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Porsche – A Brief History

Ferdinand Porsche, an automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company. He played an important role in the development of airplanes and racing cars, and the construction of tanks for the Wehrmacht. He was appointed chief engineer at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart in the 1920s. Later on, he set up his own engineering workshop and designed among others the Volkswagen. At the plant where Volkswagen was made, Wolfsburg, he was chief of operations and at the end of the war he was interned by the Allies.
Ferdinand Porsche was released a few years later and started building his first car  with his son, Ferry Porsche. The car was named the Porsche 356 and it was a sports car and a  reminiscent of the Volkswagen. It had the same four-cylinder boxer engine that was rear-mounted, just like the VW. It was far from being a powerful sports car, developing only 40 bhp and a maximum speed of 87 mph (140 km/h). First produced as a convertible and later as a hard top it distinguished by the very elegant and innovative body. It was developed in the workshop of Erwin Komenda, a master of restrained streamlining who had been in charge of sheet metal and design techniques at Porsche since the VW Beetle.  The new style of closed coupe was designed by Komenda and it soon became the embodiment of the sports car, thanks to its fastback. This tradition was continued by Komenda and Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, nicknamed “Butzi”, the founder’s grandson, with the 911.

The 911 became easily recognizable: it had attractive sloping bonnet and what later  became characteristic frog eye headlights, curves running from the top edge of the  windscreen to the rear bumper and a straight waistline. From a functional and technical point of view it was more like BMW 1500, although it retained the stylistic features of the original Porsche. The new 911 will become the foundation stone of Porsche’s identity, even though the design was not always appreciated. During the 1970`s and 1980`s, the designers attempts to distance Porsche from its legendary design brought the company to the edge of disaster.

In the 1990`s, the company realized that what for over twenty years was perceived  as a straitjacket, it was in fact a market advantage. During the 1990`s, Porsche became highly profitable since they now knew that the typical Porsche features were timeless. Nearly forty people now worked in the design department on further developments of the long-running 911. These developments included the 911 GTI, a powerful combination of sports and racing car, put forward by the in-house designer Anthony R. Hatter. In 1999, chief designer proudly presented the new Boxster which enabled Porsche to establish a second independent range of models.

Paintball Games

Paintball is a safe, simple yet challenging and strategic sport that is played usually by two teams, each with at least two players. Adults and kids alike enjoy this sport as they often refer to it as an advanced or improvised game of tag. As paintball improved and became popular, many individuals tried their abilities at it; giving rise to the assortment and diversity of paintball tournaments and games.
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Recreational or Capture the Flag  
The objective or the goal of this game is for teams to advance to the opponent’s base, move the other team’s flag to its destined location, at the same time guarding your own flag. These games are usually played in the forest; bunkers and structures can be put up throughout the area.

Scenario Paintball
This is a paintball game with a theme set up behind it: there are an endless number of themes that can be created making the game feel and look very realistic.  There are a number of players; in many cases as many as a hundred are involved in each team.

Each team discusses the theme (storyline) a day before the start of the game. There are usually two teams participating, each team leads by it’s own team leader.
Each player is given a role and they should work together as a team in order to carry out and win an assigned mission. Props in accordance with the theme are introduced and distributed throughout the field. There are questions asked in connection with the theme and points are awarded for correct answers.
These points are totaled at the conclusion of the game and the team having the most number of points wins.


Backyard
This can be played right at your own backyard, a friend’s empty property or at times any property but you must as you get permission first.  You gather your friends to form a group and then conceptualize your own game which typically is capture the flag.

Speedball
Speedball, also called “Center Flag”, is played on a speedball field that is designed with many huge bunkers. The bunkers are usually “inflatables” filled with air that are shaped similar to big snakes, soda cans, water tanks etc.

Here, a team can be composed of between three to ten players in a game. There is only one flag that is involved and it is located at the center of a field.  The two teams start at each end of the field and attempt to gain possession of the flag at the center and carry it to their bunker. The team that does this successfully wins.

Best Paintball Mask

Paintball masks are the most important safety equipment for paintball players. They act as paintball1protection for the eyes from the harmful chemicals that are contained in paintballs. Most completely cover the face and the ears, but there are those who prefer to wear goggles, protecting only the eyes. Paintball masks are designed to absorb any direct shot, from any distance or range. An ordinary pair of goggles will supply only a false sense of security and put one at great risk since it they are not constructed to block a paintball.

The choice of the mask’s material is of significance.  There are masks made of different material from rubber, plastic to foam. It is a wise idea to buy your own face mask rather than renting one. It should be the first equipment purchased before playing paintball.  Be sure to properly test the fit of the mask to your face and make sure that you can see clearly so you can well and enjoy your game.

Paintball masks will have either non-thermal or thermal lens or be anti-fog for fog resistance: these do not need an anti for agent applied to the lens to perform their function.  These thermal lenses will cost more but they are a good choice because they just won’t fog up.

The foam in a paint ball mask is an important factor to consider, as it can determine your level of comfort. There are masks that are more expensive even when the foam and lens are the same quality as cheaper models, but the difference is in the style and color of the mask.

Paintball masks can be bought in many sports shops that carry paintball supplies. These supplies are available in different price ranges and some brands are less expensive than others. Those most recommended paintball mask brands are VForce, DYE, Empire, Sly Profit, Proto and JT.

Tips for Choosing A Paintball Mask

Most buyers who are buying their first paintball mask are bound to get confused with the wide variety of choice available to them. The paintball masks come in all shapes and sizes. The priorities which you must focus on while buying a paintball mask are its materials used, manufacturers reputation, quality, protection capability, comfort and weigh (light).

It is advised that before buying a mask, the buyer should try it out to see if the fit is comfortable. Try out the various masks available in the store to choose the one which fits best. After all, comfort comes only secondary to protection with respect to all sports gears and paintball masks are no exception.

Before paying the paintball mask, make sure

Design of the mask – For example, an exoskeleton type mask, a full head cover mask, a visor-style mask etc. These full head masks are effectively helmets that are designed to absorb the impact of any hit to the head.

Whether it is easy to change lenses – Most good quality masks have lenses which can be switched easily but it is still better to confirm it. First, you might want to consider buying a spare lense for your mask.  Switching to your spare lense lets you get ready for the next game much faster.

Whether the mask is suitable to the face shape – Most masks are a one-size-fits-all make. However, there are masks which may be unsuitable for certain face shapes. For example, people with high foreheads will generally face a problem if they choose a mask whose lens is so small that it leaves their forehead exposed.

Fog resistance – Paintball masks will have either non-thermal or thermal lens or be anti-fog for fog resistance: these do not need an anti for agent applied to the lens to perform their function.  These thermal lenses will cost more but they are a good choice because they just won’t fog up.

Fitting – The foam in a Paintball Mask is an important factor to consider as it can determine your level of comfort. For instance, a “Vforce Armor” is a neoprene type of foam which is considered a good foam but is uncomfortable. The “Vforce Shield” and “Vforce Profiler” is an open cell, two layer foam which is very comfortable to wear. The open cell foam can be compared to a memory foam that is used in pillows.

You should consider the quality, comfort and safety of these masks and make the right decision regardless of the price.

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