Talk:Essay: BattleMech Technology

First time[edit]

First time messing with a wiki. Created the page from a writeup I did for mektek and mwll:— The preceding unsigned comment was provided by Pht (talkcontribs) 21:17, 23 February 2010.

Very good article; I'm gonna categorize it under essays. It needs wikilinks, to help cross-reference it. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 12:04, 24 February 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, I figured It needs links and all that jazz, just didn't have the time to go through the whole gaggle of info and figure what to link out and all... yet... :)— The preceding unsigned comment was provided by Pht (talkcontribs) 11:22, 24 February 2010.


This is a great read, thank you to who ever wrote and submitted this.— The preceding unsigned comment was provided by (talkcontribs) 00:17, 27 April 2010 by.


Something about fusion... Is this a tokamak (doughnut) reactor, or is it one as seen here? Don't know why, but I personally don't really like the tokamak as much.--dddddddd207 22:48, 3 June 2010

Since BattleTech was published in the 80's I personally would presume that the reactor type being alluded to is a Tokamak, but I do not know of a canon citation that mentions the type specifically. -- LRichardson 00:02, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

Iron and Carbon[edit]

Absolutely brilliant article! Very informative and well-written from a canonical, scientific and entertaining point of view. Thankyou very much.

I would like to pull you up on one thing though - under Ferro-Fibrous Armor you state that iron reacts with carbon. This couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, iron and carbon are the primary elements which are combined to make steel. They couldn't possibly react with each other or every construction built of something more complex than pig iron would spontaneously collapse over time. This can happen with corrosion but that is normally oxidation from outside forces (eg: oxygen leading to rust) than the components of the material itself working against each other.

I do realise that the BattleTech universe is fictional and obviously some license can be taken in respect to physics (see also: fusion reactors powering 100-ton mechanical weapons platforms) but steel composition is an aspect quite fundamental to 'Mech production and indeed to human civilisation since about 1300 A.D. so I feel it could do with some revising.

--Amitonia 04:43, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

Pht - changed the confusing section to "This is quite the trick because steel is a combination of iron and carbon, would normally mean the diamonds, which are pure carbon, would dissolve into the steel. The techniques used to keep the diamond from melting into the iron component of the steel results in bulkier but lighter armor."
In using "reacts with" I was following the source language. Nice find! — The preceding unsigned comment was provided by Pht (talkcontribs) 17:28, 29 April 2011.

Work In Progress[edit]

Starting a long series of wikilinking, references, style, voice, length, and other editing that should last a long while. Expect to see lots of small changes --Pht 00:04, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

Pht, I'll add the {{Underconstruction}} tag to it, to help explain its evolving nature. We have to leave all those fanon & essay banners on it, until you decide what category you want to put it in (and remove the fanon & essay category codes).--Revanche (talk|contribs) 01:25, 12 July 2011 (UTC)
Still chopping away at it when I get the time!--Pht 00:00, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
Okay. Contact me on my talk page when you want to get my attention. Remember, as soon as you decide on an appropriate category, we can talk it out of 'fanon'. We're less than 45 days away from deleting that category.--Rev (talk|contribs) 01:22, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Rewrite, update, and expansion[edit]

The title of this says most of what needs to be said. I rewrote the article to remove most of the tone and otherwise cleaned it up so that it can hopefully be put into the wiki proper.--Pht 23:46, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

small edit for clarity for new users of this page[edit]

What the title says. --Pht 17:39, 23 December 2011 (PST)

Major edit[edit]

Edit and reorganization for clarity and coherency, some new content, I'm satisfied that this is useable as a final form. References and wiki-linking will follow as I can find the time.--Pht 14:27, 22 February 2012 (PST)

Another fairly big edit[edit]

Updated to the latest version of the essay. Couldn't figure out how to center images on the wiki and couldn't get external images to display either. After all these years, I'm still a wiki-newb! --Pht (talk) 21:08, 9 July 2017 (EDT)