NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 26 OCTOBER 2009

NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 26 OCTOBER 2009

Hello and welcome to the newsletter of what’s new on Miliblog this week. As we write this, it’s Sunday November 1st and Haloween is over for another year. Hope you didn’t get tricked last night !

Following on from last week’s 120 e-photos, we have a further 70 of them added this week to The Tank Collection and I’ve got some samples below to tempt you have a look at the Collection. As we said last week they are far from perfect, but being slightly grainy and a little out of focus, I think it brings some atmosphere to them. As always we love to receive your emails about all sorts of items, so we will wait and see if we get any feedback. The first one is a nice photo of a Valentine Tank in Malta and the reason we are sure it’s taken in Malta is because of the camouflage pattern. If you have ever visited Malta, you will see many dry stone walls separating the fields and the army adopted a similar style of camouflage to the walls. Have a look at the picture and you will see what we mean. The next British smple is a nice little Light Tank MkVIA taken in North Africa with the commander standing on the turret with his binoculars. The last British sample this week is a lovely Churchill Recovery Tank complete with what looks to be twin-Bren guns as armament. Look at the Canadian Ram Tank in the background, which is a rare beast indeed.  

Our sample US Tank featured this week is a nice M4 Sherman with a Cullin devise fitted on the front. The big problem for troops in the Normandy campaign both for US and British troops was the Bocage countryside, which featured many fields edged with thick hedges and then sunken roads between them. The problem was when an Allied tank went up and over the hedge, it revealed the soft under-belly which was an easy target for enemy bazookas or panzerfausts. It was solved by a Sergeant Bill Cullin of the US Engineers who came up with the idea of chopping down the German anti-invasion metalwork on the beaches and attaching pieces to the front of a tank. This way the tank went through the hedge and so saved many tanks from being hit.  

From our German section we have a nice Panzer IV at speed on the Russian Steppes. Next is a Jagd Tiger, here seen in Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset, UK. Just look at the size of this animal compared to the people standing by it. What a monster ! How would you stop that thing if it was coming at you ! Then we have a really atmospheric photo of a Panzer III motoring along in the desert in North Africa. This is an example of where despite the photo being grainy and not in much detail, I just had to include it in the collection.  We have 5 Stug III photos this week and my favourite is the one below, which is in colour. Last sample this week from the German section must show an excellent idea for all our modellers amongst us. Although not strictly not a tank, it’s an Sd Kfz 7 Half Track towing a nice piece of artillery over a bridge.   

We are still amazed here at Miliblog when we look at out website statistics. October was the best month since we started, with just under 7,500 visitors in the month resulting in over 600,000 hits, so a big ‘Thank You’ to you all. This means that the average visitor looks at around 80 pages per visit, so we must be doing something right for our fellow enthusiasts come back to have another look !

Next weekend on November 7/8, we have the IPMS (international Plastic Modellers Society) ‘Scale Model World 2009′ Exhibition at the International Centre in Telford, Shropshire. With over 270 trade stands it’s going to be a cracker of a show and Miliblog will be visiting and reporting back to you. Hopefully we may be able to take some photos as well ! I’ll be wearing a Miliblog badge so if any one of you are there and spot me, then please stop me and say ‘hello !’

So without further delay, I’ll get back to the scanner and conjure up some nice new photos for next week.

Cheerio !

