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  1. Italy to ban all Nazi symbols

    that's what I thought at first too, but at 2nd glance, is the 2nd coming of Hitler/Mussolini really the most worrying possible future development for the European populace or Italian government? I can think of a few far more dangerous outcomes. I think what it comes down to is Italy simply putting forth a politically correct front to protect it's Tourist Industry, the so-called " service industry" , employs 3 out of 4 people, and having people selling Nazi symbols on the beach is not helpful. As someone pointed out earlier, it's an interesting contradiction from all the "Soviet Union nostalgia" you see for sale in greater parts of Eastern Europe and Russia. At any rate, I don't see Italian police kicking down doors and raiding private collections like they do in Germany. Folks will just need to remain discreet with their stuff , which is typical anyway. Most collectors are caught in this interesting paradox where they want to share their collection with the world but rightfully fear a backlash / unfair judgement of being " Nazi revisionists/revivalists" , when in fact this element is a tiny minority IMO.
  2. not clear if this will affect historic artifacts like helmets, swords, daggers, flags etc. but if it does then we could be seeing a surge of that stuff on the market coming from Itlay as collectors are forced to get rid of their items https://www.rt.com/news/403233-italy-law-fascism-souvenirs/
  3. another Diamond T 980 restoration

    the frame and suspension look fantastic Are you making your own castle-nuts on the mill?
  4. that sounds like a huge PITA, on top of traffic, planning your trip, making appointments, etc. you now have to worry about charging stations along the way every day! just couldn't do it :-( I don't carry a cell phone for just that reason, it's like a tether , an electronic device that controls me instead of serving me IMO an acceptable EV would be one I charge twice a week, Like Thursday night and Sunday night. I commute 54 miles a day, so the new Leaf with 235 mile range would fill that requirement quite nicely. I hope my next commuter car is an EV, hopefully one that still has a brake pedal every time I have to do an oil change, which is quite often as we both drive a lot, I dream about saying goodbye to the oil , the filters, the disposal of old oil, all that. It's fine for a hobby vehicle, boats, off-road, MV, etc. but tired of oil and gas for every day use
  5. I replied to this before I saw Teletech's post but yeah, this article is pretty full of holes. I wouldn't be one bit surprised if A lot of this stuff is put out by the Petroleum industry. I also don't believe they will ban petrol , but it could become harder to get. The market will drive it, if 9 out of 10 cars drive by the station what's to keep that business open? Only so many sodas and bags of pretzels you can sell in a day, and people only buy those after they stopped for fuel they certainly don't. A 30 amp outlet is standard, it can accept a 75amp for the "super charge " feature which rams the battery full in 2 or 3 hours. I don't think many buyers opt for this feature simply because the cost of running 75 amp to a garage would be tremendous, I don't know about over there, but any new home here is now built with central heating and air conditioning, 150 to 200 amps is standard . You could plug in 2 Teslas into dual 30amp outlets in literally every house at night when there is excess charging capacity and it wouldn't make a dent in the power available I don't know why this is missed as it's an obvious point, but Ecars get charged at night. There is so much excess capacity at night that some Hydroelectric plants here use that power to pump water back upstream not sure what new car you can get over there for $15K, here even a new Fiat is $17K. The new Nissan Leaf is £21,680 for the 24kWh model. That's about $27,400. , same as any new mid size sedan. goes 245 miles on a charge too :red: absolutely true Tony, making any new vehicle consumes an absurb amount of energy. I read a figure somewhere that if your going from a typical 25 to 30mpg gallon sedan to an EV, you would need ot drive the EV something like a million miles before the energy savings balance out. The most environmentally friendly thing you can do is keep an old car on the road, simple as that. Generation is also a problem, wind doesn't blow much at night and the sun certainly doesn't shine. But if we can generate clean during the day and only use fossil at night, that would be a good change no? don't worry, there are and will be plenty of things that will only work by burning fuel. Airplanes for instance, you will never get a 767 off the ground on electricity. International Ocean freight is probly another, oh and the most important one of all, no Main battle tank will ever charge into the fray on a battery :-D holy crap, they even took out the brake pedal http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/142169-new-nissan-leaf-unveiled-improved-design-more-power-and-235-mile-range
  6. good eye Simon, we know that train-loads of French and Czech vehicles were shipped East for Barbarosa, not hard to imagine Scammells from Dunkirk going along. I read a figure of 65,000 vehicles abandoned by BEF (Book: British Military Trucks in Wehrmacht Service - Tankograd)
  7. after years of hearing very little from this collection other than a few Cameos here and there , there's a FB page now and video's of some of the vehicles being moved from Donington to their new home, as well as some excavation/discovery news. Hopefully this is the start to the dedicated public museum he's been talking about for a long time. If so, it will join the ranks of the worlds best WW2 exhibits.
  8. there's info that some were delivered early to Russia, http://www.o5m6.de/redarmy/scammell.php hard to verify with more sources though, best I could find is one in a Russian museum halfway down the page, in the "motors of war" transport museum Belo-Russia https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?act=url&depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=ru&sp=nmt4&tl=en&u=http:%2F%2Fworobioff-ku.livejournal.com%2F41578.html&usg=ALkJrhi6acif992hcko1kmFw8cUtJc5Q_Q
  9. my first thought as well, as long as you weren't a concentration camp commander or leading political figure, reaching the Americans meant going home, getting a job rebuilding the country, or transferring technology over to the American army, maybe even a job at NASA. getting caught by the Russians, or other countries the Nazi's savaged, those in SS uniform were shot on sight. and Yugoslavia, like at Bleiburg on the Austrian border, some German's were allowed to cross the border and flee North, their collaborators were not found these interesting colorized images today , the captions are mostly wrong but the images are very good, Some I've never seen, others only in Black and White considering that's happening here and in other parts of the world today, this quote from the guy who colorized the pics is especially poignant http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4617328/Incredible-colourised-photos-German-army.html
  10. New Museum in Jordan opening 2018

