Couple of observations on that:Allanpcameron's John Valentine Carden Survives tl on the other place has seen about 6 of the last 7 pages devolved into people endlessly wittering on about the exact gun Vickers are working on for the latest mark of Victor tank. All getting very silly.
For such a tech focused timeline, it might be more excusable than in other TLs, but it has become incredibly tedious (to me at least).
- I actually do have a soft spot for such technical exactness, having spent tons of money and time on order of battle charts and detailed technical books.
- Nonetheless, you have to separate that from the story if you want the story to be good.
- In practice, stuff with similar requirements will, most of the time, behave similarly. If you have a platform with those capabilities (to say nothing of the crew/staff skill!) the exact specifics don't matter as much. The tech-nerd in me looks up what kinds of targeting pods could fit on a MiG-29 in place of the 1500 liter centerline drop tank. The big-picture part of me knows that if you have a bunch of targeting pod-equipped Fulcrums at all (and it would make a legitimately big jump in capability), the specifics aren't as important.
- One of the definitions of trinketization in my mind is basically this: "Knowing what a Scud missile can do and its role is a piece of knowledge. Knowing the exact designation of a Scud launching vehicle is a trinket." You get the idea. Red Army worked so well because it deliberately eschewed the latter and exact designations in favor of the former. (probably said this before but oh well.)
- I think it says something about compartmentalized internet AH can be that something like that (and other technical crunchy stuff like "what if the Germans had front-engine tanks!" ) can exist alongside TLs and discussions with basically nothing in the way of technical accuracy.