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Explosive Bolt Block

Discussion in 'Suggestions and Feedback' started by mikeloeven, Jul 25, 2014.

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  1. mikeloeven Senior Engineer

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    The explosive bolt blocks will be the size and shape of an armor block with hazard warnings on it's texture.

    Explosive bolt blocks have small shaped charges that can be armed and detonated via the ships terminal. unlike a warhead which deals damage in a wide area, Only the explosive bolt block will be destroyed on detonation leaving connections on either side separated but undamaged.

    this is useful for escape pods or other items where a merge block is too cumbersome/expensive and you don't plan on recovering the projectile such as a gravity missile or other ordinance.

    They use the recipe for the light armor block adding 6 explosives and a computer
     
  2. HexZyle Trainee Engineer

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    Oooh, sounds interesting (is this on the megathread already though?)
     
  3. Willemina Senior Engineer

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    Would this block implode, or do you envision it imparting some outward velocity to the separated sections?
     
  4. mikeloeven Senior Engineer

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    not sure but i wouldn't be surprised. normally they are used as emergency releases for example aircraft canopies will incorperate them as part of an ejection system to blow the glass away from the vehicle prior to ejection

    @ willemina It would impart a small force outward from each connected face. Ids will pretty much nullify the effects of one block but they will stack and can become quite powerful if set off in a group.

    However if did not have IDS enabled on say a missile. if you secured it by 2 or 4 bolts opposite each other the forces of each bolt would cancel out.

    on the other hand you could also stack multiple bolts on the back end of the missile to give it faster acceleration and helping it to clear it's launch bay more easily

    additionally the clever pirate could hide their warship inside a gutted freighter and use the bolts to blow away the facade and kill the unsuspecting players who let it into the station :woot:
     
  5. Digi Senior Engineer

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    I thought you meant a projectile... I think a 'decoupler' would be a better name for it.

    And I agree, it would be a smaller one-use version of merge blocks.

    Maybe if it also pushed the objects a bit so it separates them more efficiently.
     
  6. HexZyle Trainee Engineer

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    Hmm, what if these blocks had a very similar skin to light armor blocks? Or were paintable in a way that they would be indistinguishable from light armor painted in a similar fashion?
     
  7. aRottenKomquat Apprentice Engineer

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    Great idea!
     
  8. Willemina Senior Engineer

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    @mikeloeven Sounds good! Enough for to get the deployable away from the carrier would be important.

    @HexZyle That's unsafe! Think of the children :)
     
  9. HexZyle Trainee Engineer

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    Space is not a place for children. It is a place for dogs and monkeys.
     
  10. Leif_The_Head Apprentice Engineer

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    Good idea, would be great if you could bring the parts back together close enough and then simply weld some explosives and a large steel tube back in. That way it would be reusable at a resource cost.
     
  11. mikeloeven Senior Engineer

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    i don't think that is even possible without using a merge block which defeats the whole purpose of exploding bolts
     
  12. SenorZorros Master Engineer

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    It's probably mainly the fact that you can use these from a distance.
     
  13. Willemina Senior Engineer

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    I think rebuilding the bolt assembly in the block makes sense. Instead of the entire block being destroyed only the bolt section is severed, as it would be, and you wouldn't be left with a huge hole where the explosive bolt block (EBB) was. Less mess to clean up. You'd still need merge blocks to reattach any deployables you wanted mounted on the EBB, or you could simply build a new one on top like normal.
     
  14. Chris Keena Apprentice Engineer

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    Now we have manual thruster control several folks have built systems like this using a thruster to burn through the connecting light armour block.
     
  15. Willemina Senior Engineer

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    That's a good work around, but we could do linear extension without pistons.
     
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