Friday 23 May 2014

Spitfire 944

Comment: This is a brilliant little film, well worth a watch.

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.

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 :)

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.

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).

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.

Saturday 10 May 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 30 - Sturmtiger

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.

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.


Johns heavy armoured cars (counting as a standard tank).

Dictator militia and Toyota pickups with heavy weapons.
Figures and tanks owned by John Savage and Mick.

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

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

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

Comment:  Annoyingly I missed the first episode, but I intend to watch the rest.