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This my blog page where you will find the latest post on top, and years and years of older posts below.
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Book Reviews

The Americans on D-Day & in Normandy

By Brooke S. Blades – Images of War series This particular book in the Images of War series is by Brooke S. Blades and like all others in the series filled with photographs from wartime archives. I love the books

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6th SS Mountain Division Nord

By Ian Baxter Images of War series 6th SS Mountain Division Nord at war 1941-1945 Another excellent book in the Images at War series. As a scale modeler I really appreciate these books, even though the images are – logically

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Book Reviews

Book Review – Monte Cassino

From the Images of War series from Pen & Sword Books By Jeffrey Plowman The sub-title of this book makes it more interesting than that; Armoured forces in the battle for the Gustav Line. Yet another excellent book in the

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Book Reviews

Book Review – In Action with Destroyers

Full title : In Action with Destroyers 1939–1945 (Hardback) The Wartime Memoirs of Commander J A J Dennis DSC RN WWII Royal Navy Naval By Alec Dennis, Edited by Anthony J Cumming These are the wartime memoirs of a Royal

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Book Reviews

Book review – Code Name MULBERRY

Code Name Mulberry By Guy Hartcup I I’m a big fan of anything to do with the landing in Normandy back in 1944, and have read countless books about it. In particular the building and use of the Mulberry harbors

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Italian Blog

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

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3D Design

What happened these past 5 years !?

Where did the time go !?   Last weekend all of a sudden I got very sad and upset. Maybe we get more emotional when turning older, I don’t know. I’ll tell you the reason for it…. Some time ago

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Aviation

My old aeroclub

Founds this nice little video on the internet today, about the Aeroclub de Méribel. I was member for a few years and flew the BOPK with an instructor, learning taildragging, mountain flying and ski-flying! We had a small apartment across

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Book Reviews

Pen & Sword’s TankCraft Series of books

I already wrote about one book in this series, Sherman Tanks (TankCraft #2), and now have read a few more, both in paper and in eBook versions. The more I leaf through them, the more enthusiastic I get. These are

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Riding

A little Italian Ride Tale

Now, I am not going to repeat each and every post from my EuropeRides site here, but just to get things moving forward again, I will this time…… read on…. Folks…… I checked my activity and it appears that my

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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

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Book Reviews

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

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Book Reviews

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

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Scale Models

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

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Book Reviews

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

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Review: The Boat that Won the War (Hardback)

(An Illustrated History of the Higgins LCVP) By Charles C Roberts General Eisenhower said it: The boat that won the war. And he was not referring to a battleship or aircraft carrier, he was referring to a small wooden craft

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Italian Blog

The Christmas tree at Gubbio

Gubbio boasts to have the biggest Christmas tree in the WORLD ! Well, duh….. it is a tree made out of 500 lights, posted on the hill behind the old town. Still, it is a very nice sight when descending

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Book Reviews

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

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Home Cockpit

Initial skirmishes

Here’s my first post on the actual initialization of my cockpit project. SO many things to prepare, to plan, to think about, to research…….. I wish I had more time ! 🙂 I started with laying out all the bits

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Book Reviews

The Invasion of Sicily 1943; book review

The Invasion of Sicily 1943 By Jon Diamond The ‘Images of War’ series is an excellent addition to any reader interested in WW2 archive pictures, and the history behind them. That goes for this (paperback) Invasion of Sicily 1943, as

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Aviation

My Home Cockpit Project

This, my dear friends, has been on my bucket list for, oh, at least 30 years. Flight Simulation has been the ONE steady thing in my life ever since 1976 when I saw the very first non-mainframe computer….. and a

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Grumpy Tales

Retirement is here

Yup, you read that right…….. I turned 65, so I retired. Well….. or so I believe. But I seem to be the only one. Mind you, I’d LOVE to now ONLY do all the things I love doing….. but it

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EuropeRides

Col de la Madeleine Savoie France

Collected here is a small series of photos of the Col de la Madeleine. The photos were made between 2005 and 2009. Col de la Madeleine is one of the more challenging ‘cols’ (or mountain passes) with rather narrow roads

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Book Reviews

Reading about Dragoon

No, not the soldiers on horses but rather the ‘other’ landing that occurred in France, 2 months after D-Day ! Operation Dragoon was the concerted effort of the allies to land on the French Riviera coast and form a second

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