Sunday, 27 July 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 32 - Tiger I On Its Side

Some the pictures that continue to surface on Facebook never cease to surprise me.  Give the size of the Tiger that must be one big shell/bomb hole it's in fallen in/been blown into...
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Lack Of Motivation

Loads of stuff to paint, but can't work up the enthusiasm...  :(    Not good.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Restored Panther In Action

Restored Panther in action:

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Space Hulk - Deathwing

This looks like it might have promise :)
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Monday, 23 June 2014

Humour

Jake was dying. His wife sat at the bedside. He looked up and said weakly: "I have something I must confess."

"There's no need to," his wife replied.

"No," he insisted, "I want to die in peace. I slept with your sister, your best friend, her best friend, and your mother!"

"I know," she replied. "Now just rest and let the poison work."
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Friday, 6 June 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 31 - Sherman


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Was sent this great colourised picture of a Sherman done by a gentleman called Royston Leonard.  The description is: M4 Sherman tanks of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers advancing into Caen, Normandy 10 Jul 1944.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Film - 'Edge Of Tomorrow'


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Comment:  Went to see this with my son yesterday.  Brilliant sci-fi entertainment, best seen IMHO on the big screen if you can !  Out of 10, we give it a 10 ! :)
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Top 10 Mortar Fails


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Comment: These are worth watching !  Must confess I never realised Mortars were so dangerous to use.
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Friday, 23 May 2014

Spitfire 944


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Comment: This is a brilliant little film, well worth a watch.
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

DDay-Overlord - Reconstruction

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Outings In The Truck

These last four weeks have seen quite a bit of activity with the CCKW truck.  The first outing was to attend the Yorkshire Military Vehicle Trust 'Crank-Up' event at Cliffords Tower here in York.  A very respectable turn-out this year of over 60 vehicles made for an impressive display in front of the Museum.

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The next outings have seen the truck help to pay some of its way.  We've been redesigning the front and back gardens and ended up with about 3 ton of top-soil and turf to dispose of.  Rather than hire a skip, I bagged it up and did three trips to the recycling centre.

Wife and child were press-ganged into assisting :)
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The last outing which was yesterday saw us attend the 'Battlegroup North' event at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington.  Approximately 200 vehicles made for a fine display, but the weather was decidedly mixed.  Snapped a coulple of interesting photos which I share here.  First up we have an incredibly tasteful Dodge Command Car. I really really like these.
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My old school friend Chris Jenkins and his two sons Graham and Gareth helped crew a 25pdr field gun that was putting on a fine display (in the rain).
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After the shooting was over the gun owner kindly lent me it for a photo shoot with the truck.  An enjoyable day all in all.
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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 30 - Sturmtiger


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Comment:  This weeks pic of a WW2 German 'Sturmtiger' at the Deutsches Panzermuseum at Munster in Germany.  I like this picture because it shows off the impressive size of the 380mm rocket projectile it fired.
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Monday, 5 May 2014

AK47 - First Game

As a change from the recent fare of 10mm scale Flames of War, at my local club we have decided to start planning for an AK47 campaign in 15mm.  Up until last week I had never played the game but had heard extensively about it from friends who had placed it lots some years back.  For those not familiar with the AK47 Republic rules (published by Peter Pig) Boardgame Geek has a good review of it Link.  Here's a couple of pics from my first game, I was on John Savage's side with his professional force against a rag-tag militia unit from an African dictator (who we gave a good beating).  Must confess to being quite impressed.  The rules were simple and easy to get into, and for a low stress club game seem to be just the ticket.
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Johns heavy armoured cars (counting as a standard tank).
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Dictator militia and Toyota pickups with heavy weapons.
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Figures and tanks owned by John Savage and Mick.
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Humour - Lost Wife

Subject: Missing Wife

A husband went to the police station to file a "missing person" report for his missing wife:

Husband :-I lost my wife, she went shopping and; hasn't come back yet. 

Inspector :-What is her height?

Husband :-I never checked.

Inspector :-Slim or healthy?.

Husband :-Not slim, can be healthy.

Inspector :-Colour of eyes?

Husband :-Never noticed.

