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4 hours ago, Michael Emrys said:

Do my eyes deceive me or do you have multiple copies of some kits?

Almost all of them.  ;)

There are two kits in a lot of those boxes.....I generally buy a platoons worth of each type for WWII stuff, but just a single example of each type for modern stuff (those are stored elsewhere). 

I can't actually do any modelling right now, so I'm mostly gathering materiels (kits, aftermarket parts, paints, decals etc.) & researching subjects for when I have a bit more space (three workstations rather than just one) and much, much better lighting!  :blink:

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Thanks to brother George, who clued me in about a YT channel called Battlefield Explorer, I have this treasure trove of a video to share with you. It's a tour of the fabulous Overloon Museum in The Netherlands. One of the remarkable things about it is it houses AFVs and other weapons destroyed there in that two week-long battle during WW II. But this museum goes way beyond the usual, because it has a huge collection of WW II US soft-skins, plus lots of Allied artillery, some German artillery and both the armored and the unarmored Dragon Wagon tank retriever. My family has a direct connection with the armored version, which was used to transport "Patton's navy" AKA the USN's Boat Two, which used LCMs to rock soup Patton's Third Army across river after river. Uncle George was a Motorman Machinist's Mate 3rd Class on an "M" boat. 
 

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John Kettler

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One of the guys over on the CoC FB group just built a 40 mm Bofors and crew. This tripped a synapse to my RoW fight "Tiger Valley" in which I M-Killed a Tiger 1 from the flank, unfortunately stranding it on the somewhat elevated railway, thus giving it excellent fields of fire for the duration of the scenario, since the crew didn't bail out but stayed and fought. That led me to this great Axis Forum thread where I was fascinated to learn the Germans classified it as DP (flak & ATG) and that the CW trained to use the Bofors against armor. Not only is there great info here on the Bofors vs armor but also new to me info on the 3.7-Inch vs armor.

https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=194230&fbclid=IwAR3F41uFV9_6jy_va8AzPBMzBuiAVMjZb7aRGW5YmVA-Qku5nepW92E8W-E

Regards,

John Kettler

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I recall the old AH game Tobruk certainly did nothing to discourage its use against armor. Individual shells might not penetrate, but the rate of fire was so high that you could pound the bastard to scrap!

Michael

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MIchael Emrys,

Used to have the game, but never got that far. My friends rejected the game because the vital infantry side of things was viewed as an afterthought and the hit probabilities were low because there was no guidance on what effective range was.

Fans of the Finns and/or FA will love this! Has a couple of spectacular videos.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a27663007/rocket-artillery-drone/

From the same magazine comes this brand new piece of Army next-gen rifles and squad weapons. Big changes ahead, both in electronics and the firearms proper. We're leaving 5.56 and going to 6.8 to defeat body armor at long range. Essential reading.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a27702571/next-generation-squad-weapon/

Regards,

John Kettler






 

 

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Note that folks regards casualties as "very high", but at about 14,000 out of about 130,000 that's about 11% - and they would be nearly all combat troops as doubt there would be many rear echelon troops on the beach the first day.  So, 10%+ casualties in a CM game is high.

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With the prices sm seeing in London (esp accommodation) you'd have to also have a 2nd job as a pizza delivery boy (or similar) to be able to afford to live here and teach at King's College lol.  Can't see how anyone can live in London with a decent standard of living with much under 75K.  

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17 hours ago, John Kettler said:

My friends rejected the game because the vital infantry side of things was viewed as an afterthought...

At the time the game was produced (some 43 years ago if memory serves), fighting in NA was seen as mainly a tank vs. tank affair with infantry and artillery dismissed as merely spear carriers. I expect that may have colored your friends' perceptions somewhat. For my part, I saw the mechanics of infantry combat as very well thought out, much better than in its contemporary game Squad Leader, for instance. For instance in the way that casualties led to a gradual and measured degradation of combat power. It was just that this part of the war was not a theater where all this could shine. The great pity is that the game system for infantry was never applied in a game where it could be properly appreciated.

Michael

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GBP... 

To be comfortable or to buy a house I reckon you'd need (well) over 100K GBP income.  Hard to find anything much under 500K to buy.  An ok house in a mediocre area may be in the 750K-1.5 million quid range.  Nice houses in a good area are easily 2-4 million quid.  Rents are equally high. 

Many lovely single family houses are being ripped apart into multiple apartments - maybe in the 300-500K range in a mediocre area.  Also, very little offstreet parking in London means that areas where houses have been turned into multiple apartments are very frustrating to find a parking spot.

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Here's an important book on a topic of which I know but bits and pieces. Winning Latin America over was essential to Allied victory for a stack of reasons. Of particular interest to the CM players is that it goes into the Brazilian Army's fight against Hitler.

https://www.wlrn.org/post/tango-war-why-america-had-win-latin-america-win-world-war-ii

Regards,

John Kettler

 

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This is from a dead Tumblr, but the caption read "anticlinal, sinclinal." Vague memory says it has to do with rock formations and their orientation. tumblr_mlo0gmSOcz1rabimbo1_500.jpg

Regardless, I found the image arresting.

Regards,

John Kettler
 

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Never realised a fold in the earth's crust could be so literal.  B)

PS - It also shows that those 'Ditch Locking Fails' that we sometimes have in the editor, when making hills, don't always need to be corrected.  ;) 

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15 hours ago, John Kettler said:

...the caption read "anticlinal, sinclinal." Vague memory says it has to do with rock formations and their orientation.

There is even an illustration accompanying the definition in the Merriam Webster New American Collegiate Dictionary, 11th. Edition.

Michael

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Andy,
The place once might have made a great secret lair, but now a zillion people have seen it. Will take your word on the Ditch Locking.

Michael Emrys,

You're starting to worry me, and I used to read the Funk & Wagnall's Dictionary (had a cool photo section with US WW II armor and aircraft) and Encyclopedia Americana when in the 4th Grade!

Regards,

John Kettler

 

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