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Christopher May 2 2013 04:25 AM

MYTHBUSTERS 10th Anniversary Season
 
A new season, a new thread, with a more suitable title.

I'm kind of glad that they revisited their first-ever myth, the JATO Rocket Car, one more time and finally got a definitive result. The catastrophic failure in the 2007 revisit was a heck of a disappointment, and it always seemed unfair that they failed to get a real answer. Here they finally managed to pull it off.

I'm not in the least surprised by the results, though. I mean, of course a car is not going to turn into a viable missile just because you give it rocket thrust. It doesn't have the necessary lift. Indeed, cars' aerodynamics generally give them the opposite of lift, pushing them down so they hold onto the road. Maybe if they'd launched it upside-down it would've gotten a little more air, but it still wouldn't have had any stabilizers or anything. The results we got were pretty much predictable and inevitable. But certainly impressive to watch and to see the aftermath of.

I like the remote-steering system they came up with, and I'm wondering why it took them so long to have the idea of using a monitor to give the remote controller a driver's-eye view. Recently when I was working through the limited selection of MB episodes on Netflix, I found myself wondering why they didn't do their RC that way. Here, they did everything I kept thinking they should do, duplicating the driving experience as closely as feasible. Although I expected that trying to control one moving vehicle while being in another one would confuse Adam (or anyone), and I was right.

The mobile bunker dump truck is really cool, and seems like something they should keep around for future use. I bet they'll keep the portable bombproof control bunker too. They really have come a long way in the past decade. They keep getting more elaborate equipment.

There was also a clip-show special before the premiere. I recorded it but haven't watched it yet.

Forbin May 2 2013 01:38 PM

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The clip show wasn't a clip show, rather it was a rerun of their very first episode, with pop-up notes like "Adam still had those shoes!" - it was fun, but if you've seen ep 1 recently (I did on DVD a few weeeks ago), you're not missing anything.

When the rocket car cleared the ramp and nosed over, my first thought was that their nose weight was too much and they should have left it off. But then I realized that only would have let it nose-up and pinwheel, so never mind. You're right, that thing wasn't going to "fly" no matter what. :lol:

Forbin May 2 2013 01:40 PM

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Actually, I feel kinda bad for Jamie - he had to drive the car through the TV monitor, so he didn't actually get to see the event "in person." I was thinking it would have been cooler for him to have driven it from a chopper like the first time, so he could see.

Christopher May 2 2013 02:14 PM

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^Jamie only drove the car in the test run. In the actual experiment, my understanding is that Jamie was behind the wheel of the dump truck and Adam was operating the RC system. (Which was basically a full-on telepresence rig, so maybe we should call it a car waldo.)

Redfern May 2 2013 05:56 PM

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Now, I don't know much about vintage cars (or much of anything it seems), but it was obvious that white Impala was in great condition, so I found it rather painful to see them stripping the vehicle of its pristine cherry red interior to house the structural frame and Grant's robotics.

Sincerely,

Bill

Christopher May 2 2013 06:25 PM

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^I'm not much of a car person, but even I thought that Impala was gorgeous and I hated to see it torn up like that. I wondered why they couldn't find more of a junker to use.

But it was kind of awesome how, as Jamie said, his structural bracing remained largely intact even when the rest of the car was practically turned to confetti. And although he only mentioned that with regard to the first Impala, I noticed it was true in both crashes.

Redfern May 2 2013 07:01 PM

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It was almost comical the way the ramp "shredded" from the RATO thrust.

Didn't I see that in a Wile E. Coyote short? ;)

Sincerely,

Bill

Christopher May 2 2013 08:21 PM

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^I was too busy laughing at how the car flipped over when it flew off the ramp. That was even more ACMEriffic. ;)

Redfern May 2 2013 09:28 PM

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Quote:

Christopher wrote: (Post 8034688)
That was even more ACMEriffic. ;)

ACMEriffic, I like that!

Sincerely,

Bill

T J May 2 2013 09:59 PM

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Redfern wrote: (Post 8033884)
Now, I don't know much about vintage cars (or much of anything it seems), but it was obvious that white Impala was in great condition, so I found it rather painful to see them stripping the vehicle of its pristine cherry red interior to house the structural frame and Grant's robotics.

I did too until I saw it had the bouncy bouncy hydraulics. Then I felt very good about it.

Forbin May 3 2013 01:10 PM

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Do they count after the bounce for the total distance traveled off the ramp? :lol:

Christopher May 3 2013 01:51 PM

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Forbin wrote: (Post 8037907)
Do they count after the bounce for the total distance traveled off the ramp? :lol:

I think they did. There was a line in the narration something like "It flew a total of X distance, but interrupted by a lot of bouncing and twisting."

publiusr May 4 2013 09:19 PM

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I missed it, of course. Oh well.

captain crow May 5 2013 10:46 AM

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Christopher wrote: (Post 8033035)
^Jamie only drove the car in the test run. In the actual experiment, my understanding is that Jamie was behind the wheel of the dump truck and Adam was operating the RC system.

Adam and Jamie switch places when they do the ramp jump.

Redfern May 6 2013 02:03 PM

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publiusr wrote: (Post 8043409)
I missed it, of course. Oh well.

Traditionally, the previous episode is repeated just before the newest one. If they have opted to maintain that pattern, you should be able to catch it at 8 PM (EDT) Wednesday.

Sincerely,

Bill


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