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Yesterday, 12:17pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

1 August Today the airline KNILM (Royal Dutch Indian Airlines) has officially opened its new subsidary KNILM Interinsulair Bedrijf (KNILM Interinsular Service) to operate all inter-DEI commercial flights, leaving KNILM to operate international services from its main airport hubs. The Kroonduif subsidiary will continue to operate aerial services across New Guinea. 7 August Today marks the first Grote Prijs van Nederland (Dutch Grand Prix) which was held on the brand new circuit at Zandvoort. The ...

Yesterday, 12:13pm

Author: Hood

A Spectre Rising

Room 39, The Admiralty, Whitehall, London, Thursday 12th August, 1948 Ian Fleming had just returned from lunch and found the latest report from Burcough laying on his desk. He opened the envelope and wondered what Blofeld had managed to lay his hands on this time. He had heard about Blofeld's independent streak, perhaps reflected in the codename given to him by SIS, Maverick. He wasn't worried about the mechanics of operating Blofeld as an agent. He was only interested in what he produced and if...

Yesterday, 11:55am

Author: Hood

Refit question

I'd say a basic single HA 3in or 4in mount or even a single 6in with a shield or something like the German twin 105mm could be craned off relatively easily. During WW2 such older mounts were changed pretty frequently and easily. Even for example RN twin 4in guns were added as and when they became available without serious refit operations. I'd be happy with 105mm and up to 155mm as the absolute maximum limit for a deck mount. As Bruce says though, at this late stage in the proceedings is it wort...

Friday, February 23rd 2018, 10:10am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

OOC: Yeah, I seem to have Snafu'd here and not taken full account of your last post. In my defence I did have this pre-written.

Thursday, February 22nd 2018, 3:43pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

A Conspiracy at the Barley Row? Erich in the Bag Erich Stoben was put under surveillance. His mail to his home and the Saint Luke’s Chapel in Wansdworth was intercepted, as were all his telephone calls. A watch was put on the Chapel and all his movements were logged. The days rolled by and no incriminating evidence emerged. He seemed unaffected by the flight of Schrod and showed no tendency to go underground himself. Time ticked by and nothing happened. An operative even broke into the Chapel to...

Monday, February 19th 2018, 2:03pm

Author: Hood

Refit question

65mm always seemed an odd cut-off point to me, can't think of many real-world guns in that calibre or why, as you say, a 75mm (or 76mm for that matter) deck mount would be any more problematic to remove than a 65mm one.

Sunday, February 18th 2018, 11:19am

Author: Hood

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

Nice work Bruce, its been fun to follow and I think the results are fair and all of my player nations will be happy with those tallies.

Saturday, February 17th 2018, 6:18pm

Author: Hood

Talons 1948?

Is there interest in a possible revival of the Talons event? If so, should it be much as before; e.g. national teams, mix of endurance, flying proficiency and combat activities or should it focus on certain aspects? There would probably be piston and jet classes, also a twin-engine piston class. Perhaps the scope for larger teams is there to make things more cost effective and allow more types to be sent. An event, if it goes ahead, would be run in Summer 1948 (for the south!!) so November/Decem...

Tuesday, February 13th 2018, 3:33pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

A Conspiracy at the Barley Row Downing Street Atlee was ambivalent towards the intelligence services. As a Labour Party member he knew too well its members had been closely watched by MI5 and that it had been a tool used to combat the rise of socialism. On the other hand, he saw the potential it offered in protecting the state and the nation. More than any other previous Prime Minister he had striven to create a true Whitehall committee atmosphere to organise and direct the intelligence services...

Tuesday, February 13th 2018, 10:30am

Author: Hood

Results from the 1948 Summer Olympics

OOC: Nice work, thanks for researching all this and putting it together.

