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Oh, yeah, there were a BUNCH of these tank models at the country fair. They’re big, like getting on for three feet long, and radio controlled. Even the little model people are animated (which freaked the hell out of me because I didn’t know until I bent over for a closer look and one turned to look back at me. Cheeky tank model owner guy).

Shame they don’t run on gas; they’re easily be big enough to ride.

Anyway, they all apparently come from Russia. It’s a thing. So the only models you can get are Russian or German tanks. You want American or British, you have to buy the chassis and make the outer bits yourself.

I didn’t intend to fob you off with country fair pictures all week. Fayre, actually. I’m embarrassed to admit they spelled it Fayre. But every time I’ve looked in on the news this week, I’ve thought, “Nah.”


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: May 30, 2013, 10:39 pm

My wife & I received a thank-you card, for housing a friend & some of her stuff. Well, the card said “(TANKS!)” & had a picture of two M-3 Lee tanks. Yeah!

Comment from Nina
Time: May 30, 2013, 11:57 pm

I just got home from graduation, where we feted the class of 2013. Our valedictorian has a 4.7something gpa, and was accepted to nine ivies. He chose Harvard for the win, along with a full ride scholarship. You can read about him here:http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/30/5457373/elk-grove-teen-goes-9-for-9-in.html

He’s a great kid. Sometimes my job doesn’t entirely suck. 🙂

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: May 31, 2013, 12:29 am

Happy with the Fayre pix…tired of politics.

Comment from Randy Rager
Time: May 31, 2013, 12:47 am

Madame Weasel, I for one would be quite content to look at “Fayre” pictures all week.

Lord knows I could use the break from the rest of world’s general assholery.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: May 31, 2013, 1:03 am

So whats the tank on the far right? Just a big mortar with treads? The barrel is shorter than the width of the projectile?

I can’t imagine the fun at the Fayre!

Comment from Randy Rager
Time: May 31, 2013, 1:18 am

That tank on the far right is a Sturmtiger. Germany built 18 of them for use in city fighting. The shell it could launch weighed 759 pounds. Front armor was about 6 inches thick. Gave our planners nightmares, but like so much German hardware, they never made enough of it to matter.

Comment from Kat
Time: May 31, 2013, 1:19 am

Thank GAWD those occur over there, and not here in the US. Do you know how hard it would be to keep my husband from magically acquiring one of those tanks? >_<

Comment from Oceania
Time: May 31, 2013, 4:00 am


Sweasel could go for a drive around Brixton and get some Muzzie in her treads!


Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: May 31, 2013, 4:22 am

RC tanks are decently common around the US. It’s progressed to the point some people put BB mechanisms inside the tank and have mini-tank duels. Which is Badass.

Comment from scottthebadger
Time: May 31, 2013, 4:54 am

It doesn’t look big enough to be a Sturmtiger, it looks more like a Brummbar, based on the PzkwIV. Same idea, though

Comment from Oceania
Time: May 31, 2013, 10:36 am

Hmmmm France has had a Nagger Attack!


Comment from Nina
Time: May 31, 2013, 7:50 pm

I’ll be at Faire–or fayre, if you prefer–this weekend, in 100 degree heat. In 16th Century garb.

The things I do to make the magic. 🙂

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: May 31, 2013, 8:18 pm

Comment from Nina
Time: May 31, 2013, 7:50 pm

I’ll be at Faire–or fayre, if you prefer–this weekend, in 100 degree heat. In 16th Century garb.

The things I do to make the magic. 🙂

Been there, done that, in a slightly different context. Heavy wool Dragoon uniform, 110 degree heat at Bent’s Fort at the National Park on the Colorado plains, standing sentry under arms outside the tent of “Col. Kearney” in between other period demonstrations for the tourists.

The goal being to make history real to people who have no conception of history.

It’s much more fun [albeit no cooler] to do it at Boy Scout encampments; because they appreciate it and want to learn.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from AliceH
Time: May 31, 2013, 8:38 pm


If you are looking for something to post about other than Fayres, Fetes, Chickens, Owls, Ferrets, Farm implements (all of which I find delightful, btw), you really you cannot go wrong in posting some randomly selected old-style map. They are beautiful, and there’s always some sort of story behind or about them. And, they aren’t about current political events.

Comment from Drew458
Time: May 31, 2013, 8:46 pm

Nina, Subotai –
Here in the small piece of Eden called New Jersey, we’ve got a bit of Revolutionary War history called the Battle of Monmouth. Both sides suffered as much heatstroke from their heavy woolen uniforms in the summer heat as they did from combat. So be careful with that “historical accuracy” stuff.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 31, 2013, 10:52 pm


Question for you re:CCTV cameras. I was watching “BroadChurch” the other night (Tennant!!!!!) and was surprised to see that CCTV cameras were used out in the middle of B.F.E. and the DI was lamenting that there weren’t more. I’ve gotten used to “seeing” them in the shows taking place in the higher population areas, but are they actually putting them in small towns?
The other thing,that made me cringe, was the police request to watch your family and neighbors and report any “suspicious” behavior and changes in character. Other than “Sherlock,” this is the first contemporary non-scifi British drama that I have watched, so I don’t know if this is boilerplate but I found it disconcerting.

Comment from scottthebadger
Time: May 31, 2013, 11:31 pm

On further reflection, Randy is right, it’s a Surmtiger, ( look at the muzzle ). The size must be accounted for by scale difference.

Sturmpanzer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturmpanzer_IV

Sturmtiger: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturmtiger

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: June 1, 2013, 2:52 am

scottthebadger: My first thought was also Brummbar.

It’s sort of silly that there’s a model of the Sturmtiger, of which there were all of 18 built, but not of, say, the StuG III, of which there were thousands.

The weapon on the Sturmtiger was a 15″ (38cm) rocket launcher (sometimes described as a mortar). Either way, it was intended to lob a big charge of HE a relatively short distance, for demolishing fortifications or occupied buildings of heavy construction.

I don’t think the Allies were especially worried by it. It wasn’t dangerous to anything that could move, and the Allies weren’t defending any fixed positions very often.

It did have an interesting vulnerability, in that the weapon was a 15″ hole in the frontal armor. A shot could easily go in the barrel, and if it did was likely to tear through the breach and mess up the insides.

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