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Terracotta Navy

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Even in small numbers, the terracotta warriors of Emperor Qin Shi Huang are quite impressive when observed at close range.

It is possible to make serviceable boats out of concrete, and minimal experimentation shows that unglazed kitchenware is usefully buoyant when correctly ballasted.

We propose a public art project, perhaps based around a body of water in a public open space, where terracotta boats are produced, fired, and then floated on the water to form a Terracotta Navy.

The starting material, clay, is very cheap.

The size if the boats, which could be built in sections, would be limited only by the size of the kiln(s) and the skill and enthusiasm of the makers.

The boats could be decorated by painting, or by glazing.

The results would be pointless, but impressive. Your species seems to like stuff like that.

8th of 7, Mar 29 2018

https://www.theregi...g_aircraft_carrier/ [hippo, Mar 29 2018]

http://virtualglobe...arrier/view/google/ [hippo, Mar 29 2018]

Foxhunter https://en.wikipedi...iki/AI.24_Foxhunter
Turned up rather late to the battle, but - surprisingly - not American ... [8th of 7, Mar 29 2018]

Russian fighter squadron solidarity https://drive.googl...c42W2tgWCJcmTSbE2Qg
[not_morrison_rm, Mar 30 2018]

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       Kind of baked - China has built several full-scale model concrete battleships and aircraft carriers (see links)
hippo, Mar 29 2018

       Yes, that's partly the inspiration...   

       <Points meaningfully at category choice/>
8th of 7, Mar 29 2018

       No, because nobody can say "A job-lot of proper terracotta helicopters".
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 29 2018

       [+] prefer glazed, though.
FlyingToaster, Mar 29 2018

       // prestressed concrete ... Air Force //   

       Until Foxhunter <link> was available, Tornados flew with a concrete balance weight in the nose, earning the appellation of the "Blue Circle Airline" ...
8th of 7, Mar 29 2018

       This is your bun. There are many like it, but this one is yours..
Voice, Mar 29 2018

       Terracotta or aquacotta?
AusCan531, Mar 29 2018

       Aquacotta would be Pykrete, which is Baked (or rather, frozen) and WKTE.
8th of 7, Mar 30 2018

       Little know fact from the Cold War, the 17th wing of Russian Air Force decided (in solidarity with the down-trodden western pilots lugging around concrete around)that for one week they would affix toupees and dark glasses to their Mig 25's. See link.
not_morrison_rm, Mar 30 2018


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