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Overlord actually isn’t that bad of a movie, all things considered

ICYMI, in theatres this month is Overlord, a hybrid war/horror movie. Produced by recent “Star Wars” boss J. J. Abrams, the film is really two movies spliced together. The first half is a general WWII tale highlighting a squad of 101st Airborne paratroopers (506th PIR) on a critical mission on the eve of D-Day. The second half pits said sky soldiers against not only dislikable Nazis but dislikable Nazi zombies.

In short, it’s like you are watching an episode of “Band of Brothers” and suddenly “28 Days” has clicked in, only with more gore.

As a fan of both war movies (just watched both “A Bridge Too Far” and BoB again within the past few months) and zombie stuff (um, what is the name of this blog?), I had to catch it and overall it is not too bad. More of a plot than “Dead Snow.” The CGI is on point as Abrams and Industrial Light & Magic were involved in the production. While it doesn’t bead out Romero of Peckinpah, it does a better job than you would expect.

Also, the hardware is pretty decent and correct. For reference:

One of the primary characters, Cpl. Ford, played by Wyatt Russell (yes, Kurt’s son), is a moody demo guy with a three-day beard who carries an M1 Thompson sub gun in .45ACP, an M1911 in the same caliber carried in an M7 shoulder holster, various fighting knives, and assorted Composition B. He notably does magazine exchanges in a few different scenes and carries the standard 20-round sticks for his Tommy gun in a five-cell pouch rather than the more flashy drum mags which typically were not used in combat.

Cpl. Ford, played by Wyatt Russell, shown getting some cover while using great trigger D in this production still. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

For more on the guns and a little more review, head to my column at Guns.com

Also, for anyone that wants one, I have two (extra) Overlord posters courtesy of Cinemark. Shoot me a mailing address if you want one.

They are 16×20 and look great in the corner of the gun room.

(Garand not included)

I have to admit, apocalypse builds are growing on me…like mold

Just in time for Halloween of course, these two rifles, an AR flattop build constructed with a split wooden stock around the buffer tube and what used to be an Ottoman Turkish Mauser, seem like they are a step away from being shiny and chrome. But before you reach for the blood pressure meds about hacking up the vintage bolt-gun, the creator cautions the Mauser was on its last legs and was no longer collectible, and of course, AR components are almost dirt cheap these days.

Is that a rake?

The AR reminds me of this SIG 542 (an early 7.62x51mm variant that eventually shrunk down into the SIG 550), in use in the Tchad army in the 80s.

The Swiss made these with all plastic furniture, so the wood is very Sahara “after market”

Anyway, more in my column at Guns.com

Happy first day of Winter (Yule, etc)

Hey, this is ostensibly a zombie blog after all. And yes, I am still working on the next installment of Last Stand on Zombie Island (Pirates of the Zombie Coast)

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A more defensible location

A second wind turbine towers nearly 300 feet above the nearby Stirling solar array at Tooele Army Depot, Utah, March 22, 2016. The $6.5 million wind turbine project is scheduled to be complete later this year and begin generating power. The 1.5 megawatt solar array, consisting of 429 Stirling engine solar dishes spread across 15 acres, is scheduled to be fully operational in 2017. (U.S. Army photo by John Prettyman/released)

A second wind turbine towers nearly 300 feet above the nearby Stirling solar array at Tooele Army Depot, Utah, March 22, 2016. The $6.5 million wind turbine project is scheduled to be complete later this year and begin generating power. The 1.5 megawatt solar array, consisting of 429 Stirling engine solar dishes spread across 15 acres, is scheduled to be fully operational in 2017. (U.S. Army photo by John Prettyman/released)

As a guy who has (and continues to) write post-apocalyptic fiction that may or may not include scattered military units trying to get by when the rest of civilization has get gone’d and maybe left some zombies behind, I find it interesting that DoD is increasingly trying to move bases off the grid.

Such as Tooele Army Depot in Utah. The base, storage site for war reserve and training ammunition scattered around its 23,610 acres and 900 odd igloos, is kinda off the beaten path. Like the perfect place to lay low when crap went pear-shaped.

And it just got better.

They just erected a 200-foot high 2 MW wind turbine, capable of powering 550 homes.

Coupled with a second wind turbine already in use and a 1.5 megawatt solar array, consisting of 429 Stirling engine solar dishes spread across 15 acres, which  scheduled to be fully operational in 2017, the base will soon be off grid and producing all of its own energy needs.

Until the turbines or dishes break or wear out, but hey, nothing is perfect.

Keeping your comms one ammo can away

Via cerebral zero, a pretty sweet mobile commo set up.

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Finishing up my HAM Ammo Can (HammoCan??) The radio is a Kenwood TM281 bolted to the interior of a large ammo can. It can be powers by the 12v AGM battery or 12v solar panel. The solar panel can also charge the battery. Perfect for off roading and camping. Now I’ve got comms 24/7. Even on a cloudy day the solar panel will output 14-15v and on a sunny day 20v. Pretty awesome setup.

Intrepid meets Waterworld

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Pretty neat depiction of USS Intrepid (CV/CVA/CVS-11) as a fisher-village in a post-apocalyptic scenario by zsolti65 on Deviant Art

Known as the “Fighting I,” Intrepid was laid down just a week before Pearl Harbor and was one of two dozen Essex-class fast fleet carriers completed.

USS Intrepid in the Philippine Sea, November 1944

USS Intrepid in the Philippine Sea, November 1944

Decommissioned on the Ides of March, 1974, she picked up ten battlestars from the Marshall Islands to Vietnam and has been moored as a museum in in New York City since 1982, where she serves as an emergency operations center when needed.

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