Visiting Model Expo in Verona

I had read about this model fair months before and planned on visiting, if only to understand the size of the scale model market in Italy. Since scale modeling is not exactly Nina’s hobby, I figured to stay an extra day so we could also see Verona. That was a…

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Slow re-entry

Many many years ago I bought a plastic model kit of the Westland Lysander, back when I was working on getting one designed for our Flight Simulator range of aircraft models. I planned on making a diorama with it, based on one of the incidents that took place during the…

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Book Review on Waffen SS

Armoured Warfare and the Waffen-SS 1944-1945 (Paperback) By Anthony Tucker-Jones Another excellent book in the Images of War series. These books are about photographs first and foremost, showing often lesser known photos of WW2. This particular book is about the Waffen SS armor divisions, from 1944 till the end of…

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Winged Pegasus and the Rangers

by Martin W. Bowman This book covers the attacks by paratroops and airborne forces during the initial phase of Operation Overlord, or the D-Day Landings. ‘Air War’ may be a tad misleading, because most of the eye-witness reports included in the book are about the preparation and subsequent fighting on…

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Almost afraid to get back

Get back to where? Get back into the hobby of scale modeling. I always ‘planned’ to pick up my beloved plastic kit building again once I had a bit more time. I promised that to myself …. oh….. some 45 years ago ! Or more even.  Yup, time flies when…

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The Sinews of War

By Major A D Bolland This is a surprising booklet ! Only 98 pages thin, but what an extraordinary account. It is the divisional ‘report’ of the logistics for the 53rd Welsh Division, on their quest to reach and defeat Germany  back in 1944-45. They landed in Normandy and wound…

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Book review Objective Saint-Lô

Objective Saint-Lô By Georges Bernage George Bernage has produced an excellent book with his Objective St-Lô. The book does not provide a fixed story-line as such, but is rather a collection of eye witness accounts of the heavy fighting that took place in this part of France after the Omaha…

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D-Day Airfields – Book Review

Airfields of the D-Day Invasion Air Force (Paperback) 2nd Tactical Air Force in South-East England in WWII By Peter Jacobs A book for researchers, tourists and history buffs alike ! For most people when we say ‘D-Day’, the pictures of the French beaches, smoke, men running through waves, landing craft…

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New WW2 Book review

One of the things I do regularly these days (what with no TV and more time to read in bed and elsewhere) is review books. Yes, for Pen & Sword Publishing from the UK, but also books from other publishers. Lot of fun, and I try to pick books that…

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New WW2 book review – Greece

When looking through the list of new titles I received a while ago from Pen & Sword, this book and its short description caught my eye. For one, I am not intimately familiar with that part of the second world war…. what went on in the Middle East and the…

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FSClassics Update

In case you do not (yet?) follow my FSClassics website, here’s a post copied from it: Keeping with the idea of  presenting classic aircraft AND events here, and focusing on WW2 mainly, here’s a clip I found on the wonderful Youtube channel of British Pathé (the old movie theater news…

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Major WW2 event next year in Holland

The people from Keep Them Rolling (an organization that keeps old WW2 vehicles moving !) have planned a major event for next year, celebrating and commemorating the liberation of the east of The Netherlands back in 1945. Only a couple of years before I was born, really….. Here’s their promotion…

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LCA’s galore !

My little LCA (Landing Craft Assault) has finally made it into Flight Simulator X and is seen here beached on the sand of Courseulles-sur-Mer. It has been a long road to get her this far, using Trimble’s Sketchup, various texturing programs such as Photoshop and Fireworks, and LOADS of frustrated…

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