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  1. Hello all, This really has no proper place to go, so I included it here hoping to get more views in honor of those who saved Europe 75 years ago. Some of you know that I have a background in carpentry, as well as being a soldier in the US Army. I was stationed in Germany as part of the famous, Big Red One! So I combined my skills, and using a piece of scrap wood from a stair plank, I cut it into thin stips and even created a tongue and groove, using my table saw improperly, I am happy to report, I still have all my fingers! I made this in honor of my Division, as part of what eventually will become a hand made dart board cabinet. I am in no way, a cabinet maker, but it doesn't hurt to try. Anyway, I love the beautiful wood grain, and I considered painting it into the proper red/green color of the 1st ID insignia. Would love some feedback from the group as to which way to preserve the beautiful wood. Paint, stain or clear coat? All feedback is welcome, thanks for looking! Anthony Without further ado..............
  2. Hello Everybody ... Im normally an Airplane guy but I had a chance to go to a Museum here in Chicago today. Well actually the Suburbs in Wheaton. Its called Cantigny after the place in France. Its the private estate of Col. Robert McCormick who commanded a portion of the 1st Infantry Division ( Big Red One) in WW1. He built an entire museum devoted to the 1st Inf. Div. There are about 15 tanks ranging from WW1 to the modern M1 Abrams in the tank park. I photographed everything and am placing it here for anyone and everyone that might possibly need or have use of the imagery. @Julien may use these for the walk around section if he pleases. There are 50 photos spread across the whole lot. I apologize in advance as i only have the cell camera. My 35mm still needs a special battery. The tank park also has a lot of children crawling all over tanks so try to ignore them. I cropped as much of them out as possible. We start with the M1917 tank. I apologize but i think this is a St. Chamond type please correct me if im wrong. Its hard to tell from the photo’s but the museum visitor is standing in a replica of a WW1 trench here. The St. Chamond is actually about 10’ feet higher than the trench depth. So you are looking up at it. I imagine its on a framework behind the trench wall to support it. M4 Sherman M5 Stuart M24 Chaffee T26E4 M46 M41 Walker Bulldog M47 Patton M48 Patton M551 Sheridan M113 M60 Patton M1 Abrams I truly hope this helps anyone please have a great day. Feel free to ask questions, leave comments, or tell jokes. Dennis Brown
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