After months of watching videos on wood turning and pen turning, I turned my first pen last week:
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.
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.
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.
I enjoy repairing mechanical items. I also enjoy watching others repair and restore old mechanical items.
As a fan of old stuff, well stocked wood and metal work shops, talented individuals and stories of restoration this video checks a lot of boxes for me…