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Monday, July 24th 2017, 7:08pm

Author: BruceDuncan

1930s vintage Freighter

Another adaptation of a drawing I found in the archives of Associazione Navimodellisti Bolognesi; a small 1930s vintage cargo vessel. Not certain whether it was a steamer or a motorship – I think the latter. For prewar trade the small size of the vessel would have been less of an issue.

Saturday, July 22nd 2017, 8:08pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Frigate Gefion, 12 dgs 5 min South, 78 dgs 17 min East, Monday 22 March 1948 “Smoke bearing Green 100!” came the shout from the lookout aloft. In this part of the empty Indian Ocean any sort of diversion was welcome enough, and von Haugwitz and the other bridge officers turned their classes to port. “I can’t see much more than a smudge on the horizon from here,” he said. “Are we getting any returns on our Seetakt equipment? The response was negative; whatever it was stood below the horizon. The ...

Thursday, July 20th 2017, 12:51am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Freeman (Cebu), Wednesday, 17 March 1948 Marking the conclusion of the first phase of their operational trials the escort destroyers Cabanatuan and Calamba called at Iloilo. The newest of the Navy’s fighting ships, they were completed at Butuan earlier this month. The Manila Chronicle, Friday, 19 March 1948 Yesterday evening saw the Senate approve by a narrow margin the proposed sale of the aircraft carrier Linguyen to the Imperial Japanese Navy. The matter had been hotly debated in the wake...

Wednesday, July 19th 2017, 12:57pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Something for the Summer Doldrums

Quoted from "Hood" That's a nice looking design too, very sleek for 1946, certainly has some Italian flair. Yes, the Italians had some very sleek designs; too bad that fight after the war there was so much surplus shipping, or this design might have been built. By the 1950s similarly-inspired ships were emerging from European yards.

Tuesday, July 18th 2017, 8:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Motor Cargo Vessel

The web site for these plans call it “Motonave da Carico”, the best translation of which I can find equates to motor cargo vessel. It was apparently a project dating from 1946 for a small (90-meter) cargo vessel that would be well suited for the Mediterranean and Levant trades at the time. The provision for a gangway on the starboard side suggests that a number of passengers were to be accommodated Other than length, no details provided on the site. :(

Tuesday, July 18th 2017, 2:06am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Innsbruck, Provincial Police Headquarters, Friday, 19 March 1948 Superintendent Grunwald explained the situation succinctly. “Since the War there have been incidents of cross-border criminal activity – mostly smuggling – but in the last several years the number of robberies, assaults, and extortion attempts have grown; in the last six months, it has gotten much worse. You’ve seen the data in the files; we think that the Camorra has moved into northern Italy as the ability and willingness of the ...

Saturday, July 15th 2017, 1:46am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Manila, The Malacañan Palace, Monday, 15 March 1948 Don Joaquin de la Vega and his assistant, Ramon Magsaysay had returned to the Minister’s office to digest the proposal set before them by the hired British expert, Maunsell. De la Vega dropped his copy of the report on his desk and slumped in his chair; his assistant took a seat opposite him. “Does he actually believe concrete will float?” asked the Minister of Defense. The question was intended as rhetorical but Magsaysay offered his own answe...

Thursday, July 13th 2017, 8:37pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Berlin, Headquarters of the Kriminalpolizei, Tuesday, 16 March 1948 Walter Gerike and Erwin Sander approached the office door of their supervisor, Inspector Otto Langemeyer, with a certain sense of dread. Summons to his inner sanctum usually involved solving tough cases. “Don’t bother to sit down,” Langemeyer said gruffly. “Pack your bags and be on the next train to Innsbruck.” “And when we get there…” asked Sander. He was the troublesome one of the pair, always asking questions too soon. “You c...

Thursday, July 13th 2017, 1:28am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Images

Could someone explain to me exactly what Photobucket means by "Third Party Hosting"?

Tuesday, July 11th 2017, 12:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Something for the Summer Doldrums

Thanks! I am still wrestling with what to do with Photobucket, and the options are not great.

