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  1. Fishwelding

    Think I've found me a new flight sim

    Yea, I'm a hilarious amateur. Mostly, I'm building my own very simple tactical exercises. Even then I periodically get mauled. In Arma III, I really like flying the helicopters, and occasionally do some infantry kinds of things. But I think I have unrealistic expectations about the tanks. For mechanized war I try to make it do what a good tank sim did in the past, with all the company-team leadership kinds of things, but that's not really what Bohemian Interactive intended.
  2. Fishwelding

    Think I've found me a new flight sim

    Very cool! I suppose I'll need take a break from Arma III and Steel Beasts!
  3. Fishwelding

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    You mean Paris, Illinois? On the CoV's budget, nobody is flying to Paris, France. Plus, with "Coalition of the Violent" on our matching conference T-shirts, I doubt the TSA will let us through.
  4. Renamed topic for better reference. M136.de has an interesting image collection of Cold War military traffic on Autobahns.
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    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    Next time I think of you - or anything else - I'll make sure I'm NOT in Philadelphia.
  6. Another location where troops are compelled to train among a dense or clustered and heavily motorized economy. Accidents happen, I'm sure, but looking at photographs and increasingly, old videos that make it to YouTube, it's pretty amazing how troops are able to operate war machines delicately and politely enough not to cause major economic damage in these societies, or political damage in alliances. Using war-era beetles and some of the newer German truck kits, I'd like to create a similar scene with an M47 or M48 set in the '50s. Incidentally, for anyone else interested in similar scenes, Diopark's "'70s German Made Civilian Car" comes with German police markings, which is really helpful for dioramas in the late Cold War. That kit isn't cheap at all, but it's nice to even have available.
  7. Actually, it's worth me probably asking about a possible diorama idea: stuck in traffic. I'd like to depict a gun section stopped in a narrow section of road because presumably traffic stopped moving. I might have a retaining wall or structures (town) on one side, and perhaps a canal on the other. Takom and Diopark now make period-appropriate civilian vehicles for this. I'd like to have the M548 driver's door open, with the driver standing up on the frame to see down the road. Perhaps a gunner board the howitzer is looking back at him, shrugging. German motorists might also be peering out their side windows. A local van is carefully threading his way between the vehicles and the curb, adding to the sense of congestion. This is part of a series of dioramas I'd like to do telling the story of NATO trying to train for war in West Germany, amidst a heavily motorized but (in parts) old-world civilian infrastructure. I realize there might be things I don't know that makes this scenario unlikely, so I'm interested to hear what veterans have to say. In one of the Tankograd volumes, Walter Böhm mentions that by the 1980s, bypass roads were built in a lot of places that enabled mechanized units to avoid the congested centers of towns and villages. I noted these myself while in Germany, recently. But his photos indicate this must have been incomplete, and there's some great photos of tanks, howitzers, and other AFVs rumbling through spots that look ideal for traffic bottlenecks. I imagine commanders at all levels tried hard to avoid units getting bogged down in civilian traffic and avoid notorious routes, but traffic everywhere is unpredictable, and I can imagine various reasons why a unit might attempt a detour through a less-ideal path. As I describe it, I'm beginning to think the above idea might be even more dramatic with an M60 tank! But I need to burn up some old Italeri howitzer kits, and dioramas are great places for older kits.
  8. Here's one for our Cold War and artillery veterans: I'd like to build an M109A3 and M548 paired in road march, EUSAREUR, 1980s. When rolling along with the guns, what did M548s typically haul? Ammunition (per the AFV club kit), other gear, or crew? Or a combination these?
  9. Fishwelding

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    I used to think it was deeply embarrassing that we're chronically broke. But I've since considered that if the CoV suddenly had a lot of money, what we'd do with it would be more far more embarrassing.
  10. Fishwelding

