These are great pictures of a prop Japanese tank. It is indeed fabricated on an M-5 Stuart chassis. It loooks pretty convincing until the sprocket and roadwheels give it away. Your villa escudero pictures look great. Is that you on the commander's hatch? Is the interior of the tank intact? The condition of the tank looks great for a 64 year old tank. The main gun looks suspicious. Is that the original gun?
Post by bravotwozero on Aug 4, 2006 21:36:21 GMT -5
I went here last Saturday too, but, it was too hot, I couldn't wait for the Ortega brothers. Sorry....
Anyway, the only thing I found disappointing with this museum is that the tanks are cramped too tight. You won't get to really walk around and take good detail shots. Too many tanks in a small piece of real estate. But overall, it's great to see them up close.
I'd like to visit the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. They have a lot more tanks there, including actual German panzers! Someday....
Post by bravotwozero on Aug 8, 2006 0:36:23 GMT -5
When are you planning to go there? Maybe I can meet up with you. Let me know. Kaya lang we have some black out days at work. Last week of August and first two weeks of September. Then there are birthdates that I can't miss. So, hopefully, we can work out a date when we are both available. I would rather visit a museum with like-minded individuals. I hope you don't mind me joining you. Thanks.
Hi Joseph, Aren't you in the West Coast? Wow, that's a hardcore historian and enthusiast right there if you're flying here just to visit the Ordnance Museum.
I'll let you know but it's more of a "hope to go" than a plan to go. Because the museum is always there, it becomes less a priority to go to compared to a "one-weekend" event. I never know what more pressing things I might need to take care of any given weekend (birthdays, errands, visits by family). So it's more of a visit of opportunity if I find myself with a free Saturday. Unfortunately, that means not knowing until a few days before. Bahala na, but yes it would be nice to go there with somebody who shares the interest We'll see. I'll let you know.
Post by bravotwozero on Aug 9, 2006 15:30:56 GMT -5
Yup, I'm in Los Angeles. I don't mind visiting places even if I have to fly there. I was actually considering visiting New Orleans for the D-Day Museum, then hurricane Katrina hit that area. So, that was it.
I've been to Washington D.C. before but I was only there for one day. I'd like to return there and spend more time around the museums and such. Even more now that there is a World War II Memorial. When I do visit Maryland again, I'm going to include the Aberdeen Proving Ground.