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Models and Hobbies / 1/35 PMC LVTH6
« on: December 04, 2016, 05:08:47 AM »
For those who want to build the LVTH6 vehicle out of AFV Club's 1/35 scale USMC LVTP5A1 kit, which doesn't have a turret part, you can buy a resin turret from the ff. Ebay listing:

Ebay listing: "LVTH6 Turret for the 1/35th AFV Club kit"

Philippine Marine Corps decals are also available from Echelon decals, though the listing below has PMC decals only for V-150s, which can be transferred to a 1/35 LVTH6 build or builds of other PMC vehicles.

Ebay listing: Decals for V100, V-150s in foreign service

Here's my build of a 1/35 Philippine Marine Corps LVTH6 alongside an Australian Army Abrams I built: (I placed the Aussie Abrams beside it to differentiate this build from another 1/35 LVTH6 built by another Timawan in the same camo scheme when the old forum was still around)

Plus a couple of pics from assembly after painting:

Trump just threw a wrench into relations between the US and China, and between China and Taiwan:

Trump may have just accidentally thrown decades of US-China relations into disarray
Jennifer Williams
4 hrs ago

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Donald Trump has been ruffling diplomatic feathers since he was elected by casually talking to world leaders without first getting guidance from the State Department. He’s already angered close allies like Britain and India, but his latest phone call threatens to do far more damage.

That’s because of who it was with: Taiwanese President Tsai Ying-wen, the president of Taiwan.

This isn’t just some charming diplomatic faux pas Trump — this was a blunder of potentially historic proportions. Trump’s call is believed to be the first between a US president-elect and a leader of Taiwan since diplomatic relations between the two countries were severed in 1979.

China / China's CCP reminded of changed Communist axis after Castro's death
« on: December 04, 2016, 04:54:13 AM »
It seems the Chinese Communist Party has outlived even Castro, since they could adapt by using capitalism to serve the state, while Castro's Cuba couldn't adapt and still languishes in poverty.

Canadian Press

Castro's death a reminder in China of changed communist axis
[The Canadian Press]
November 26, 2016

BEIJING — In the shadow of east Beijing's soaring glass skyscrapers, elderly retirees still speak nostalgically about their Cuban brothers-in-arm, faraway comrades bound by communist solidarity.

But in central Beijing's halls of power, Cuba is perhaps seen these days as something less romantic: a market for China's booming private-sector exports.

Viewed from the world's largest communist country, Fidel Castro's death is a reminder of how the communist axis has changed beyond recognition since the ideologically charged era when the bearded revolutionary cut a dashing figure on the world stage alongside leaders like Mao Zedong.

After establishing diplomatic relations in 1960, the countries' fortunes diverged over the ensuing decades: China began adopting free-market reforms in the 1980s and morphed into an economic powerhouse — Communist mostly in name — while Castro persisted with Marxism, Cuba's economy hobbling on under U.S. sanctions.


Dragon Economy / China rebuffs Trump threat to take steps to win trade edge
« on: December 04, 2016, 04:51:22 AM »
Canadian Press

China rebuffs Trump threat to take steps to win trade edge

The Canadian Press
November 23, 2016

WASHINGTON — China pushed back Wednesday against President-elect Donald Trump's threat to use sanctions to win back a competitive trade advantage for the United States.

On the campaign trail, Trump had threatened to slap 45 per cent tariffs on Chinese products and to label China a "currency manipulator." But Zhang Xiangchen, China's deputy trade representative, warned that Trump will find he is bound by the rules of the World Trade Organization, which restrain countries from imposing sanctions without making a persuasive case for them. China can challenge any sanctions at the WTO.

Speaking at the end of annual U.S.-China trade talks, Zhang also disputed the idea that China keeps its currency artificially low to give its exporters a price advantage. Many economists agree that China no longer manipulates its currency, the yuan.


Space / Chinese astronaut heard strange sound on his spacecraft exterior
« on: December 04, 2016, 04:49:49 AM »
Col. Yang Liwei must have heard George Clooney's character's ghost from "Gravity". And aren't Chinese astronauts called "taikonauts"?


Yahoo News UK

Chinese astronaut heard strange ‘knocking sound’ on his space capsule

Rob Waugh
Yahoo News UK
December 1, 2016

It’s a thought that would chill anyone to the marrow – being in a space capsule, and hearing a strange knocking sound on the metal

A Chinese astronaut revealed he is still haunted by the sound.

The noise – ‘like a hammer hitting an iron bucket’ – terrified China’s first astronaut on board the Shenzhen 5 spaceship in 2003, he said in an interview this week.

Astronaut Yang Liwei said, ‘A situation I have met in space is a knock that appeared from time to time.


The BNPP's opponents are mentioned in the first and 3rd articles:


Senate minority wants Malampaya billions firewalled from Bataan nuke plant project
By: Ernie Reyes,
November 21, 2016 9:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate minority wants the P188 billion unspent government share from Malampaya and other energy projects “firewalled” from being used to finance the restarting of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP).

