I have been in St.Petersburg. The weather was hot, the city looked great – a very interesting place. I did all of the tourist things – the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Central Naval Museum, various churches, theatres and Soviet era monuments and statues. I would definitely go back – and elsewhere in Russia – but I hope I know a few more words next time!
Free for a few hours in London today I visited the Imperial War Museum, quite recently redeveloped. It is obviously different from how I remember it, especially the central lobby, containing a Spitfire, T-34, V weapons, Land Rover and more. There are many small items (uniforms, weapons, medals and other pieces of war), particularly in the First World War section, which could be the most impressive part of the museum.
In this particular museum I would say that their collection of armoured cars is probably the best part of it for me. Lined up along either wall, for instance, are all the notable post war British vehicles – Saladin, Saracen, Ferret and Pig, as well as ones I had not seen before, such as the BTR-40. They also have a very nice collection of tanks, many of which still seem to run. From a modelling perspective, the T-55 and T-34 were interesting – I took a few close up shots of the weathering on them. In particular the T-34/85 has supposedly only had one minor repair in over 70 years and has the original paint – an amazing vehicle!
Situated at the top of Norfolk, on a former artillery training camp, is the Muckleburgh Miltary Collection. As well as a host of smaller items – medals, pistols, rifles, uniforms – they also have a very decent vehicle collection. The above pictures I took represent a selection of their guns and trucks.
There are many models at the Cosford museum. I would guess predominately 1/72 scale, but some larger scales too. Of course, they vary in quality (and condition) but the best ones look very good to me. In any event, as the pictures show, they form a very nice collection.