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Museum Review, American Armoured Foundation, Danville, VA.


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A_Duck_Called_Bubba #21 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 01:04

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The "proper" spelling.  That is a bit presumptuous.  The English language began a split about 400 years ago.  Let's hear you say "artillery".  Are the French allowed to criticize the English for bastardizing their word "artillerie"?  How about "batallione"?  Or should Germans have an elitist attitude about the F-word being corrupted from a word in their language?  If my arguments seem absurd, that is because linguistic elitism is just as absurd.  New languages form etymological differences.  That is how Scottish Gaelic came from Irish and how Hebrew and Arabic came from Aramaic.

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Scolopax, on Mar 22 2012 - 23:58, said:

Years ago, when I was at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, they had a bradley outside that you could get in.  Not sure if they still have it there though.  You ever been there yourself Chief? I thought it was a nice little road stop through Nebraska.

Don't get ahead of my publishing schedule! I'd have called HMMV 'unexpected'... I'm driving along I80, bored as can be, and "I'll be. Tanks"

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Spaceballs reference?

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The "proper" spelling. That is a bit presumptuous.

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Are the French allowed to criticize the English for bastardizing their word "artillerie"?

I would have thought they'd prefer "Lieutenant" as the subject of their ire.

easy8tanker #23 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 01:13

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I just read an article on the easy 8 sherman with the dozer blade. It is one of a few still in the world. Nice article by thw way.

SmithWinston_655321 #24 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 02:19

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Jay4hand, on Mar 23 2012 - 00:17, said:

Been waiting a month for you to publish this review Mr. Chieftain!  This was very worth driving the less than 2 hours from Raleigh.  I have tons of photos to publish as well as some vids, I may get around to it tonight or tomorrow.  I thought your review was very fair, may I add, they get a little upset when you sit on their artillery.
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They also get upset (being from the People's Republic of NY state) if you think you can exercise your right to bear arms in their facility (as I do everywhere I go, especially with my family.)  For this reason, I have not returned and don't tell the hundreds of people I know in the area to visit this facility.  

There is much more than armor to see here and it is a great private facility.  It has also been the recipient of gratuitous government grant money.  Better than cash blown on Cowboy Poetry festivals and LGBT acceptance programmes tho!

Jay4hand #25 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 03:04

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As promised, I started a new topic with some videos, enjoy!
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YoSupBro9 #26 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 04:16

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chieftain, are there any tank museums in arizona that would be worth checking out? The family and I are going there for spring break and I was wondering if there was some wonderful place that could sate my craving for armoured vehicles down south. (Im from canada, a country that isn't really renowned for their military museums  :( ). Any help would be appreciated.  :Smile_honoring:

SouthernTank #27 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 05:46

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Omg that's me in the back ground ..lol the tall guy with all the hair...great day we need to do it again..lol

Jay4hand #28 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 13:50

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NateBlack0, on Mar 23 2012 - 13:38, said:

Very nice stuff!

Cheif, could you possibly do some form of audio/visual reviews of tanks and other vehicles?

Like every other week you'd do a tank review as a 10-20 minute podcast or something? I think this would be greatly appreciated as you seem to be not only knowledable but very capable of telling as story aswell.

From my vid post credit to NateBlack0

Please consider this Chief! This would generate alot of interest, especially if you could link to Youtube for other tank enthuseists and bring some more players in.

You would be awesome!

Chiyeko #29 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 14:45

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Nice review loved the vids to, like to see more of that.

Acarnoth #30 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 14:58

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The_Chieftain, on Mar 22 2012 - 18:40, said:

Dude. I live in California.
"Now, this isn’t to disrespect those of you who live in the town, but you have to admit, it’s a little inconvenient for a substantial portion of the world to get to."

with that comment its incredibly easy to assume that you, liek the developers are from a different country, why would one assume that youre a US native when you write posts for a russian tank game??  might want to say "a portion of the western US to get to" not the world, because saying "the world" infers that you are from out of country.

