On friday the rain was pouring down constantly, and we had our misgivings about the opening ceremony.
Even minutes before the opening ceremony began the crew was adding the finishing touches to the various exhibitions.
These guys however, are not so VIP.. Thord Wedman, in the black suit, second from the left in the top row, flashes his most attractive smile. The guy in the red jacket is Mats Stråhle of IPMS Stockholm. To the right of mr Wedman is Jonas Dahlberg, a world famous, at least in Sweden, modeller. He is responsible for the small (not 1:1 scale) dioramas in the museum.
Jonas Dahlberg talks about his large 1/300 scale diorama depicting an imaginary front line, if there had been war in the 70ies or 80ies. You will find more detail shots of his diorama in the gallery at the bottom of the page.
The saturday came with perfect weather. Perfect for some tank driving!
The line up of the vehicles that was to be driven on the saturday. The Ra’am (white “jeep” to the left) was not a part of the show, but used to start the Chieftain mk 10, since the Chieftain had poor batteries.
Kjell and Thord man the SPHF table. SPHF, Sveriges PansarHistoriska Förening was graciously given a room of their own in the museum. Despite the relaxed look of these gentlemen, they still managed to recruit some new members.
The opening weekend attracted a lot of people, and Bella (above) and Sanna (below) had their hands full, selling tickets, items from the shop and chocolate muffins and Coca Cola (which I bought my fair share of.. I can really recommend the muffins!)
The Sunday came with rain, a lot of rain. Still some brave souls ventured out to the museum and the show. I believe I spent half the day scraping mud of my boots. At least I had a nice pair of comfortable Gore-Tex boots..
Here the gun is fully elevated. The S-tank shown here is a Strv 103C. Note that the tank is painted in the normal splinter camouflage, but the floatation gear has been mounted afterwards, and retains the older olive drab colour used before the splinter camouflage entered service. The tank is also unusual in that it has one of the newer style, glass fibre stowage boxes to the rear, and one of the old style, steel boxes.
I also shot some HD-video with my camera, which I have edited together. It´s not an oscars grade production, but I hope you´ll like it.
This concludes the report from the three day event at Arsenalen, the 17-19th of June 2011. We, Thord and I, had a great time, and I hope that those of you who were there had a great time too. I also hope that those of you who have not yet visited Arsenalen will do so in the future. Some more pictures than those shown above can be found in the gallery below.
Please read the museum walkaround article for a closer description of the museum collection.
For more information about Arsenalen, please visit the Arsenalen website: www.arsenalen.se