I learned something new last week…

After months of watching videos on wood turning and pen turning, I turned my first pen last week:

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Mesquite with “gold” hardware. Neither is my first choice of color but it’s what was provided in the class.  There are a couple of things I’m not entirely satisfied with on this one but for a first effort I’m happy with the result.

I hope to have the time to cut some blanks out of scrap 2×4 in my garage and do some practice turning and drilling this weekend.

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Is that a gun in your bus or are you just happy to see me?

I don’t remember what I was searching for a picture of when I started running across these, but my fetish for unusual weapon/vehicle combinations  and “gun trucks” in general took over and I went down a different path than what I was intending.

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Flak 8,8 cm auf Vomag Fahrgestell

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Selbstfahrlafette auf Fahrgestell VOMAG 7 OR 660 mit 8,8cm Flak in service with I.Flak Regiment 42

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Vomag 88mm Flak 18 Waffentrager

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VOMAG targeting truck

8.8 cm FlaK on bus chassis Vomag Omnibus Typ 7. Budapest 1945

8.8 cm FlaK on bus chassis Vomag Omnibus Typ 7. Budapest 1945

8.8 cm FlaK on bus chassis Vomag

8.8 cm FlaK on bus chassis Vomag Omnibus Typ 7. Budapest 1945

 

Turns out there were 21 – 24 of these Selbstfahrlafette auf Fahrgestell VOMAG 7 OR 660 mit 8,8cm Flak probably built for the Führerbegleitbrigade (FBB: Führer escort brigade) which was tasked with protecting Hitler’s military headquarters and accompanying him on those occasions he wanted to tool around the front.

Only assigned to 1. Bataillon of Flak Regiment 42 which appears to have initially served around Dresden, they ended up on the Ostfront and the unit was essentially wiped out in the fighting in and around Budapest in late 1944 with none of the vehicles surviving.

More info and pics here: www.kfzderwehrmacht.de and although I don’t really understand or get reddit, here’s a link with a bunch of pics and .gifs involving 88’s:  https://www.reddit.com/r/88mm

 

Veteran’s Day 2018

Thank you to those who served before me and those who served after me, may you never be forgotten.

A US Army detachment leaves Le Havre France for the front

A US Army detachment leaves Le Havre, France, for the front

With goggles atop his head, Ernie Pyle talks to a group of soldiers near Anzio, Italy

With goggles atop his head, Ernie Pyle talks to a group of soldiers near Anzio, Italy

Missouri infantrymen pose for a New Year greeting, 19th Infantry Regiment, Kumsong front, Korea, 14 December 1951
Missouri infantrymen pose for a New Year greeting, 19th Infantry Regiment, Kumsong front, Korea, 14 December 1951
This was the C-130 crew that flew part of the 500 Belgium paratroopers to the Belgium, Congo to quell a native uprising

This was the C-130 “Hercules” crew that flew part of the 500 Belgium paratroopers to the Belgium, Congo to quell a native uprising

My Grandfather at 21 (1943-44)

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