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Like its predecessor, The Expendables 2 (2012) is a first-rate action motion picture. The main characters are all strongly drawn, convincing. The visual elements of the film are strong enough to merit it being called an art movie or perhaps a style movie in its own right but these merely show how well-dressed the action movie is. The strong visual elements are an integral part of the movie and make it even more watchable. Like The Expendables (2010) before it, the colors in the movie as so magnificently presented and blended that if it had to compete as an art movie, it would almost certainly be a winner. The whole film is beautifully shot. The characters are magnificently outfitted and the movie is a feast of firearms, knives, wrist-watches, hats, vehicles and cigars. Both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are keen wrist-watch collectors. Sylvester Stallone is particularly keen on Panerai watches and has worn them in several of his movies, notably Daylight (1996) Wikipedia - Daylight (1996). In The Expendables 2 (2012) not only does Sylvester Stallone wear a Panerai but all of the the Expendables do so. The Panerai he chose was a Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 PAM 382 with a phosphor-bronze Wikipedia - Phosphor-Bronze case. Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a Bell & Ross BR01 with a 46mm diameter case. Chuck Norris wears a Timex Wikipedia - Timex Ironman TX18G1 Link - .

Sylvester Stallone wears his Panerai on this right hand. This is partly because his left is strapped, but also because the crown guard on the watch, when worn right-handed, is out of the way, on his forearm. If the crown-guard is worn facing the hand, then if the hand is rammed backwards then the crown guard is impressed into the back of the hand, causing injury. The Sinn EZM1 was designed with the crown guard away from the wrist, for this reason. Both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are keen knife collectors and Sylvester Stallone has used several of his knives in his movies, such as the Rambo Wikipedia - Rambo movie series series. In The Expendables 2 (2012) Sylvester returned to his favorite knife maker Gil Hibben Wikipedia - Gil Hibben who produced the several different designs of knives required by the different characters in the movie.

There has never been more variety of costume for soldier and other men-of-action to choose from and the choice of costume for the movie is superb. It is very easy to over-dress and those new to the world of mercenaries are frequently seen to wear too much equipment. With the advent of extensive body armor (rather than just flak jackets) soldiers now carry far more weight even before they carry any rucksacks. The mission in The Expendables 2 (2012) also requires posing as nobody-in-particular and the characters are dressed appropriately. Barney Ross wears what looks like a Navy P-coat. Cigars are smoked throughout the movie and almost certainly they are the Arturo Fuente Opus X which Sylvester Stallone selected for The Expendables (2010). Cigar Aficionado magazine, December 2002 page 194 also notes that Stallone smokes a Fuenta Fuente Opus X . Sylvester Stallone uses an ornate Zippo lighter which carries the symbol of the Expendables. Gil Hibben has also engraved the symbol on the knife used by Dolph Lundgrun. Sylvester Stallone has a lucky ring in the movie which bears the Expendables skull symbol. You have to watch carefully when wearing rings or wrist bands during action. A friend of mine jumped down off the side of the truck during loading for D-Day and caught his wedding ring on the cleat which secures the tarpaulin on the truck. His finger was almost pulled off. In the middle of D-Day, the unit surgeon was too busy to do anything except amputate the finger. My friend explained that he played saxophone in a Jazz band as ab amateur and would like to continue doing so. The surgeon relented and just wrapped up the finger and packed him on his way. He managed to survive the D-Day landings, the rest of the war, being de-mobbed and returned to playing Saxophone in a Jazz band.

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The trade mark motorcycles of the Expendables make an appearance but the largest speaking parts go to ex-Soviet army trucks. If this was their first experience of trucks like the 6x6 ZIL 131 Wikipedia - Link - then they would have been impressed. They will go up the side of a house. I have had a loaded ZIL 131 climb up boulder moraine at the snout of a glacier. There are several outstanding trucks in the Soviet inventory and I would have written some large and impressive parts for them. Much of movie was shot on location actually in the Balkans in Bulgaria. There are plenty of very good locations to be found throughout the Balkans from the Adriatic to the Black Sea.

The smaller cab-over-engine GAZ 66 Wikipedia - GAZ 66 also makes an appearance. I have also had some very good results from these although, obviously, they are not as capable as the ZIL 131.

