Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
As some as you may know I visited several museums near me and further away for both my own pleasure and also to make lots of photos (which I submitted to FH). Now it crossed my mind that I can't be the only nutcase doing this. Would be nice to see more people submit photos (technical photos: walkarounds, closeups of interiors and intresting parts etc. no tourist photos) to the team. I know the team can almost always use special photos such as interior shots (dashboards, gauges, gears etc.).
[COLOR="Red"]General pictures of a tank from the side (often) is are not very special. Interior shots and closeups (outside and inside) are very special though and EXTREMLY useful.[/COLOR]
A tip: If you make close ups, then first make 1 overview picture so you can see what vehicle you are photographing. Then do a walkaround (closeups) , interior photo's of various positions (driver, commander, other seats and ofcourse any buttons/guns/stuff they operate). Ofcourse photo's of other items such as weapons, uniforms etc. are also generally welcome. If in doubt, just make some (special) photo's. It's better to have photo's that aren't so usefull after all then to find out that you skipped over an item the devs ureently need detailed photos of. Ofcourse the most important thing is that you yourself are having fun, making photos is just a little extra you can help the devs with. Remember:[COLOR="Red"] If you want to be as sneaky[/COLOR] like me make a normal tour first. When done you can try to get behind barriers (not allowed) to take photo's or climb on a tank to pull it's drivers/commanders hatch. Checking the bottom may also reveal an open escape hatch you can sneak in. It's not allowed but "I'm not everybody and in the name of FH..." :p One must be careful and respectfull of the equipment though, damaging it is unacceptable. :D
I took 940 photo's with Lightning when I was in Saumur (Musee des blindés) and putted them on www.filefront.com (they offer free hosting of files). :)
There are a lot of museums all over the world with WW2 items. Some fans have to live reasonable near some of them? To name one take a museum in Australia in Puckapunyal (website: http://www.armytankmuseum.com.au/i-intro.htm). No euro/USA dev or tester is likely to go there but a fan might live near.
Have a nice list of museums (though such a list never fully is complete). I certain would love to visit a lot more of the museums on both those sites though. The museums in germany, switserland, france, belgium, netherlands, uk etc. still seem to have some hot stuff on display. Not to mention russia.
So anybody of you fans and testers that are bored and need a trip? You could spent your time usefull. :D
Okay you can shoot me now. :p
PS: And yes this is just something I thought of, it's not an official request as a tester or from the dev team (I'm not a dev remember). Just had to ask. You can ignore me now.
Into Australia all of a sudden?:p Well i've done alot of backpacking around this country. All the museums only tend to have Aussie small arms, artillery, personal carriers, light/medium tanks and louds of warplanes - yeah loads. Oh course there are captured Jap, German, Italian and Vichy French weapons in limited amounts and the odd collection of allied equipment from US and Britain. Suppose i'd be free to do some field inspections given notice, but I doubt there would be much down here Europe or the US dosesn't have. None of the big tanks or the like, although we do have one of only two B-52 bombers to be displayed outside US up in Darwin. Jesus they're big - not that its got anything to do with FH2! Anyway, if you find yourself 6months down the track and you need something that may be rare elsewhere, I'd be happy to contribute if need be P.S I think this is the link you were looking for www.armytankmuseum.com.au/
Yeah, i know about this museum. Some exhibits is realy rare.
Crusader I. We have good refs of this tank, but good walkaround can be very useful
Mk.II Medium Tank. Ugly stuff, but, in principal, this monster used in Africa by australian forces. We need pics, lots of pics :)
Matilda IV Hedgehog, interesting tank, can be useful for Pacific maps ;)
Matilda IV Frog - useful flame tank for Pacific maps
Dingo Scout Car - interesting car, also can be useful for Pacific maps
Ford Lynx - useful canadian scout car for 1944-45 maps 3.7 inch AA Gun - we need LOTS refs of this gun!
17-pdr AT gun - very useful gun for 1944-45 maps
Most useful exhibits for ours right now - 3.7 inch AA Gun and Crusader I.
BTW can anoyne make trip to Duxford? We need few vehicles and guns from this museum...
Also we need some vehicles walkarounds from Bovington.
I live in the Kingston, Ontario area. Any useful museums there?
Or does anyone have a site where I can look up museums?
Here a good site to get an impression about the 3.7 inch bofors: click! hope it doesn`t matter that this gun is remote controlled
That link is to the 40mm bofors, not to a 3,7 bofors. Good site for the 40mm, though.
edit, the first time I wrote this it was all backwards, so i made it more understandable. you have to excuse me, I have lunch coma.
YossarianI live in the Kingston, Ontario area. Any useful museums there?
Or does anyone have a site where I can look up museums?
I know one http://www.dana-nield.com/vimy
221 Champagne Ave. N., Ottawa. Big collection with lots of rare exhibits.
CFB Borden Military Museum, Borden, Ontario http://ipmslondon.tripod.com/museumreviews/id17.html Another good museum with exellent indoor and outdoor collection
I doubt there is any war museum in the province of Quebec, closest is probably the war museum in Ottawa. If there is any need of photos of a Sherman Firefly however, I think there is one laying around in a nearby town.
@ Taranov, I live only about 200Km from Pucka (By Aus standards that pretty close) and am planning to go up there sometime December/January for a look round. If you would like i'd be more than happy to take some pics for you! (that is if you still need them by that point)