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  1. 23 minutes ago, Landlubber Mike said:

    That's great news Peter!  Glad it turned out that way.  

    Do we get a picture of you in a nurse's cap?

    Since you asked, here is one, in exclusivity 🤫




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  2. I can really imagine a sarge giving private Doe a pot of red paint and a brush « Now paint me some red checkers on that wall ! And you’ve got to finish by tomorrow, or you will do 50 pushups ! »

    Not sure that private Doe will have used a ruler, pencil and masking tape … ;)


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  3. 13 minutes ago, Martinnfb said:

    I think that the French industrial / technological achievements are criminally underrated. Their designs are unique, functional and tasteful. Tanks, aeroplanes , cars, ships, you name it. Their product is amongst the coolest out there. 

    I agree Martin (and not only because I am French ;) ).

    The only issue is that, after the trauma of WW I, they did not want to believe in another war, nor that it would be conducted in a different way from the previous one (but it is not unusual for military planners to think the next war in the terms of the previous one …). They just were late to develop the appropriate weapons for WW II, with some weird designs sometimes. And the political meanderings of the 30s did not help the defense industry adapt to the futures challenges.

    And they produced some great designs after WW II …


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  4. I know a few common sense things:

    1) If the ice is in the glass, it won’t increase the level of liquid in the glass when it melts down

    2) On the other hand, if the ice is in a funnel above the glass, the level of liquid in the glass will rise when it melts down. By analogy, if ice is stored on a bed-rock like, for instance Greenland, Antartica, or a glacier, it will spill into  the oceans when it melts down, and this will increase the level of « the glass »

    3) it’s a common physics rule that the volume of matter increases as it heats-up. It is the case for water. And it is a fact that the oceans have never been as warm as they are now. So, physically, the same quantity of ocean water will take more volume as it’s getting warmer. If, on top of it, you add water to the tub, the level will mathematically increase …

    Edit: the volume of the same quantity of water rising from 20° C to 22° C will increase by a factor of 1.00048611. Infinitesimal, you will say. But applied to the average 3800 meters of Earths’ oceans depth, that is an increase of 1.84 meters … This February, the average temperature of the oceans was 21.6 °C. But of course, as their temperature rises, the oceans loose more water to evaporation, which compensates somewhat …

    (And, btw, I have read that Manhattan has become so heavy with all human constructions that it is « sinking » as the bed-rock is pushed down by the added weight. Maybe it’s an urban legend, but I know that glaciers literally weigh on the bed-rock under them, so why not the same with concrete, bricks and mortar ?)


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  5. On 4/4/2024 at 11:15 AM, DocRob said:

    My wife returned yesterday from her Berlin trip and brought back some goodies for me.
    You wouldn´t think it special, but where I life, it´s nearly impossible to get Tamiya cement anymore. It´s in 40ml jars and only 30 ml are allowed to be shipped internationally, so I´m glad these will last for a while now. I added some Tamiya lacquer flat and semi flat clears - and-
    The Proxxon foot pedal. It´s pure genius, if you often use your Proxxon for drilling, polishing or routing. Have you ever experienced, drilling a 0,5 mm hole and finding the right spot with the rotating drill bit. Not anymore, set it in place and tap, why haven´t I seen this before.


    Lots of polishing bits for my Model Factory Hiro´s white metal preparation. Yes, it´s plural, there will not only my Crocker motorcycle from MFH, but another one is on it´s way.
    Some thin copper wire for producing my own eyelets and other causes and finally some Gaspatch resin eyelets, where I hope they take the strain of fishing line riggging. The metal ones were nearly completely spent on the WNW AEG lately.


    Cheers Rob

    Great haul Rob. As for the foot pedal, it’s the second best addition to my bench after the ubiquitous DSPIAE guillotine chopper (unless you have three hands, in which case the foot pedal is not that useful ;) )


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  6. 24 minutes ago, belugawhaleman said:

    Sure it's not the mother? If then, the bloated appearance may have been pregnancy.


    20 minutes ago, Martinnfb said:

    "When I grow up , I want to be a Panther", said little AMX-13. , the pedigree is way to prominent. I would totally go with a what-if German scheme :)


    The 50 experimented the turret design later used on the 13.  The 1945 brief was to have a tank with at least the gun power of the Tiger, the armour of the Panther, and the mobility of the T-34 …

    The result was too heavy, and as the US, who were funding the project, wanted both France and Germany to buy and use it, when Germany wanted a lighter, more mobile unit, in line with Guderian’s doctrine, so it remained a project …

    The 13 was developed on a later brief, for a light, aeromobile, tank. It was far more successful, as we all know :)

    So both your comments are more than apt in this case …


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  7. 58 minutes ago, belugawhaleman said:

    Thanks, I'm probably going to do the other scheme ...earth and dark

    brown. I also have the Russian version; both nice kits. Yes, while the '13 is

    not a bad-looking tank, the '50b is like a bloated offspring of the '13. French

    military weirdness at its best!

    Only the 50 is rather the father of the 13, than its offspring ;)


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