    that's the achitects son, pretty sure he's the one who painted the tanks there's a new armor museum in the northwest USA now, actually an expansion of the flying Heritage museum owned by Paul Allen (never did find out if he finally was awarded the Littlfield panzer IV that went to court after the auction confusion?). Now called the flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum, it looks to be a full day for anyone planning to visit and see it all. Some super rare pieces in this massive collection, where in the world did they find that complete Type 95 Ha-go?http://www.flyingheritage.com/Explore/The-Collection.aspx Also, in the Northeast US, the Collings Foundation, (after a lengthy court battle with neighbors), was finally awarded zoning approval for their expansion which will show the bulk of the former Littlefield armor collection. Like Bovi, both places put on tank-days style events and combat re-enactments
  11. new Sdkfz 182 / tiger 1 resto

    sounds cool, but maybe hold off for a little while. With so many Tigers and Maybach engines popping up, a genuine Panther might soon be cheaper than a Sherman? from FB, good to finally hear something from this collection again
  12. the consensus seems to be artillery spotter or range finder , sure looks like The Scherenfernrohr S.F.14.Z.Gi. would fit there why they would put it there as opposed to it's original location at the drivers hatch? no idea
  13. New Museum in Jordan opening 2018

    found this too, 20K square meters, holy cow http://www.daoudpartners.com/royal-tank-museum 120 tanks to be displayed.
  14. The Royal Jordanian tank museum, I know it's been around but it was a private collection of the king? Not sure on the history but next year will open a public museum, huge facility telling the history of both Jordanian forces and also armored warfare. 40 minutes from the airport. We know they have some rare stuff, both German, UK, and American armor, but I bet there will be some surprises too . Rumors they might have gotten some of the panzer IV's from the Golan? Anyway, I think this is an as-yet unknown Archer? any guess as to what's poking around behind it? Charioteer? https://ospreypublishing.com/blog/tank_museum_jordan
  15. new Sdkfz 182 / tiger 1 resto

    Houffalize Panther being restored or preserved at Bastogne barracks after 70 years of tourists dumping trash into it and looters stealing parts
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