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Saturday, October 16th 2021, 11:11am

Author: Hood

Springsharp is Alive!

That would be great news if it happens. The new beta does seem to beef up the weights a bit and make it a little more realistic, perhaps a little more pessimistic for destroyer engines that I was playing around with but once the slider works it could be a game changer to better fit the powerplant to the ship type.

Tuesday, October 12th 2021, 4:20pm

Author: Hood

Springsharp is Alive!

Just by chance I came across the Springshap site and found that on 29 September a new beta version (3.0b4) has been launched which runs on Windows 10 and 11! Looks to have some new funky options for the engines tab, some of which (high endurance vs high performance engine) does not work yet. http://springsharp.com/ Its actually made my day that Ian and James are still working on this after so many years!

Thursday, October 7th 2021, 11:59am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

The return of Limbani into the public sphere was a chance from Baron Owija to whitewash his involvement in his kidnapping. Copious documents that seemed to point towards the previous government’s complicity in the kidnap plot and attempt on the Baron’s life were splashed across the headlines of most of the Kongolese newspapers. Those same documents were passed in full to the Dutch delegation in Pretoria as evidence of the new government’s correct action in seizing power and releasing Limbani. Th...

Sunday, October 3rd 2021, 4:41pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

28 February The Dutch Army approached the outskirts of Mbki as the drove down the main route east towards the Sudan. The large town of Obo lay beyond. This was rumoured to be a hotbed of rebels but since rumours of N'Dofa's escape and the disappearance of 'The Priest' the rebel forces had either melted away or surrendered. Across the border British troops were patrolling the border and arresting any rebels who attempted to flee, the majority however felt safer heading south to the Kongo. A few b...

Saturday, October 2nd 2021, 10:36am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

The bedraggled man slumped into the chair, his uniform dusty and crumpled, the man looked tired and had that hunted expression on his face. "Look at you, you come crawling back here asking for more help? You failed me N'Dofa, you lied to me and failed me." N'Dofa shrugged his shoulders, "we came close, the Dutch were weak but they reacted quicker than we thought capable, and some of the scum in the capital failed to come over to our side as they promised they would. Maybe if you hadn't insisted ...

Saturday, October 2nd 2021, 10:04am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1950

*drum rolls to build up the tensions, trumpets and fanfares* 24 February The ballots in the General Election have been counted. The total votes cast were 28,771,124 giving a turnout of 83.9% (notably higher than the 1945 election at 72.8%). Out of the 625 constituency seats, 313 are needed for a majority. The Labour Party contested 617 seats, winning 315 seats, losing 13 seats, with 46.1% of the vote. The Conservative Party contested 495 seats, winning 290 seats, gaining 28 seats. The Liberal Pa...

Tuesday, September 28th 2021, 5:43pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1950

20 February Amman Airport in Jordan opened today for civil flights. Already used as an RAF airfield, the British have invested in building a new terminal for commercial flights. New runways and taxiways have been built along with a new apron for airliners. Ealing Studios release their latest film, The Blue Lamp, introducing the character Police Constable George Dixon, played by Jack Warner, with Dirk Bogarde playing the role of a young criminal. The action mostly takes place in the Paddington ar...

Tuesday, September 28th 2021, 5:38pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1950

10 March The silica sand producer Sablières et Carrières Réunies has opened a new factory in Dessel for drying and milling silica sand in order to fulfil increasing demand for its products. 14 March The political parties have begun their election campaigns for the election in June. The Belgian Labour Party (Belgische Werkliedenpartij/ Parti Ouvrier Belge) led by Max Buset is defending its time in government and is campaigning on social policy issues with further worker’s rights and welfare refor...

Tuesday, September 28th 2021, 5:37pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentina 1950

9 March The first of the Navy’s two purpose-built Motor Torpedo Boat tenders, ARA El Austral, commissioned today with the 4th MTB Squadron at Puerto Deseado. 14 March The second of the Navy’s purpose-built Motor Torpedo Boat tenders, ARA Atlantis, commissioned today with the 3rd MTB Squadron at Rawson.

