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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2016, 01:30:41 PM »
August 24, 79  Vesuvius Eruption Buries Pompeii and Herculaneum



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After centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands. The cities, buried under a thick layer of volcanic material and mud, were never rebuilt and largely forgotten in the course of history. In the 18th century, Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered and excavated, providing an unprecedented archaeological record of the everyday life of an ancient civilization, startlingly preserved in sudden death.
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Mauther's diorama of the Villa Ara Massima can be found at http://papermau.blogspot.com/2013/09/pompeii-diorama-paper-model-by-papermau_26.html



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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2016, 01:20:13 PM »
August 25, 1944 Liberation of Paris



Actually that photo was from the parade on the 26th.  But here's the abbreviated version of Paris being liberated:

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On this day in 1944, French General Jacques Leclerc enters the free French capital triumphantly. Pockets of German intransigence remained, but Paris was free from German control.

Two days earlier, a French armored division had begun advancing on the capital. Members of the Resistance, now called the French Forces of the Interior, proceeded to free all French civilian prisoners in Paris. The Germans were still counterattacking, setting fire to the Grand Palais, which had been taken over by the Resistance, and killing small groups of Resistance fighters as they encountered them in the city. On August 24, another French armored division entered Paris from the south, receiving an effusion of gratitude from French civilians who poured into the streets to greet their heroes—but still, the Germans continued to fire on French fighters from behind barricades, often catching civilians in the crossfire.

But on August 25, after Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was assured by Gen. Charles de Gaulle, leader of the French Resistant forces, that Allied troops could now virtually sweep into Paris unopposed, Ike ordered Gen. Jacques Philippe Leclerc (a pseudonym he assumed to protect his family while under German occupation; his given name was Philippe-Marie, Vicomte De Hauteclocque) to enter the capital with his 2nd Armored Division. The remnants of German snipers were rendered impotent, and many German soldiers were led off as captives. In fact, the animus toward the Germans was so great that even those who had surrendered were attacked, some even machine-gunned, as they were being led off to captivity.

More than 500 Resistance fighters died in the struggle for Paris, as well as 127 civilians. Once the city was free from German rule, French collaborators were often killed upon capture, without trial.
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It is really quite interesting with all the various sub-stories on this.  Between preventing black soldiers from taking part, that a large portion of this French Division was actually Spanish, how de Gaulle orchestrated things to keep the mostly-communist French Resistance from taking over, even Eisenhower having the French Division move in first so that it was the French liberating their capitol.

As far as models, the only armor (armour) that I could identify was Sherman tanks in French livery.  Good luck finding one of those.



So, since the victory parade went from the Arc de Triomphe to Notre Dame cathedral, you can pick up both of these at the Canon site, http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/CNT-0010158/index.html
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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2016, 01:03:04 PM »
August 26, 1959 BMC Introduces the Mini



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On this day in 1959, the British Motor Corporation (BMC) launches its newest car, the small, affordable–at a price tag of less than $800–Mark I Mini. The diminutive Mini went on to become one of the best-selling British cars in history.

The story behind the Mini began in August 1956, when President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal in response to the American and British decision to withdraw funding for a new dam's construction due to Egypt's Communist ties. The international crisis that followed led to fuel shortages and gasoline rationing across Europe. Sir Leonard Lord, head of BMC--formed by the merger of automakers Austin and Morris in 1952--wanted to produce a British alternative to the tiny, fuel-efficient German cars that were cornering the market after the Suez Crisis. He turned to Alec Issigonis, a Turkish immigrant who as chief engineer at Morris Motors had produced the Morris Minor, a teapot-shaped cult favorite that had nonetheless never seriously competed with the Volkswagen "Beetle" or Fiat's 500 or Cinquecento.


Mini development began in 1957 and took place under a veil of secrecy; the project was known only as ADO (for Austin Drawing Office) 15. After about two and a half years–a relatively short design period–the new car was ready for the approval of Lord, who immediately signed off on its production.

