Douglas Reeman, Master maritime story teller is ill and needs help






It is with deep regret that we hear of the plight of master story teller Douglas Reeman (also writing as Alexander Kent) who has given so much pleasure to so man readers down the years. It is a reminder that even best selling authors can need help. Please go to and those with facebook accounts can help without even donating money. Please read the continuation.

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New Pen & Sword catalog opens for modellers and Firetrench Readers receive special discounts

Aviation Front Cover

Pen & Sword have just open a new on-line catalog of books for modellers and Firetrench readers can obtain a special discount by accessing the catalog from this link:

Some cracking Christmas presents!!

Reviews for many of these books are already in the on-line reviews databases – more to be added over the coming weeks.

The books in this new catalog are outstanding. Not only are they lavishly illustrated for modellers, but they include excellent aircraft historys and information for all with an interest in aviation.

Leonardo-Finmeccanica to support AW139 helicopter training services and establish Authorised Training Centre in Australasia

Toll AW139 simulator (2)

Toll AW139 simulator (1)

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that it has signed Agreements with Toll Helicopters of Australia (Toll Group) for the support of their new AgustaWestland AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator and to establish Toll Helicopters as an Authorised Training Centre for the Australasian region.

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Direct Metal Deposition Gets Drive Shafts up to Speed on Container Ships


A revolution in the production of sliding bearings: it’s only necessary to apply a layer of metal a few millimeters thick using the powder nozzle to reliably, cost-effectively, and easily protect the large shaft bearings used in ships from wear and tear. O.R. Lasertechnologie GmbH develops and builds robot-assisted laser systems for direct metal deposition (DMD) that take the production and repair of sliding bearings to an innovative new level.


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