Reenacting the Vietnam War


VICE does it right, as usual:

The two part documentary follows a group of war vets and history buffs who like to realistically reenact the Vietnam War.

Vietnam-WarThey are obviously using blanks, but I wonder how controlled the inspection of ammunition and firearms is?  Hopefully better than it looks.  Also, some of that shooting looked quite close range considering blanks have killed people in the past.


The US military is developing its own 3D printers for the frontline which will enable soldiers to quickly and cheaply produce spare parts for their weapons and equipment without having to wait weeks for new deliveries.

Full Story over at Dezeen

I’ve been utilizing 3D printing for my own prototypes for the last 3 years now, and it’s incredible how far it has came.  The materials are getting stronger, the process is getting quicker, and the cost is coming down.  Even home units now such as the MakerBot Replicator 2 can be picked up for $2200 and are able to do a 100 micron resolution (thin as a sheet of paper).  This is only going to get better and less expensive.


An ongoing photo series where Dutch historian Jo Teeuwisse tracks down the original location of a WWII era photos and replicates them with her own camera.  She then combines the two photos digitally into what you see above.  Haunting…

Make sure to check out all the photos in her Flickr gallery.


A lot of 282 Vietnam war era Zippo lighters auctioned off for $35,250. Here are some of the highlights:

The lighters tell a story of the war that cannot be found anywhere else.  They are a record soldiers’ feelings not meant for anyone but themselves, printed on a throwaway tool, capturing the spirit of the war in a way more authentic than any film, more personal than any history book, and more representative than any single soldier’s account.

You can see more pictures of lots of other lighters over at the auction website.

Although $35250 is no small amount of money, I find items like this a lot more interesting than lots of what is considered “art” and sells at several times the price nowadays.  The patina alone on the lighters is beautiful.

If you’re interested in reading more about Vietnam Zippos you can check out the book Vietnam Zippos: American Soldiers’ Engravings and Stories (1965-1973) which contains a look at a lot of the lighters in this collection, and more.


A Kickstarter campaign raising money to produce this graphic novel style illustrated 12 issue series:

TILT-SHIFT marries police procedural intrigue with hard-hitting modern warfare action in its hyper-real presentation of the work done by Special Operations teams throughout Afghanistan.   More than that, it paints a picture of young Americans rising from their varied upbringings, distinguishing themselves from among their peers and flying to the most desolate ends of the world to quell a violent insurgency that suppresses the freedom of the Afghan people and threatens the security of their families back home.

Quite a boilerplate description above, but as you can see the artwork looks like it speaks for itself.  The 12 issue series that they want funding for follows a team of American soldiers as they pursue enemy combatants in Afghanistan from their fortified mountain strongholds to their booby trap filled bomb factories.

As you can see (left) they are getting very close to getting complete funding to make the book a reality.  Click on the title of the kickstarter embed to visit the page if you want to read more about the project and/or throw a few dollars their way.

Lots more pictures and information also available on the Tilt-Shift facebook page.


Los Angeles designer Stephen Kenn breathes new life into old military fabrics:

The video is very much worth watching.  I need to know where that military fabric warehouse is in East L.A (2:20)!  Anyone know?

Stephen takes a very hands on approach to the whole process, meeting in person with the individuals actually making the components.

Some of my favorite pieces from the Inheritance Collection:

Couch – $5000

Chair & Ottoman – $2000

The prices are surprisingly low considering the furniture is a limited run, hand made in the United States.

Make sure to check out Stephen Kenn’s website for more info, and to view the rest of the Inheritance Collection.