Inspector :-Colour of hair?

Husband :-Changes according to season.

Inspector :-What was she wearing?

Husband :-Not sure whether it was a dress or a suit.

Inspector :-Was she driving? 

Husband :-yes. Inspector :-colour of the car? . . . . .

Husband :-black Audi A8 with supercharged 3.0 litre V6 engine generating 333 horse power teamed with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission with manual mode. And it has full LED headlights, which use light emitting diodes for all light functions and has a very thin scratch on the front left door....................….and then the husband started crying...

Inspector:-Don't worry sir,.....we will find your car.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 29 - Target Practice


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Comment:  Looks like someone has been using the side of this WW2 German Stug III for target practice !
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Friday, 2 May 2014

New Series on British TV - Combat Dealers

The wheeler-dealer who 'taught tanks' to Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt: Wartime memorabilia fanatic is star of new series dubbed 'Antiques Roadshow plus guns' Bruce Crompton has always been fascinated by wartime memorabillia He now makes a living from his passion, supplying tanks to film sets Films that have featured his tanks include Saving Private Ryan and Fury Read more: Link
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Comment:  Annoyingly I missed the first episode, but I intend to watch the rest.
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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The tank graveyard: German depot that has dismantled more than 15,000 armoured vehicles built for the Cold War but now sit waiting to be stripped and melted down


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With conflict in European soil in east Ukraine, Russia allegedly massing her forces at the border, it may seem odd that many of the continent's nations are actually dismantling their armed forces.

These pictures show dozens of Marder light tanks that once belonged to the West German army's mechanised infantry, waiting in the yard of Battle Tank Dismantling GmbH in Edeleben, Germany.
Since the early 1990s the company has dismantled over 15,000 tanks and other armoured vehicles, from German, Austrian, French and other European arsenals. They are complying with Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, an agreement from the final years of the Cold War which placed limits on key types of military equipment.

Read more on the Daily Mail web site: Link
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Monday, 28 April 2014

Tiger Day at the Tank Museum 2014


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Comment:  Simply awesome :)
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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Friday, 18 April 2014

Plan to put back in running condition the only remaining Panzer VIII Maus tank.

Wargaming Public Co Ltd will join with its long-term partner, the Russian Kubinka Tank Museum, to reconstruct and put back in running condition the only remaining Panzer VIII Maus tank. - See more at: Link
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Comment: Given that the vehicle is nothing but a shell, I'm not sure about this 'restoration'...  Can't help but feel the money would be better employed getting other exhibits running.  That said, if they achieve their aim, it will be an impressive sight to see.
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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Restored Stug IIIG

Some nice footage here of a restored Stug IIIG.
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Monday, 14 April 2014

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One are explained here on the BBC web site - Link
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The Great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons Panic

In an era of potent concern over internet pornography, cyber-bullying, and drugs, it is hard to imagine a game being controversial. But 30 years ago Dungeons & Dragons was the subject of a full-on moral panic, writes Peter Ray Allison on the BBC News: Link
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Comment:  I remember this happening.  My local club used to hire a church hall during the week, and we almost lost the premises until our chairman convinced some guy that D&D was actually all about defeating the forces of darkness etc.

Thoughts For The Day

1. Appreciate your life.
Be grateful that you get to live today and that you have the power to create change and affect other people. It is a gift to be alive right now. Make the most of it.

2. Choose friends who make you feel good.
…and take yourself far far away from the people who suck the positivity out of you, who don’t make you smile, and who you dread to see. Surround yourself with inspiring people who motivate you to be a better you every day.

3. Keep learning everyday.
Never think that you’re #1 at something. The moment you do is the moment you stop growing.

4. Compliment others.
To be able to see the beauty in other people, and to let them know means that you are confident with yourself.

5. Always look for the solution, not the problem.
There is always an answer. Seek to be a creative problem solver.

6. Laugh!
Laughing makes you feel better and works the abs at the same time. What could be better!?

7. Take a moment to enjoy life, and stop to see how far you’ve come.
Stop going through the motions and actually stop to realize and ENJOY what you’re doing. Embrace each experience you have because you can’t ever come back to it again.

