Israeli Iron

I should do a review of this book. It’s as good a history of the Israeli Air Force as you are likely to find. In the book, it’s explained¬†that the Dassault Ouragan turned out to be a better airplane that the Israeli’s expected it to be. Over and over again, the survival¬†of Israel depended upon
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In 1964, everything was an O RAMA. There was Cinerama, which was the biggest and best kind of movie. For a short while. There was the Futurama at the World’s Fair in New York. And finally, last but not least, there was Revell O Rama. I’m lucky enough to own two of these, one that’s been
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I don’t visit hobby stores very often, because they are not, really, welcoming places. They’re not exactly your favorite cozy coffee shop. They’re usually run by a surly old cuss (or one of his surly assistants, who are always named “Igor” for some reason). If he is a train lover, then anybody who isn’t a
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I have made a serious commitment (to myself) to post a blog entry every day. But not every day offers a dandy model-building topic for blogging. This is where the random “here’s my opinion” blog entry comes in. You either approve of this sort of thing or you don’t. Cooking. Many people confidently put “cooking”
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I have some long-running internet grudges, and I’ve hinted around about them here and, frankly, I’m tired of dancing around the subject. Today I’m going to name one of the “villains.” Please don’t think that I’ve just lost my mind and am going to start foaming at the mouth over a Facebook “troll” or a
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It’s my blog. That’s the beauty of it. I can go COMPLETELY off topic, and start writing about pizzagate or gamergate or some other weirdness, and it’s perfectly legal. It might not gain me any readers, but it’s legal. But don’t worry. None of that today. But I am going to write a little about
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I remember when Revell’s A-20 jumped off the shelf at me in (when was it?) 1970 (or thereabouts). Old Revell kits fill me with nostalgia like nothing else. The same feeling Brits have for Airfix I have for Revell. So when I saw this old warrior going to peanuts on eBay I had to buy
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My post yesterday about buying paint reminded me that I live in one of the last bastions of the old-fashioned hobby shop. It’s true that a number of old hobby shops have closed their doors, but compared to some urban areas, the Twin Cities have more than our share of outstanding hobby-related stores. I’m not
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Some blogs are about plastic model kits, and some blogs are about AVIATION HISTORY and only a few are strange and uncomfortable mixtures of both. Well, welcome to Discomfort Land! I found an image of an F-16 on the internet that looked a lot like an airplane I used to work on. I was going
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Well, that Hellcat thing didn’t work out so well. But you won’t see me cryin’. Much.  The model is now resting comfortably. No, you can’t disturb him right now. No.   In order to alleviate any residual feeling of disappointment, I’ve decided to post a picture of myself that could be just about anybody. I’m
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