I wonder if a companion thread ("Military Modelling - Companion Thread" seems a catchy title) is not in order for detail photos of the real thing? I was thinking of it with regard to my next visit to Bovvy and not cluttering up this thread with lots of pics of the detail of, say, 131, and other vehicles that you lot might one day feel like replicating in miniature.
It could be in the format of a line of text to identify the make, model and variant of the subject (and any special historical references - like "Tiger 131") to make the search function efficient and then the pics. Repeat for every ten pics in the set. It could be used to post pics from the 'net, too, such as when people find sites of detail pics of a subject currently being modelled, to save cluttering up the shots and chat of the actual models.
All the chat could be kept to this thread, with a post link to the other thread where appropriate. A tame mod could be roped in to ruthlessly remove any crayoning or to move related waffle into this thread.
oh I dunno though, posting pictures of models and the real thing keeps us on our toes. I think the only way we could have a reference thread for all our real stuff is to have a whole area that could have individual pages dedicated to each type, don't know if the mods would stand for it. But it would be a bit like this - The Airfix Tribute Forum - - Military Vehicle Refs