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 Forum: Bar   Topic: Navy jet paints the sky

 Post subject: Re: Navy jet paints the sky
Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:58 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 359


Nightwatch2 wrote:
I wonder what his callsign will be after this.....

:lol:

Ballsup, of course.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Luftwaffe in WW 2

 Post subject: Re: Luftwaffe in WW 2
Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:40 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 538


What if Bismarck gives France status quo ante bellum, similar to the terms given Austria? No provinces siezed, no war indemnity. The whole reason for the 1870 war was to force the remaining parts of Germany into Prussia, despite their hatred. The war, whatever peace terms offered, achieved that, whi...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: 7th Fleet has another one.

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:58 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 371


This one sounds a bit different from the last two. The Benford was engaged in a towing exercise with the tug. They were supposed to be that close. I suspect the Japanese skipper in this one. My understanding is that the tug lost power. In that case, not much you can do if you're in close quarters.

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:19 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 203


"An explosion involving nuclear material" becomes "nuclear explosion" because that sells more papers... More likely the journalist in question lacked the background to differentiate. That's the biggest problem with media these days. All the specialty journalists are gone. They c...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: What should be my next model?

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:19 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 421


M.Becker wrote:
I see people propose carrers and battleships. Why not both at the same time? The battleship Ise in her 1944 configuration. :geek:

Insufficiently ridiculous.

I nominate HMS FURIOUS. You would be too if an 18" gun happened to you.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: 2S4 Tulpan 240mm heavy SP mortars being modernized

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:41 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 180


A 240mm projectile of any size is very useful. Especially when the device flinging it can be made very mobile, and deliver a precision BANG.

If you don't have lots of ready airpower, you will invest in artillery. It's a hell of a lot cheaper and easier to maintain.

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: Hunting for Little Green Men.

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:49 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 962


Or they might simply be biologically different enough that 'cross-contamination' isn't an issue. Using 'alternative building blocks' (silicon, ammonia, etc.), things like that. Totally true. But it also means that they won't be stopping by to pick up food. No, but they may still need to deal with b...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: Hunting for Little Green Men.

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:24 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 962


If not a Carrier group, then Medieval Chinese Junk Fleet blown off course. Enormous ships, huge crews, tech several centuries beyond the locals, but nearing the end of their endurance. They need some-where 'mostly harmless' to flush toxins, recover from 'cabin fever', tank up, trade for grain and g...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: What should be my next model?

Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:39 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 421


I'm almost done with USS Tennessee as she appeared at Pearl Harbor, so its time to get serious about the next project. My candidates, and I realize that I've always been partial to Japanese ships, they're more "interesting" in my opinion. The list: Yamato Fuso I keep going around about wh...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:00 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 382


What about the procurement of horse flesh? Did either the Union or the Confederacy set up stud farms to grow their own, or did they rely on the private market and officers equipping their units? The US Army had centralized remount services for both cavalry and field artillery. Initially, those rais...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:30 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 382


Your posts Johnnie, have been very entertaining and quite educational. Why thank you. When I think of the US Cav, which is very seldom, I think of Light Horse Harry Lee, GA Custer, Nathan Bedford Forest and most especially John Buford. That's a bit of a shame, because the US cavalry tradition is pr...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:40 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 382


It also depends on the ability to supply units in the field with sufficient ammo, and proper drill to avoid firing it all away unnecessarily. We have several examples like the 21st Ohio or 20th Maine, which found themselves in extremis because they ran out of ammo. Hear, hear! It looks like Allin a...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:32 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 382


Would the widespread adoption of breech loaders have impacted the effect of Cavalry raids in the war? I have read that cavalry armed with a brace of revolvers had an advantage over infantry with single shot muzzle loaders in close encounters, does this change if the infantry have breech loaders? Sh...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:03 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 382


So I really don't think you'd get much more of a bloodbath by adding breechloaders. The proportions are all about the same, despite increasing numbers of men engaged and skill at killing each other. I hazard a guess. Even if the manufacturing capacity for breechloaders using cartridges existed (did...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:49 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 382


He said he liked his Allin better than his 1853 Enfield "snider". He said he really wanted to get his hands on a "Chasseur Tabatiére". I never heard of that beast. It's this guy here: http://www.militaryrifles.com/France/Carabine.htm The key difference with the Allin, the Snider...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Breach loading Militray Convsersions

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:20 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 382


He has three hobbies, loose women (he is a long time widower), doing extra "speaking" parts in real movies shot locally and antique fire arms. He is into Cap and Ball revolvers and early breach loading rifles. He's been to my club's "Black Powder Range" and the crazies there wer...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Raise your glasses

 Post subject: Re: Raise your glasses
Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:13 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 340


Theodore wrote:
Thank you all. Everyone is healthy, and my sister says giving birth to two 7.5-lb babies is way easier than giving birth to one 10-lb baby. I'll take her word for it.

Is this where you go "twins? Easy peasy!"

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: Opiate Game Changer or just Hype?

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:47 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 266


Here is what N0. 2 daughter, a Nurse Practitioner with many years of service in the Oncology ward of one of NE's very best hospitals wrote me. "I would wait for the human clinical trials and then take results with a grain of salt if they are funded by drug companies. Big Pharma told us oxycodo...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Raise your glasses

 Post subject: Re: Raise your glasses
Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:33 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 340


Huzzah! Uncledom is fun.

 Forum: Bar   Topic: I blame Dennis.

 Post subject: Re: I blame Dennis.
Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:23 pm 

Replies: 110
Views: 3824


Conversely, I'm enjoying a glass of Four Roses Single Barrel bourbon, with what Williams and Sonoma promises me is the perfectly-shaped ice cube. I'm becoming quite partial to the small batch bourbons, and there really is something adult about a glass that lasts you for hours because it's something ...
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