Albatros DVa and Pfalz DXII Being Restored at AWM

It seems that the Australian War Memorial, being the proud possessor of an Albatros DVa and a Pfalz DXII, has decided to restore them for display in November this year (I guess as an exhibition on the Great War and to celebrate 90 years since Armistice Day).

The ABC had a report on it – you can read it at Rare warbirds restored in Canberra which contains info on the restoration as well as a couple of neat pictures. Best of all is the description of the camouflage of the aircraft which French aircraft expert Alain Vallet noted

When you have a look at this particular camouflage, you just see dots of colour but once in the air you just see a dark shade and we have experience with flying a 457 covered like this and it is the worst airplane to get a photograph of.You just see a blur, you don’t see a real shape, it is made to destroy the shape of the airplane. So it is lighter in colour on the underside of the airplane and much darker on the topside.

I, for one, will be hanging around there at that time.

Royal Thai Air Force Museum

Boripatra of the Royal Thai Airforce After much mucking around over the past year or so, I finally have the Royal Thai Air Force Museum photos back on line in a gallery and accessible to those that can’t get to Thailand to have a look for themselves.

This is one of the best Aircraft Museums I have visited around the world and this one is important for a couple of rare displays they have, such as the Boripatra, the Curtiss 75N and Curtiss Hawk 3, amongst others.

In any case, it is now available online again with pictures of about half the exhibits at the museum. I should note that the last time I was there, the entry to the museum was still free.

How-To Wargames Guides Updated

I’ve managed to get around to updating and labelling the How-To Guides. They are in the now migrated Gallery here.

The guides are:

Or go to to access the gallery directly.

One day I’ll get around to expanding these. Feel free to look.

Note (updated 9 December 2008): The gallery has disappeared and I am not sure where it is or how to get it back again, at least until I can persuade (beg, grovel) Jeffro to have a look. I will update here again when all is well and available.

Later note (21 February 2009): The gallery, and therefore the guides, are back.

Korean War Memorial Museum

Korea War Memorial MuseumThe Korean War Memorial Museum notes about it’s raison d’être that “since the end of the Korean War many important war records have been disappearing and that generation [that fought in that war] has also been disappearing”. Korea was established through a number of struggles and the War Memorial Museum was proposed and built to pull all this information together.

So, the purpose of the Korean War Memorial Museum was for the collection, preservation and exhibition of historical relics for all the wars that Koreans fought in. At the front of the museum, there is also a plaza area that is there to serve as a reminder of the past sacrifices in war. It should also be noted that the museum was built to “commemorate loyal martyrs and their services to the nation.” There are, as a result, a couple of areas that most westerners would consider a little “heroic” in their appearance and what is displayed.

Follow this link to read more about the museum.