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November 30, 2010

More government craziness

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:51 am
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Read here.  Now, we can argue whether the mandated changes are a good idea or not, but what in God’s name is the federal government doing telling states what their (non-interstate) road signs have to look like?

November 24, 2010

Book Review: Every Day a Nightmare, American Pursuit Pilots in the Defense of Java 1941-1942 by William H. Bartsch

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:55 am
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Every Day a Nightmare

Book Review: Every Day a Nightmare, American Pursuit Pilots in the Defense of Java 1941-1942 by William H. Bartsch

ISBN:978-1-60344-176-6 506 pages MSRP $40.00

Review by D.M. Knights IPMS/USA 17656 IPMS/Canada C6091

 Wow. Just wow. OK, maybe I better back up. I like to shop on Amazon.com. I especially like the feature they have where they will recommend items you might be interested in based on what you have purchased in the past. If it weren’t for that feature, I might never have gotten this book, which is one of the more enjoyable histories I’ve read. I have an interest in early WWII Pacific history and based on what I’ve purchased off of Amazon.com in the past, the website recommended this book. I had never heard of it. It was only published in 2010, so it is fairly new.

As the title implies, the book covers the story of the US pursuit pilots who were shipped to Australia in the early days of the war in the Pacific and who ended up fighting in a futile fight to defend Java from the early Japanese onslaught. The author thoroughly researched this book and much of it comes from the diaries of the pilots involved. In addition, the author utilized the official records to give the sense of the larger picture in the chaotic early days of the war. Many of the photographs come from the private photos of the individuals involved and most are ones that have not been published before.

 At over 500 pages, the book is a little bit intimidating. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to slog thru a 500-page book, but once I read the first few pages I was hooked. The author is a gifted writer, who makes the compelling story come to life. The reader finds himself rooting for the young and inexperienced US pilots, even though you know what the outcome was. You are amazed at the speed at which the US moved men and material half way around the world. You are also stunned by the fact that most of the pilots that were chosen to go to Java were recent flight school graduates many with just a few hours in the P-40s they would fly in combat. Contrast that with the years of experience that the JNAF pilots they flew against had. The result was a foregone conclusion.

I cannot say enough good things about this book. It is the perfect companion to the Shores and Cull two-volume set, Bloody Shambles. It was one of the best books I’ve read in a long while. It was an especially good deal since I received a substantial discount by purchasing it online from Amazon.com. .

November 23, 2010

Awesome

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:58 pm
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This is truly modelmaking.  The work is amazing.  Click here.

November 22, 2010

People who make my hobby look less weird

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:39 pm
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These people can be found here.

November 19, 2010

Blog trivia

Filed under: General — dknights @ 3:39 pm
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I just ran the numbers and of the 629 posts on this blog 248 have been categorized as “modeling”.  That equates to about 40% which isn’t too bad.  I’d like to see it up over 50%, but I am afraid that life has gotten in the way lately.

November 17, 2010

Where do we find men such as these?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 1:12 pm
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You can read about America’s latest hero here.

BTW, the President gave an excellent speech.

November 16, 2010

What I am reading

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:24 am
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Every Day a Nightmare by William H. Bartsch.  A great book so far.

November 15, 2010

A fitting honor

Filed under: General — dknights @ 5:15 pm
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The Navy’s newest destroyer and how it was named.  Story here.

November 13, 2010

Cool modeling blog

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:17 am
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Here is a cool modeling blog and the modeler seems to do a lot of 72nd scale Chinese aircraft.

November 12, 2010

Those darn Canadians!

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 6:37 am
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An interesting case was recently argued in Canada’s Supreme Court.  This, being a family-friendly blog, I am prevented from discussing the details.  Click on the link here to find out the whole odd story.

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