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Ralph A

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  1. Hello folks, thanks for looking. Can anyone identify this yellow insignia, seen here on a model of a SOMUA? Thanks.
  2. Shigeru and Hiroshi touring a little on leave. 1/48 (oh my eyes!) scale Kurogane Type 95 car.
  3. Also unintentionally, the soldier on the far right (how appropriate) is a dead ringer for my brother-in-law. He takes his vacations in South Africa, and specializes in environmental law. No, not that sort. He helps companies find loopholes in environmental laws.
  4. Diorama made from pegboard, paper. Waiting for yesterday's snow to melt so I can access my "quarry" for sand, bits of rock There's a lot of low grade iron ore in this area. Another teaser for historians: what effect did this geological fact have to do with a major US Civil War battle fought in Virginia in 1864? (Hint: Catharine Furnace.) Models, figurines coming along. Still a lot of detail to add. Heavy, dark stuff first, then dry brush in soft details. The devil is in those. Driver ended up looking a lot like his supreme leader. Must be a fan.
  5. I certainly will. Thank you for the interest. Since it is snowing here, I'll share this just-completed 1/48 scale effort calling to mind another snowy winter, in less happy circumstances! Students of history should be able to name the unit down to battalion-level, place and approximate historical date. By the way, I am working on the Western Desert diorama; the kubelwagen is coming along: Now back to the novels. The fun never stops. In parting, here is how I make ammo belts (or for that matter, cables):
  6. Here is a project I completed in December. USAAF Far East Air Force B25-C (mod.) Mitchell, Philippines. December 23rd. 1941: an emergency airstrip somewhere near Lubao, on Bataan Peninsula. Helping hold open the bridges at Calumpit near San Fernando, as Wainwright's troops flee from Manila and the pursuing Japanese Army. I haven't put together a model in 45 years. Although a little shaky now (not to mention the worsening eyesight), it's comforting to see I haven't lost all my skills. Everything is hand painted. All but the models and figurines is scratch built. These are an exercise in creativity. I am completing a particularly complex novel,and I like to have somewhere to blow off excess creative energy. I find that one project feeds off the other! Thanks for looking.
  7. This sweet little "kubel" will join the diorama, once completed. The downed signpost has received some attention. Rust still needs some work. etc. Never satisfied.
  8. Sd.kfz. 222. 1/35. ... It will join with these models, once the diorama platform is finished. "Signpost down! Some doubt as to direction." Some details.
  9. Who is this? "Hofjuwelier Pliers"? I'm stumped. Thanks.
  10. No one ever did. I got it from one of our fellow Contemptible's of high regard, who lamented that it had no award document. Now, another is enjoying it, who is building a nice collection of NC bars. It's been shown many times on this forum.
  11. Here are some hints for eager collectors, some things of which to be aware. Here is how this piece was presented on the dealer's site. Here is the actual piece, and what I learned. Most of this damage, almost invisible to the naked eye, was reported on the COA. I used harsh light and some difficult camera angles to show everything. Point is, this is what you want to see on something so old, and well worn. The fact is that if you had one of these exceptional things, you wore it... some of these gents probably never took them off. This one was worn from 1917 t0 1935 and had been kept well by the recipient, dinged up here and there, repaired as needed. Watch for this sort of thing. Be wary of minty examples.
  12. Oh, thank you. I hoped one of those would turn up one day.
  13. No greed here. What would be a fair price?
  14. What classes are these? Can you determine the approximate era from these pictures? How is the larger one different from the one Weitze has for sale? https://www.weitze.com/militaria/73/Japan_Orden_der_Aufgehenden_Sonne_Ritterkreuz__299673.html Huge difference in cost from what I was offered for mine.... ?? Sorry, not my field. I'm sure the answers are in this forum, but I don't have the time right now to dredge them up. Thanks all.
  15. Ghost from the past! I sold that one as a repro long ago, along with the rest of my TR collection. It was extensive... and lo! and behold "iron-clad/go to sleep on" pieces that had been vetted time and again turned out to be fakes. About 10% of the collection. A lot of it was taken back by the dealers who sold it to me. Even some I'd had for ten years or more! I did keep all 1000+ of the tinnies, though! And the P38.
  16. My good friend and fellow collector (of US groups; he's the fellow I got my "unattributed" HLP MOH from) Elliot Goldman came by this week and brought his book of presidential signatures. As far as I know it is the most complete book of its kind in existence. Signed by 15 presidents and 8 first ladies (beginning with Chester Arthur), it also has signatures of such notables as General Pershing, Clara Barton, George Gatling, Susan B Anthony and others. It sure was fun looking through it! Here is a link to the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYTfTtwkuY8
  17. If you don't necessarily want "original" try ebay user medalermania. I didn't see yours in his listings, but he may have it in stock.
  18. Finally... as a bonus and because I've gone temporarily insane, I'll take offers on this bar. I intended to hang onto this obviously "diplomatic" bar as an heirloom, but if the price is right and one of you HAS to have it for his collection I'll consider a generous offer, and up the ante to 15% on the donation. Thank you.
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