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Acarnoth, on Mar 23 2012 - 14:58, said:

"Now, this isn’t to disrespect those of you who live in the town, but you have to admit, it’s a little inconvenient for a substantial portion of the world to get to."

with that comment its incredibly easy to assume that you, liek the developers are from a different country, why would one assume that youre a US native when you write posts for a russian tank game??  might want to say "a portion of the western US to get to" not the world, because saying "the world" infers that you are from out of country.
I'm pretty certain he is Irish, last time I checked that was another country.

Greener #32 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 15:45

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"Tanks" for the review Chieftan, I had this place earmarked for a visit this summer as I'm going to be in the area on vacation and would be driving right past it.  So now I know my son and I will definitely enjoy the experience when we do visit.

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TechnoSarge #33 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 16:09

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I visited this museum a couple years ago as an on-the-way activity while passing through Danville. I was allocated two hours by my non-tank-loving wife (actually, this was enforced by arriving two hours before closing!) You know this is a big museum when the docent announcing closing time makes his rounds on a bicycle!
I saw a lot, wished I'd had time to see more. From these pix, the collection and displays change over time - always a good excuse for a return trip!  I recommend a tripod for photos, the collection is indoors and not that brightly lit.
I grew up in Nokesville, VA, where the show linked above by CdtWeasel takes place. I keep meaning to combine a visit to my brother with an event, but it hasn't happened yet.

The_Chieftain #34 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 16:33

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Not sure which museum I had seen photos from but what I liked in that display of tanks was the tank sorta cut open with plexi glass. It showed the outsider just how the ammo was stored and where the crew had to sit.

There are a couple of such displays.

The National Museum of Armor and Cavalry, formerly at Ft Knox, has a King Tiger they cut apart.

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The Imperial War Museum in London did something similar with Jagdpanther.

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I'm in two minds about it. On the plus side, absolutely, it's excellent from the educational standpoint. On the other side, they cut apart some pretty rare vehicles to do it....

Bovington took it to extremes, though at least they didn't destroy a rare vehicle to do it, they simply sliced a tank in two and split the two sides by a few meters.

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I'm pretty certain he is Irish, last time I checked that was another country

Born about fifteen miles from where I'm sitting...  San Francisco, CA actually.

Jay4hand #35 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 19:39

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Thought I would share a few: (sorry about the focus, flash photography is not allowed)
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Panzer Mk IV
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Turret fo a M551A1 Sheridan
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a couple of M60 Pattons
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Romanski, on Mar 22 2012 - 22:25, said:

Chieftain,
Will you ever review the St.Petersburg Museum of Artillery?

He should , I went there is 1996 and it was fantastic. I've got a load of piccies still. Next time I got to Russia (might be a while) I will be visiting it again. I just wish the Russians made more of their museum for the western tourist.

Scolopax, on Mar 22 2012 - 23:58, said:

Years ago, when I was at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, they had a bradley outside that you could get in.  Not sure if they still have it there though.  You ever been there yourself Chief? I thought it was a nice little road stop through Nebraska.

I live nearby and they also have an experimental HMMVEE and a T-54 I think though I haven't been there in years. It's conveniently located though right off the interstate.

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It's conveniently located though right off the interstate.

"Conveniently located" is a relative term. Danville VA is way more accessible to anyone who isn't driving transcontinental.

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The_Chieftain, on Mar 21 2012 - 23:09, said:

Maybe we can make a WoT map out of it…

That looks like it would be a hell of a map. It almost looks like Steppes with trees.

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Vollketten, on Mar 23 2012 - 19:51, said:

I live nearby and they also have an experimental HMMVEE and a T-54 I think though I haven't been there in years. It's conveniently located though right off the interstate.
They also had this, which I can't seem to identify
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(Yes, that's little me in the picture.  I look nothing like that now though.)

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Well yes those displays were the ones I spoke of that were plexi-glassed and "cut" I guess.  Now that you put it like that, it sorta does suck!  Maybe they could have done it with some injured tanks or something like that.  But from my defensive standpoint, some of us would never get to see inside and really know what these men (and women) have to go through and just what it is like.  I do feel for them more so than ever now!  But you are right, they did cut up some nice machines just for that purpose and that maybe they should have found an alterior method.




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