@karanak: great job on the model btw, thinking of hiring you for a design ive been brainstorming together for a couple of months now, im good at drawing and sketchup but im no good at rendering and photoshop still learning x.x anyway keep up the good work!
Not bad but I d place the turret on the front as far as possible. It really helps when a tank is firing from behind an obstacle. A lesser part is exposed to enemy fire. It would make a significant advantage in heavy terrain combat.
perhaps, but i dont think thats the point of the design, if you have a tank with the bulk of its turret near the rear then its usually to conserve the dimensions space for when loading into a transport or ship, plus.. it hovers, so i'd think it would be fast enough to evade cheap shots like you mentioned
The negative of your statement is that all the recoil would transfer into the whole tank, rather than into the back and treads. This would significantly reduce the lifespan of a tank, and is the main reason turrets are deployed on the back, so recoil damage is minimized.
Never thought about it this way but the lifespan of a tank in combat is short anyway. And what if a real tank was firing behind itself? It would do the same you mentioned. Tanks can fire virtually in any direction so the recoil damage depends on the turret yaw.
Also as far as I know the rear of the tank base bears the motor and gears. At least Abrams threads are driven by rear wheels.
The kickback, if a tank fired from the front, the kickback, also know as recoil, would damage the tank, it is the same as firing an ungrounded Anit-Material Rifle, the kickback in the front would snap a persons arm. When fired from the back, the kickback is transfered behind the tank, minimizing damage. It is the difference between firing 15 round and 50 rounds without maintenance. Yes, that is, sadly the common number of times a tank can fire before the mountings need repair.
True, but that is a rarity. Most of the time, tanks don't turn their turrets that far backwards, as they usually don't need to, or don't have the opportunity to as the enemy will have destroyed them by that point. Most tanks are designed to fire forward, and there IS no safe universal firing design. If it is on the center, than if it backfired, the shockwave would definitely destory the engine. The engine is ALWAYS on the opisite end of the cannon to avoid that scenario. It isn't just the mountings that you have to take into account.