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  1. Steve,

    A couple of years ago I made a barrel and wheels for a Confederate Napoleon 12-Pounder. I sent the masters to panzerwerk so he (also Steve) could make molds and cast a few for sale. Here's the link:




    9-1/2" WHEEL


    I had pictures of my completed cannon but I must have deleted them from my host site. If I can find them I'll post again.



  2. Here's a yahoo email addy they were using for people who wanted to join their forum and particiapte in the upcoming online DX09 expo:




    You could also try calling Dragon Models USA:




    I see a phone number, but not sure if they have an email addy on that site.

  3. From what I can tell, the M5 and M9 halftracks were made by International Harvester whereas the M3 was made by White.


    I've seen photos of M5s and M9s with U.S. markings, but all the data I've found says they were given to other countries as part of the Lend-Lease program.


    Is there any evidence they were supplied to G.I.s as well or well all of them Lend-Lease? The photos in the book (Squadron #34) I have may be production models only and not "in the field"




  4. svt40,

    In the 2nd photo, is that Navy emblem/USN upside down on purpose?!?!?!


    All this Velcro...maybe they can get the entire crew of a carrier on deck and, instead of making tunes with trash can lids, they can make some music by opening/closing the Velcro lol!


    At least they haven't gone back to those nylon (?) unis that were reported to catch fire and melt from things like a Bic lighter in a pocket.


    Seal76 wrote:


    Why do personnel who are basically non combatants even wear camo in any service branch


    No joke. I guess they want to feel like they fit in.


    I suspect all these new uniforms are the result of some "gumint" contractor's lobbying efforts. I worked with a guy whose wife worked for one of the companies making uniforms and he said it was a BIG $$$ business.

  5. If the DOD wanted to give the Navy a camo uniform they should have made them Haze Gray LOL!!! What on earth does a sailor need camo for on a ship?!?!?! And even if they did need camo for shore duty (like filling in manpower gaps in the desert), all the services ought to wear the same camo.


    I also question the use of Velcro on unis. There's no way you can open a Velcro pocket without making noise which is going to get you shot at if you're in an ambush type scenario.

  6. While I prefer hardback books like Jon's (I think I have all your books Jon!), I have found a few non-military magazines that are free for downloading (so I guess I'm really not reading them online after all). I think they're all pdf format and easy to read on a 19" LCD screen.


    Look here:




    and here:




    and here:




    I especially like the way you can click on a web address in the magazine and it'll open the link.


    The problem of online stuff is that it's there one day and gone the next, the user has no control unless they download it to their PC.



  7. I model in 1/6 scale and there is very little in the way of kits or ready built crew-served weapons or vehicles. Therefore I have to build my own or spend several hundred or even thousands of $$$ to buy.


    You'd think in this scale it would be easier to build something because of it's size, but IMO it's harder since parts have to be made or bought at much higher prices than say 1/35 scale stuff.


    Reference material is another part that is difficult for me. Even though I have books and can search the internet, seeing the real deal up close sure makes a difference when having to make something from scratch. Finding an item close to home that I can go look at is difficult or impossible. Sometimes I'll buy a 1/35 model to use as a reference, but if it's poorly made, then how do I even know what I'm looking at? A blob of plastic in 1/35 is just a bigger blob of plastic in 1/6, unless the detail is there.


    In 1/6 scale everything takes more. Paint, glue, space, and weight come into play.


    Not too long ago I built a Fw 190 cockpit, don't have the space to build the entire fuselage. My next effort will be to build the cockpit/crew nacelle for a Fw 189. Just this part will be approximately 40" long!!!

  8. Brandon,

    LOL, I should have known that. Sometimes I don't see the obvious (forest for the trees thing).


    Here's a photo of a trailer I found on the internet, but I can't relocate the website I found it on (they also had a Navy MKIV trailer in their photos). It could very well be someone on this forum so please forgive me for not giving credit for the photo:




    I'd like to find the dimensions of this trailer if possible.

  9. Thanks guys! Looks like the M5 trailer is the one I was thinking of, but it looks wider than I pictured. I recall seeing a line of trailers being pulled behind a vehicle and it appeared they were carrying a single bomb (therefore narrower, noy much wider than the bomb), but it may have been the angle of the photo or it may have been a RAF bomb trailer in use by the USAAF. I'll check all those links out too!


    Thanks again,


  10. I'm looking for any information on the trailers they use to pull the bomb loads up to the aircraft. I've seen pictures of several of them hooked togehter behind a tractor or jeep.


    Nomenclature, drawings, whatever I can find. I've tried to search the internet but if you don't know what it's called to begin with it's hard to get good data.




  11. Have any of you who have read this book also read "Flying Fortress" by Edward Jablonski (copyright 1965)? If so, how do they compare? Flying Fortress was an overall of the B-17 and the USAAF, with detailed attention to the 8th AF (in particular Robert Rosenthal). I have probably read parts of this book hundreds of times and if Masters of the Air is anything like Flying Fortress it is a must have!

  12. I'm sure nost of you know more about this than I ever will, but let me ask this:


    You say they replaced the camo HBTs after being worn from July to August 1944, after they were "worn out".


    Does that mean the camo HBT uniform wore out faster than the regular uniform that was worn by everyone else? Was the HBT material that much less durable? Did they replace the regular uniform every 2-3 months, as is suggested they did with the HBTs? I've read that a lot of soldiers wore the same uniform longer than 2-3 months, and without ever taking a bath!!! Was a small group of soldiers harder on their camo HBTs than the rest of the entire army was on their regular uniforms.


    I guess what I'm saying is...IF they replaced the regular uniform within 2-3 months of issue (due to wear) then I can accept the theory they replaced the camo HBT within 2-3 months of it being issued also (due to wear).

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