M7 Priest

(Images of War series) by David Doyle Admittedly I never looked into the history of artillery much, but maybe that will change after reading this book. I actually acquired it because I am a fan of the M4 Sherman in all its forms, and the M7 was based on its…

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6th SS Mountain Division Nord

By Ian Baxter Images of War series 6th SS Mountain Division Nord at war 1941-1945 Another excellent book in the Images at War series. As a scale modeler I really appreciate these books, even though the images are – logically – only in black and white. This particular book is…

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Book Review – Monte Cassino

From the Images of War series from Pen & Sword Books By Jeffrey Plowman The sub-title of this book makes it more interesting than that; Armoured forces in the battle for the Gustav Line. Yet another excellent book in the Pen & Sword Publishing Images of War series, filled with…

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Book review – Code Name MULBERRY

Code Name Mulberry By Guy Hartcup I I’m a big fan of anything to do with the landing in Normandy back in 1944, and have read countless books about it. In particular the building and use of the Mulberry harbors has always tickled my imagination. My all-time favorite book about…

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Visiting Model Expo in Verona

I had read about this model fair months before and planned on visiting, if only to understand the size of the scale model market in Italy. Since scale modeling is not exactly Nina’s hobby, I figured to stay an extra day so we could also see Verona. That was a…

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My old aeroclub

Founds this nice little video on the internet today, about the Aeroclub de Méribel. I was member for a few years and flew the BOPK with an instructor, learning taildragging, mountain flying and ski-flying! We had a small apartment across the valley and saw the Jodels fly overhead every day…

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A little Italian Ride Tale

Now, I am not going to repeat each and every post from my EuropeRides site here, but just to get things moving forward again, I will this time…… read on…. Folks…… I checked my activity and it appears that my last Ride Tale was the one of Independence Pass, a…

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Slow re-entry

Many many years ago I bought a plastic model kit of the Westland Lysander, back when I was working on getting one designed for our Flight Simulator range of aircraft models. I planned on making a diorama with it, based on one of the incidents that took place during the…

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Book Review on Waffen SS

Armoured Warfare and the Waffen-SS 1944-1945 (Paperback) By Anthony Tucker-Jones Another excellent book in the Images of War series. These books are about photographs first and foremost, showing often lesser known photos of WW2. This particular book is about the Waffen SS armor divisions, from 1944 till the end of…

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Winged Pegasus and the Rangers

by Martin W. Bowman This book covers the attacks by paratroops and airborne forces during the initial phase of Operation Overlord, or the D-Day Landings. ‘Air War’ may be a tad misleading, because most of the eye-witness reports included in the book are about the preparation and subsequent fighting on…

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Almost afraid to get back

Get back to where? Get back into the hobby of scale modeling. I always ‘planned’ to pick up my beloved plastic kit building again once I had a bit more time. I promised that to myself …. oh….. some 45 years ago ! Or more even.  Yup, time flies when…

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The Sinews of War

By Major A D Bolland This is a surprising booklet ! Only 98 pages thin, but what an extraordinary account. It is the divisional ‘report’ of the logistics for the 53rd Welsh Division, on their quest to reach and defeat Germany  back in 1944-45. They landed in Normandy and wound…

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The Christmas tree at Gubbio

Gubbio boasts to have the biggest Christmas tree in the WORLD ! Well, duh….. it is a tree made out of 500 lights, posted on the hill behind the old town. Still, it is a very nice sight when descending from the hill opposite Gubbio. We saw it last year…

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Book review Objective Saint-Lô

Objective Saint-Lô By Georges Bernage George Bernage has produced an excellent book with his Objective St-Lô. The book does not provide a fixed story-line as such, but is rather a collection of eye witness accounts of the heavy fighting that took place in this part of France after the Omaha…

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Initial skirmishes

Here’s my first post on the actual initialization of my cockpit project. SO many things to prepare, to plan, to think about, to research…….. I wish I had more time ! 🙂 I started with laying out all the bits and pieces I collected over the years. Some bought, some…

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My Home Cockpit Project

This, my dear friends, has been on my bucket list for, oh, at least 30 years. Flight Simulation has been the ONE steady thing in my life ever since 1976 when I saw the very first non-mainframe computer….. and a crude flight simulator program on it. I have since owned…

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Retirement is here

Yup, you read that right…….. I turned 65, so I retired. Well….. or so I believe. But I seem to be the only one. Mind you, I’d LOVE to now ONLY do all the things I love doing….. but it turns out that it is not possible. For various reasons.…

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