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  1. For those with an OLLIE'S DISCOUNT ARMY store in their area, the Lindberg Snark kits have been seen on the shelves for @ $16. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/lindberg-91001-snark-sm-62--137543
  2. 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.
  3. 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/
  4. 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
  5. 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)
  6. Article on same. https://sofrep.com/news/forgotten-rifle-vietnam-war-silent-sniper/
  7. 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
  8. 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. Dis
  9. 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-
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Currently stuck, need rubber band style tracks as the individual links don't cut it for me.
  13. Totally a "What If", Lars. ?
  14. 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
  15. 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
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