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About PeteB

  • Birthday 07/18/1950

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    South Coast NSW Australia
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    Flying GA aircraft and Gliders / Sailing and Old Ships
    Flight Simulation mainly Tube Liner Study Sims
    Models - Plastic Mainly Aircraft but a couple of S Boots in there
    A 90% Norske Loeve Originally Billings kit but a lot of scratch masts tops etc
    looking to build a POF next

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  1. Been happening for me most, but not all the time since the new themes - changed over to the plain theme to see if it loaded quicker - not specifically for the white out fault and it was doing it there as well. I assumed it was just me and the old clunk version 10 Internet Explorer I have to use at the moment- Cheers Pete
  2. Happy Birthday Alex - seeing you are still a youngster we can look forward to many more of your masterpieces to admire. Cheers PeteB

  3. I guess there could be a counter argument perhaps gently suggesting "heaven forbid" that if the Admiral unfortunately sailed into the sunset first that it would be a purchase that would always remind you of her - That is of course if you're game enough? :-)
  4. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    As I was reading about the recent 100 year anniversary of the “Last Great Cavalry Charge” by the Aussies at Beersheba on 31October 1917 it bought to mind Kens Post PBS and the posts of Alde in regard to his Brothers three Tours in Vietnam and Lou's service being the subject of comments from the WWII veteran. I thought it might be helpful to balance those comments with a few points of difference and dispel a few myths which are apparently still circulating in public discourse. I do not in any way wish to diminish the guts and service of our forebears in either WW I or II - my admiration for what they endured is limitless. My father was a Kiwi and served 1939 to 1945 in Egypt then up through Italy, his father with the Royal Field Artillery in France WW1, his father a Veteran of the first and second Boer War. The pictures we have all seen of those soldiers inside the landing craft at Omaha and Utah with MG 42 rounds hammering on the ramp outside just before the ramps went down on D Day makes my blood run cold every time I see it. The consequences of each and any War remain tragically the same. Mates lost, new guys that sometimes didn't last long enough for us to get to know their names just the “new guy got it' - the ever suffering civilians adults and children killed and maimed - tidily referred to as “Collateral Damage” another way of saying lets sweep it under the carpet they are only civilians. Another one is “Friendly Fire” there is no such thing - in my experience incoming is the same no mater who it comes from. There are some glaring points of difference to the slow motion train wreck of Vietnam and WWII for example. The figures below are from an American site “Military.com” which has some very interesting information on what is now called PTSD and the history of its diagnosis starting with the US Civil War through to current Veterans returning home now and some experiences from my own Service. http://www.military.com/NewContent/0,13190,Defensewatch_012104_Stress,00.html Some points of difference For Lou and Alde - “One example of the level of combat stress can be roughly defined between those who served in World War II and Vietnam. For a combat soldier in World War II who served for four years, the average time spent in actual combat was approximately 40 days. By comparison, Grunts in Vietnam spent an average of about two-thirds of their 12 or 13 month tours – over 250 days in combat” Unlike WWI and II - There was no Front Line or secure Rear area in Vietnam. Children as young as 4 or 5 were given a hand grenade and told to stand by the side of the road in a town or hamlet where the traffic was slow and toss it in a jeep foot well as it went past. What do you do to the kid? Shoot them? spank them? Kick them in the butt? or just cry inside? Our contacts in Country frequently took place in triple canopy jungle where despite the vegetation being shredded into confetti above your head you couldn't see the MG it was coming from even though you knew from the hammering it was only 20 feet away if that? Most contacts took place within 5–10 metres. Again unlike WWI and II There was never the option to put your hands up and surrender and become a POW. Plan B for me and others was to keep 2 rounds of 9mm for my Browning in my top LH shirt pocket There was no supporting local population that you could rely on for information or help if you got separated from your mates. A very tasteless joke on how to win the war said - all you had to do was put all the friendlies in boats off shore – nuke the land – then sink the boats WWII was a battle for survival - just like the Aussies at Beersheba whose three hours of hand to hand combat meant no more action for those that survived for many more months. In Country one contact meant to the brass that there must be more bad guys in the area so you got to stay out there till you found them which you inevitably did over and over again In Country the objective was not to take and hold Real Estate- it was just a game of attrition only thing that counts were bodies preferably theirs – you went back to the same places time after time and lost more new guys for the same piece of territory you fought over a month before WWII was a Just Cause which was supported by all those at home who bought war bonds or worked longer hours in factories and other occupations for the war effort. People were united in the cause and prepared to make sacrifices. In our time there was little support from those at home and I have now finally come to accept that it wasn't their fault they had the advantage of detachment and were able to view the war for what it was - a meat grinder that wouldn't change anything. They were right - we go there now for a holiday - go figure. After the war mercifully ceased in 1975. Our WWII Veterans who were then running our RSL ( Returned Servicemen’s Association) in Australia wouldn't permit Vietnam Veterans to march in the annual ANZAC day march (your Veterans Day?) for 10 years after the fall of Saigon as they didn't consider it a war. So it wasn't just the general population who sank the boot in Its my belief that the length of time in combat directly relates to the strength of the forged bonds to the Brotherhood. I my case those bonds are as strong if not stronger than family ties. I would do whatever it takes to help a mate at the drop of a hat nearly 50 years later. I finished my tour of 12 months and volunteered to stay in Country for another 5 months not because I was enjoying it but looking back now I knew I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I returned home and something happened to any one of my mates still serving their time. There is a Ted Talk by Sebastian Junger War Correspondence. About Vets missing the War and I think he nailed it. It was the Brotherhood they missed. Friendship is not the same as Brotherhood . Friendship happens in Society where the more you like some one the more you will do for them. Brotherhood has nothing to do with how you feel about the person – Brotherhood is a mutual agreement in a group, that you will put the welfare of the group, you will put the safety of everyone in the group, above your own. In effect you are saying I love these other people more than I love myself So Alde that's what I suspect drove your Brother to his three Tours is the same Brotherhood forged in Country described above -17 months in Country caused me enough grief and I just can't imagine how much he must have been carrying to complete those tours but I'd call him a Giant among Men - treasure those memories. Lou don't be ashamed in any way nor doubt your service to your Country you can see from the info above you went the full 9 yards mate - above and beyond the call. Our roles now as old soldiers is to make sure that our veterans coming home now do not suffer the same judgement or lack of appreciation for their service and that Governments promises for treatment and care is actually delivered. To all my Brothers - mtaylor, Ken, Lou, jud, John Allen, Canute, Meddo, hipeexec, Stay Safe -Stay Well ad Happy Modelling
  5. Hi Vladimir once again my thanks this time for the Plates - one has to wonder if the world is a little poorer for the beautiful individual freestyle draughtsmanship and drawings skills now lost to the precision of CAD. Thanks and Cheers Pete
  6. Hello Mark I am not the author of this work. However, in my opinion, the work of the author (Y. Miroshnikov) deserves respect - He did a great and necessary work. With best regards, Vladimir Hi Vladimir - what a treasure of a find very much appreciated. I have one problem probably to do with my old Browser? - got the text but I can't see the four plates in the engravings file did anybody get those? If so would appreciate same by PM or email - Please pass my Gratitude to Mr Y Miroshnikov if you are in contact with him he has done us all a great service. Cheers Pete
  7. Congratulation on your Superb rendering and construction. Can't wait for the next post Cheers Pete