 

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Sylvester Stallone wears his Panerai Wikipedia - Link - Luminor Submersible 1950 with a bronze case. On his left hand is a leather support. We are told in The Expendables (2010) Wikipedia - that he received an injury during a mission in Nigeria. It is very similar to Clint Eastwood's leather hand support which he wears as the Man with No Name in the Sergio Leone Westerns Wikipedia - . However, why the Man with No Name wears the leather hand support is never made clear during the movies nor by subsequent scholarship.

Sylvester Stallone has a long history of wearing Panerai watches. Originally Panerai made only small numbers of watches for the military. Their first commercial watches used a simplified case outline in a cushion shape in an attempt to reduce the costs of manufacturing the military cases which were all curves. Machining straight lines is easy, machining a single-radius curve is not difficult, but machining any curves more complex than this is much more expensive. A single curve which had a decreasing radius or increasing radius would have been hard work in the era before computer controlled machine tools. Machining a curved surface in three dimensions, one in which there was a decreasing or increasing radius in plan and in which there was a domed surface would be excruciatingly difficult. Computer controlled machine tools Wikipedia - CNC ("CNC") came in during the early eighties. Computers could be programmed with complex mathematical curves in which no single point on the curved surface has the same radius as any other. The first use of CNC machine tools was for machining the propeller blades of nuclear submarines. Propeller blades were cast in bronze-like alloys and the moulds in which they were cast were formed by hand. While hand-made moulds followed a drawing very closely, the would not follow the drawing exactly in the same way that a CNC machine tool would. The shape of propeller blades was always the subject of research because new mathematical modeling tools were becoming available which would model the flow the the seawater. Propeller blades could then be designed which were more efficient. In the case of nuclear submarines, not only efficiency was important but silence. Design and manufacture of silent propeller blades became strategically important, a matter of national security and a state secret. The West had the computers and software to drive CNC machine tools and the Soviet Union did not. In the early Eighties a Japanese machine tool company, Toshiba Wikipedia - Akula class Toshiba was caught selling CNC secrets to the Soviets and the CNC cat was out of the bag. While CNC machine tool allowed multiple radius curved surfaces to be made more easily and more cheaply, they were still expensive and Panerai required the new commercially viable cushion shape to their watch cases to survive. Even so, Panerai was bought up by luxury conglomerate Vendome only a few years into Panerai's commercial watch venture. Sylvester Stallone liked the commercial Panerai watches so much that he contacted the company and had them make some watches to his own design, which were called the Slytech series.

 

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- Watches for Action

- Watches for Sport

 

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Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950

 

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The Expendables muster at the Old Point bar Link - Old Point Bar , New Orleans, on their motorcycles , which were built and supplied by Bourget Bikes Link - Bourget Bike Works Link - Bourget Bikes - The Expendables, each one being personally selected by Sylvester Stallone.

 

The Expendables also make use of Rokon Wikipedia - RokonLink - all wheel drive Trail-Breaker Link - Rokon Motorcycles - New Hampshire motorcycles during their initial mission.

The location is the Old Point Bar: 545 Patterson Street Algiers Point New Orleans, Louisiana 70114 . Telephone (504) 364-0950

 

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New Orleans: The Cresent City Connection Bridge Wikipedia - Cresent City Connection Bridge known as the Twin Span Bridge. It was these bridges which the city of Gretna closed during Hurricane Katrina to prevent Grenta from becoming overloaded with refugees.

 

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The Expendables all wear Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 with bronze case.

 

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Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Terry Crews all wear the Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM 382.

 

 

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One of Gil Hibben's Wikipedia - Gil Hibben Link - Gil Hibben - Expendables Link - Gil Hibben - Expendables knives which he designed for the movie. Hibben is based in La Grange, Kentucky. The symbol of the Expendables was carved by a Scrimshaw Wikipedia - Scrimshaw artist who works with Gil Hibben. Gil Hibben did not make Jason Statham's throwing knives, which are made by Kunai Link - Kunai Knives

The engraving on the blade says »Hibben Knives La Grange, KY.«

 

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The Grumman HU-16 Albatross Wikipedia - Grumman HU-17 Albatross used by the Expendables. An ideal aircraft for their missions.