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    ...which means the Moai blow right past the salad bar and head straight for dessert buffet. That's why the rest of us miss out on the good stuff and get stuck with either that weird and vaguely stale peach cobbler, or no dessert at all. And the Moai are invincible in the face of - totally indifferent to - passive-aggressive or even snide comments that might make them think twice about it next time. Really, if you could be a clinical witness to it, and didn't lose out on dessert or feel that severe collective awkwardness that everyone in the room feels watching it, you'd be impressed by their sheer graceless temerity. Breathtaking.
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    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    Wha..?! "...of Violence?!" I thought it was "Coalition of the Violent!" That's what I had embossed, engraved, or printed on all the swag we plan on giving out at our yearly meetup, COVCON 2018! This includes: notepads, even though nobody under 40 uses them anymore. sketchy mobile external batteries that you'd rather not trust with your phone. giant tote bags you keep saying you'll take to the food store so you don't get more plastic disposable bags, but then forget to. business card cases, even though nobody under 40 keeps those. USB storage drives that you'll lose and nobody under 40 uses now that Dropbox and Google Drive are a thing. suction-cup stands for your phone that would really be awkward to carry around with your phone. sunglasses that are novelty only and (especially!) not even safe to wear driving. novelty stickers that Gen-Xers stick to their laptop lids to feel hip (but nobody under 40 wants a PC, laptop or otherwise. They're boring.) That just leaves the stale granola bars and single-gulp-sized bottled water! Well, I suppose it doesn't matter. Much of our membership isn't very attentive to details. And the rest are reliably illiterate. "Executive Order." That's kind of a lofty description. I recall the CoV was formed by a bunch of procrastinating plastic modelers who decided (and even "decided" sounds a bit too firm, here) that the internet didn't need a(nother) Micronesian diety who is vaguely loyal to Philadelphia. It's kind of like saying the Chevy Celebrity was a gift bestowed on us by the Gods of Olympus.
  12. Fishwelding

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    I gotta admit, the quality and general tone of Photobucket's decision-making seems remarkably similar to the CoV's.
  13. Fishwelding

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    I vaguely recall summarizing the thread, perhaps sometime in the 2009-2010 timeframe. But if you're going to go hunting for that, you may as well just read from the beginning. Photobucket left much of the model-building internet in ruins, but the substance of this thread has survived pretty well, actually.
  14. Fishwelding

    Things to know about college

    It's probably true that there's too much lecturing in college and students learn better when it's broken up by other activities. But it's fashionable among education experts to make lecture sound like a war-crime needlessly inflicted on hapless students, and that's exaggeration. "Death-by-PowerPoint" is what you can expect later in many professions, so college faculty are probably preparing you for the working world, anyway. Plus, think of popular TV documentaries about history, such as Ken Burns' series: basically it's pan-and-zoom historical images, video where available, narration, and historians talking at you. That's not much different from a lecture where a professor has some charisma and really meaningful imagery, except in a good classroom lecture can mingle with conversation, as students and the professor pose questions. There's even businesses that package and sell audio or video lectures by professors, so lectures are not as universally hated as critics claim. Here's me, in fact, hard at work in the classroom: In history classes the most common alternative to lecture is having students read sources beforehand, and discuss them as a group in class. But these days even better college students seemingly struggle with lengthy reading. Who's to blame? The Internet and phones? Parents who failed to instill a work ethic? Students who work full-time, not to cover the cost of school but to own material things like newish iPhones or cars? This is the stuff of endless internet-bloating debate. I've gotten more students to take reading seriously by explaining to them why long-form text - books and articles, paper or digital - will still matter in the next thirty years, at least for knowledge workers who might become leaders. I do this because I don't think it's obvious even to intelligent, diligent teenagers who didn't receive expensive college prep education that lengthy reading is still valuable. What's more, there isn't always a good source on a topic that practically fits into a class schedule, and even to willing students there's only so much reading I can practically assign. In explaining the strategic dilemma the U.S. had created for itself in the Philippines prior to World War II, I could have them read an entire book on the topic, but frankly I'd rather have them read something better on another topic (perhaps a lengthy soldier's diary set during World War II or the Vietnamese civil war) and just explain the "War Plan Orange" situation myself.
  15. Fishwelding

    Top Gun 2 Production begins

    Does the Navy have "up-or-out" rules? If so, what's the absolute latest year main character Pete "Maverick" Mitchell could still be a Captain in the Navy, if he was a Lieutenant in 1986? 😎
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