    1. herask


      thank you, Pete! really having fun with it... for more images you'll have to wait for Greg to post them. I'm sending everything to him... ;-) 




  8. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    Very Sorry to hear that Al - It has affected a lot of our guys as well - it was hard enough to survive over there without having a silent killer like that catch up with you years later. Regards Pete
  9. Hi Moxis I have used this in the past and it did a pretty good job. It seems to have a lot more features now than my older version and claims to be able to distinguish between characters and object shapes. They have a free trial that you can use to see if it does what you are after so you don't have to put any skin in the game to find out. https://www.scan2cad.com/ Cheers Pete
  10. Hi Nils- It was a joy watching you through the build, learnt a lot from you on the journey how you sketched your way through a problem and approached it in a way I wouldn't have guessed but have now noted for the future. She's a beautiful tribute to your skills. Cheers Pete
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    Nice subject , great build and love the equipment which brings it to life. Congratulations pete
  12. Hi Greg - Like Wayne I would be very interested in knowing which program your very talented 3D computer modeler is using - Not so much for the rendering - but the program he is using to construct the model itself. The reason being that some programs such as Solidworks and other upper end programs automatically produce a cutting list or Bill of Materials which for myself and I'm sure most of the members would prove an invaluable tool to calculate their total timber order or group different parts of the same thickness lumber which they may have available while waiting for an order etc. Programs like solidworks and others can calculate any size stage giving the totals of the varying thicknesses which make up the total along with individual or total weights and costs for the various materials selected for the Build. I understand that a practiced user can lay out the individual parts into a sketch plan to minimise wastage similar to a cnc cutting program. Cheers Pete
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    Can only echo all the above - Beautiful build and stunning presentation. Congratulations Pete
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    Great collection. You have packed some amazing detail in your Isuzu Build for that scale and your weathering is masterclass standard everything very well executed. Congratulations Pete