• 3
    Nov

MACV-SOG 1-0 Jacket: A Symbol For Vietnam’s Elite Among The Elite

Until recently, little was known or published about MACV-SOG, an elite US Special Forces reconnaissance unit in Vietnam. SOG was under joint command by 5th Special Forces Group and CIA with an objective to recon and disrupt the Ho Chi Minh trail by running cross-border operations into denied areas, primarily Laos and Cambodia. SOG recon teams were small, typically 6 to 8 men.

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  • 31
    Jul

Coming of Age: Toys in Early America

American toys actually predate recorded history. American Indian children played with the smaller versions of their parents’ items, right down to scaled-down bows and arrows. Before the American Indian slowly migrated across North and South America, sometime after the last Ice Age, Eskimo children in the far north hoisted tiny harpoons imitating the hunters of […]

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  • 27
    Jul

The Evolution of Jungle Boots Worn in Vietnam

The first jungle boots to be worn in South East Asia where developed immediately post WWII for use in Panama. They resembled WWII boots by having double buckles and a russet brown leather finish. They saw limited use in Vietnam with the exception of being worn by early Special Forces advisor teams in Laos (Operation Hot Foot / White Star) and occasionally by TDY teams in Vietnam.

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  • 26
    Jul

401st GIR (Glider Infantry Regiment), 101st Airborne Uniform Group

This uniform grouping was worn by PFC James J. Kriha, Service Company 401st GIF, 101st Airborne. Kriha was a post D-Day replacement and fought in Holland (Operation Market Garden), where he was seriously wounded and spent the next year and a half in hospitals recovering.

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  • 27
    Jun

All Kinds of Smoke Can Be Hazardous to Art and Antiques

Smoke is, in essence, energy that does not burn completely during a fire. Combustion occurs, giving off heat, light, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. Smoke is made visible by the presence of small particles of carbon and other materials. It contains gases that form tiny particles known as PM10 (which means “Particulate Matter less than […]

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  • 18
    Feb

A Survey of Chevrolet Nomads in 1/64 Scale

by Dave Weber, images Doug Breithaupt The year was 1954 and was the first time a Chevrolet Nomad was introduced to the public. It was one of the experimental cars in the General Motors Motorama styling show that toured the country. This showcar was actually a modified Corvette body that had been introduced the previous […]

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  • 18
    Feb

The Less-Than Fairlady: Nissan’s 280ZX

by Brian Willoughby For almost 10 years, Nissan’s original Z car had dominated the American sports car scene, becoming, along the way, the biggest selling sports car ever made by anyone, anywhere. It was little wonder why: it was a first-rate performer that looked great and was reasonably priced and to top it all off […]

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  • 11
    Feb

Military Vehicles Past and Present

Military Vehicles Past and Present by Ivan Delgado images by Ivan Delgado and Doug Breithaupt WC54 Ambulance (WWII), Johnny L. DINKY TOYS 22f Tank22c Motor truck 151a Medium tank 151b Covered wagon with cooker trailer (151c) 153 Military jeep 152a Light tank 152b Reconnaissance car 162a Light Dragon tractor 162c 18-pounder gun 161a Lorry-mounted search […]

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  • 11
    Feb

1973 – A Glorious Time for Grand Touring Cars

By Doug Breithaupt To the French, they are the ‘Grand Routier’, to the Italians, ‘Gran Turismo’, and to the English speaking world, ‘Grand Touring’ cars. The definition of a GT car is that it is a fixed ortarga-top 2-door coupe with rear seats and sporting power, adequate to spirited driving. While the rear seats of […]

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  • 11
    Feb

The Original Jeep: 50 Years in Miniature

By Doug Breithaupt One of the most-recognized of all vehicles, the original Jeep has been a popular choice for diecast producers. First built by Willys for use in WWII, it has also built under license by Ford, and later, Mitsubishi, as well as others. Willys became part of American Motors, which was bought by Chrysler, […]

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