8. Forgive people and stop holding grudges.
Be able to LET GO. Forgive others so that you can move on. Holding on to the past is like holding onto old stuff that has no value and slows you down. Live for moving forward and being better.

9. Keep your promises.
In fact, under-promise and over-deliver. But never ever ever break a promise. Your word, your trust, is the most valuable form of human currency.

10. Live clean. Live honest.
No lying, faking, and being shady about anything. The truth allows you to live a way less complicated life.

11. Love unconditionally.
Give your whole heart. That is the only true way to love.

12. Invest in the people you love.
Believe in others. It can be the difference between someone chasing their dreams or giving up on everything. You can be the catalyst of making their greatest goals happen.

13. Never give up.
Keep going. You will get there. Love the journey.

14. Exercise.
Working out releases endorphins that chemically make you happy.

15. Believe in yourself.

Always know that you are capable and powerful enough to make anything you want to happen, happen. It’s your life. You control it because yes you CAN turn your dreams into reality.
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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

T72 Tank

For those interested in post-war armour this is an interesting article on the T72, and the effectiveness of its armour. Link
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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Goodgame Empire

On Facebook I clicked on one of the games they advertise, and I have found myself this weekend sucked into playing a game on the silvergames.com web site called Goodgame Empire.  Certainly worth a look :)
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Tiger Day - Bovington Tank Museum


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Comment:  The Bovington Tank Museum hold a Tiger Day once a year.  Would love to go along one year.  Here's some footage posted on U-Tube of the event yesterday.
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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Humour

A husband is dying in hospital with his wife by his bedside.

He says – There are some things I have to confess.
Wife – It’s OK honey, you really don’t have to.
Husband – No, I have to have a peaceful mind when I die.  I had sex with your mother, your sister and both your best friends.

The wife whispers in his ear – I know, that’s why I poisoned you.

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A man walks into Ann Summers to purchase some lingerie for his wife and is shown several possibilities that range from £50 to £150; the more see-through, the higher the price. He opts for the sheerest item, pays the £150 and takes the lingerie home.
He presents it to his wife and asks her to go upstairs put it on and model it for him. Upstairs the wife thinks ‘I have an idea. It’s so see-through that it might as well be nothing. I won’t put it on – do the modelling naked, return it tomorrow and get a £150 refund and keep the money for myself’.
So she appears naked at the top of the stairs and strikes a pose.
The husband says: ‘Stone me, it wasn’t that creased in the shop.’ His funeral is on Thursday.

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An elderly man lay dying in his bed.  While suffering the agonies of impending death, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favourite scones wafting up the stairs.

He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed.  Leaning on the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom and, with even greater effort, gripping the railing with both hands, he crawled downstairs.

With laboured breath, he leaned against the door-frame, gazing into the kitchen.  Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven, for there spread out upon the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favourite scones.    

Was it heaven?

Or was it one final act of love from his devoted Yorkshire wife of 60 years, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself towards the table, landing on his knees in rumpled posture.  His aged and withered hand trembled towards a scone at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly smacked by his wife with a wooden spoon.

 “Bugger off”, she said – “they’re for the funeral”.

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An old man wanted to plant his veg garden, but it was hard work at his age.  His only son, who used to help, was in prison.
The old man wrote a letter to the lad:  “Dear son.  I’m feeling bad because it looks as if I won’t be able to have a garden this year.  I’m just getting too old to dig it.  If you were here, I know you’d do it for me.  Love, Dad”.
A few days later he got a letter:   “Dear Dad, for heaven’s sake don’t do anything in the garden, that’s where I buried the bodies.  Love, your son”.
At 4am the next day, the local CID showed up and dug up the whole garden without finding anything.  They apologised to the old man and left.
That same day the man got another letter, saying:   Dear Dad, that’s the best I could do.   Love, your son”.

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A housewife preparing vegetables for lunch asked her husband t get her a cabbage from the garden.  He was away so long she went looking for him, and found that he had collapsed and died.   At his funeral, a friend of the family asked the wife:   “Whatever did you do?”.