Minority Leader Ralph Recto said there should be “no funding pipeline from Malampaya to the Bataan plant,” whose rehabilitation had been approved by Malacañang.

Recto said the Department of Energy (DOE), which has a proposed budget of P1.1 billion for 2017, is allowed, under a special provision in next year’s budget, to tap P1.52 billion in off-budget accounts for “energy resource development and exploitation programs.”

The P1.52 billion shall be taken from “pooled fees and revenues” from ongoing energy production projects, the biggest of which is the Malampaya gas field off Northern Palawan.


Energy chief gets Duterte’s green light for $1-B nuke plant rehab - November 11, 2016
After initially rejecting the use of nuclear energy in the Philippines under his watch, President Rodrigo Duterte had a change of heart and has given the green light to proceed with plans to reactivate the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.

Speaking to reporters in Santa Rita, Batangas, the Energy chief said, however, that the President instructed him to pay special attention to the safety and security aspects of operating the 40-year-old power facility which was completed but never fueled and commissioned.

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Cusi said BNPP could be rehabilitated and be up and running within “two to four years,” depending on what other elements need to be addressed — at an estimated cost of $1 billion to bring the plant up to its original specification of generating 621 megawatts of electricity.

Cusi said, however, that it is not necessary to ramp up the plant’s power production to full capacity immediately. Instead, he proposed that electricity generation start at a lower level, then later scaled up to full power once a certain level of operating efficiency and expertise is achieved.

However, because most of the officials and personnel who were originally part of the 1970s-era BNPP program have either retired or passed away, the energy chief admitted that the government does not have the technical expertise to rehabilitate or operate the plant.

Risk too high for Bataan nuke plant, says scientist - November 16, 2016
‘Greatest threat’

A professor emeritus at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Rodolfo said the activation of the BNPP was the “greatest threat to the well-being of the Filipino people and their environment.”

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Mt. Natib spans more than the entire northern half of the Bataan peninsula. It has two calderas, the second almost as big as what Mt. Pinatubo produced in its 1991 eruptions.

“If caldera size is a measure of eruption power, the one that produced the large Natib caldera was much stronger than Pinatubo 1991,” he said.

He called attention to the disposal of water that would be used to cool the reactor core and spent fuel rods. “Even if an eruption were predicted in time to shut the reactor down, it would not be possible to evacuate the spent fuel rods,” he said.

From last month:


Xi set to consolidate power in China by curbing Communist Youth League
By: Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard, Reuters
October 1, 2016 6:47 AM

BEIJING - A year before a Communist Party conclave that could decide who will eventually replace him as China’s next leader, President Xi Jinping is maneuvering to reduce the power of a rival political bloc while seeking to get members of his own faction onto the country’s top ruling body, according to three sources with ties to the leadership.

Xi is trying to prevent the Communist Youth League faction from dominating the party’s seven-member Standing Committee during the 19th congress next year, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“There is no way Xi will let the Youth League have a majority in the Standing Committee,” one of the sources told Reuters.



MMDA supports reclamation for new airport site in Sangley, Cavite
By: Clara Masinag, InterAksyon
November 2, 2016 9:43 PM

MANILA - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has expressed support to the land reclamation project off the coast of Sangley, Cavite that would create a new airport and seaport as well as mixed-use real estate development in the area.

MMDA Chairman Thomas Orbos said that, given proper planning and development, the project could decongest traffic and help divert as many as 40,000 vehicles from central Metro Manila to the peripheral Cavite circuit.

He also said that this will help boost the economy of nearby cities around Cavite.

"Any effort to bring the airport out of Manila will be very welcome, as this will help reduce congestion and enhance proper urban planning and development. Such action will also accelerate urbanization of nearby cities," Orbos said.



Caticlan airport starts accommodating bigger aircraft
By: Richie Lopa, InterAksyon
November 18, 2016 10:58 PM

MANILA - The Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, also known as Caticlan Airport, on Friday started aircraft operations of bigger variants like the Airbus A320 with a PALExpress flight from Manila making its inaugural touchdown on its newly expanded runway 06/24.

The newly constructed Nabas Apron at Caticlan Airport with nine parking bays will be opened for aircraft operations under the safety oversight of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). The airport's runway 06/24 has a total length of 1,800 meters.

Previously, Caticlan airport could handle only turbo propeller aircraft, but with the improvements and expansion of its single runway and apron is expected to accommodate more passengers per flight with the larger aircraft.


From earlier this month:


Hong Kong court rules pro-independence lawmakers barred from legislature
By: Venus Wu and Stefanie McIntyre, Reuters
November 15, 2016 8:49 PM

HONG KONG - A Hong Kong court on Tuesday disqualified two pro-independence lawmakers from taking office, ruling their oath of allegiance invalid in a judgment in step with Beijing, which last week intervened in the city's legal system.

But Judge Thomas Au said he would have made the ruling anyway, without the controversial intervention by China's parliament.

Beijing ruled that Hong Kong legislators must swear allegiance to Hong Kong as part of China, adding that candidates who take the oath of office in an insincere manner will be disqualified and not given another chance to swear in.

