Book Review: American Fighters Over Europe

After reviewing the old Profile Publications I thought I’d mention a newer book in the same general category. It’s pretty decent effort, so this review won’t be too stern and I’ll be able to get this blog entry written and have my warm milk and toddle off to bed before too long. Let’s start with
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It’s only a little painful to hear some youngster ask how a model built in the 1960’s could have accurate markings. After all, the 1960’s were noted for two things, hippies and the disappearance of the last few dinosaurs–right? But anybody who remembers building plastic model kits in the 60’s knows that plenty of technical
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When I was twelve, Landmark Books were serious history. I read Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, or The Flying Tigers, or Great American Fighters Pilots and I was pretty damned impressed, I can tell you. I’m still impressed. I found these books on eBay or in antique shops and I bought them to read. That’s right–I read
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Every now and then I drift into Pacific War territory. I have a healthy variety of interests. Dinosaurs. Pirates. The Knights of the Round Table.The Old West. World Wars. Star Trek. And, from time to time, the war in the Pacific from 1941 to 1945. When one of these spells comes over me I read
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About the same time I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, a great conflict was coming to an end. No, I’m not talking about the invasion of Grenada. I’m talking about the conflict between two brilliant and dedicated Air Force officers. One was a brilliant leader who changed the nature of warfighting. The other was
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FOUR out of FIVE stars. Not THAT bad. This book was written years ago–but it contains good information as far as it goes. The important thing is that newer references can’t always be trusted–BECAUSE they are newer. In our world today the assumed partnership between author, publisher and reader has been corrupted in the name
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Robert Pirsig died a couple of weeks ago and it wasn’t big news. I can imagine that the LAST thing “the powers that be” would want is a resurgence in sales of Pirsig’s books. When I broke down and bought a copy of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the book was still relatively
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One of the great mysteries of our current plastic kit boom (which is now in it’s twenty-fifth year–a record) is that there is STILL no “mainstream, definitive” Mirage IIIC in 1/72 scale. I know a company named AML made a more-or-less decent Mirage IIIC a few years ago–but where is the Tamiya or Hasegawa Mirage
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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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There is only about enough real, solid information about English ships from the year 1600 to make up one good model. You can make a Mayflower, or a Golden Hind, or if you really push it, a Revenge. That’s about it. Furthermore, you have to choose from between two versions of the Golden Hind. If
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