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  1. This idea got me thinking I should try it.... have a lot to learn but did this in-between working yesterday and got a start. The tutorial is a big help. Found this photo taken in May of 1945 on Okinawa, Prv. John Drugan, I think his dog may be an Alsatian... not sure. His features are not really German Shepard... could be wrong. Here's my initial try at it. have to figure out the rocks and a few other areas but it's a decent start..
  2. Chuck Jones, who created Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, came up with these characters in 1948. During the war he drew and made cartoons with a military cartoon character, Private Snafu (Frank Capra actually came up with the name, Jones drew the characters). It was an educational series intended, among other things, to help keep guys from blowing each other up. So, yes, ACME may have played some small part in the Road Runner series. Jones was a huge part of Looney Tunes and worked for Warner Brothers and MGM. Bottom line...we may not be able to draw a straight line from Wile E. Coyote t
  3. The Carbine had a bit less to go wrong, small gas piston, shorter bolt slide etc. There was nothing to affect the gas system so the launcher just had to attach to the barrel. At first glance it almost seems inadequate but it proved quite effective in service. And as all the photos show, it was used a lot. My guess is that the Pacific theater was the most popular place for it's use though it obviously was used in Europe and North Africa as well. I would imagine it could be fired from the shoulder without too much recoil though I don't know that for sure. Maybe someone can comment on th
  4. I did indeed, thought I'd see who remembered that one.. here's visual on the subject.. Great description on the box, "Tickle your friends, surprise your opponent"... gone are the days of the great cartoons, the closest we get today is Homer Simpson!
  5. Hardly a new topic but I thought I'd post some close-up photos of launchers for both the Garand and Carbine. I've had these for years and really have little use for them except to get them out once in a great while and imagine what it must have been like to use them in battle. So they will probably be for sale at some point, just some photos to show what they look like and fit. As you know, the Garand went through a number of types of launchers, evolving as they went to the one I'm posting here, the M7A3. In both types you had some adjustment as far as distance, I would imagine the Car
  6. Noticed that, and according to Marine stories, he probably threw that thing as far as he could as soon as he could get a Thompson! They were not well liked. At least in that climate. Here in police hands they were pretty ideal....
  7. Another group in the Island campaigns that used the Carbine was the Code Talkers, here's a photo of one.. But like any other example, you can find exceptions...
  8. Some great photos here, the M1 Carbine was everywhere in WWII, officers, photographers, code talkers, seemed to be somewhat of a personal choice. In the heat of the island campaigns it certainly is understandable to want to lug around a carbine vs the Garand but again, personal choice. Often officers carried the carbine but here's a good photo of two pretty high level brass with one of each... Major General J. Lawton Collins and Major Charles Davis, 1943 New Guinea And here's Lieutenant General Joseph Stilwell, with M1 carbine, at Myitkyina airfield, Burma, 17 Jul 1944 He
  9. Very helpful! Thanks for laying out each step. I have CS3 so it should work, been using Photoshop since the first version but only for advertising, used with Quark for page layout. I've never considered colorizing using it so thanks for the great idea. Am anxious to try it out. Best Bruce
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