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Rail Gun by startitan Rail Gun by startitan
Here's the Rail Gun dubbed "Balun". It orbits around Durik IV. When it's given a firing solutions it adjusts automatically to fire and then does so upon confirmation. The Balun uses either a solid aluminum slug or a fragment shot. To fire, the Balun charges up it's electromagnets and then bursts power to the magnets for a fraction of a second. At the point when the ammunition leaves the tube, it is travelling close to the speed of light.

The Balun also uses the same magnetic field for propulsion (although no where near the speed of light). The field doubles again as a scan distortion field and allows it to virtually cloak itself from sensors.

I'm kind of disappointed with the quality of this picture. The paper image looks a lot better. I may have to look into getting a better scanner.
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:iconchaosmagetwin:
ChaosMageTwin Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Writer
I'm pronouncing "Balun" as " Ballin' ". It's suitably epic.
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Talyeer-Talllen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Looks more like the way a coilgun would work rather than a railgun, but none the less it looks amazing!
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Talyeer-Talllen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Never mind. I didn't read any of the other comments...
*facepalm*
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MaraxxusEredexa Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this. Wish there was a 3D model of it.
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Rotaken Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
That thing looks like a awesome massive space-submarine (just sayin')
btw if I understand that description right that thing is actually coil/gauss gun.
And don't worry about your scanner, if I put something BLACK in mine it scans it as GREY
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bobdd0 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
wow that is massive...
any ways do you think i could use the 'balun' for a school project?
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:iconstartitan:
startitan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Sure
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:iconbobdd0:
bobdd0 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
thanks!
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cyric79 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
It looks really cool. Very detailed.
When someone mentions a "Rail Gun", I always think of 'Quake 3'.
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:iconstartitan:
startitan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
Thanks. Yeah it's supposed to work the same way.
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Kumquat-King Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Quick comment.
I'm not so sure, but this looks like it might be more of a coil gun (Gauss Cannon). I'll explain why.

Rail cannon's have a fast deterioration because the objects are actually TOUCHING the accelerators, which cause a electrical current.

Coil guns use magnetic force, but the object never touches the coils.

I dunno about you, but it looks more like a coil gun to me.

Nonetheless, this still totally goes in my faves!
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startitan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Then, by your definition, it's a coil gun. Touching the accelerators would cause too many problems at that speed and it would probably have to be repaired after only two or three shots. This uses a burst of electrical current in coiled conductor that shoves the projectile out of the barrel.
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Kumquat-King Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Oh yeah and one more thing.
Aluminum isn't magnetic enough to be a projectile, coil gun or rail gun.

Either way, still an awesome drawing.

Keep up the awesome work! :D
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startitan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
With a high enough field strength you can move just about anything. I picked aluminum because it has a low mass and it doesn't carry a magnetic charge for very long. I guess you could use iron or nickel, but those are heavier metals. I'm not sure if they would get going faster or not though.
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Kumquat-King Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Doesnt that mean that the low mass would result in low structural damage when impacted against something? IE A planet or a space ship or something.

Coil guns can get heavy metals to go pretty quickly.
Also, metal "impact" weapons arent as efficient as ballistic munitions.

In theory, coil guns/rail guns could fire explosives.
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startitan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
I planned this gun to act like a sniper rifle. In an attack fleet it would sit at the rear and shoot single shots at the biggest targets. I guess explosive rounds are useful in some instances, but If a big capital spaceship could be shut down with one shot, then the rest could be captured.
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Kumquat-King Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
So really, its a high precision but weaksauce gun?
Take out things like shields or the bridge and leave it helplessly drifting in space?
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startitan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Yeah, pretty much. The whole thing is about the same size as the other spaceships I've drawn so it would be the biggest single weapon in a fleet.
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Kumquat-King Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Thats true.
The main problem with Rail guns is that the heat created by the friction of the projectile would ruin the "rails".

