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  1. I found a snippet a bit after I posted this which -rightly- suggested that misidentification of tanks was commonplace, as US troops routinely labeled anything with a long-ish barrel and a cylindrical turret rear as a Tiger. Put schuerzen on a Mark IV and it would probably look 'Tiger' enough to anyone, especially the crew of an armored car going up against something a lot tougher and harder-hitting than they could be. Still, there's the turret-traverse question for the Tiger; and there's the fact that a Tiger of either sort is a lot larger than a Mark IV. Shot
  2. I hadn't planned to, but I might if I get some good info. At the moment the only thing I would need in terms of data is the serial for the vehicle, and the unit insignia. The latter would be easy enough to generate even if I don't have a shot of the vehicle, since the unit it belongs to was listed in the wiki entry. The Tamiya kit makes for a sweet build, I did one a couple of years ago and I got another as a result of an estate sale. I'd love to do this one up as 'Jack the Giant' (okay, 'Tiger') 'Killer'. For a sardonic giggle, a little more research found me an article which said that
  3. Pete, do you happen to have a serial for the M8 that tagged the Tiger I? Might there also be a photo of the vehicle? Tamiya has a very nice kit of the M8, which I'd like to do up appropriately. PM me on FB if that's more convenient for you. Shot
  4. I remember watching a doco about a guy in Williamsburg who recreates/recreated 17th- and 18th-century firearms, the way they did it in the old days. I found a couple of slices from what I think is that doco on YT. Does anyone have a link to the whole thing? Shot
  5. I note that gas-operated weapons operate by sending a quantity of propellant gas back along a tube to charge the weapon and feed in a new round. No problem, understood. My question is, what keeps the gas tube itself from fouling? Training with the M-16 I remember a bit of wisdom about cleaning the interface between bore and tube, but the tube itself must accumulate a lot of crud, and while the barrel itself gets cleaned regularly I don't remember any advice regarding the gas tube. Shot
  6. According to what I've been reading, the M-60 was originally supposed to have been equipped with composite armor, but went into production without it. Why? Shot
  7. Rocky Davis 'I still feel that my refusing to eat there (when the government had paid for our meals) was the right thing to do.' No argument from me. GC tries to be more than what it is, and fails to be what it should be. Shot
  8. Doing some homework for a hopefully-upcoming P-39 build, I ran across a snippet which said that Airacobras were in service with the Soviet Air Force during Korea. Given the variety of aircraft provided to the Soviets by LL, what other types were flown against the UN, in Korea? Shot
  9. Watch this movie. See if you can download it and watch it on an HD-capable TV. You will not be disappointed. Shot
  10. The Easy Eight looks beautiful. My unstinting praise to its restorers. Shot
  11. Do that. Then find aformentioned blonde with attributes as described, and fetch forthwith. Shot
  12. Sir, I do not. You know now what to get me for Christmas. Shot
  13. Third, what the previous two have suggested. Shot
  14. The doco I watched -for what it's worth- did nevertheless mention that a DCF system had been installed in the F-117 for specifically that reason. Not to argue the F-16 and -18 issues; both of which are considered to be aerodynamically unstable IIRC, but that only serves to underscore the point. Shot
  15. Thanks Stuart. Failing memory fogged by a lot of bourbon that particular night with that particular lass has smudged some of the details, but that's the gist of what I recall from the book the lass placed in my hands. I seem to recall as well something about the Rendelsham Forest incident, in which the tools the various technicians used to recover wreckage and so forth were immediately classified as 'Top Secret', since they might contain residue from the wreck itself. I also remember hearing that a USAF general was killed in at least one crash. Interestingly, the thing I saw on the glass t
  16. Interestingly -particularly for my pal Stuart Galbraith- early stealth tests -apparently- resulted in a crash at Rendelsham Forest, which is not-surprisingly proximate to RAF Rendelsham Heath, and did indeed occur during the mid-eighties. At the time, the crash was widely circulated to be that caused by a UFO going down in that area. The notion was sold successfully enough that a rather thick book was published on that basis. My neighbor (at that time), a rather charming and winsome lass, asked me over for drinks and crisps, and amongst other things we talked about that crash. Apparently n
  17. Tomas, we the living say that about our friends who are no longer with us. What we do about is to keep in better touch, because our friends passed and we didn't get a decent chance to say goodbye. Shot
  18. Stuart, don't know what year the study was done, but it was apparently the impetus for the whole stealth/low-observable program. Shot
  19. This wasn't one of those estimations. This was -per the show- a study based on estimations of Soviet AD capacities, regarding how long the USAF would last in a presumably conventional conflict. Shot
  20. Per something I was watching on TV, a secret report issued by the Pentagon during the Cold War estimated that the US Air Force would last about 17 days, had the Cold War gone hot. What say ye? Shot
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