A new WW2 propaganda style pinup poster featuring Kayla in this salute to the Army Air Force of World War 2, and the incredible production industry that was needed to keep the bombs falling in Europe and the Pacific. War production back home was VITAL to the success of the AAF, and posters promoting safety, efficiency, and accuracy on the job were posted all over work places in the 1940s.
Today's airbrushed style pinup photo is a tribute to the tank crews and the infantry that supported them featuring Anna, one of the favorites among the pinups I've posted. She could almost be called Miss Captain America in that outfit with the American Bikini and US Army infantry gear. Behind her is the famed M4 Sherman Tank of World War 2 which was the backbone of the American Tank fleet.
Having witnessed the onslaught of Sherman tanks in North Africa and Southern Europe British designers decided that if they cannot up-armour their Lend-Lease Sherman tanks, they'll at least make them able to fire back at German Panthers and Tigers. The gun of their choice was indigenous Ordnance Quick Firing 17 pounder. Interestingly, the gun was rotated by 90* to fit inside the turret. While it was just barely larger in terms of caliber (76,2 mm) than standard Sherman gun (75 or 76 mm), the muzzle velocity of its projectiles was much higher, and the shells were designed for anti-tank role from start, unlike American Sherman's 75s and 76s, which were good for firing anti-personnel and anti-building shells, but not anti-tank ones. That's how Sherman Firefly, one of the best Allied tanks of WWII, was created. Fireflies could fire back at German tanks and cause serious damage to them, sometimes forcing them to retreat. While Sherman Firefly was still pretty vurnerable to German 75 mm and 88 mm guns, Allied tankmen felt much more confident in Fireflies than standard M4s. Polish Army in the West also used these tanks.
This tank is in running condition. It was brought to Poland from Belgium, but I don't know if it was used by Poles during World War II. All I know is that it was used as a target on shooting range and when it was brought to Poland it looked like a cheese grater. Thanks to the effort of Artur Zys' company, which greatly helped in renovation of such vehicles as StuG IV, SdKfz 6 or BTR-152, it was possible to restore the Firefly to the running order. It'll stay in Poznan until it is moved to Gdansk Museum of Armament in 2014 or so.
Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.
Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) 2009, Celebrating 100 years of powered Flight in Canada. American Heritage flight with F-22 Raptor and 2 P-51 Mustangs. An F-16 Falcon was supposed to be in the place of one of the P-51s, but had technical errors and had to land. It is very rare to see a Raptor with 2 Mustangs.
Oddly as a fan of the Klingon’s I never did pick up any D-7 Cruisers…
Some not so greatly taken pictures of my Star Trek Miniatures from FASA’s Star Trek Starship Tactical Combat Simulator. They go back to about 1985 and I painted them back then as well so they have not aged to well for sitting on a shelf all this time.
You’ll have to excuse the photo quality on these since getting good close-ups is a royal pain when you are trying to get as much detail as you can especially with the Federation Ships that have very little for the camera to focus on being all whitish in color.
These pictures will likely get moved to the “Scraps” collection…