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Sunday, June 25th 2017, 4:18pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

6 March The Malaysian Red Crescent Society was founded today. It will work alongside branches of the British Red Cross Society. 12 March The Admiralty have disbanded Western Approaches Command. The heavier ships have been transferred to North Atlantic Command and the sloops and coastal minesweepers have been transferred to The Nore and Channel Command. The Commander-in-Chief Western Approaches has taken the opportunity to retire, in his own words “to free the chances for promotion of younger off...

Saturday, June 24th 2017, 2:50pm

Author: Hood

Something for the Summer Doldrums

Very interesting drawings, many thanks for sharing them here.

Saturday, June 24th 2017, 2:48pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

1 March The Ubangi-Shari Government today held a special session and voted on the proposal to ask King William of the Netherlands to formally succeed his dead brother as King of Ubangi-Shari. The proposal passed with a slim majority following a four hour long debate. 3 March King William today announced that he had accepted the call to succeed his late brother as King of Kongo and Ubangi-Shari. In return he has asked that the Chartered Rights be amended to alter the status of the Kingdom of Kong...

Wednesday, June 21st 2017, 6:06pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

7 March Fabrica Militar de Aviones (FMA) today opened their new Fábrica de Motores de Aviación (Aviation Engine Factory) in Cordoba. The Fábrica de Motores de Aviación also forms a new division of the company and has been formed from the previous Engine Department. The products of this division are; 450hp El Gaucho R-1/1 9-cylinder radial 740hp El Indio R-2/1 9-cylinder radial 840hp El Indio R-2/2 9-cylinder radial Another new Division of FMA is La Fábrica de Hélices y Accesorios (Propellers and...

Sunday, June 18th 2017, 10:43am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

27 February The Kongolese Government today held a special session of both Colleges and voted on the proposal to ask King William of the Netherlands to formally succeed his dead brother as King of the Kongo. The proposal passed with a healthy majority. 28 February KOOPD has flown the prototype X-03 Belalang two-seat basic trainer today. This low-wing monoplane is of mixed construction with a fixed undercarriage and a 90hp Continental C-90-12F air-cooled flat-four engine. It is hoped if tests go w...

Saturday, June 17th 2017, 2:17pm

Author: Hood

British Aircraft Industry (Part 2)

Independent Companies Abbott-Baynes Sailplanes Ltd. Works: Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey. Types Currently in Production: Abbott-Baynes Scud 2, glider Abbott-Baynes Scud 3, glider Carden-Baynes Auxiliary, motorglider Aero Engines Ltd. Works: Kingswood, Bristol. Types Currently in Production: Dryad, 40hp 2-cyl opposed air-cooled engine. Sprite, 23hp 2-cyl opposed air-cooled engine. Pixie, 50hp 4-cyl inverted inline air-cooled engine, former Weir design. F.M. Aspin & Company Ltd. Ltd. Works: Bury, L...

Saturday, June 17th 2017, 2:15pm

Author: Hood

British Aircraft Industry 1948 (Part 1)

This is 1948's round up of British aviation activity, types in production, development and design stage. Big groups listed first, smaller independents later (second post). The British Aircraft Industry and its Products 1948 Groups within the Industry AIRCO AIRCO, the third conglomerate in the industry formed on March 6 1938 when Handley Page Ltd. merged with de Havilland and in August 1941 Fairey Aviation Co. Ltd. joined. Each company trades individually but there is close co-operation between d...

Friday, June 16th 2017, 10:33am

Author: Hood

Ships for World Tsar Michael version 7

A very nice looking aircraft, the wing reminds me of the B-17, but it does have a Junkers Ju-86 feel about it too.

Friday, June 9th 2017, 3:13pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

22 February Ernest Bevin breathed a sigh of relief he flicked over the last page of the latest report from Baghdad. "It seems the bloody trouble has been nipped in the bud. Thank God their King saw sense and took our advice not to go on the rampage. That would have messed up things all round and we would have been in a damn awkward position." His private secretary nodded in agreement. The Secretary then opened another envelope, "Sir, we've received reports from the Admiralty regarding German nav...