She replied:   “I had to open a tin of peas”.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Lost City of the Legion: Caerleon


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As centuries pass in such historic venues, history often melds into romance, and so it was with the lost city of the legion. Though much had disappeared, what remained was dramatic. Legend says that King Arthur himself made Caerleon his headquarters, and that the amphitheater was indeed his famous Round Table. As tales of Arthur, his knights and valiant deeds became all the rage in the Middle Ages, Caerleon emerged as a favorite site with storytellers. In Wales they were gathered as the Mabinogion. Geoffrey of Monmouth (just up the road) linked Caerleon with Arthur in his History of the Kings of Britain, and Thomas Malory often placed King Arthur in the ancient fortress community. Even Alfred, Lord Tennyson came to town for inspiration when working on his own Arthurian masterpiece, The Idylls of the King.   Follow the Link History.net to read more.
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Monday, 31 March 2014

B17 Bomber The Mission - Animation


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Humour - HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY ? (written by kids)

1. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids) -

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10

2. WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10

3. HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8

4. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8

5. WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8 > (isn't she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10

6. WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE ?

When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
-- Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
- - Howard, age 8

7. IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED ?

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child )

8. HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED ?

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there ?
-- Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is.......

9. HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK ?

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
-- Ricky, age 10    WOW! This kid is going to be husband.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Tank Museum - Veteran Podcasts

Veteran Podcasts
Go to this link and you will hear snippets from a series of personal accounts given by former British servicemen who fought in tanks during World War Two and after. These accounts were recorded by The Tank Museum curatorial staff, and represent a fraction of the unique stories and accounts held on tape in The Tank Museum Archives.
Comment: Well worth a listen.
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Truck - Rust Hole

I can share with you I'm doing some bodywork restoration on the CCKW at the moment and recently had it home to work on.  I focused on rubbing down and then re-painting the cargo body, and generally everything went well, apart from the discovery of this corrosion hole at the back :(
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My current thinking is to fill it for the moment, and then get it welded up properly along with some other planned work later in the year.
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After the paint had dried we took it out for a short drive into York where we parked up for a picnic lunch in the cool spring sunshine.
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Managed to sneak a photo in in front of Cliffords Tower.
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Monday, 24 March 2014

Peiper und die Leibstandarte Dezember 1944 - Mai 1945


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Comment:  Some great footage of vehicles in action here.
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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 27 - 'Oppss'


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Comment:  Someone's got some explaining to do...
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Friday, 21 March 2014

WW2 20mm Bolt Action Game

Had a very entertaining 20mm game using the Bolt Action rules at the club last night.  I was on the British side with John and Steve against Andy, Simon and Mick (the Krauts).  The scenario was that an important Allied General had crash-landed in no-mans land and both sides were racing to secure the crash site.
It was one of those nights when the dice gods had decided that I was but a pawn to play with and torture at their leisure. The number of low dice I rolled,  especially 1's was quite amazing.  My team blamed me for losing faith with the dice early on, and because of this said I was the architect of my own bad luck !  Well bollocks to them is what I say, because my bad die rolling spread to them as well ! LOL
Just to get a flavour of what happened, my Air Liaison called in an Air-strike on a juicy target, but because I rolled a 1 it was a rookie pilot who swung by misidentified the target and then went and shot up my team-mates Steve's troops instead !  I then called in an Artillery barrage, but because I rolled a 1 it fell short on top of the observer !!  Fortunately he survived, so I called another in, but again I rolled a one so it landed off table, and so it went on ! LOL  Good fun game though :)
Here's some photos (none of the vehicles or figs are mine).
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

WW1 memories: my grandfather's story

The Imperial War Museum (in the UK) wants us all to share stories of relatives who fought in the First World War. Toby Helm looks through the letters, diaries and photographs of his own grandfather and uncovers a harrowing and haunting picture of life on the frontline.  Link
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Why the so-called 'Dark Ages' were just as civilised as the savage Roman Empire

This is a link to a brilliant article about the Darkages and the Romans written by Dominic Selwood.  Definitely worth a read:  Link
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B29 kee bird crash


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Comment: Worth a watch if your interested in aircraft.
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Sunday, 16 March 2014