Democratically elected legislators Yau Wai-ching, 25, and Baggio Leung, 30, sparked controversy when they displayed a banner declaring "Hong Kong is not China" and substituted derogatory terms for "China" while taking their oaths last month.



Qatar Airways first to fly Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Clark Airport
October 31, 2016 1:00 PM

MANILA – Qatar Airways on Sunday became the first airline to fly a regular Boeing 787 Dreamliner service to and from Clark International Airport, bearing passengers departing on the Clark-Doha daily flight.

QR 930 was greeted with a traditional water salute upon arrival at Clark International Airport at 08:07hrs local time. Passengers onboard the inaugural flight were warmly welcomed by Qatar Airways Philippines Country Manager Paolo Pausini and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President Alexander Cauguiran.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to be the first carrier to fly the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Clark International Airport. The Boeing Dreamliner aircraft is one of the flagship aeroplanes in our fleet today and its introduction to Clark International Airport reaffirms our commitment to the Philippines market. The Dreamliner has received very positive feedback in the cities we fly the aircraft to, and we hope our Philippines passengers will enjoy this technologically advanced aircraft which will offer them unparalleled inflight comfort.”


Malaysia / Malaysia buying Chinese-made Littoral Mission Ships
« on: October 30, 2016, 12:16:55 AM »

Malaysia to buy navy vessels from China in blow to U.S.

October 28, 2016

By Tom Allard and Joseph Sipalan

MANILA/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia will sign a contract to purchase Littoral Mission Ships from China when Prime Minister Najib Razak visits Beijing next week, according to a Facebook posting by the country's Ministry of Defence.

The text of a speech to be delivered by Malaysian defense minister Hishammuddin Hussein was posted on Facebook on Tuesday, but was later removed after Reuters asked a defense ministry spokesman for comment.

The purchase of the patrol vessels, if it proceeds, would be Malaysia's first significant defense deal with China and comes amid rising tensions in the South China Sea and as the United States and China compete for influence in the region.



Dredge report: firm that built China's artificial islands in South China Sea gets PHL deal
October 27, 2016 1:42 AM

BEIJING - A Chinese state-owned company said to have been involved in Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea signed a deal to construct islands for rival claimant the Philippines as its President Rodrigo Duterte visited last week, reports said.

CCCC Dredging will create four artificial islands totalling 208 hectares of reclaimed land in Davao, the port city on the southern island of Mindanao where Duterte was mayor, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

The islands will spread along eight kilometers of coastline and be used for government buildings, commercial spaces, residences, ports and industry in a project to be completed by 2019, it added.


China / Chinese LHD (Type 075 project)
« on: October 27, 2016, 02:20:11 AM »
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Another project to watch:

Navy Recognition

China to Start Construction on 1st Type 075 LHD Amphibious Assault Ship for PLAN Soon
According to our source in China, the steel cutting of the first Type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) is expected to take place by the first quarter of 2017.


And older articles:


LHD model hints at potential Chinese requirements
Richard D Fisher Jr, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
23 April 2015

A company-produced model of what could be China's first landing helicopter dock amphibious assault ship. Source: Via CJDBY website

An apparent company-produced model of a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship may offer an indication of the configuration and capabilities of such a ship that is expected to be produced for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

An image of the model appeared on Chinese military web pages on 22 April. A subsequent online search found the same image on a model manufacturer's website with the designation Type 081.


However, for nearly a decade Chinese and other sources have projected that the PLAN would acquire an LHD, with up to six platforms in the class. These would complement an expected force of six Type 071 landing platform

The LHS has three sponsons featuring vertical launchers, possibly for SAM systems. (Via CJDBY website)

Navy Recognition

First Details on Likely Future Type 75 LHD for PLAN Showed Up on China Government Website
The first details on a future landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may have emerged on a government website in China.
The first details on a future landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may have emmerged on a government website in China.
An article published on an official website of the Shanghai communist party mentions a company, Hudong Heavy Machinery Co., LTD (member of CSSC China State Shipbuilding Corporation, the largest shipbuilding group in China) that has been contracted to built "16PC2-6B" diesel engines for a new project of amphibious assault ship. The French Mistral class and Japanese Izumo class are mentioned as well.


From last week:


China blockades streets around military building as hundreds protest in capital
By: Natalie Thomas, Thomas Peter and Paul Carsten, Reuters
October 11, 2016 11:03 PM

BEIJING - Police in the Chinese capital on Tuesday blocked off streets near a major military building, as hundreds of people wearing green camouflage uniforms chanted and waved national flags to protest against the loss of their posts.

China last year announced it would cut troop levels by 300,000, targeting the bulk of the reductions by the end of 2017, as it seeks to spend more money on high-tech weapons for its navy and air force.

Tens of thousands of protests take place in China every year, triggered by grievances over corruption, pollution, illegal land grabs and other factors, unnerving the stability-obsessed ruling Communist Party.

On Tuesday, buses stretched down a block of Chang'an Avenue, Beijing's main thoroughfare, with police blocking the gaps between vehicles to obstruct views of the tightly-packed demonstrators.


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