Friday, June 9th 2017, 2:59pm

Author: Hood

Meanwhile, in Russia - 1947

My ears prick up at the sound of the word MiG. That's a nice round-up of news Brock.

Thursday, June 8th 2017, 12:47pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

No way, they would all die in mysterious circumstances! For the same reason they never take afternoon tea with Miss Marple either, or attend charity cake sales anywhere in the Home Counties. Even Walter's nija's or Swampy's smoking Filipinos can't handle a chance encounter with the little Belgian or the busybody little old lady!

Wednesday, June 7th 2017, 6:32pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

They'll be on the next sleeper express to Belgrade!

Wednesday, June 7th 2017, 4:23pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

17 February Belgian politician's are relieved that Queen Juilianna has not been embroiled in the constitutional crisis underway in the Netherlands. Some have even voiced quiet thanks that Queen Wilhelmina had taken Kongo of their hands many years ago. There can be no coincidence in a large publicity campaign launched today, emphasising Belgian coal, steel and engineering prowess which has seen showcases and public posters appearing in several capitals across Eastern and Southern Europe. To moder...

Sunday, June 4th 2017, 2:15pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

12 February Rumours that a major change in the organisation of the Navy are circulating around the officer circles of the Navy. 20 February The patrol icebreaker ARA Piedra Buena rescued thirty sailors today from a stricken fishing vessel off the Strait of Magellan in heavy seas after the boat's engine had broken down and they began to drift and take on water. 26 February The patrol boats ARA P17 and P17 commissioned with the 3rd Patrol Squadron at Puerto Santa Cruz today. These new boats have r...

Saturday, June 3rd 2017, 10:21am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

24 February The fourth day of the Amsterdam Conference. The Dutch legal team seemed quite cheery, having finally gotten their delayed spot on the agenda. King William’s Policy Charge d’Affaires Willem van Rappard recapped the three questions raised on the first day; did William’s retention of the title of Prince of Kongo entitle him to automatic succession? If another Head of State was appointed would Alexander’s personal property be considered family or state ownership and if so would his land ...

Friday, June 2nd 2017, 10:28am

Author: Hood

Junkers Ju322 Heavy Bomber Aircraft

I've always been a big fan of the looks of the Junkers EF132. I'm guessing this development task is as big as the British V-bombers, I would doubt that the Ju322 would become operational before the early 50s.

Monday, May 29th 2017, 11:39am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

23 February The third day of the Amsterdam Conference. At the opening, Louis Beel asked John Hattambina to outline his solution to the succession. His speech was short but no less shocking than yesterday’s. “The unanimous vote of the Ubangian Socialist Action Party, and therefore of the people, is that our leader and Prime Minister Julius Limbani should become a President of a new Republic. He is the only man equipped to lead us forwards.” As everyone took in the implication of independence from...

Saturday, May 27th 2017, 1:48pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

22 February The second day of the Amsterdam Conference. The Dutch legal team seemed quite weary, having been up most of the night, consulting the best legal minds in the Netherlands and historians of state matters. Before Louis Beel could begin the official agenda John Hattambina leapt up and read out a statement. “We, the representatives of the people of the Grand Duchy of Ubangi-Shari feel bound to point out that with all due respect to ancient legal wordings we have to raise the matter of our...

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017, 9:57am

Author: Hood

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Looking over her specs, Linguyen doesn't seem too bad and is still relatively young. Length is an issue. I guess an alternative would be a 75% rebuild and add a hull section perhaps to extend her length and hangar space. Not sure why bulges are fitted in the original design, but these could be altered easily to regain stability too. OOC there are not many IC nations anyway so any kind of sale seems remote. Also the market probably isn't there, even for NPC nations who have either built or are bu...

Sunday, May 21st 2017, 4:24pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

21 February In the city hall the delegates gathered in the main chamber. Leading the Dutch contingent is Staatssecretaris of Foreign Affairs Louis J.M. Beel and a group of ten senior civil servants from both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Colonial Affairs, the Law Office and the Royal Household. Representing the King is his Policy Charge d’Affaires Willem van Rappard. The Kongolese contingent is led by State Minister Josef Mobuku, who is ably supported by nine civil servants an...