Sunday, September 26th 2021, 11:45am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

15 February Vice-Admiraal Lodewijk van Kinsbergen, aboard his flagship HNLMS Suriname received the message from the bridge that the cruiser Terschelling and the seaplane tender Venus had arrived from Paramaribo. He nodded in acknowledgement and headed out from his sea cabin to the bridge to see for himself. van Kinsbergen had requested support but made it clear to the Navy Ministry that he wanted larger ships and not more smaller gunboats. He was worried about congestion at the harbour and possi...

Friday, September 24th 2021, 4:07pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

12 February For Baron Owija the failure of N’Dofa’s revolution was a bitter blow. “That fool promised me he had the situation covered, that he had a conspiracy planned and the men in place and the resources to back it up!” he fumed to his aide. His aide knew this was unfair, N’Dofa had relied on the Baron’s money and influence to get things kickstarted. But there was no doubting that losing the north to Dutch platform meant that there was still a local platform for them to strike south. “Now I a...

Sunday, September 19th 2021, 10:18am

Author: Hood

German News and Events, 1950

Nice touch on the personality pictures!

Friday, September 17th 2021, 12:29pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

6 February The pressure of the blast blew him off his feet, bundling him into the ditch as the heat of the flame crept up his neck. The sound and concussion deafened him, the world whirled by in slow motion, pieces of mud brick and timber flying through the air with him. The ground coming up to meet him. N'Dofa couldn't believe it had come to this. Memories of former Tweede-Luitenant Anton Flinders who served with 55 Afdeling, Ubangi Shari One of my senior pilots Meertens shouted out he had a ca...

Wednesday, September 15th 2021, 10:36am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

Catching up with domestic news. 14 January The Noordstar-Boerhaave Prize has been awarded to Fleming Arthur Meulemans, composer of operas, symphonies, chamber music, piano works and songs. 22 January A new film production company, Perfini (Perusahaan Film Nasional Indonesia, Indonesia National Film Company) opened its studio in Batavia today. It has employed the director Usmar Ismail, who is directing its first film, Darah dan Doa (Blood and Prayer), for which financial backing is being sought. ...

Wednesday, September 15th 2021, 10:27am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1950

11 February The 1950 British Empire Games, the fourth such games, has been held in Auckland, New Zealand between 4 and 11 February. The main venue was Eden Park, although the closing ceremonies were held at Western Springs Stadium. Teams participated from all over the Empire, including; Australia, Burma, Canada, England, Jamaica, Malaya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland and Wales. Events included athletics, boxing, cycling, diving, fencing, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming, weightlifting and wrestling...

Wednesday, September 15th 2021, 10:20am

Author: Hood

Peruvian News and Events, 1950

Yeah me and Brock kinda dropped the ball on keeping the Brazilian reports going, we certainly had more river craft planned.

Sunday, September 12th 2021, 5:24pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

3 February The rumble of heavy engines and the metallic clanking of tracks filled the air as the Lt-33 tanks passed through Alindao. Finally the town had been taken, at the end tanks and 105mm guns had to fire at almost point-blank range to blast the defenders out of their defensive positions. It had been a bloody fight and as the few prisoners began to dig a big mass grave for their former comrades the Dutch infantry and tankers headed south in hot pursuit of the rebels. was still under siege b...

Saturday, September 11th 2021, 12:31pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

Matadi: The Dutch Enclave Baron Owija's seizure of power and declaration of independence from Dutch rule relied on the power of the largely local Kongolese Army and Air Force units, which although under nominal command from the Dutch General Staff, was still very much attached to its roots as locally-formed units. However, the Dutch had one force that could not be controlled, the Royal Netherlands Navy had its Kongo Station at Matadi, the major port in the Kongo. Consisting of two cruisers, seve...

Friday, September 3rd 2021, 6:25pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1950

28 February Belgium's armaments sector had two more headline announcements to make concerning new business. SABCA (Sociétés Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques) announced today a deal with Peru to refurbish 40 ex-Aéronautique Militaire Caproni Ariete Serie III fighters. All the aircraft will be refurbished and supplied with spare parts and spare engines. Deliveries will begin in the middle of this year. This implies that the air force is imminently considering retiring at least two squa...

Friday, September 3rd 2021, 4:28pm

Author: Hood

German News and Events, 1950

Hmmm, enter the Leopard I wonder?