Monday, July 10th 2017, 8:22pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Transport Ship Stromboli

This is another drawing ‘inspired’ by the Associazione Navimodellisti Bolognesi web site – the postwar Italian transport ship Stromboli. I was actually able to find some data for her. She and her sister Vesuvio were laid down during the war as merchantmen and completed around 1949 for the Italian Navy. Navypedia gives the following specifications for the Stromboli: 4,900 tons standard, 6,160 tons full load. 102 x 14 x 7 meters. One shaft, geared steam turbines, 13.5 knots. Radius 3,350 nm at 11...

Friday, July 7th 2017, 7:14pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1948

Report of the Hungarian Military Attaché, Belgrade, Monday, March 15, 1948 The Yugoslav government has sent the first batch of pilots to France to train on the Dassault Ouragan II fighter aircraft; deliveries of the first of the order for seventy-five aircraft are expected in April of this year, though the complete order is not expected to finish before December. Rumours abound that the Yugoslavs sought to acquire Fw340 or Bf329 aircraft from Germany but such requests were denied; confirmation h...

Friday, July 7th 2017, 12:49pm

Author: BruceDuncan

RE: SpringSharp Question

Quoted from "Hood" Apologies if I've asked this before, or if someone else has, but the search function isn't working at the moment. My trusty old laptop has finally given up the ghost and I'm awaiting a new laptop. My question is, does SpringSharp run on Windows 10? I run it on a laptop with Windows 10 without incident.

Thursday, July 6th 2017, 4:38pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Balintawak, Manila, Saturday, 13 March 1948 Don Andreas Soriano was pleased thus far with his efforts to shepherd the proposed sale of the small aircraft carrier Linguyen through the Senate. His hold on Don Pedro Teves and his ultra-nationalists remained strong, and the other factions of the right had also fallen into line. His ally, Don Manolo Elizalde, had swung much of the press behind the idea – indeed, the day’s edition of the Manila Times offered an eloquent editorial in favor of the sale....

Wednesday, July 5th 2017, 7:41pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Coastal Cargo Vessel

Another item from the Associazione Navimodellisti Bolognesi. A civilian small coastal cargo vessel, rated at 32 meters, dating to the early postwar period.

Tuesday, July 4th 2017, 5:52pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Marinestützpunkt Warnemünde, Monday, 15 March 1948 Konteradmiral Siegfried Engel, as well as his immediate superior, Konteradmiral Johannes Bachmann, were surprised by the message from the Admiralstab announcing that the aircraft carriers Tegetthoff and Zieten were to be withdrawn from their established training program and released to the Atlantic Fleet. “They have barely half way through their training!” Engel said with a tone of rising anger. “What are the fools in Berlin planning?” Bachman t...

Tuesday, July 4th 2017, 2:59am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Images

Quoted from "Brockpaine" <snip> In case this hasn't made the case for it already, I'd like to encourage everyone to consider what kind of images they post. If you can enter the text directly to the forum rather than uploading a picture that might eventually get broken in a year or so, it's worth the effort. If it's worth posting, then consider whether or not someone two or three years from now will still be able to view it! This is a good point; while I have always subscribed to the theory that...

Sunday, July 2nd 2017, 10:40pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Berlin, The Admiralstab, Saturday, 13 March 1948 Kapitän zur See Heinrich Gerlach, Director of Naval Intelligence, pondered the cablegram reporting the decision of the Royal Navy to disband its Western Approaches Command. It portended the probable concentration of the Royal Navy’s capital units to meet the perceived threat posed by the Kriegsmarine in the North Sea, and suggested that the British had made a choice of how to prepare their response. From his point of view though, the Royal Navy wa...

Sunday, July 2nd 2017, 10:38pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Images

I can now see them all as well.

Sunday, July 2nd 2017, 6:57pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Images

Quoted from "Rooijen10" http://wesworld.jk-clan.de/index.php?pag…8602#post118602 Hmmm... that is interesting. When I looked here, the one Photobucket image is visible and the other isn't... Having messed around a bit, the one that was not visible is now visible again... to me at least. Not sure if the others can as well... FWIW, I can see some of the images on that page, but not others. Odd that.