 

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ZIL 131

 

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ZIL 131 Wikipedia - ZIL 131

The ZIL 131 was one of the last Soviet trucks to be gasoline engined rather than diesel. Gasoline motors give thirty percent more power than diesel motors. So the ZIL 131 pulled like a locomotive. The flip side was high fuel consumption of one liter per kilometer, which made fuel/range calculations easy. The spoke-like devices on the wheel are the central tire pressure control devices which allow the driver to lower the tire pressure on soft flat ground. This ZIL 131 in the frame is missing its spare wheel and has only road tires. They are of course for Soviet roads and so look like our off-road tires.

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Sylvester Stallone smokes his trademark Arturo Fuente Wikipedia - Arturo Fuente Opus X cigar.

 

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Somewhere in Bulgaria.

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The Expendables Zippo.

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»I'm back!« Arnold Schwarzenegger utters the immortal lines for the second time in his life.

 

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In the above frame you can see some of the battle clothing which the Expendables wear, including Sylvester Stallone's vest is a Blackhawk S.T.R.I.K.E 'Elite' Link - www.blackhawk.com STRIKE elite vest. Most national armies have their own issue kit but special forces will sometimes shop from the kit available to armies of other nations to find webbing and ammo vests which are suitable for their mission. The more intensive the mission, the more focused it is, then the more important that your webbing supports what you are about to do. Making webbing is difficult because the needles and machines are more like the machines used to manufacture climbing slings, then the machines used to make clothing, even heavy clothing. There are no custom webbing makers because it would not work as a business model. The only places I know of where you can have custom webbing manufactured are in Kabul (in the Bazaar) and in Kandahar (at the tailors in the small line of shops on the road (north side) into Kandahar from the airport. Be aware ! They are used to trying to over-charge soldiers who have no idea how much things cost. Remember that all the materials (poly-cotton cloth and nylon webbing) are produced in South Korea and Singapore. It is only the labor which is local. While gun-leather and custom leather is a well-visited topic where pistoleros are used to specifying a specific holster for a specific role, custom webbing is a more specialized game because the number of mercenaries who have to specify both their pistol holster and their ammo vest for their battle rifle is very small. Much of the time, your webbing will be dictated by whatever else you will be wearing or carrying. Load bearing straps for a rucksack will not suffer any object underneath them. A modular system, where everything is adjustable will be best because it can be tuned to specific missions. Remember that just as your pistol holster and pistol magazines must support the rapid deployment of fire necessary to save your life, on a mission where your primary weapon will be your battle rifle (or variant of it) then your ammo vest will have to support the rapid deployment of fire necessary to complete your mission (such as the OBL raid).

 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone.

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In-line a-breast. Nelson's Navy did not pack this much firepower in its broadside. Jason Statham: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

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One of the Jaques Lemans Wikipedia - Link - Jaques Lemans Link - Jacuqes Lemans - Expendables wrist-watch "Liverpool"

 

 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis.

 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a Bell & Ross Wikipedia - BR01 46mm Instrument watch.

The face of the case is reflective polished steel. Most in the range are black. Listed as satin-brushed steel in the Bell & Ross catalog. This could have been to ensure that the watch is picked up by the camera. You can see that the blanks in the shotgun are so large that the muzzle blast makes Arnold Schwarzenegger blink. This happens when you are shooting firearms where the powder does not burn fully within the barrel. The burning gases are still expanding rapidly as they escape behind the bullet. Most noticeably in the short-barrel version of the AKM, which are very loud even when wearing good ear defenders. Firing one from within a vehicle might give you hearing damage. For more information on the development of this shotgun see the excellent and definitive The World's Fighting Shotguns by Thomas Swearengen. There is only one problem with this book in that it is so good that it skews your thinking toward shotguns. The definitive work on the actual use of the shotgun, its deployment in combat, is by Louis Awerbuck, one of only three "Three Gun Masters" in the world.

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You can see Arnold Schwarzenegger's Planet Hollywood Jam shirt under his jacket.

