Christoph Baumer: The History Of Central Asia, Vol. 4

  After the Soviet occupier and its vassal Najibullah were defeated, it was not long before the loose partnership of convenience among Afghan resistance fighters disintegrated along ethnic divides. The Pashtuns rallied around Hekmatyar, Khalis and Sayyaf; the Tajiks around Massoud, Rabbani and Ismail Khan; the Uzbeks around Dostum’s Junbesh-e Milli Islami (National Islamic Front) … Continue reading Christoph Baumer: The History Of Central Asia, Vol. 4

Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 2

Go to the first post in this build log So last time I had completed priming, and had masked off the SEAC white identification stripes. The next task was to apply the camouflage colours of the Temperate Land Scheme—Medium Sea Grey undersides, and an RAF standard pattern of Dark Earth and Dark Green above. It’s … Continue reading Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 2

Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 1

I’m using the Tamiya kit to model a specific aircraft, again. This is going to be a Republic P-47D-22-RE Thunderbolt, on the complement of 135 Squadron RAF in Burma from April to May 1945. Its American serial number was 42-25818, with a British serial of HB981. It was what the RAF called a “Thunderbolt I”—what’s … Continue reading Tamiya 1/48 P-47D Thunderbolt “Razorback”: Part 1

Gangrel

ˈɡæŋɡrəl gangrel (noun): a vagabond, vagrant or wandering beggar; a lanky, loose-limbed person; a toddler (Scottish hillwalking: a person who wanders far among the hills)   Only the real gangrel penetrates this remote corrie with its shivering waters and black Sgurr. Hamish Brown, Hamish’s Mountain Walk (1978) Brown is talking about Loch a’ Choire Mhoir, … Continue reading Gangrel

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