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  1. Wow, very different from the other Nam era civilian correspondent helmets I've seen. Very interesting, just goes to show the random nature of correspondent marked items in any era. Thanks for sharing!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. I'll see what I can do about the detail photos. Meanwhile, I did a couple of new videos last night:
  6. 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 othe
  7. 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:
  8. 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!
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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:
  14. 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
  15. I still find it odd that among warbird circles, there have apparently been no B-17s yet signed on to take part...
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