Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tanker's Tuesday: Operation Bagration

June 22 1944: The Third Anniversary of the beginning of the German Invasion, along the border of Occupied Belarus the Red Army musters for what would become the largest counterattack of the War in the East: Operation: Bagration, a counter attack that would see the Liberation of Belarus and the near destruction of the Wehrmacht's Army Group Centre. For the Red Army it would go down in history as one of its greatest victories, for the Wehrmacht it would be the beginning of the end as the Red Army went on to Berlin. Operation Bagration

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tanker's Tuesday : T-90

The T-90 is a third-generation Russian battle tank that entered service in 1993. The tank is a modern variation of the T-72B and incorporates many features found on the T-80U.

T- 90

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Some Mind Altering Cross Over: Steam Trek!

Welcome to the Universe of STEAM-TREK.
Where Steampunk and Star Trek become one.

Steam Trek combines the interaction of a Play-by-Email game and the creativity of a Story Writing message board. The goal is to generate stories of Science Fiction and Scientific Romance, playing the role of one of the main characters onboard the HMAS Dauntless. These penny-dreadful stories should contain humor, suspense, action or what ever the group wishes to write.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Tanker's Tuesday: IT-122, or SU-122-54

Also known under designation IT-122, the SU-122-54 was based on the T54 chassis. Developed started in 1949, with a goal to design a long-range tank destroyer. Between 1955 and 1957, 77 vehicles were built with minor differences between production lots (different commander's cupola etc.). The SU-122-54 had a modified T-54 chassis, with small spaces between the first, second and fourth pair of wheels and a large gap between the third, similar to the T-62's and a superstructure, built into the hull, housing the 122 mm M-62-T gun for which the vehicle carries 32 rounds. The secondary armament consisted of two KPVT heavy machine guns, one mounted as an anti-aircraft machine gun near the commander's hatch and the other mounted coaxially with the main gun. The vehicle carried 600 rounds for the machine guns. The main gun has a fume extractor positioned right behind the muzzle brake, although some vehicles were built without fume extractor. Other variations included a different commander's copula. The SU-122-54 was rarely observed during its service life in the 1950s and early 1960s and became generally known only after ARV versions (designated TOP) were seen during Red Square parades during the 1970s with the armament removed and the front glacis plated over. In 1954 the SU-122-54 was experimentally tested with a more powerful 122mm M-62S tank gun, but this version did not reach series production


Mecha Monday: HGUC Revive Guncannon

Built by Howard K:  HGUC Revive Guncannon. What a refreshingly simple yet fun kit.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

RIP Kirk Douglas

RIP Kirk Douglas, a classic actor passed away at 103, two of my favorite movies were by him the first being  "Cast A Giant Shadow (1966)" : An American Army officer is recruited by Jews in Palestine to help them form an army. The surrounding Arab countries are opposed to the creation of the state of Israel. He is made commander of the Israeli forces just before the war begins. The other "The Final Countdown (1980)" It is 1980 and the USS Nimitz puts to sea off of Pearl Harbor for routine exercises. After encountering a strange storm and losing all contact with the US Pacific Fleet, nuclear war with the Soviet Union is assumed and the USS Nimitz arms herself for battle. However, after encountering Japanese Zero scout planes and finding Pearl Harbor filled with pre-World War II battleships, it is realized that the storm the Nimitz went through caused the ship to travel back in time: to December 6th, 1941.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tanker's Tuesday: Chinese Army Armored Unit

An armored unit of the Chinese army has thrown open its doors to inspection by domestic and foreign media. The following video shows you what they found.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Mecha Monday: Gundam Origin Guncannon

Built by Shaun J Tabor, his latest build & paint. Gundam Origin Guncannon First Type. Olive Drab with Flat Dark Earth accents.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Mad Mike Hoare

An officer and a gentleman … with a bit of pirate thrown in
The well known adventurer and soldier of fortune, Lt Col ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare, died in his sleep and with dignity aged 100 years at a care facility in Durban on 2 February 2020.

Mad Mike Hoare