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Profiles and Pixels / Re: BlastWave's Pixel Works
« Last post by Brian da Basher on Today at 02:48:32 AM »
I like this one very much. So much I'm tempted to use it as my desktop wallpaper.

Your treatment of such a difficult surface & scheme is outstanding.

I've got a new BW favorite!

Brian da Basher
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Profiles and Pixels / Re: BlastWave's Pixel Works
« Last post by BlastWave on Yesterday at 11:53:27 PM »

"October 20th, 1929. The three largest zeppelins ever built in the Kingdom of Ostania drift quietly past the smoke filled industrial city of Horoa, New Tylivisa. On the ground, two guardsman of Guard Post #54 stand by a photographer of the Ostani Times as he adjusts his camera to take a photograph for this Sunday's paper."

From nearest to farthest: CZ-02 "Victory", CZ-01 "Triumph", and RZ-129 "Lady Maria".

The Behemoth class of zeppelins was a rather disastrous endeavor for the Ostani Kingdom as a whole. The project started with the King, Oskar Gudmundsson VII, commissioning three zeppelins to be built in September of 1920, two for the military as (at the time) state-of-the-art airborne aircraft-carriers, and one for the royal cabinet to travel in throughout the land as well as prove their superiority to neighboring countries. The entire project was riddled with setbacks and much difficulty in actually constructing the airships as well as also not bankrupting the government, due to the fact the nation was currently recovering from a nearly catastrophic series of plagues throughout the land, and the Ostani Kingdom's money was in dire need of being used elsewhere. Thus, on a weekly basis the construction and shipping of materials for the ships would simply have to be abandoned until later, leaving the ships to rot in their airdocks for several weeks at a time. As a result of this, despite the airships being commissioned in 1920, it took a rather timely nine years to fully construct and launch each of the ships, and at this point they were already considered rather obsolete in the world of airships.

Of all of the airships however, the RZ-129 Lady Maria in particular was the center of controversy throughout various nations, as despite it being painted in a civilian scheme and described as an "unarmed luxury airship", the zeppelin was still actually built to military specifications, with a working bomb bay door in the aft section and also visibly painted over hangar doors for Marodi PA.28 model fighter aircraft on its underside, the same ones that would be used on the Triumph and Victory aircraft-carriers. Furthermore, the Lady Maria was considered unsafe for the actual royal cabinet to travel in, as undoubtedly the sheer size of it and its military counterparts would be enormous targets for enemy fighter planes and possible sabotage such as bombing or damage to its control surfaces. Eventually, the RZ-129, CZ-01, and CZ-02 were retired to the Royal Museum of Aviation in Tallinberg, with all three airships finally being scrapped in January of 1936 for reuse in the Ostani aviation industry.
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2018 Clear your workbench GB / Re: B-17M
« Last post by kerick on Yesterday at 11:39:28 PM »
Nice work! The art of kitbashing at its finest.
I built that B-26 kit a long time ago. Very nice!
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Scenarios / Re: Australian WWII Armour options
« Last post by Rickshaw on Yesterday at 09:53:05 PM »
The M24 was found to be literally too light for use in the Islands.  It was not able to push through the Jungle.  This had also been found with the M3 Stuart in the fighting around Buna during the Battle of the Bridgeheads.  The USMC had also discovered it, when they first started using Stuarts.  Often the problem was that the vehicle would find itself "hung up" on stumps left by the artillery barrage before/during a battle.  Occasionally that would also lead to a loss of a vehicle as the stumps pierced the belly armour of the vehicles.  The performance of the M24 in Korea also left a great deal to be desired as well - however that was more because of their misuse as faux mediums than anything else.

The M24 was a fine vehicle for European conditions as a light tank.  It was not a medium and couldn't be used as one.   It did lead the way with the concept of the "light combat team".  Something which the US Army later developed further using their various vehicles to create whole families of specialised versions.

I still think that the M4 Sherman would have been the best choice.  The Churchill was simply too heavy.   The M4 OTOH was about right and would have provided a fine vehicle late war-post war for the RAAC.  The RAAC preferred the Churchill because of it's reliability and maneuverability (primarily because of it's gearbox) - it could climb hills impassable to most tanks.
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Allies '46 GB / MOVED: B-17M
« Last post by Brian da Basher on Yesterday at 08:26:56 PM »
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Profiles and Pixels / Re: ysi_maniac's drawings
« Last post by Brian da Basher on Yesterday at 08:23:37 PM »
Bouth bubble versions are great,but the one with Griffon is....woooow !!

I've got to agree. They're all fantastic but that Griffon powered version is wicked!

Brian da Basher
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Profiles and Pixels / Re: AXU's profiles
« Last post by Brian da Basher on Yesterday at 08:22:21 PM »
I really like the look of your I-22!

Brian da Basher
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New Model Kit News/Reviews / Re: Special Hobby
« Last post by The Big Gimper on Yesterday at 07:02:39 PM »
1/32 Fieseler Fi-103R / V-1 Reichenberg (expected for release in December 2018)



https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SH32074
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Land / Re: McLaren Gallery - Humble Motor Museum
« Last post by ScranJ51 on Yesterday at 05:25:13 PM »
Another done:

MP4-13

MP4-13-1 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP4-13-2 by David Freeman, on Flickr

MP4-13-3 by David Freeman, on Flickr


McLAREN MP4/13
The McLaren MP4/13 was a racing car that the McLaren Formula One team used during the 1998 Formula 1 season. The dominance of the MP4/13 was displayed in the opening race of the season, the 1998 Australian Grand Prix. Drivers Mika Hakkinen and
David Coulthard outclassed the competition by leaving every competitor at least a lap behind. Adrian Newey's aerodynamic design was by far the most efficient one and Mercedes produced the most powerful engine of the season. McLaren's dominance continued on the second race of the season in Brazil, but from the next GP in Argentina, Ferrari started closing the huge gap. However, the MP4/13 retained its superiority on high-speed tracks like Hockenheim and Silverstone, while Ferrari's F300 was closer to the McLaren on more technical circuits.

During the 1998 season, Coulthard's MP4/13 speed trapped the highest of all 1998 cars when he was clocked at 353 km/h (219 mph) at the old Hockenheim circuit.
While Ferrari's Michael Schumacher put up a good fight when the season progressed, Häkkinen became world champion that year, despite McLaren's reliability problems and Schumacher's talent. Also, McLaren won the constructors' championship, with Häkkinen winning eight Grand’s Prix and Coulthard one. This was McLaren's first championship victory since the 1991 Formula One season with McLaren great Ayrton Senna, and their most successful year since the peak of the Prost-Senna feud of the 1988 Formula One season.



The Mclaren Gallery is almost complete - only the MP4-30 (being built) to add

Mclaren 1 by David Freeman, on Flickr

Mclaren 2 by David Freeman, on Flickr
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Profiles and Pixels / Re: AXU's profiles
« Last post by AXOR on Yesterday at 05:22:56 PM »
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