Book Reviews

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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Rick Atkinson’s An Army at Dawn is the first book in his now-complete “liberation trilogy.” I’ve read the first two books in the series and, someday, I’ll read the third one. It’s nice, fat, old-fashioned example of good, honest historical research. The notes that support Atkinson’s story are supplied in detail. Sometimes they make him look …

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It’s hard to think of a definition of the word “hero” that doesn’t fit Jeff Ethell. The guy single-handedly dug back into the history of World War II and found the color photographs that had been taken of aircraft, many of which were taken by Americans using American Kodachrome film, which means that the colors …

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