 

Arnold Schwarzeneggar wears a Soviet Navy heavy gear dive watch
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California makes a public broadcast while wearing his Soviet Navy Zlatousk Wikipedia - dive watch.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a Bell & Ross BR01 while on a family day out in Los Angeles, CA. The vehicle in the backgroung is his Hummer.

 

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Chuck Norris displays his Timex Wikipedia - Ironman wristwatch.

 

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Jean Claude Van Damme wields an Arkansas Toothpick knife by Gil Hibben

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Sylvester Stallone's vest is a Blackhawk S.T.R.I.K.E 'Elite' vest Link - www.blackhawk.com STRIKE elite vest.

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Chuck Norris's Timex Wikipedia - Ironman TX18G1 Link - watch

 

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Antonov An-2 Wikipedia - An-2 to replace the aircraft which the Expendables crashed during the mission. While not a sea-plane the An-2 is a tough and capable aircraft which will serve the Expendables admirably.

 

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Tour d'Eiffel Wikipedia - in the distance, the Eglise of St Germain des Pres Wikipedia - is closer to the camera to the right of the gilded dome of the Les Invalides Wikipedia - . The large ugly building to the right of the Eglise St Germain des Pres is the Faculty of Medicine Wikipedia - of the University of Paris. The building at the lower edge of the frame at the junction of the Quai des Grand Augustins with the Boulevard St Michel at the Pont Saint-Michel on the Left Bank of the river. The camera appears to be on the roof of the Hotel Dieu hospital Wikipedia - Hotel Dieu on the Rue de La Cite, opposite (north) of the Notre Dame Wikipedia - . The apartment of Billy's girlfriend is on the Rue de Lyon.

 

Vogue 1951 June cover, from the top of the one of the towers of Notre Dame
Vogue 1951 June cover, from the top of the one of the towers of Notre Dame. Notre Dame is only a few hundred meters south of the camera position used for the shot in The Expendables 2 (2010) and so you can see the same view, the camera being pointed in the same direction. Paris has strict building regulations which means that there are no tall buildings in the center of Paris, thus preserving its exquisite skyline.

 

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A Happy Ending. The boys are on their way home.

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Jaques Lemans Watches was one of the official suppliers to The Expendables 2 (2012)

 

 

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Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger on set

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Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger at a Planet Hollywood Event

 

 


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Ognyanovo reservoir, 15 miles (24 km) from Sofia


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Bansko Wikipedia - Bansko

When the Berlin Wall came down and Bulgaria opened up for western skiers, there were signs at the ski lifts telling skiers not to stray away on their own due to the packs of wild dogs which roamed the area. Switzerland has a few bears and the Pyrenees have a few wolves, but wild dogs ? The Warsaw Pact countries all seemed to have stray dogs wandering around their towns. Being a stray dog in northern Siberia must be a miserable experience. We laugh about this now but times change more rapidly than you realize. Soon we will be talking about these current affaires as history and what was once valuable in these times will be lost. As the old Chinese proverb goes "Enjoy yourself - It is later than you think."


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BOURGETS BIKE WORKS

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+ SEE ALSO

- The Expendables (2010)

- The Expendables 3 (2014) Link - www.youtube.com - Trailer for the Expendables 3

- Predator (1987)

- Watches for Action

- Watches for Sport

 

 

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- Link - Internet Movie Car Database The Expendables 2 (2012) at the internet movie car database

- Link - The Expendables 2 (2012) The Expendables 2 (2012) at the internet movie firearms database

- Link - The Expendables at Watch-ID The Expendables 2 (2012) at Watch-ID

- The Expendables 2 (2012) at Link - Watches in Movies Watches in Movies

- Link - Chuck Norris Blogspot Chuck Norris Blogspot

- Link - Expendables 2 at Cosmone www.cosmone.com on Panerai

- Link - Andrew Ross on Bell & Ross Andrew Michaels on Bell & Ross

- Link - Badbikegang Blogspot BadBikeGang Blogspot

- Link - Cut the Cap Blogspot Cut the Cap Blogspot

- Link - Hollywood Stage Blogspot Hollywood Stage Blogspot - On location photographs.

- Wikipedia - Expendables Wiki The Expendables Wiki

- Link - Stallonezone The Stallonezone Blog

 

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