WW2 - Lancaster on Bombing Raid in 1944 - Colour Film


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Comment:  Worth a watch :)
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Monday, 10 March 2014

Documentary film T-34


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Comment:  This is worth watching for tank fans.
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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Film - When Trumpets Fade

The full film about the WW2 Battle of the Hurtgen forest can be viewed on U-Tube: Link

Huge Tank Graveyard In The Ukraine

Perhaps they should have held on to them. Hundreds of rusting tanks abandoned in secret Ukrainian depot unveiled as Russia's armoured vehicles line its streets.  There are more than 400 abandoned tanks at the plant in a secret, heavily guarded depot in the town of Kharkiv. The depot is in the Slobozhanshchyna region of eastern Ukraine - just 20 miles from the border with Russia. Photographer Pavel Itkin, 18, was able to sneak into the heavily monitored site without being spotted by guards He spent two hours walking around the barely-used repair centre taking photographs of old tanks and engines.
Read more: Link
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10mm M36 Jackson Tank Destroyer

Work continues to get some paint on my 10mm US army.  Here's a couple of M36 Jackson Tank Destroyer from Pendraken Miniatures that been receiving some attention.
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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 26 - How To Disable An Elefant


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Comment:  A fascinating picture produced in WW2 by the Russian army showing how to disable a German Elefant heavy tank destroyer.
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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Humour

A Husband takes his  wife to play her first game of golf. Of course, the wife promptly hacked her first shot right through the window of the biggest house adjacent to the course.
 
  The husband cringed, 'I warned you to be careful! Now we'll have to go up there, find the owner, apologise and see how much your lousy drive is going to cost us.'
 
  So the couple walked up to the house and knocked on the door. A warm voice said, 'Come on in.'

  When they opened the door they saw the damage that was done: glass was all over the place, and a broken antique bottle was lying on its side near the pieces of window glass.
 
  A man reclining on the couch asked, 'Are you the people that broke my window?'
 
  'Uh...yeah!  We're sure sorry about that,' the husband replied.
 
  'Oh, no apology is necessary. Actually I want to thank you.. You see, I'm a genie, and I've been trapped in that bottle for a thousand years.   Now that you've released me, I'm allowed to grant three wishes. I'll give you each one wish, but if you don't mind, I'll keep the last one for my self.'
 
  Wow, that's great!' the husband said. He pondered a moment and blurted out, 'I'd like a million dollars a year for the rest of my life.'
 
  'No problem,' said the genie 'You've got it, it's the least I can do.. And I'll guarantee you a long, healthy life!'
 
  'And now you, young lady, what do you want?' the genie asked.
     
 'I'd like to own a gorgeous home in every country in the world complete with servants,' she said.
 
  'Consider it done,' the genie said. 'And your homes will always be safe from fire, burglary and natural disasters!'

   'And now,' the couple asked in unison, 'what's your wish, genie?'

'Well, since I've been trapped in that bottle, and haven't been with a woman in more than a thousand years, my wish is to have sex with your wife.'
 
  The husband looked at his wife and said, 'Gee, honey, you know we both now have a fortune, and all those houses. What do you think?'
 
  She mulled it over for a few moments and said, 'You know, you're right. Considering our good fortune, I guess I wouldn't mind, but what about you, honey?'
 
  You know I love you sweetheart,' said the husband. I'd do the same for you!'
   
 So the genie and the woman went upstairs where they spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying each other.
 
   The genie was insatiable.   After about three hours of non-stop sex, the genie rolled over and looked directly into her eyes and asked, How old are you and your husband?'
 
  'Why, we're both 35,' she responded breathlessly.

     
 'No kidding?'  he said.  'Thirty-five years old and you both still believe in genies?'



Friday, 28 February 2014

Tiger Tank 131 "Hand Crank Engine Start Up"


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Comment:  None  of your newfangled electric starts here !
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Attention To Detail

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Restored Panther Tank

There is great clip of a restored Panther on U-Tube that is worth a look.  Link
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Friday, 21 February 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 25 - Stug


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Commentary: 105mm SP Howitzer Sturmhaubitz 42 lurking in a building on the Italian front - Jan 1944.
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