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  1. draganm

    Spitfire found in Norwegian peat bog

    it's really quite bizarre isn't it? Why does every piece of dug-up, mangled, corroded Aluminum have to "fly again". The CAA guide someone posted is even more weird, sounds like instructions for registering your airplane written by Monty Python crew. As you mentioned it's about money. they'll bust your balls to on end if your trying to register an AFV, but if you have a few million quid to buy a spitfire then apparently different rules apply. On a side note, there are now 3 Stuka dive bombers i nthe world, although you have to wonder how much of this one is brand new. I'm guessing , most of it https://flyingheritage.org/Explore/The-Collection/Germany/Junkers-Ju-87-R-4-Stuka.aspx
  2. draganm

    Spitfire found in Norwegian peat bog

    thanks for sharing, great story. Sad that brave young man didn't survive his imprisonment. not sure what part of this will " fly again" though? maybe the data tag?
  3. so i think all would agree that WW2 stuff is to the moon, deep pockets and risk taking are just a part of it now. So what would would a savvy collector do today to get ahead of the price curve? My thought is cold-war stuff. This was a significant event in our lifetimes, maybe even eventually proving to be just as important in shaping the modern world as WW2. It brought the end of the Soviet empire, created the (you could argue ) failed experiment of the EU zone, will probably soon result in the collapse the American empire, and from the cold ashes of the cold-war we will in our lifetimes probably see what replaces it (well hopefully). Seems like cold-war collectors are few and far between though. Are these guys ahead of the curve? Will we see the days when a nice T55 or M60 brings a million dollars? I think likely yes what do you guys think?
  4. draganm

    Combat dealers is back :(

    yes but i can't blame all of that on TV either. I could have bought muscle cars in the 1980's for around a thousand dollars that are worth tens of thousands today, even if i had done nothing but park them being at the right place, at the right time, and having the money and foresight is a tough combo to get right. watched S4-E4 last night, pretty good episode. they visit Samur, go hunting for Pz I parts, and visit the Panther Maybach being rebuilt in the Czech republic. That was really cool, they found a valve inside that had been sabotaged by slave labor and view a book of the names of the people who had been forced-labor in the factory. I understand the complaints about the cheesy aspects of the show, i really do, but for me hard to hate the show when you get all these little genuine gems in between the hogwash
  5. draganm

    Combat dealers is back :(

    I liked that one too, really a shame to remove it and put it on a vehicle IMHO. The whole thing, rafter, chunk of floor etc. would be really cool in a museum though. You don't see too many swords pounded back into plowshares
  6. out of reach physically or monetarily? 1.4 million Hrivny is about 44K Euro's. T34/76 are are pretty rare outside of Russia/Bellarus, wonder how hard it would be to get that one out?you'd probly need at least another $10K in your pocket just to bribe your way thru checkpoints found this today and maybe it's helpful. It implies that getting miltaria out of Russia is more difficult, you have to prove " no cultural significance", they say Ukraine is better but Chech republic is best? lots of links to explore id embedded in the article https://www.rbth.com/defence/2017/04/26/how-to-buy-an-old-soviet-tank-for-the-price-of-a-fancy-car_750701
  7. draganm

    Combat dealers is back :(

    Interesting that folks who despise the show are now following the 4th season? ;) I thought the French resistance was one of the better episodes, especially when they showed the perfectly preserved SS helmet with original camo. They could have fawned on about it's value, but pointed out it was sized for a teenage boy. That the Germans fed their kids into the war machine at the end. If memory serves , They visit the site of the Maillé massacre. I do agree that the the show is a terrible place to count rivets though
  8. surprising that one in " museum condition" sold for only 700 quid 5 years ago. I would have expected more? Were these used throughout London during the Blitz? http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1938-coventry-climax-fsm-type-series-2-fire-trailer
  9. draganm

    Another DUKW accident

    I know of only one that went down specifically because of possibly rough water / bad weather , but really the primary cause seems to be over-loading. 24 soldiers with their gear + a 75mm cannon? Wow http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2416371/Italian-Lake-Garda-hold-remains-24-drowned-US-WWII-solders.html This story in Missouri is especially sad because as someone else mentioned, this just keeps happening. Someone sent that vehicle out into an oncoming storm, and is criminally responsible IMHO.
  10. draganm

    Russians recover Shermans

    man these things are now all over russia, one even got an airplane ride over 7 time zones. Russian must be nostalgic for the good old days when the USA wasn't run by lunatics http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/73-years-late-an-american-tank-sent-to-stalin-is-almost-ready-for-first-mission-on-russian-soil/
  11. draganm

    Wheatcroft Collection

    very good news. FB is better than nothing but really it sucks , not a true replacement for a dedicated web-site with hi-rez photos and a nice lay-out.
  12. draganm

    Wheatcroft Collection

    it's time, their old web-site was last updated 10 years ago. for anyone interested, the Paul Allen collection seems to be growing in leaps and bounds too, although nowhere near KW's at this time
  13. draganm

    Panzer 2 turret

    I fab small things all the time but things on this scale, in a garage no less, are just amazing. here's a little inspiration from some guys who do PzII Luch's to order Panzer II 20mm Kanon.mp4
  14. draganm

    Stug III - Ausf D

    looks like mr. Phillips has his stug on Milweb . A little surprising, but it will be interesting to see where it goes and even more so what he decides to restore next http://www.milweb.net/webvert/a2998/92824
  15. draganm

    Russians recover Shermans

    looks like they got at least 3 from this latest effort, maybe 4 . AFA ownership, any military vehicle recovered in Russia, or Russian territorial waters, is property of the government. In this case, it's their Navy doing the recovery. Must not be too rusty if they could spin the turrets around.