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Steve GloverPerson was signed in when posted
04:16 AM ET (US)
I look forward to the day when we finally get "Troubles" re-enactors in Norn Iron, and people choose which side they want to play for on the basis of who had the best tunes (I believe there already is an Irish Civil War Re-enactment Society, but it may have been started as a joke).
Steven Francis Murphy
10:58 PM ET (US)
If you want to experience the Cold War, you can always go to the DMZ in Korea. Still very much the Cold War vibe there with infiltration tunnels, propoganda villages (on both sides) loud music (from the North) and guards from both sides staring each other down.

It should be noted that the last of the American contingent will be leaving Camp Bonifas very soon, if they haven't already.

An interesting incident to read up on is the Panmunjom Axe Murder Incident of 1976, when some NK Soldiers hacked up some Americans who were trimming a tree.

From Flyover Country
Dave Bell
04:52 PM ET (US)
Cold-War reenactment involves playing Baccarat in a French casino.

Yes, my great-uncle James was from the Bond side of the family...

And I could borrow my brother's Minox.

But I don't have enough heair to be the hero. Now, where did I put that cat.
Edited 07-15-2004 04:54 PM
David Moles
12:00 PM ET (US)
I imagine Cold War reenactment as a bunch of Americans in Vietnam-era fatigues getting together in Germany to get drunk and stoned, but maybe I'm overgeneralizing based on my Uncle Dave's experience....
Patrick Connors
02:51 PM ET (US)
Cold War re-enactment (as well as Vietnam and Korean Wars) is already happening. I heard a story on the local NPR station a few Saturdays ago on the topic. (I just searched and can't find it else I'd link here.) It didn't mention having aircraft available.
Dave Bell
04:20 PM ET (US)
Fed-2 camera and Jupiter-11 lens would be OK.

And it would get you started on Cold War reenactment.

The first model Fed and Zorki cameras are exssentially clones of the original Leica rangefinder, and wouldn't look out of place for Korea, unless you were close enough to see the Russian lettering on the top-plate.

And the Efke black-and-white film has similar characteristics to the film used in the fifties.

Blame my brother:
Edited 07-13-2004 04:21 PM
David Moles
04:07 PM ET (US)
I think the shutter-lag grain problem gives the picture a nice retro quality, actually.

Saw a bunch of Air National Guard F-15s on the tarmac flying into Jacksonville a couple of weeks ago. Big airplanes. Kinda freaky. Very Cold War. (And I grew up next to NAS Miramar, home of "Top Gun".)
Chris Williams
11:31 AM ET (US)
Last Friday I saw a Canberra in the air over Norfolk, which looked like it was actually doing a job - lots of Harriers, F15s, and Tornados were exercising in the area that day. With a first flight that damn nearly predates the Cold War. And blow me, so it is:
12:31 PM ET (US)
See now I thought I was being irresponsible making a custard powder bomb out of a barrel. That made a great mushroom.

But spent fuel rod casings beat me hands down. I give up any dreams of being an neo-anarchisty type.

Pass me a cardigan.
08:45 AM ET (US)
A visually effective mushroom cloud can be produced by igniting a steel drum filled with magnesium shavings. Spent fuel rod cladding is perfect for this, as anyone who has been to a BNFL staff bonfire night can vouch for.
08:41 AM ET (US)
Cold War re-enactment will happen. Most countries re-enactors concentrate on civil wars because they can easily portray both sides. This means that the Russians have more up to date re-enactors than the Americans, with the British following well behind on topicality. The requirement for both sides of a conflict to be represented means that colonial wars are the least likely to be re-enacted. In any case you would need a lot of members to form the Rourke's Drift re-enactment society.
07:02 AM ET (US)
Imagine an airshow in the late 21st century, where restored B-52 planes drop mock bombs, and the audience sees a mock H-bomb explosion....

And the show climaxes with a stuntman riding ON TOP OF a falling bomb, waving a cowboy hat ("Yee-haw!")... and he flies off the bomb with a jetpack just before it hits the ground.

Naaah. It'd NEVER happen. ;-P

04:54 AM ET (US)
I'd love to see the Vulcan flying again. Any Cold War Memorial Flight would have to include the English Electric Lightning too. You have to go to South Africa to see one of those in the air.
Steven Francis Murphy
05:04 PM ET (US)
Odd, that you'd get to see an F-86 in the UK while here in the States on the Fourth of July, I got to see a Mig-17 for the first time.

The Vulcan reborn would be a good thing.

As for Cold War Reenactors, they do have Vietnam War reenactors (which is component of the Cold War) here in the States. I suppose there could be a whole industry in that sort of thing. You'd have your Protest Reenactors, your Spy Reenactors (Foreign and Domestic), missile silo reenactors (you can buy your own missile silo complex here in the States for a few million), and cloth them all in Salvation Army/Thrift Store clothes.

I'd like to see someone restore a B-36 Peacemaker.

BTW, got Iron Sunrise. It's pretty good so far.

Northtown, Missouri
Ferag NicBhrdePerson was signed in when posted
08:34 AM ET (US)
I want to see a Cold War Memorial Flight. This should be a good start.
Rob Schneider
03:43 PM ET (US)
I guess the pessimist/cynic says "Since they are going to get launched and kill millions, who cares if they use environmentally friendly fuels".

The optimist says "these things aren't going to get launched, and since we're going to have to deal with the fuels anyway (test launches, disposal, etc.) this is a good thing, indeed.

I'm an optimist. And I look forward to a day when we don't have these things.
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