So yeah, its a coil gun.
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Agrifex Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Student General Artist
Damn. You draw.
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lazarusmumble Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
Gnarly. Sorry for lack of more, but there's nothing much I could say.
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:iconstartitan:
startitan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
No problem. Thanks!
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sp4depir4te Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
I WANNA PUSH TE BIG RED BUTTON TO FIRE IT!
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MattShipwrighter Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006   Digital Artist
Looks quite cool, reminds me of Space Battleship Yamato :x Nice work on perspective, too.
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reiyumekai Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2004
omg, this drawing is very nice. I love the detail. ;)

just a side note...if this actually existed in reality (which it doesn't, lol), the speed of w/e is propelled by the electromagnets cannot exceed the speed of the electric current. even with superconducters, it couldn't get close to the speed of light. :P
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startitan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2004
Well as far as I know, as long as the Ohm resistance isn't too high, electric current will travel close to the speed of light. With superconduction (which I'm not sure is really possible yet) the resistance is pretty much 0 and would allow electrons to move freely up to light speed. Assuming the gauss strength of the magnets was sufficient and the acceleration of the slug was controlled, I think that it could propel the slugs at near-light speed. Current rail-gun designs can use magnetic force with about 26% efficiency, from the little I've read. So with something this big i'd plan to get around 90%
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reiyumekai Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2004
haha, you probably know more about them than I do. :lol: from what little I knew, I thought it couldn't get near light-speed. they have real rail-guns?
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startitan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2004
Well, you'd probably hear them referred to as gauss rifles or even coil guns. Really, They're just a copper wire wrapped around a pipe, and then a "bullet" is dragged through the pipe when the wire is magnetized. You're right though, it is very difficult to get anything going the speed of light.
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Groxx Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2004
looks like you redid some of the shading... did ya? either way, it still looks great :D

Pencils (especially the softer ones) just plain refuse to scan right, for some reason. I think it's because they're so reflective. If you can get it focused right and the light right, a photo quite often works better.
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startitan Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2004
Yeah, it was a .jpeg when I edited it, so it could have been better.
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psychediver Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2004
wow...what are the dimensions?
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:iconstartitan:
startitan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2004
I think it's about half a kilomoeter long. but that fin in the back end has several levels for personel.
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psychediver Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2004
impressive...what's this thing from?
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:iconstartitan:
startitan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2004
My imagination :)
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gotax Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2004
Great update on the details and shading....
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:iconstartitan:
startitan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2004
thanks again
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Morbidmic Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2004
Detailed,cool :D. wish i could draw hi-tech stuff (sci-fi is my weakness ^^; )
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:iconstartitan:
startitan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2004
Thanks man.
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orbluvion Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
interesting ;)
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levithian Featured By Owner May 1, 2004
Wow. I haven't seen this one yet. This is quite good. You are getting much better with detail. This one is my favorite so far. Well done friend.
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startitan Featured By Owner May 1, 2004
Thanks
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GOTHLAND Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow:...niceeeeeee work. so many detales...(does it spell like that?)...sorry my english si so bad...cant even spell in my on toung. :(
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startitan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2004
details, toungue...good enough though. Thanks for the comment.
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aragornbird Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2004
Don't worry about the quality of the scanning, it happens to me all the time. You can touch the quality up in Photoshop if you have that.

Anyways, super sci-fi creation! You've certainly put a lot of detail into this as well as imagination! Bravo! :clap:

One of my friends watched you, and I can see why.
+watch!
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:iconstartitan:
startitan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2004
Thanks man.
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jaakobou Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2004
i like this one best through the gallery

cheers
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:iconstartitan:
startitan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2004
Thank you.
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odyssey01 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully drawn! It must have taken ages to add all those details :)
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startitan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004
Yea, it took a while. The hardest part was keeping it in a circle.
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corruptedred Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would get sooo bored drawing something like this xD, but GAWD you did an excellent job! Tons of great detail. ^^
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