Launched on August 26, 1959, the new front-wheel-drive car was priced at around $800 and marketed under two names: Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor. The two vehicles were the same except for each had a different radiator grille, and by 1962 both were known simply as the Mini. Issigonis' design, including an engine mounted sideways to take up less space, had created a surprising amount of space for a small-bodied car: At only 10 feet long, the Mini could sit four adults, and had a trunk big enough for a reasonable amount of luggage. With a starting price of around $800, the Mini was truly a "people's car," but its popularity transcended class, and it was also used by affluent Londoners as a second car to easily maneuver in city traffic.

By the time production was halted in 2000, 5.3 million Minis had been produced. Around that same time, a panel of 130 international journalists voted the Mini "European Car of the Century." A high-performance version of the Mini engineered by the race car builder John Cooper had first been released in 1961; known as the Mini Cooper, it became one of the favorites of Mini enthusiasts worldwide. In 2003, the Mini Cooper was updated for a new generation of buyers by the German automaker BMW.
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Ichiyama offers several mini's at http://www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~kamaboko/1_30model/index.html

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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #25 on: August 27, 2016, 01:27:13 PM »
August 27, 1990  Stevie Ray Vaughan Dies in Helicopter Crash



Celebrity deaths...  I have to admit, this one hit me hard at the time.  Seems like I was always a Stevie Ray Vaughan fan, and he got his life back together after his fight with drug addictions, puts out the best album of his career, and I was really looking forward to seeing him at the Cuyahoga Civic Center.  'Tickets go on sale at the box office on August 28th.  Get there early because it is sure to sell out.'  So I was on my way to get tickets, when I heard the announcement that the concert was cancelled because he died the evening before following a music festival in Wisconsin.  I just pulled over to the shoulder of the interstate and sat there while they played three in a row.

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Four Bell JetRanger helicopters arrived at a golf course near Elkhorn, Wisconsin, to pick up various musical artists after a concert and to return them to Chicago. They departed at 0040 hours, CDT. The number three helicopter, BH206B-3 serial number 2338, FAA registration N16933, was piloted by Jeffrey W. Brown. A last minute addition to the passenger complement was electric blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. Another person switched places with him and boarded a different aircraft. It was very dark, with thick patchy fog. The temperature/dew point spread was such that the pilots had to continually wipe heavy condensation from the windshields. Brown, who was not familiar with the area, took off and after about 300 yards banked sharply and disappeared into the fog. The helicopter impacted a 150-foot hill (45 meters), 0.6 miles away (1 kilometer). All aboard were killed. Although the weather was such that the pilot could have reasonably expected to encounter instrument meteorological conditions, he did not have an Instrument-Helicopter rating and the Bell 206-series helicopters were not certified for instrument flight.

Below is the accident summary from the National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CHI90MA244 .

The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43569.
 Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
 Accident occurred Monday, August 27, 1990 in ELKHORN, WI
 Probable Cause Approval Date: 9/11/1992
 Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N16933
 Injuries: 5 Fatal.

FOUR HELICOPTERS WERE BEING USED AT NIGHT TO TRANSPORT A CONCERT GROUP FROM A GOLF COURSE AREA NEAR ELKHORN, WI, TO CHICAGO, IL. AS THE THIRD HELICOPTER (N16933) WAS DEPARTING, IT REMAINED AT A LOWER ALTITUDE THAN THE OTHERS, AND THE PILOT TURNED SOUTHEASTERLY TOWARD RISING TERRAIN. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE HELICOPTER CRASHED ON HILLY TERRAIN ABOUT 3/5 MI FROM THE TAKEOFF POINT. ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 100 FT ABOVE THE GOLF COURSE AND 50 FT BELOW THE SUMMIT OF THE HILL. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND DURING THE INVESTIGATION. PILOTS OF THE OTHER HELICOPTERS REPORTED VFR FLIGHT CONDITIONS WITH SOME FOG. A GROUND WITNESS NEAR THE CRASH SITE REPORTED HAZE AND GROUND FOG OF VARYING INTENSITY WITH PATCHES OF LOW CLOUDS, BUT SAID STARS COULD BE SEEN THROUGH THE FOG.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

