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    There's a link in my post. :P

    I haven't looked all the photos that throroughly, but most of them appear to be various marks of T-72 with possibly a few T-80s thrown in (the ones with the very large wading snorkel fitted to the rear of the turret). It's hard to tell because of all the different ERA fits and some of them don't have any bricks on them at all.

    The first two photos at the link show some BRDMs and BTR-60 hulls just stacked on top of each other.

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    Upon further review, there do appear to be quite a few T-64s in that crowd. The tanks closest to the camera in the first image below and the ones in the first row behind the engines in the second one are T-64s. The way to tell the difference is that T-64s have much smaller roadwheels than T-72s, T-80s, and T-90s. Plus, if the searchlight is still fitted, it'll be mounted to the left side of the main gun. All other Soviet/Russian tanks had it mounted on the right side.


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    That's the way I like to see commie tanks! :lol:
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    I'm guessing those turret bunkers are in the East, facing China, as part of a static defense line. Hard to tell (I'm not up on immediate postwar Russian tanks), but they appear to be T-44 and possibly T-10 turrets.

    Someone should buy that Catalina. :yes:
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    One of the turrets is off of a T-34/85, the other is definitely an IS-3 turret(the tank in the last pic is also an IS-3. The T-10's T-25TA main gun had a bore evacuator, which the IS-3's T-25T didn't. Russian tanks are so fucking cool looking. I want a working T-54/55 so bad! :lol:
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    Now that you mention it, I can see the IS-3 turret. The angle fooled me.

    I think the turret in the foreground of the first photo is a T-44, though. They resembled T-34/85 turrets but were longer and "flatter" looking. Unless the photo is stretched, which it very well could be.

    Looking closer at the second photo, the turret in the foreground is definitely from an early T-54. You can tell by the rear overhang and internet research tells me that the Russians used lots of those in emplacements like that. It makes sense because converting early T-54s to the later turret would've left them with lots of surplus turrets. The Russians never throw anything away. :lol:

    Russian tanks certainly have a menacing look about them, but give me a roomy and reliable Western tank. :yes:
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    Dude! You would have creamed yourself in Iraq 2003. I saw gazillions of destroyed Soviet/Chinese/French tanks and aircraft. I took pictures, but I am incredibly lazy and unorganized, so I will not dig out my photos, plus I don't have a scanner anyway.

    Matter-of-fact one of the airfields we took over (thanks Aussie Special Forces! I owe you one!) had a state-of-the-art eight story air traffic control tower that we used.
    Sadly the elevator and ground level adjacent admin buildings were bombed (thanks US Air Force) so we had to schlep all our equipment all the way up there. But you could see for miles and miles from that tall tower.
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    I've always thought that the French made very attractive Battleships. After many years of cranking out hideous Pre-Dreadnoughts, the French made marked improvement in looks with their Dreadnoughts. Here's a sample....

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    The Battleship Provence, of the Bretagne class. She was badly damaged at Mers el Kebir, transferred to Toulon for repairs, and scuttled there in 1942. Some of her turrets and guns were installed as coast defense weapons, and engaged the French Battleship Lorraine during Operation Dragoon(the invasion of southern France), marking the only time in history a Battleship has traded shots with guns of the same caliber off the same class of Battleship!

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    The Battleship Lorraine. She escaped the fate of most of the French Fleet's battle units, being in Alexandria under Admiral Godfroy. She elected to be demilitarized, and eventually was reactivated for service with the Free French Navy. She bombarded the French Coast during the invasion of France, and was still active at the end of the war. She lasted until 1954 as a training ship, being broken up that year.

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    The Battleship Courbet. She escaped to Britain in 1940, only to be laid up as a barracks ship. She was stripped of her engines, and scuttled off the beach to serve as a breakwater for the Normandy invasion.

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    This is the ill fated Battleship Brategne, destroyed at the Battle of Mers el Kebir after 2 15 inch shells fired form either HMS Hood, HMS Resolution or HMS Valiant, struck aft and her magazines detonated, killing over 900 sailors.

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    The Battleship Dunkerque. She was lost after the mass scuttling of the French fleet. A very innovative design, she was closer to a Battlecruiser than a true Battleship.

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    The fantastic Battleship Jean Bart. She was the last Battleship completed in the world, and one of the finest, in my opinion. Armed with 8 15in guns, they were carried forward in quadruple turrets. She also had an expansive AA outfit, which was mostly obsolescent with the advent of the jet age.

    Fin!
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    Dunkerque is pretty with that long bow, but her superstructure is too high and skinny. Jean Bart is an improvement.
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    Muad agrees!


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    Random.

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    Some Former East German MiG-21's and some helicopters.

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    The ex-USS Horne, CG-30, being towed to her sinkex death in 2008. She was the last Belknap class cruiser left, I was very unhappy that no ship of this type was preserved.

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    The new Russian SSN Severodvinsk. Not bad looking!

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    My favorite jet passenger aircraft, the Boeing 727. I miss these things.

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    Bread Pudding.

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    My favorite, the PzKpfw III. With the long barrel L60, of course.

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    A 1973 Dodge Coronet Wagon. I will be owning this as well.

    I'm out!
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    The Russian subs are so rounded! Then I scroll to the Panzer III, which is all sharp edges! Mind blown! :lol:
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    A few randomnesses from my own files.

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    A few good ones lurking around my computer.

    I took the 2nd and 4th ones.


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    You've heard the Abbot & Costello story?
    Costello got a surplus 80-foot Elco PT boat converted to a yacht.
    Abbot wanted to show him up, so he bought a surplus mine sweeper.
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    Some for Shooter that I probably posted before, but what the heck.
    I have a friend in the Abrams program, and she sends me interesting pics from when the test drivers fuck up.

