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  1. One source I looked at says that Rock Island serial number is from 1917. This is just shy of the magic number for Rock Island 1903s. http://m1903.com/03rcvrfail/ The PJ O'Hare front and rear sight covers are interesting. Someone in this rifle's history took their shooting seriously.
  2. Reminds me in spirit of the Draper Award https://veteranscollection.org/2019/02/21/a-cut-above-sculpting-leadership-excellence-the-draper-and-goodrich-cavalry-and-armor-awards/
  3. A possible answer - From Kangzhan: Guide to Chinese Ground Forces 1937–45 Leland Ness, Bin Shih Published - August 2015 https://books.google.com/books?id=ZYQwDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA257&lpg=PA257&dq=chinese+troops+with+us+m1917++rifles&source=bl&ots=daFYlyWA0o&sig=l0eFTROvh3Ii8M2dZDfj-XDZ4ls&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiL5oCduqXXAhVs5IMKHap8CFAQ6AEIZjAM#v=onepage&q=chinese troops with us m1917 rifles&f=false See also https://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=47555
  4. Thanks for the kind words, gentlemen. Posted purely as inspiration for what can be done with artifacts (like this guy's work - no further details)
  5. Article on same. https://sofrep.com/news/forgotten-rifle-vietnam-war-silent-sniper/
  6. With it's flat nose, that'd make a good diorama base. Something like this could be scaled up to 1/35th and if displayed inverted, mounted at the (wider) base end. https://www.shapeways.com/product/FKBCWCF2E/2x72nd-hotchkiss-6pdr-gun?optionId=98238886&li=marketplace
  7. Not the dumbest, but up there. 1990s, Fort Drum NY: tank trail north of the end of the runway (for you folks that know the place). This road is clearly marked "BLACKOUT DRIVE ONLY", for good reason. Oh Dark 30, I have the pleasure of leading a column of M60A3s back into Gasoline Alley using blackout drive - our drivers all using their night vision periscopes. We're *ALMOST* home when I sense white light behind me about the same time as my driver tells me he can't see squat. Yup. Car coming up behind us with the high beams on. "Column herringbone, halt. Dismounting, standby". I take a long trudge to where this car is, can't see any faces of who's inside and didn't care. I'm tired, I've still got a lot to do, I'm not pissed off and this(these) idiot(s) are putting lives at risk. Driver's window is down and before they could say anything... "You're on a blackout drive only trail. I'm going to suggest you park here and wait 15 minutes until my tanks are out of the way. If my trail tells me you're moving up behind us, I'll have the MPs waiting for you at the crossing point". About faced, walked back to my tank and took my people home. Best part. - pretty sure I saw a gold Oak Leaf on the driver's collar. 😒
  8. Decades ago, when I was a newspaper delivery boy there was this old Czech guy who mowed his lawn in the summer hobbling around on an artificial leg. Since he wasn't a customer, I never had occasion to talk to him - and it's not a topic one would broach in casual conversation anyway. Time passed. Recently I learned from a former neighbor that he had been a Czech Air Force pilot in 1938 who skipped off to the UK after the Nazis rolled over the border (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czechoslovak_Air_Force#Crisis_and_occupation_1938–39 ). He joined the RAF in 1939 and flew until D-Day, when AA fire hit his aircraft (probably a Spitfire). He managed to get it back to the UK, but the landing gear was damaged (only one wheel came down). He landed his plane but it spun out, the crash destroying his leg. After the war, he had the option to 1) return to Czechoslovakia (which was under the Communist cloud), 2) stay in the UK or 3) emigrate to the US.
  9. WIP Inspiration came from the last scene in the 1943 movie BATAAN. For those of you who haven't seen it, SGT Bill Dane (31st Infantry Regiment) is the last man standing from a mixed squad of 13, tasked with holding off the advancing Japanese as long as they can. You didn't think we were here, did you, you dirty, rotten rats? But we're still here, we'll always be here. Why don't you come and get it? Another quarantine project, based on a H&R 54mm lead M1917 Browning watercooled model that I built 20+ years ago and - somewhere along the way - had two of it's tripod legs broken off. Note that the movie used a Vickers Mk I Water Cooled. The other major component is a nose fragment from a 75mm projectile. Work left to be done includes some detail painting, rolling and laying a few strands of barbed wire, fitting the last belt of ammunition (TAMIYA spare parts) to the Browning, and maybe the cross for Bill Dane's self-dug grave. For stability, a dowel was glued into the fragment and a hole drilled in the base. Note the remains of concrete in the fuse well.
  10. That kit lends itself to all sorts of bashing. This is the DE416 on display at the John W Brown Liberty Ship in Baltimore harbor.
  11. Currently stuck, need rubber band style tracks as the individual links don't cut it for me.
  12. Totally a "What If", Lars. ?
  13. Further detail reference and style inspiration came from this site http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/manufacturer/m4a376w/m4a3_76w.html 1) The easy parts - bore evacuator cut from a LINDBERG T-55 main gun, searchlight cobbled up from the same source. Fuel drums from a DML T-80. Fuel drum rack from spare parts box. Note that the simpler answer for a searchlight is A194 US Army M46 Patton Searchlight £8.50 https://accurate-armour.com/aa-products/135th-accessories/a194 2) The hard parts - parts loss over time. Can't locate the Sherman-specific headlights and the MP MODELS tracks are individual links. I'd rather use the plastic band-type from the M48 series (like this https://www.amazon.com/Bronco-Models-T97E2-Workable-Building/dp/B00DM6IWQ8 ) and while I have a pair of donor drive sprockets, only one track. ??? Tracks like these - note also the amount of green canvas and dust-collecting on the real things. Thus illustrates the frustrations that place projects back on the Shelf of Procrastination. Anyone have any of the kit-issued rubber-band style M48 tracks in their spares stash? Or Sherman headlights?
  14. With the projected delivery and costs of the M46 Patton posing a potential problem, the M4A3E10 Medium Tank was a one-off post-war testbed to economically extend the lifespan of late-model Sherman tanks for US Army National Guard units, by fitting them with the 76mm M32 main gun and Continental’s Type AOS-895-3 powerplant of the T37 (later, M41 Walker Bulldog) Light Tank. This is another two decade old reclamation project during our time of quarantine, an MP Models M50 "Super Sherman / Isherman" (see https://www.scalemates.com/kits/mp-models-10101-m-50-sherman--186346 and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Sherman ) that I just didn't feel like building up as-issued. I wanted a re-Americanized look, with an end-state like this - ... but with relevant additions, like a searchlight and extended range fuel drums (as found later on the M48 and M103).
  15. The Only 'Casualty', An Overturned Tank--Jefferson Barracks May 28 1938 The only casualty in the maneuvers was this tank, which overturned when its driver came too close to the edge of a ditch. Two tanks and a block and tackle were required to right it. https://dl.mospace.umsystem.edu/umsl/islandora/object/umsl%3A247366
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