P-40B AVG - 3rd in series Tex Hil - Monogram

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Classic Monogram P-40B kit in the Flying Tiger's 2nd Squadron Leader "Tex" Hill's #48 markings. This is a 3rd in a series of articles regarding Tex Hill and his aircraft. Appeared in issue of Scaled Aircraft Modeling International

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Grumman F3F2 - Accurate Miniatures

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My first Accurate Miniature kit. Not a easy build, but great details. Include photo etched riggings and parts, and decals to recreate any of 81 F3F-2 that was in service with the US marines or Navy. Fantastic kit.

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Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation by Charles Glass

Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation by Charles Glass. So I really wanted to like this book, and it started well. Here's the official description of the book "Americans in Paris recounts tales of adventure, intrigue, passion, deceit, and survival under the brutal Nazi occupation through the eyes of the Americans who lived through it all".  There lies the problem, this book is a collection of stories of Americans that happen to be living in Paris at the time, there's really no cohesive story to tell here. Especially when in some chapters, the background story before Nazi occupation is 95% of the material. If you happen to find that person's life interesting, great, if not (and for a number of featured Americans, I personally did not), then its a dull read. For example, Sylvia Beach, a left bank book seller's life is recounted in detail here - almost none of it having anything do with living under the Nazis. If you find American literary expat of the 1930's fascinating, you will be enthralled. So all in all, not a bad book, but unfortunately the official description is a bit misleading.

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NJIPMS 2011

Tex Hill - War Patrol (part 2)

SB2U 1Vindicator colour 6After Tex Hill served aboard the Saratoga for about a year, he was transferred as part of an experiment to test the theory that a lead bomber with a bombsight can signal its squadron following to drop its bombs. If It worked, it would have eliminated the need for bombsights for the rest of the squadron. Tex was transferred to the East Coast aboard the USS Ranger (CV-4). Along with his class mates Ed Rector and Bert Christman, Tex was assigned to Bombing Squadron Four (VB-4). Later, VB-4 was split into two scouting squadrons—VS-41 and VS-42, all three friends were assigned to VS-41.

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SB2U Vindicator - Accurate Miniatures

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Accurate Miniatures Vindicator in Yellow wing prewar markings. This was built as part of a Tex Hill series in Scaled Aviation Modeller and published in Feb 2011.

Repainted to Tex Hill aircraft 2010

 

 

 

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TBD Devastator - Tex Hill: Revell Monogram

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Revell (Monogram) kit of the TBD Devastator. First in a series of articles dedicated to "Tex" Hill of the American Volunteer Group - featured in the Oct Issues of Scaled Aircraft Modeller International.

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