Krupp Protz Kfz. 70 6x4 Truck - Tamiya

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Tamiya 1/48 range built up with Black Dog's accessory kit, which includes snow chain tires, canvas top, and a wonderful assortment of 'stuff' to put in the back.

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Tex Hill - AVG goes into Action (part 4)

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After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Thailand surrendered. Chennault feared that the AVG position in Toungoo was too precarious so he ordered the 3rd Squadron to Mingaladon in Rangoon to support the British, while the 1st and 2nd Squadron was to pull back to Kunming, China.

Home of the AVG in Kunming, China (USAF)







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Tex Hill - With the AVG in Burma (part 3)

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While Tex was with Ed Rector and Bert Christman in Norfolk Virginia, they bumped into their squadron commander and were introduced to a Navy Commander Irvine. Irvine was a recruiter for Claire Chennault, secretly authorized to gather US military pilots and ground crews for the American Volunteer Group. After a discussion about the current state of affairs in China and the Japanese strangle hold on the entire Chinese coast, Irvine indicated that an overland route between Burma and China was the only lifeline left to the Chinese. Irvine explained that he was authorized by President Roosevelt to recruit pilots to help the Chinese. All three men indicated they were interested and Irvine said he would be back in touch.

Tex Hill at Kyedaw Airfield, Toungoo In 1941, notice that the shark motif has not been painted on the P-40s yet. (Flying Tigers Association)


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


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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