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  1. A history of the second HMAS Australia

    MY Bad,13.5 inch it is so even more metal flattening blast!
  2. A history of the second HMAS Australia

    Heck, a 40mm octuple Pom Pom at close range is going to rip a transport apart. If Australia gets in 'Danger close' her twelve in guns can literally flatten a transport with muzzle blast!
  3. Germans introduce V1 in 1940

    Passenger aircraft/transport, Check High altitude fighter, check, High speed reconnaissance aircraft, check
  4. Germans introduce V1 in 1940

    One thing about the Merlin was that just like the Mosquito aircraft that used it to such good effect the Merlin was adaptable. High altitude version, check, Low altitude version, Check, Heavy Bomber engine, check, fighter engine ,check, medium bomber engine check, carrier aircraft check...
  5. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    I am infamous for my bottomless pot of BSBBT (for the un imitated that is;- Bog Standard British Builders Tea) that sits within reach from dawn to dusk.
  6. Salvos at Savo

    These are various types of Japanese lookout/search binoculars , large and very effective. They are all designed for tripod mounting. I have used a genuine set myself and can attest that for 1940's tech they were very impressive. Here is a modern set in use with the Japanese Defence Force
  7. Alternate Aircraft of Nations

    If Bristol get the Taurus working properly in 1938/9 then that really is the engine to go for. So many aircraft could have benefitted from its power and relatively small frontal area.
  8. WWII alternative military "workhorses": what if there had been no Jeep, no Kubelwagen, no Ju-52, no DC-3 ?

    Humber heavy utility car, this is the hard top version there was also a soft top and truck type, if no Jeep then more of these and more Tillies, with a four wheel drive version as well.
  9. Alternate Aircraft of Nations

    By all reports the F5/34 was a good aircraft for 1936.37 but the Mercury engine meant that ir was underpowered compared to the New Hurricane and Spitfire. The AM considered that it lacked development potential compared to those two aircraft and simply got Gloster Aircraft to build Hawker...
  10. Alternate Aircraft of Nations

    The above pictures of the Gloster F5/34 give an inkling of how the Gladiator mono plane might look. This model mashup of a monoplane Gloster Gladiator comes from AltcarBoB on the Britmodeller Forum.
  11. Alternate Aircraft of Nations

    If trying to model or draw this monoplane Gladiator I would be tempted to use the wing from the Gloster F.5/34. this would give a wing span of about 32" and a wing area of around 230 sq.ft which would seem about right. If the resulting aircraft has performance close to that of the Gloster...
  12. WI: NACA Modified P-38

    There were single seat radar fitted night-fighters in WW", so with no guns in the nose there is room for a centimetric radar dish, so job done!!
  13. Alternate Aircraft of Nations

    Basically your Indian built monoplane Gladiator is a Gloster version of the Curtis Hawk 75!
  14. Malaya What If

    Once again the law of unintended consequences strikes! Yes, abandoning Somaliland was exactly the right move at the time, trading distance for time and preserving your force has been a military tactic since the first sharpened pole was tossed at a confrontation! Politician who do not see that...
  15. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    and associated nightmares!!!
  16. I do not disagree with you and will be listening to a lot more of their productions that spark...

    I do not disagree with you and will be listening to a lot more of their productions that spark my interest. I admire both the protagonists and aspire to be as erudite as them! Oh. Yes I love books and my library and bank account bears mite testament to that afair.
  17. Thank you, got it and played it, I found it intersting if a bit rambling but was rather...

    Thank you, got it and played it, I found it intersting if a bit rambling but was rather surprised that James Holland (a professional historian of some note) should get the date of the formation of Fighter Command wrong by 2 years!
  18. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Basically, yes the Germans never understood how the "Dowding System" worked and that actually hampered their response to the RAF fighter defence.
  19. Thank you for the heads up on that article, I do not subscribe to Sky, is there any other...

    Thank you for the heads up on that article, I do not subscribe to Sky, is there any other platform I can access it ? My MA degree dissertation had the title:- “The Bomber Will Always Get Through” British Air Defence 1929-1939 The development of Fighter Command, Radar and the ‘Dowding System’...
  20. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    It has been said that British Radar went from being five years behind the Germans in 1936 to being five years ahead by 1941, a lead they never lost thereafter. Whilst R.V. Jones book is a good summary of the electronic war form his perspective (a little self congratulatory for my taste) I would...
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