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  1. Due to returned trolling of my posts here, I'm probably going to quit posting on this forum. Now I remember why I was away for a while.
  2. Actually, NASA bought several different commercial US flags, then made it a secret as to which company provided the ones that went to the Moon. It's still a secret to this very day as NASA didn't want any company to use that as ad copy. You guys think we're nuts as collectors? We have nothing on Space program collectors!
  3. At the end of the war, there were soldiers carrying US flags around for various reasons. I knew of a 2nd ID soldier vet who said he draped one over his halftrack just as the Germans did with their flags, to avoid fratricide from USAAF aircraft near the end of the war. He still had the flag which was in terrible shape at that point. While I don't buy into the story to merit spending any more money than I would any other 48-star flag, I have to wonder. Let's say I was a WW2 solider at the end of the war, had such a flag, ran it up the pole and then took it home. I would keep it around and it's likely my family would eventually wind up with it. But in the end, at the most, I would only have made something I wrote myself saying what it was, and if I was lucky, a photo of it on the pole (which wouldn't be likely) as I wouldn't be thinking of future generations worried if my notation on the flag was 'proof' it'd been there. In other words, who would have gone to any more effort to mark the flag back then, even if it is exactly what the seller says it is? You'd have to accept this on faith because there's little chance there would have been documentation back then to prove this flag was there.
  4. I'll see what I can do about the detail photos. Meanwhile, I did a couple of new videos last night:
  5. Over the weekend, I was busy with a bunch of detail stuff. I took a couple of coaches I bought it a show for next to nothing, Christmas patterns, and turn them both into Maintenance of Way cars. I didn't really need them, and I probably won't use them in any op sessions, but I just wanted to mess around with them because I had almost no money in them. Take a look at the soda bottles in the pallet, each was an individual piece. That took quite a while to get those together... I also added a LOT of new detail, including some tarps, tarped loads, damaged oil drums, and several other things... I also ran my trench locomotive:
  6. I'm still pondering where the Army unit sign will go but I think this works. Really, the sign should face completely away from the viewer but from this angle, the viewer can see it and it does make some sense why it would be placed like this: If it stays there, I'm going to make a pile of earth around the feet of the posts, to show where it'd been recently placed there. This is the graphic I used, though printed out you just can't see all the detail I put into it: This is the image I used, and I have decided that I will be making a small run of patches from this:
  7. That sign must be along the COM-Z rear area. Not saluting in a vehicle in the field? We called that, "Sniper checking" when I was in the Army! Vehicle crowded? Never saw that being a thing before. Back in the states, they were encouraging people to crowd into vehicles!
  8. Thanks much, gents! I'd considered not posting here anymore due to some troll activity my posts had gotten here, but I've gotten emails from some regulars here asking me to pick it back up...
  9. All these, "too many ribbons and stuff" comments are funny to me as I got out right before 9/11 and two rows even on a ladder-climbing staff puke O3 wasn't unusual then. I have just enough to make a single row from my peacetime service if you count the unit award I have...
  10. I created a RR unit sign on Photoshop, using the Insignia I recently created. I used a background photo of boards painted in white, then ran ghost lines through the lettering and Insignia where the board lines would be. I think it worked pretty well, and could possibly fool the eye of anybody looking at it in person. The back has the same white board graphic with no lettering. One thing's for sure, it doesn't look like your normal model railroad sign, where someone just printed it out on white paper. I made the frame out of scale lumber, just needs another hit of dull coat. Now, I just need to figure out exactly where I want to place it.
  11. Last night when I checked the mail, I was very surprised to have a thick mailer from White River Publications, with whom I've bene published on a couple of their magazines in the past. Thinking it was a mistake after seeing the "Author copies" stamp (I shrugged and thought, "well, at least it'll be something to read", I opened it and found that a photo of my layout made their narrow gauge modelling calendar for 2020! https://shop.whiteriverproductions.com/products/ngc20 I'd had NO idea this was going to happen.
  12. GEN Miley was on the news, at a press conference about the Iran missile strike while standing at a podium at the White House, playing on the TV when we were over at a friend's house. The husband of the other couple looked up, and had the inevitable comment that I am sure soldiers will be hearing for a while about the 'new' WW2-styled Class A's:
  13. Drag racing an M1A1 tank against a Bradley to resolve a dispute over which could accelerate faster. The M1 left the Bradley far behind right off the bat. Guess why was at the controls of the M1? Only four people were there to see it, and nobody talked afterward. One time at a 3-week forward logistical element at Yakima Firing Center (where "To Hell and Back" was filmed), my driver and I were following a map up a ridge to the north of the range road. I was looking at the map, looked up and saw he'd driven us into a field of expended projectiles! They were scattered all over the ground, with a road going right through them. I later went back to range control and asked why a marked road went into an unmarked impact zone (they claimed to have no ide there were projectiles in there). My driver, a SPC, had earlier said nothing a LT could do would scare him. I got out, looked around and saw a few projos that I couldn't tell if they were training rounds or not. So I opened the back of the hard shell, stood behind the Humvee and guided him back over our tracks. Just as we got out of the field for what I could tell, I saw two 105MM canister rounds, clearly marked in light blue (training). I picked one up and without saying a word, dropped it onto the deck of the back of the vehicle. my driver went totally bonkers and screamed words not of any language. I then did it again. Once he regained the ability to speak English again, I walked over and showed him the round. He had no clue ordnance was color-coded! I still have mine as a door stop at home. My driver kept his. The following day, we found three track links from a Bradley that a unit had left. I used that as a door stop at my office for while. That's in my shed now...
  14. I still find it odd that among warbird circles, there have apparently been no B-17s yet signed on to take part...
  15. Two updates over the weekend... First, I got some paints (mostly washes from a company called 'AK', made for military modelers), as I'd read one made to show fuel stains makes an excellent finish for greased side rods on a steam locomotive. Others were for rain streaking and other grime effects. They worked great, and was worth the long drive to a hobby shop to get them! Long ago, I wanted to make a fictional insignia for the railroad operating Battalion. Last night I decided to draw it out on paper, as someone would have done in real life. Originally, I was going to do it with a ET&WNC locomotive, but I realized that would be very complex and hard to put on an Insignia. An Army 'trench' locomotive made a lot more sense to me. I drew the stump underneath the locomotive, alluding maybe to something that it happened to one of their engines in the past. Somehow the motto 'stump jumpers' popped into my head as I was drawing it. I'm going to put it on signs on the layout and paperwork. I wish I still knew someone who could make a short run of patches, as I'd love to have some made of this.
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