Batmobiles from the upcoming ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, the last film in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. Each tumbler is powered by a Chevy V8 engine and is painted in a desert camo variant. It’s a shame they’ll most likely be lost to high-impact stunt damage, since they look so damn cool. The owner of one of these would be the envy of Batfans the world over.
subaruwrxfan – Youtube channel that contains this footage and plenty more from the set of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.
Built by Casey Putsch of Putsch Racing, this Batmobile is powered by a military spec 385 hp Boeing turboshaft engine from a naval drone helicopter driving the rear wheels through a semi automatic gearbox. It also features a custom tube frame/monocoque chassis with fully independent suspension, disc brakes, and a sequential shifter. It runs on kerosene, diesel, or jet fuel and has a power to weight ration comparable to a Dodge Viper. Thankfully, it’s very close in design to the 1989 Michael Keaton Batmobile, which is great, because that movie was actually watchable.