Thursday, May 31, 2012

Type 60 106mm Tank Destroyer

In the mid-1950s the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force contracted for one prototype from Komatsu (SS1) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (SS2) powered by a 110 hp six-cylinder diesel engine and fitted with two 105-millimeter (4.1 in) recoilless rifles. They were delivered in 1956. A second series of prototypes was built with 4 recoilless rifles, but adoption of the American M40 forced the reversion to two weapons. A third series of three prototypes was built by Komatsu as the SS4 that were heavier with a more powerful engine, a new transmission and clutch and a two-speed auxiliary transmission. They were accepted into service in September 1960.
Starting in 1974 a 150 hp Komatsu SA4D105 air-cooled, 4-cylinder diesel engine was fitted.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Grimm: (There's A game In There Somewhere!)

Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy drama for television. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011, and airs on CTV in Canada and in Europe, Asia and elsewhere in the Americas on such networks as Universal Channel and Watch. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark and fantastical project about a world in which characters inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales exist", although the stories and characters inspiring the show are also drawn from other sources Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt of the Portland Police Bureau learns he is descended from a line of "guardians" known as "Grimms," charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures (called "Wesen" however use of Germanic pronunciation renders it sounding like "Vessin") of the world. Throughout the episodes, he must battle against an assortment of dangerous creatures, with help from his friend Monroe (who is a reformed creature), and his partner Detective Hank Griffin.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gow_ed Up Gun And Lorry!

On Saturday, 25 February 2012 our good friend Tim Gow shared a
Soviet 152mm Howitzer he knocked together out of an old Matchbox gun:

I recalled having the frame for the very same Matchbox Gun but
I'd removed the tube to put on something else. Well I decided to
bodge up something, using a German gun tube, American wheels
and base plate (a steal washer) and an Italian crew (old Atlantic
figures) thus making my version of the international gun,. I
painted these up for a small African imaginary nation that
I'll do as the mood strikes me.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

What's Next

As I said in my Low Tech Sword World Tanks post:
these are what I'm working on, I have 4 tank BNs and one Mech Inf BN, also
one Brigade Command tank and APC, will add some other vehicles to it shortly.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Old Atlantic Plastics

I got these Old Atlantic Plastics recently, some interesting if
somewhat quirky pieces. All are said to be in 1/72nd scale
but in reality they are in fit the box scale...)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sea Shadow Stealth Ship For Sale

The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has placed its famous Sea Shadow stealth ship up for auction. And while the high-tech military sea vessel cost more than $195 million to develop, its opening bid was for the relatively tiny sum of $50,000, with only a $10,000 deposit required.
The Courier Mail reports that the ship was made famous to a broader audience when it served as the inspiration for the home of James Bond's villainous foil in the film "Tomorrow Never Dies."
The General Services Administration auction for the ship is scheduled to end this Thursday, with the current bid at the time of publishing up to just over $100,000.
However, before you begin finalizing your plans for global dominance, there is one major catch to the auction: The ship will be dismantled and reduced to scrap before being handed out to the auction's eventual winner.
"The ex-Sea Shadow shall be disposed of by completely dismantling and scrapping within the USA," reads the item's description on the GSA website. "Dismantling is defined as reducing the property such as it has no value except for its basic material content."

The 164-foot experimental craft was first constructed in 1983 by Lockheed for the U.S. Navy and contains the same stealth technology used by its more famous aerial counterparts. Although it appears almost flimsy on the surface, it actually contains two submerged twin hulls and is specifically designed to withstand very rough ocean waves of up to 18 feet.


New from A&E Home Entertainment: this DVD set contains all 36 digitally remastered episodes of the 1st Robotech War, also known as THE MACROSS SAGA.

A gigantic spaceship crash lands on Earth, foreshadowing the arrival of an alien armada bent on war and destruction. The world unites to unlock the secrets of its miraculous alien technology known as Robotech to defend the world against impending invasion. The challenges they would face would be greater than anyone could have imagined. So begins the epic saga of ROBOTECH, Carl Macek's generation-spanning adventure that remains a landmark in the history of television animation.

(includes both English and Spanish language tracks in full 5.1 surround sound)

• DISC 1: Boobytrap, Countdown, Space Fold, The Long Wait, Transformation, Blitzkrieg, Bye-bye Mars, Sweet Sixteen

• DISC 2: Miss Macross, Blind Game, First Contact, The Big Escape, Blue Wind, Gloval's Report, Homecoming, Battle Cry

• DISC 3: Phantasm, Farewell Big Brother, Bursting Point, Paradise Lost, A New Dawn, Battle Hymn, Reckless, Showdown

• DISC 4: Wedding Bells, The Messenger, Force of Arms, Reconstruction Blues, The Robotech Masters, Viva Miriya, Khyron's Revenge, Broken Heart

• DISC 5: A Rainy Night, Private Time, Season's Greetings, To the Stars

Just picked it up for 9 bucks ....