Monday, March 30, 2015

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Beautiful space illustrations here

"space and spacecraft are often the subject of your blog postings of late, Lennard...is there a reason for this you think?..."

Yes... I yearn intensely for getting off this f&%ng planet!

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Panzer: Sdkfz 232
The final production version of the 232, manufactured from 1942, with the prominent "bedstead" radio antenna replaced by the less conspicuous "star" shaped version. Looks like it's time for the werkstattkompanie to bring out their FAMO if they want to salvage this valuable specialist vehicle before the enemy shows up.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

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(this weeks posting is a conceptual work of art, illustrating nothingness and absence)


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Panzer: Leichte Feldhaubitze 18/2 auf Fahrgestell Panzerkampfwagen II (Sf.) Wespe
A long name for what was basically a 150 mm howitzer mounted on a Pzkpfw II chassis.
Wespe's provided mobile artillery support for the "flexible front" of the modern mechanized battlefield where the heavy dug-in artillery of previous wars would be useless.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

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Well, it's done. My parent's house now emptied, cleaned and ready for the real estate market...

Forty years of life, memories, furniture, clothes, books and trinkets carted away.

People ask me "are you really sure about selling that place?!?...that view of the fjord is so amazing!.."

No. I am not sure about it. You don't find many places like that, and here I am getting one for free...

Moving to Copenhagen made sense for me twenty-five years ago. The education I wanted could only be found here. The life I dreamed of was the life of the urban artist-bohemian, not the life of the family man sitting on his porch looking at the beauty of nature while his wife prepared a tasty dinner and the kids played.

Today, I'm a different man, and so is Copenhagen.

I moved to inner Vesterbro more that twenty years ago. Back in the day,  a run down crime-ridden neighbourhood where nobody sane wanted to live. I thought it was the perfect place to escape  the nice healthy middle class kids with perfect teeth that I grew up with.

Now they live here too...

I'm surrounded by young "hipster" families and their spoiled brats. When I meet them in the street, I try to be friendly but they look at me like I'm a monster. Apparently they believe that anyone over thirty is an alcoholic child molester and closet-Nazi...

Well, I'm sticking with my decision. I have to. It would be great with some space around you, a place to maybe paint some paintings or just sit and look at a tree after work.
But, I can't  keep my parent's house anyway, the financial side to it wouldn't work at all. There's tax debt to be paid, loans, etc, and the fifty year old house has a leaking roof, dodgy electric wiring, no internet, since my dad's telephone lines were bitten over by mice, and generally needs a lot of refurbishing which would require yet another loan.

Alright, that's all for this week's episode of : "The trials and tribulations of a middle aged idiot who was left something valuable and he couldn't handle that either..."

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V Panther, Ausf G
An early Ausf G with zimmerit anti-magnetic coating being unloaded, summer of 1944.
Note how the bow MG 34 had been removed and placed in the "anti-aircraft "position on the turret to defend against enemy ground attack aircraft.
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Monday, March 09, 2015

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Kyung Me has a nice and special feeling to it, me thinks

more, but in a different vein at www.sunflowercat.com

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Panzer: Panzerzug
An often forgotten branch of the panzerwaffe were the armoured trains.Serving mostly as protection against partisan attacks on the Eastern front.
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Monday, March 02, 2015

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Perhaps not so surprising, with my endless postings of Panzers here on the bloggo, I was a dedicated plastic modeler in my childhood, and well into my teens. While cleaning up the attic in my fathers house,  I found this small relic. Apparently one of the few of these creations of mine to have survived.

Alone in my room, assembling and painting these small Japanese manufactured miniatures during the long dark winters in the seventies and eighties was pure joy for me.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V Panther, Ausf A
Possible a photo of a Panther in action, or maybe a drill. The camouflage smock worn by the trooper on the right suggest Waffen-SS units, so this could be SS Panzer division Wiking fighting in Poland, summer of 1944. A couple of radio operators carrying what looks like extremely bulky, and heavy equipment in the field. The camo smock wearing trooper might be there to protect the radio operators against enemy infantry, eager to capture the radio equipment or kill the operators to disrupt communication.
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