Ship copies was: Ship sales
From: KH.Ranitzsch@t... (Karl Heinz Ranitzsch)
Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 07:29:40 +0200
Subject: Ship copies was: Ship sales
> >>1) One thing no one has manufactured: Manufacture of a design by
> >I think that this definitely goes on. Not only that, but it allows
> >more iteresting variants.
> I'm sure it does, and not only under licence - there is probably a
> of "buy one (or just nick the plans, much cheaper!), build lots of
> near-copies" among the smaller powers.....
> Jon (GZG)
I don't think it's that easy to steal a vessel and then reverse-engineer
to build copies. There have been few instances, the most complex example
can think of is the Soviet copy of the B29 Superfortress,
from one that crashed in their territory.
Stealing plans seems more likely.
In both instances, the copycats usually think they know better and will
modify the design.
By far the most common will be designs inspired by a successful type. Of
course, at first sight and in raw stats, these might be
from the original ;-)