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    The thing about the Ling is there are a great deal of WWII type fleet boats preserved in the US, in their mostly original form. The Clamagore is the only GUPPY III type conversion left on the planet, and therefore much more rare than Ling. After Hurricane Katrina, they were discussing Scrapping the Cavalla(A Gato SSK conversion, one of two remaining of seven. she sank the Pearl Harbor veteran Carrier Shokaku), which, I'm very glad to say, did not happen. Instad, a restoration effort was undertaken, and she looks better than ever! We've already lost so much that could have been saved(USS Trout, USS Des Moines, every damned Spruance class destroyer ever commissioned), I would be beside myself if a treasure like Clamagore, Olympia or Texas was allowed to be scuttled or scrapped. Especially Olympia, that should be put in the same preservation category as the Constitution, for Gods sakes.
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    I did a previous entry concerning coastal artillery...... have another!

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    This is a dual turret containing 2 Obukhovskii 12 in 52 caliber guns taken from the Russian Battleship Imperator Alexander III in Kuivasaari, Finland. Although technically out of service, it's kept operational for special occasions.

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    This is the midships 11 inch 35 caliber turret from the former SMS Weissenburg, finally the Turkish Turgut Reis, on the Dardanelles. Not many relics of the Imperial German Navy left!

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    Not really coastal defense, but interesting none the less! This is one of the 6 inch turrets of the HMS Achillies/INS Dehli in New Zealand.
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    The Kommuna! She's been around forever. Actually, I think the Cruiser Aurora is the oldest ship in the Russian Navy, I'm pretty sure it's in commission like our Constitution.
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    The Italian Guided Missile Destroyer Impavido, with an English Fearless class gator freighter.

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    The Japanese Destroyer Tachikaze. I loved these ships, the Japanese have a way with ship design.

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    German Type XXI U-Boats in Norway towards the end of WWII.

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    All three Des Moines class Heavy Cruisers in reserve in the late 1970's.

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    This is a Chinese copy of a Russian copy of the B-29 Superfortress. Called thew KJ-1, it's a Tupolev TU-4 with turboprops. Apparently, it wasn't particularly successful, but it looks cool! :lol:

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    This is a Project 30bis class Destroyer, otherwise known as the Skoryy class, abandoned and partially sunk at Sevastopol. There appears to be a fishing boat on the bow!

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    The Russian Cruiser Murmansk aground of the coast of Norway after breaking her tow to the breakers.
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    Took a day trip today with some out of town visitors. We went to the hometown of Admiral Nimitz, about 45 minutes from where I live. There's a museum there dedicated to him, housed in a hotel that his grandfather used to own (the upper part was built to resemble a steamboat).

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    For many years, the museum also housed many artifacts, aircraft, and vehicles from WWII, but many of the larger displays were exposed to the elements outside. In 1991, to mark the 50th anniversary of the US entry into WWII, construction began on a much larger facility next door to the old hotel. It opened a few years ago as the National Museum of the Pacific War. It's a very good museum.

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    That's the fairwater from USS Pintado. What's kinda funny is that the landscaping around it is made to look like ocean waves and there's a fake "bow" some distance in front, giving some sense of just how big a US fleet boat was.

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    Another shot of the fairwater.

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    They still have some naval and Army/Marine artillery on display outside the building.

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    The right-side barrel of that 40mm mount (left side of the photo) was slightly bulged and had a small rupture.


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    While the museum has a bunch of cool stuff in it, the rules prohibit flash photography. Since it's one of those "guided" types of museums, with lighting and sound effects as well as period recordings and narration (including those little pre-recorded narration things you carry around), that made it very difficult to take photos with just a point and shoot camera. :garamet:

    [On a personal note, I don't really care for that kind of museum experience. I prefer to explore places like that on my own. Since I've been studying this stuff since I was nine years old, I know all of the history already. I'm mainly there to look at the "stuff".]

    The museum is laid out to take you from before the war all the way through the end.

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    BTW, that submarine is this submarine, the one found beached on Oahu after the Pearl Harbor attack, crewed by POW #1 and his crewmate.

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    It sat outside for many years until the new building was completed.



    A watertight door from the USS Arizona.

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    Doolittle Raid display.

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    FM-2 Wildcat

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    What I find interesting about this museum is that many of the aircraft and vehicles are unrestored and are displayed in "as found" condition.

    Japanese 25mm AA triple mount.

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    The pile of scrap there are pieces of the Betty bomber that Admiral Yamamoto was in when it was shot down by US P-38s.

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    Kill board from the destroyer USS Hugh W. Hadley.

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    Val dive bomber (with and without mood lighting).

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    Kawanishi N1K Kyofu "Rex"

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    The museum conducts regular symposiums on various WWII Pacific War topics. Back in the Spring of 1995, during a symposium on the use of the atomic bombs against Japan, I shot an interview with Dr. Edward Teller, with that specific casing as a background.

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    Of course there were lots of cool models there, many of them very large scale.

    USS Tennessee.

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    USS New Mexico.

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    Trench art P-38 made from .30-06 brass and .50 caliber brass and projectiles.

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    And the Admiral's namesake, CVN-68. "Only" 1/72 scale, but by far the "biggest" model on display.

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    PT boat. Very large scale, but not nearly as big as the Nimitz model.

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    It was in the same display area (on a separate piece of property, a couple of blocks from the main museum) as the real thing.

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    It's the only restored combat veteran (though Mediterranean-based, not Pacific) Higgins-built PT boat on public display.

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    The building next to the PT boat dock display houses a TBM Avenger, set in an aircraft carrier hangar deck display.

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