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 Forum: Bar   Topic: BSA and scouting participation

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:57 pm 

Replies: 19
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Started as a Scout. Troop dissolved. Myself and two other Canadian Scouts picked up for the Cub Scouts. Did all of the requirements for 1st Class except time and had them signed. Moved to Va. started with the church troop and they promptly ditched all the work I'd done. Left and didn't look back. 4-...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: The worst carriers to ever set sail...

Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:40 pm 

Replies: 99
Views: 2421


Fuso is on my list to add to the 1/700 fleet. I figure it will make everything else look good. I've seriously thought about have some of my beginning 4-H modelers start with 1:1000(?) scale version. I figure it's so ugly in real life that as a model the judges won't notice the screw ups. My only fe...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: The worst carriers to ever set sail...

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:00 pm 

Replies: 99
Views: 2421


With the Fuso, at least later in life...the ugly would drive the people behind the range finders blind, and bomber and topedoist stupid from the shear scope of the ugly. I swear that she is the reason for radar fire control. Don't have to stare at the ugly and the radio waves don't care.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: The worst carriers to ever set sail...

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:32 pm 

Replies: 99
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Like most German surface ships of that era, the Hippers combined inadequate and poorly arranged armor with unreliable and poorly arranged machinery. They were easily the worst heavy cruisers of the war. Most heavy cruisers, even the tinclads, had some redeeming characteristics; the Hippers had none...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: The worst carriers to ever set sail...

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:55 am 

Replies: 99
Views: 2421


I saw no references to the other Axis carrier the RM Aquila. In point of fact I think the number of paper references I've seen to the RM Aquila are few and far between.

And I suppose a paper carrier the Seydeliz doesn't count either?

 Forum: The Fiction Page   Topic: Whispers of the past - A BattleTech tale

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:40 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 487


At least according to the 3025 Sourcebook, SAFE was perceived as incompetent because they were less concerned with wholesale external threats, but threats which looked to fracture the union. In the Undercover Operations Sourcebook there is a negative applied to all roles if the players are operating...

 Forum: The Fiction Page   Topic: Whispers of the past - A BattleTech tale

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:12 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 487


I
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'm also assuming at least semi-competent intelligence services for all parties involved.


But SAFE is the laughing stock of the IS...

 Forum: The Fiction Page   Topic: The Hunting Trip

 Post subject: The Hunting Trip
Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:12 pm 

Replies: 0
Views: 161


A Prairie Gothic Tale: Note this is my sisters world. I just got told I can play in it. “So there we were in the Congo…” “Knock it off Fred. We were nowhere near the Congo. If we had been it might have explainable. We were just in some damned coniferous copse of trees,” “Carnivorous”, came the reply...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Soldier charged in Humvees’ free-fall

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:37 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 715


Francis Urquhart wrote:
trynnallen wrote:
Well at least he doesn't have to learn how to blow/plain glass.


He would have to fix the light bulbs to working condition. By hand.


Halogen or incandescent?

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Soldier charged in Humvees’ free-fall

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:53 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 715


Oh but he'll have a "fun" time unbending some of those frames. Question. Using only those parts on the vehicles or are spares allowed? No spares allowed . . . . Broken glass must be reassembled and cemented together. All systems restored to full working condition. Well at least he doesn't...

 Forum: The Fiction Page   Topic: Whispers of the past - A BattleTech tale

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:04 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 487


Nice job. Very good set up. According to the Stackpole books the route left via the Combine and sorta fishhooked into Jade Falcon Space. But from what I gathered from some of the sourcebooks the actual path was more like a stream network to a point outside the Periphery upwards of the Combine and th...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Soldier charged in Humvees’ free-fall

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:47 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 715


Oh but he'll have a "fun" time unbending some of those frames. Question. Using only those parts on the vehicles or are spares allowed?

 Forum: Bar   Topic: HMS Queen Elizabeth gets off to a Lego start

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:28 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 361


Is he a largish fellow, Bird Wings, Bird Helmet, has friend named Flash? Might also have a propensity to shout, DIVE! Just inquiring.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: The new Chinese aircraft carrier weighs - wait, what?

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:41 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 1001


Are we on London buses or blue whales this week? I can never remember. It's elephants this go-round ...... You'll need to specify whether it's African elephants or Asian elephants and supply a conversion factor between the two units of measure. Thank you very much I'd prefer Indonesian Pygmy Elepha...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: Britain's Greatest Machines

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:11 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 301


I wonder just how "International Patent infringements" played into this development? Not as much as you'd think. In the early days the great moat necessitated a, "oh that's neat. Mind if I borrow it and improve it?" mentality (worked both ways too). By the time reliable steam tr...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Depression era Navy Paint Scheme

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:48 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 801


So now for a case of thread necromancy : As of December of last year I finally started on this kit. http://www.laserkit.com/images/215Aweb.jpg A couple of notes: Step 1. The flat cars are a PRR prototype which is fine if you model the PRR. The good news is that the Milwaukee Road also carried the ri...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: Dunkirk trailer is out

 Post subject: Re: Dunkirk trailer is out
Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:04 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 835


MikeKozlowski wrote:
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Well yes, but even if the beaches of Kent were lined with roast beef, nubile English girls and banners reading 'Wilkommen Wehrmacht', the Channel would still have proven impassable.


Will someone tell me why I read that in John Cleese's voice?

Mike


For me it Jeremy Clarkson

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: films i watched on the plane

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:45 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 401


The new star wars. Hmmm. The chick was fine, Hans was good, the new robot sucks, the pilot was fun, the escaped trooper was a bit too convenient but fine , Leia was a bit scary to see but I'm glad Fisher did it, Voldemort was Voldemort, and H&L's son was OK, if rather whiny. Watchable, but nowh...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: Independence day: Resurgence

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:41 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 929


Beastro wrote:
Always thought ID4 would make a good spin off TV series ala Stargate.


Agreed.

Brent Spiner and Doc, "must go faster", along with Bill, "I adlibbed one of the best off the cuff speeches in movies ever" Putnam. Would make a pretty good show.

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: Entry-level military reference books

Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:40 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 146


Historical or current. If it's historical I'd say any of the Conway books. Dense, but so dense as to be incomprehensible, or the old Jane reprints.
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