IMPROPER PLANNING/DECISION BY THE PILOT, AND HIS FAILURE TO ATTAIN ADEQUATE ALTITUDE BEFORE FLYING OVER RISING TERRAIN AT NIGHT. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: DARKNESS, FOG, HAZE, RISING TERRAIN, AND THE LACK OF VISUAL CUES THAT WERE AVAILABLE TO THE PILOT.
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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #26 on: August 28, 2016, 02:58:38 PM »
August 28, 1972  First Ace Since Korean War



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Captain Richard Stephen “Steve” Ritchie, United States Air Force, and Weapons System Officer Captain Charles B. DeBellevue, leading Buick flight with their McDonnell F-4D Phantom II, shot down a North Vietnamese MiG 21 interceptor. This was Ritchie’s fifth aerial combat victory, earning him the title of “ace.”
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Hopefully one of the Fiddlers Green Phantom II's will be close.  You can find the MD Phantom Collection at http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/aircraft/McDonnell-Phantom-Collection.html
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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #27 on: August 29, 2016, 12:03:20 PM »
August 29, 1938  Seversky Sets East-West Transcontinental Speed Record



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At 7:37 a.m., Major Alexander P. de Seversky departed Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York, flying a Seversky AP-7 Pursuit, NX1384, an all-metal monocoque monoplane of his own design and manufacture, enroute to the Lockheed Air Terminal, Burbank, California, a distance of 2,457 miles. He completed the flight in 10 hours, 2 minutes, 55.7 seconds, setting a new speed record for an East-to-West Transcontinental Flight.

Two days later, 1 September 1938, Jackie Cochran flew this same airplane to win the Bendix Trophy Race from Burbank to Cleveland, Ohio, a distance of 2,042 miles (3,286 kilometers). Her winning time was 8 hours, 10 minutes, 31.4 seconds, for an average speed of 249.774 miles per hour (401.895 kilometers per hour). After a 40 minute refueling stop, and being congratulated for her Bendix win, she flew on to Bendix, New Jersey, setting a West-to-East Transcontinental Speed Record with a total elapsed time of 10 hours, 7 minutes, 1 second.

The Seversky AP-7 and its military version, the P-35, would be developed over the next few years and become the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.
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I was actually hoping to find a model of the 1912 Cadillac Model 30, since it is Charles Kettering's birthday.  He was the inventor of the electric self-starter, and the Model 30 was the first 'crankless' gasoline-powered automobile.  But no luck.

And of course there is no model that I could find of the Seversky AP-7, but Dave does have a P-47.  You can find it here:  http://www.ecardmodels.com/index.php/1-33-republic-p-47-thunderbolt-chautauqua.html
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Re: August (2016)
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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #29 on: August 29, 2016, 07:45:29 PM »
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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #30 on: August 30, 2016, 03:18:19 PM »
August 30, 1944 Assault on Gothic Line



One thing that has really bugged me is that in the write-ups on various land battles, they rarely list what tanks are involved.  In this case, the photo shows a Sherman from the 1st Canadian Armoured Division.  Shermans are also shown in other photos of this event.



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In Italy the Allies had made good progress since taking Rome on the 5th June, although substantial numbers of US troops had been diverted away for the attack on the south of France.

Now the British 8th Army and U.S. 5th Army found themselves confronting another German prepared defence line – the Gothic Line. Slave labourers had been brought in to build an extended series of strong points, casemates and machine gun nests dominating the high ground right across the Apennine mountains, spanning the breadth of Italy.

The attacks on the Gothic Line had begun on the 25th but it was not until the 30th that some units found themselves facing the main line of defence. Attacks were made across a broad front in the hope that it might be possible to “burst through”. For Major Alan Hay leading a company of the 16th Durham Light Infantry, this found them facing a very difficult objective south of Rimini – secured German defensive positions on a ridge above them.
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You can find a British Sherman at http://militarypapermodel.blogspot.com/2010/04/sherman-vc-firefly-paper-model.html
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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #31 on: August 31, 2016, 12:42:09 PM »
August 31, 1924 Buddy Hackett Born



Okay,  probably everyone thinks of the Love Bug first when they hear his name, so for the model, http://wongday.blogspot.com.es/2013/11/vw-herbie.html

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