Simon

Valentine Tank in Malta

Valentine Tank in Malta

Light Tank MkVIA in North Africa

Light Tank MkVIA in North Africa

Churchill Recovery Tank

Churchill Recovery Tank

M4 Sherman with Cullin Device, Normandy

M4 Sherman with Cullin Device, Normandy

Panzer IV at Speed in Russia

Panzer IV at Speed in Russia

Jagd Tiger in Bovington Tank Museum

Jagd Tiger in Bovington Tank Museum

Panzer III in North Africa

Panzer III in North Africa

Stug III in Russia

Stug III in Russia

Sd Kfz 7 Half Track & 105mm Howitzer

Sd Kfz 7 Half Track & 105mm Howitzer

NEW THIS WEEK – MONDAY 19 OCTOBER 2009

Hello to you all and welcome once again to Miliblog. This week we’ve started an exciting new section which I think will be very useful especially to model makers. Over the years I have accumulated many different photos and in different forms, whether it be digital, slides or even the glossy photos that came in a packet from the photo shop after developing. But part of the collection that is really interesting are the digital e-photos that were available on cd’s or donated from fellow enthusiasts. Some have a copyright attached to them and these we won’t be adding to Miliblog. The others that have no copyright or are so old that under International law the copyright has expired, we shall be adding to Miliblog for your enjoyment.

This week we’ve added nearly 130 photos and have set up this new section called ‘The Tank Collection’.  Ok some of the photos are a little grainy and we can’t get them to explode to a full screen, but I think they are really good and provide more detail and close ups of the tanks. So far we have 3 sections, WW2 British, WW2 German and WW2 American, each with many exciting photos to view. I’ve shown some sample below.  Who can’t resist looking at them and remember that early Tamiya or Esci model that many of us made back in the 1980′s !!!    Have a look at the Panzer 35t or the Sherman Rocket launcher which were both early Esci models in 1/72 scale. There’s nothing like a bit of nostalgia, but as someone recently said ‘Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be !!!’

Don’t forget, we have the search tab at the top if there’s a particular vehicle or registration number of an old vehicle you once owned or you’re interested in. Just pop the details into the box and search.  

So back to the scanner and find some more stuff for next week !

Cheerio !

Simon 

Valentine Tank & Troops

Valentine Tank & Troops

M3 British Grant Tank

M3 British Grant Tank

M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer

M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer

M4A1 Sherman with Rocket Launcher

M4A1 Sherman with Rocket Launcher

Tiger I Tank in Action

Tiger I Tank in Action

Tiger I Tank in Bovington Tank Museum

Tiger I Tank in Bovington Tank Museum

Panzer III Being Made

Panzer III Being Made

Panzer II Tank

Panzer II Tank

Panzer IV Ausf F2 Tank

Panzer IV Ausf F2 Tank

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Leyland Hippo Mk3 10Ton Tanker (PLF 871)
Leyland Hippo Mk3 10Ton Tanker (PLF
AEC 0853 Matador (SPO 38 M)
AEC 0853 Matador (SPO 38 M)
Saxon APC (65 KB 76)
Saxon APC (65 KB 76)
Panther II (2)
Panther II (2)
Willys MB Jeep (MFO 606)
Willys MB Jeep (MFO 606)
Eastern Front Collection 1001
Eastern Front Collection 1001
AEC 0853 Matador Conversion (UYJ 923)
AEC 0853 Matador Conversion (UYJ 92
Norman Yeomans with Austin K2 30cwt, Germany 1946
Norman Yeomans with Austin K2 30cwt
Ford GPW Jeep
Ford GPW Jeep
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (DZ 61 AA)
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (DZ 61 AA)
Bedford MWD 15cwt GS (MSU 877)
Bedford MWD 15cwt GS (MSU 877)
Willys MB Jeep (689 KTJ)
Willys MB Jeep (689 KTJ)
Wartime in the Vale 2010, Land Rover 90 Defender (61 KJ 21)
Wartime in the Vale 2010, Land Rove
Avro Vulcan (XH-501)
Avro Vulcan (XH-501)
Eastern Front Collection 1468
Eastern Front Collection 1468
Eastern Front Collection 81
Eastern Front Collection 81
Thornycroft Nubian Major Dennis Mk9 Crash Tender (28 AJ 24)
Thornycroft Nubian Major Dennis Mk9
Scammell Explorer 10Ton Recovery Tractor (OSJ 698)
Scammell Explorer 10Ton Recovery Tr
Normandy 1944 Collection 186
Normandy 1944 Collection 186
Seddon Atkinson 4x2 Tractor (08 HH 67)
Seddon Atkinson 4x2 Tractor (08 HH