One of the many reasons I love modeling is that the hobby is filled with really good, giving people. Below is a photo with recent gifts from some fellow modelers.
The decals and P-51 are from Jim Bates, and the 14 year-old scotch is from MMCL member Noel Walker. Great gifts!
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Apparently one of the Supremes was called for jury duty. It is a shame that the Justice wasn’t selected. I cannot imagine what trying that case would have been like. Story here.
And, it turns out that our Vice President has also recently been called for jury duty. Story here.
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Model Airplane International isn’t one of the magazines that I buy every issue of. Jim Bates and I have had a number of discussions over which modeling magazine, SAM, SAMI, MAI, etc. is the best. All seem to have their faults, with none of them rising to the level of the old SAM or MAM before it eliminated modeling content.
This latest issue of MAI is a good, if not great one. The feature articles are on construction of a 48th scale MC.200 and a 32nd scale F6F. Obviously, neither is of great interest to the 72nd scale modeler. There is a build of the new AZ Spitfire Mk IIa and a very nice in-depth conversion article on converting the Airfix Nimrod to the AEW.3 configuration. This article is a good one and does a nice job documenting the conversion as well as all the faults of the original Airfix kit.
The historical article covers the Sea Venom. Not exactly my cup of tea. There are a number of nice side view illustrations of different versions of this aircraft.
As I said, all in all, a good issue, if not a great one.
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The one site for all modelers and anyone else interested in flying boats is Seawings. There isn’t a more complete site for all things related to flying boats. As I plan on building a CSR-110 (Hu-16B) in the future, I am sure I’ll access the site a lot. Give it a visit.
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly, one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”- Sherlock Holmes
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Another snowfall in Louisville overnite.
Snow in Louisville
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I’ve got several projects in work, plus a huge nuumber in the Hall of Shame. The Kaiten, Japanese manned suicide torpedo is the one that I have been working on. It has been primed and is ready for paint.
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From 7th and Chestnut on Jan. 25, 2011. 4 p.m.
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Lest Americans think we have the monopoly on brave men fighting evil, read this story.
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The latest Small Air Forces Observer maintains the tradition of presenting aviation information of interest to both the modeler and the small air forces historian. This issue has the third part of an article on T-6s used in the Congo in the 60s. It also has a reprint/summary of interviews with two Japanese pilots who flew in the Russian-Japanese skirmish in 1939. In addition there are reviews of a number of recent aircraft books and summaries of aviation and modeling related magazines. As always, highly recommended.
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