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May 31, 2009

Movie review: Time Limit (1957)

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I am sure you’ve seen the ads on TV for Hulu.  It is the website where you can watch TV shows online.  I’ve been doing that for about a year now, catching Monk and Psych on USA Networks and House and Dollhouse on Fox as well as Chuck on MSNBC.  Watching online has numerous benefits, not the least of which is the ablility to “timeshift” your viewing time for the show in question.  The modelchild’s schedule often does not sync up with the network’s TV schedule.

It turns out that Hulu has movies as well.  While browsing the movies available online, I came across this one. Time Limit is a 1957 film that was apparently adapted from a stage play.  It starts Richard Widmark, Richard Basehart and Martin Balsam.  With a cast like that you can’t go wrong.  It is the story of the investigation prior to a courtmartial regarding a US POW who alledgely collaborated with the enemy.  It is kind of a cross between Stalag 17 and A Few Good Men.

It was a good movie.  Well acted with an interesting story that wasn’t obvious from the beginning.   Worth investing an hour and a half of your time watching.

Bonus:  We all know Richard Basehart went on to start in the Sci-Fi movie and TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, but this film also has someone else more famous for acting in a TV Sci-Fi series.  Can you identify the actress below?

Who is she? What was the show?

Who is she? What was the show?

May 30, 2009

Spitfires

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Ok, I admit it.  I am not a real Spitfire fan.  I do like the early ones, Mk. I and Mk II.  I also like the last versions.  It is the ones in the middle, the Mk. V and the Mk. IX etc, that I have no real affection for. 

However, I have found a great site for Spitfire fans.  It is here.  I recommend the site to all fans of the Spit.  I’ve even found one that I want to model.  How can you resist these markings?  Yea, just what I need, another project!

May 29, 2009

A JRS-79 in 72nd scale

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In a recent magazine (Model Airplane International #44) I read that a cooperative effort between two companies Fr.rom and Azur will result in the release of a JRS-79 (The twin engine Romanian version of the SM-79.) Yea!  I’ve been wanting one of these for years.

In case you aren’t familiar with the aircraft, here is a photo and an illustration.

Romanian JRS-79

Romanian JRS-79

Romanian JRS-79

Romanian JIS-79

May 28, 2009

Wandering around the net

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Kamikaze book

Kamikaze book

From time to time, when I have a few minutes, I’ll just wander randomly around modeling related websites to see what is out there.  Here are some recent things I’ve come across.

I want this book.

I’ve wanted this kit ever since I saw it announced.  I’ve always loved this aircraft.  I am sure that I am not up to the task of building and rigging it, but I don’t care.  I still want one.

May 27, 2009

P-40 book review

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Over on Jim Bates site there is a really nice review of a recent P-40 modeling book.  I love the P-40.  Pop on over and take a look.

May 25, 2009

Magazine review: Model Aircraft Magazine Vol.7 #12

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Yes, I know these reviews are out of order.  I have a stack of unread modeling magazines, and they aren’t in order,  I pull one off the stack and read it.  Then, sometime after I get around to doing a blog review. 

Model Aircraft Monthly 7/12

Model Aircraft Monthly 7/12

 

Another great issue of the premier aircraft modeling magazine out there.  (The premier modeling magazine of any type is probably MMiR, but that is the subject for another post.)

This issue contains part 3 of a very nice article on the A-20 Boston in Soviet service.  The Soviets used alot of these and heavily modified the.  I didn’t realize this.  A very nice article.  There are also very nice build articles on the 72nd Academy Il-2 and the Airfix RB-57E.  Finally, there is an overview of air combat in the Indo-Pakistani wars, with numerous color side views.

Another highly recommended issue.

May 24, 2009

One of the dumbest ideas ever.

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Here.  This guy simply doesn’t understand the free enterprise system, or doesn’t believe in it.  In any event, his constituents ought to be embarassed to have elected him.

May 23, 2009

A bad day for lawyers

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Sadly neither of these, here and here are just lawyer jokes.  Rather they appear to be joke lawyers.  Now for those who say lawyers don’t have a sense of humor, read this opinion.  Enjoy.

May 22, 2009

Sherlock Holmes

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I love Sherlock Holmes.  One of the great characters out of fiction. For me, Basil Rathbone will always be my idea of Sherlock Holmes.  He made the character his own and seemed to understand the nuances of Arthur Conan Doyle’s writings.  (Although, Hugh Laurie has done a great job with the character on House.  If you didn’t realize House is a remake of Sherlock Holmes, you haven’t been paying attention.)

In any event, it appears that there will be a new Sherlock Holmes movie around Christmastime.  It stars Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law.  I like both actors, but from watching the trailer, it worries me.  It looks like much more of an action flick/buddy movie than something true to the canon.  However,  I could be wrong.  The movie Young Sherlock Holmes took great liberties with the history of the main characters laid down in Doyle’s writings, yet still managed to stay true to the spirit of the works.  I hope that is true of this new movie as well.

May 21, 2009

Chuck is saved!

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Nerd Herd

Nerd Herd

In a previous post I lamented the possible cancellation of one of the few network shows worth watching, Chuck.  Well, it turns out that the show has now been renewed, if only for another 13 episodes.  Yea.  At least there will be soemthing worth watching in the fall.

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