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I'm switching my site files over to a new computer and upgrading my 10-year-old Dreamweaver 4 software, so things may be kind of wonky for a while. Hope your holidays are happy and the new year is good to you!
still here! It's been a very busy year on the home front. Like many of you, I've
been helping aging parents downsize their lifestyle, and work has been extraordinarily
busy. I spend my days as a writer and marketing analyst, so by the time I get
home the last thing I want is more keyboard time. To better balance myself, I've
been spending more time at the workbench, and to refresh myself I've been taking
on some non-WWII projects for the first time in many years. I'm not abandoning
the US army in WWII, but it's good to stretch and learn new things. Actually,
I've come to appreciate this site even more, not being able to find its equivalent
for the US military's operating in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Chow has faithfully updated his remarkable summary of WWII Sherman
Variants, one of reasons this site has been cited by Steve Zaloga in several
books in his Osprey modeling series. Another reason is Gary Binder's Modeling
the WWII Sherman Tank, a great overview of the vehicles that serves as
a companion piece to Roy's article..
have added a couple reviews that have been on the shelf for a while. Cookie Sewell
speaks highly of Dragon's M4A3(76)WETO,
which is more new parts than old for a change. And I picked up Zaloga's very informative
Thunderbolt and his highly instructional Modeling
US Armor of World War 2a book I wish I'd had 20 years ago!
have been many new products issued or announced over the past few months. If you've
picked up Bronco's new 155mm howitzer, you might want to check out my build
article on the old Peerless Max/Italeri/Testors kit for historical information.
Likewise, owners of the recent AFV Club 105mm howitzer may want to see how it
compares to the kits from Dragon
of old kits, they still serve a purpose for bringing younger kids into the hobby,
being simple to build and relatively inexpensive, if not always the most accurate.
Many years ago, my son and I assembled the old Monogram Weasel. This month, I'm
working on LZ Model's new resin kit. Stay tuned!
I decided to give myself a month's vacation from updating the site. At the stroke
of midnight on January 1, I started on the diorama for my Sicily Priest. You can
see the base coat on Verlinden's old Italian Farm Ruin at right. My New Year's
resolution is to finish the dioramas for this and the Belgian Priest and some
other uncompleted projects.