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  1. It's worth remembering that the FS colour chips are a 'standard' against which paint is assessed. Paint batches do not have to match the shade exactly - just fall within accepted parameters around that shade to be classified as the required FS number. Thus different batches of the same paint shade can vary to some degree from one another. I've always been fascinated by the obsession with finding the perfect match when the FS system does not operate in that way.
  2. There was only one British Armoured Regiment deployed to Korea at any given time and they handed over to the the next regiment after approx 12 months - all of them operated Centurions. The recce troop in each armoured regiment operated Cromwells (usually around 8 tanks). Comets were deployed to Hong Kong because the local bridges were unable to cope with the heavier and wider Centurions and there are a couple of images of the HK garrison Comets that are sometimes mis-captioned as being in Korea. As far as I'm aware, Comets were never issued to recce troops in any British armoured r
  3. There's a huge difference between developing a world-beater and actually being to sell it in large enough numbers to make it commercially viable. That's what it comes down to. A 'guaranteed' market of less than 200 guns with the possibility that you can sell a new and untried gun in a global market that knows and understands the german equivalent (and probably already has it in service) - and which is backed up by a well established supply chain. The finances involved in developing a new gun from scratch don't make this a viable proposition (I wish it did, but the world is a differ
  4. This article from a couple of days ago might provide some background - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57055314 Doesn't help you in your current circumstances but it does provide some insight into the housing market at the moment.
  5. USAAF Mobile Units were equipped with GMC-based workshop trucks that had a detachable A-frame crane fitted to the front bumper unit (typically a truck fitted with a winch). However, the Mobile Units operated out in the field rather than on permanent airbases. They would be seen in NW Europe and China/Burma/India (CBI) but not as likely in the UK. The attached image shows only the rear view of the truck but you can see the diagonal cable stays for the A-frame running up from the rear bottom corner of the cargo bed. However, I'm not sure a front-mounted a-frame would have the necessa
  6. It seems to run in phases - you get several days of fairly constant adverts and suggestions and then it goes quiet for a couple of weeks before it starts all over again. I understand why they do it - the more things you 'like' and the more 'friends' you have, the wider the platform's influence becomes through you. It's insidious and very effective as a peer to peer marketing strategy.
  7. The Book of Face constantly 'suggesting' things I might like and people I might know - why?
  8. It has the potential to be virtually any sort of crane, including an impressed civilian one at the site of the unloading. However, the standard 'wrecker' used by the USAAF was the Federal C2 (used as a general purpose crane for maintenance tasks too). Coles cranes are also an option in Europe but they also used a range of crawler tractors fitted with larger cranes for aircraft recovery. An online image search using 'USAAF cranes' will return quite a few options.
  9. Just finished Twilight of the Gods by Ian W Toll. It's the final part of his huge Pacific War trilogy (Vol 1 is Pacific Crucible and Vol2 is The Conquering Tide). They are all large books but well written and very readable. Toll not only covers the actual battles (naval, air and land) but also the personalities, politics and 'home front' narrative too.
  10. Picking up on the reference to pre-loved tanks: The currrent Australian Abrams are remanufactured earlier versions and any 'new' ones they buy will be as well, but then almost all the worldwide Abrams fleet is the same. The US hasn't manufactured a new Abrams since 1994. The last new tanks were the initial small batch of M1A2s (60-ish?) manufactured using the last of the hulls ordered under the A1 programme. Every 'new' A2 since then and all of the upgraded A1s have been retreads (apart from some built specifically for Egypt and Saudi Arabia). There are still large st
  11. It's a CH-148 Cyclone - a military version of the S-92.
  12. Depends how 'modern' you want to be. The US Army used a number of patterns in the 1970s and 80s prior to the NATO three-colour pattern. Try google searches on MASSTER (with two 's'), Dualtex and MERDC. The three-colour NATO scheme can also be varied by replacing the green with sand/tan - not widely seen but often associated with the NTC/Fort Irwin ranges and also with some USMC units. Norway, Finland and Sweden all use very stylish 'splinter' schemes with summer/winter variations. British army 'Berlin Brigade' camo is a classic eye catcher. Recently resurrected for some
  13. Manufacturers don't keep all of their kits in production all of the time. They typically manufacture them in batches of a few thousand at a time. Some kits will be re-popped on a semi-regular basis as long as they remain popular whilst other might never be re-released if they haven't sold well in the first place. If a kit isn't available in your part of the world it probably means the distributors have none in stock and/or that the manufacturer hasn't produced any recently.
  14. The tank closest to the camera is an earlier T-62 without the loader's MG ring. The one leading the column on the right is a T-62A with the modified turret casting and later loader's hatch with MG ring. In fact, apart from the tank closest to the camera, they mostly appear to have the later turret. T-55s and T-62s are appropriate for Soviet forces in Afghanistan. The Afghan Army also fielded both types but still had significant numbers of older T-54s (which still pop up in photos of far more recent conflicts). Very few countries around the world can afford to 'throw away' olde
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