Saturday, February 10th 2018, 1:36pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

18 July The heavy cruiser King Albert and the destroyer Francois Bovesse made a flag showing visit to Gibraltar where they spent the day at anchor. Both ships are bound for the Kongo on a training exercise. Accompanying her will be the destroyer Francois Bovesse. 25 July The heavy cruiser King Albert and the destroyer Francois Bovesse have arrived in Matadi, the Kongo, for training exercises with the Dutch naval forces stationed there, including the 4th Cruiser Division and the 8th Escort Flotil...

Wednesday, February 7th 2018, 9:55am

Author: Hood

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The best fighter in the world huh? Big claims methinks. I wonder if its time to reignite the Talons contest and see what the best of the best actually is?

Sunday, February 4th 2018, 3:40pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

20 July The Iraqi Academy of Sciences in Baghdad was formally founded today. 27 July The first prototype De Havilland DH.106 Comet 1, registered G-ALVG, was first flown today at Hatfield. The Comet has been developed to meet Specification P.3/43 for a jet-powered airliner for BOAC. It was designed by a team led by chief designer Ronald Bishop, initially a tailless sweptwing design was chosen but eventually a more conventional design was chosen as the final configuration. The DH.108 programme was...

Sunday, February 4th 2018, 2:35pm

Author: Hood

A Spectre Rising

Room 39, The Admiralty, Whitehall, London, Monday 3rd August, 1948 Ian Fleming had been undecided for some time about leaving the Senior Service. He sometimes chafed at the inactivity and the fact he had been personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence for almost eight years. The latest, and newest incumbent of that post was Vice-Admiral Eric Longley-Cook. He did enjoy the secretive world of intelligence however, and when a package was delivered by courier to his office that morning...

Sunday, February 4th 2018, 10:45am

Author: Hood

Japan News 1948

Nice to see Manzo is still alive!

Sunday, February 4th 2018, 10:42am

Author: Hood

Beijing Newspaper Q1/1948 - Chinese news and events - January / February / March

I'm not sure if Shin ever posted it but Canada made an expedition to the Mariana Trench around 1945 with no issue.

Saturday, February 3rd 2018, 3:26pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

14 July At Hucclecote, Gloucestershire, England, following taxi trials the prototype Gloster AXP-1001 jet fighter took to the air on its maiden flight. The aircraft, designed to meet Argentine specifications with the assistance of thirty FMA engineers should enter service in 1950. Current plans will see the third prototype being shipped to Argentina and assembled here for a first flight. 15 July The new Project 455 Class destroyers ARA Jujuy, Hercules and Heroina commissioned today with the 1st ...

Saturday, February 3rd 2018, 12:37pm

Author: Hood

Helicopter Trials

The USA will send two designs for the observation role: Two Bell Model 47A to YR-13/HTL-1 standard. [Specs as OTL] Two Bell Model 54 to XR-15 standard. [Specs as OTL]

Friday, February 2nd 2018, 3:35pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

A Conspiracy at the Barley Row? The Old Antiques Shop The Police, with Grice in attendance, broke into Schrod’s antiques shop to gain entry to his rooms above. A thorough search was made. To the trained eye it was clear Schrod had cleared out in a haste. Some toiletries were missing from the bathroom, like his toothbrush and toothpaste. Some clothes had gone but most were still hanging in the wardrobe or tucked away in his drawers. There were some unwashed cutlery in the kitchen and some mouldy ...

Sunday, January 28th 2018, 10:57am

Author: Hood

Helicopter Trials

Britain will send two Fairey Widgeon helicopters. Length: 41 ft 10 in (12.75 m) Rotor diameter: 49 ft 2 in (14.99 m) Height: 13 ft 4 in (4.07 m) Disc area: 1,898 ft² (176.4 m²) Empty weight: 4,322 lb (1,969 kg) Loaded weight: 5,900 lb (2,682 kg) Powerplant: 1x 520hp Alvis Leonides VII/2 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine Maximum speed: 109 mph (175 km/h) at sea level Range: 310 miles (500 km) Service ceiling: 11,800 ft (3,600 m) Rate of climb: 700 ft/min (3.6 m/s) at sea level Capacity: pilo...