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February 15, 2020

Book review: Gloster Gladiator Aces

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:00 pm
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Gloster Gladiator Aces
Osprey of the Aces #44
Author: Andrew Thomas
ISBN 1 84176 289 X
Publication year 2002
Pgs 96

The Gloster Gladiator was the last RAF biplane fighter put into service. It was also the last biplane fighter to see combat service with the RAF. While most people tend to think of the Gladiator as proceeding the Hurricane and Spitfire, it actually was developed and built almost contemporaneously with those other two, more famous aircraft. The Gladiator was a progressive development of Gloster’s Gauntlet biplane fighter and it was developed and ordered as an insurance policy in case the more radical Hurricane and Spitfire failed to live up to expectations. They didn’t, and as a result the Gladiator had a very limited front line service with RAF home fighter squadrons, with only a couple of squadrons seeing limited service in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain. However, the Gladiator saw more extensive service in the Mediterranean, Greece, Egypt and east Africa. In addition, the Gladiator was used by the Greek, Chinese, Belgian, Norwegian and Finnish air forces. Most famously, the naval version, the Sea Gladiator saw limited but vital service on Malta, constituting its only air defense for several months after Italy’s entry into WWII

This book is in the classic Osprey format.  It starts with a history of the aircraft and then flows naturally into discussion of the use of the aircraft in a particular theater, highlighting the stories and combats of some of the pilots who became aces flying the aircraft.  in addition, in the center of the book there are 9 pages of color side view illustrations of some of the aircraft flown by the pilots whose stories are told in the book.

While the book is by no means comprehensive it is an excellent introduction to the Gladiator and its combat history. While a little expensive if purchased at full price ($18) the titles in this series can often be purchase at a discount if you shop around.  I recommend the book to anyone wanting a basic introduction to the Gladiator’s combat experiences in WWII.

December 16, 2019

RS Do-22

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:17 pm
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RS has announced a Do-22.  This is good news for folks trying to fill their collection of Finnish, Greek or Yugoslav WWII aircraft.

September 3, 2019

Special Hobby Potez 25

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Here is a preview of color schemes and markings options.  Color me…..interested.

May 4, 2018

The Aegean

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:32 am
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This is a tense spot in the world that is overshadowed by the Middle East and the Far East.  With turmoil in both Turkey and Greece, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more flair ups like this one.  Stay tuned.

June 29, 2015

Greece

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:39 pm
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At a time like this, all you can do is laugh.

June 2, 2015

Greece is screwed

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:44 pm
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Unless the Europeans blink, Greece is out of the Euro.  If they do blink, then the Euro will collapse because everyone will behave like Greece.

June 13, 2013

Greeced

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:00 pm
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Wow.  Just wow.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a country that wasn’t flattened by a war simply devolve back into third-world status.

June 2, 2013

Another reason Greece is F*cked.

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:14 pm
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When you don’t know who owns what, it is hard to have a functioning economy.

May 17, 2013

Greek tragedy

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:55 pm
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Mark my words, Greece is going to explode.

December 6, 2012

The bottom drops out of Greece

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:26 pm
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They are in “technical default”. 

and

Unemployment is thru the roof.

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