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January 15, 2019

Resin Texan

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:06 pm
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Grand Models ( a new company to me) has announced a resin Texan T Mk 1. (the modern aircraft, not the WWII trainer.)  Markings will be for the RAF, RCAF and RNZAF.

October 20, 2010

Magazine review: Small Air Forces Observer Vol. 34 #2 (134)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:06 am
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The latest issue of SAFO is in, and like ever issue, I’ve read it from cover to cover.  While its production values are not up to the standards of the latest Society magazines, (i.e. The Journal or RT), its content is fantastic.  Every issue has article covering little known air forces and aviation history.

This issue has part two of an article on the air war between Slovakia and Hungary in March of 1939. Avia B-534 and S-328 vs. CR.32bis.  Who can resist that?  There is also a story about a replica B-339 (export F2A Buffalo) that has just been unveiled in a museum in the Netherlands.  Have you read about that anywhere else?  There is also the second part of an article on T-6s in the Congo in the late 1960s. 

As always, the issue also contains the usual review of the content of magazines of small air force interest and new kits, books and decals that have been recently released.  Some of the items reviewed are items I not seen or read about anywhere else.

I’d love to see this magazine get a technical upgrade like the one the IPMS/USA Journal got a few years back.  However, even in its current, black and white, home produced version, it is still one of the magazines that I look forward to.

November 10, 2009

Movie review: Aerial Gunner (1943)

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 6:07 am
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Aerial Gunner is a mid-war propaganda film about, you guessed it, aerial gunners in WWII.  It is on the disk of 20 “classic” WWII movies.  Actually, for what it is, this one isn’t bad.  It has a story, decent acting and for the modeler, some stock shots of wartime T-6 Texans (Harvards for you Brits and Canucks out there) and PV-1s.  Robert Mitchum actually appears uncredited in a small role.  I was unaware of this until I read in on IMDB.com.  While this movie won’t keep you spellbound, it will entertain.  Heck, it is better than either of the two Matrix sequels, though that may be damning it with faint praise. Well, I am a little closer to getting my $5.99 worth of entertainment from the DVD set.

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