The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power - Marc Wortman

TheMillionairesUnit The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power - Marc Wortman. This book describes the young men of Yale that started a flying club, and eventually formed the nucleus of the fledging US air service in World War I.  Coming from Yale, most of the men came from family of means, hence the title of the book. Interesting enough, it paints a picture of group that felt a sense of responsibility to their country and not a group that felt privledged to let others fight the country's battles. These were volunteers that was fascinated with flying and were willing to put their lives on the line.  There's only two weakness to book, one is that the story can be a bit disjointed at times, as the thread that holds their individual stories together is Yale. The second is lack of maps - one that is unfortuantely shared with some many history books.  Its hard to follow the text when you can put cities and towns in context.  Other than that, a worthy addition to your library if you are interested in the beginnings Amerian Airpower. 

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Hawaii Army Museum

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In Honolulu, right smack the middle of Waikiki - within walking distance of many of the hotels. It's not a big musuem, you can finish it in an hours or so, two if you want to read everything. Don't forget to visit the 2nd floor with the moving stories of Medal honorees who are native to Hawaii. Well worth a quick visit.

http://www.hiarmymuseumsoc.org/

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Tamiya Krupp Protz with BlackDog resin

Tamiya's Krupp Protz is the model for the month. Actually been finished with this kit for a while, but was planning to create a small vingette. Well, it's been a year and it hasn't happened, so for now, I called it finish. The kit is outfitted with Black Dog's fantastic resin set.

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Modelling the Mitsubishi A6M Zero - Brian Criner

ModellingtheMitsubishiA6MZero This is part of the Osprey Modelling series and its one of the best. There are mulitple builds in all the popular scales and one fantastic All Metal finish one. Photos are clear if perhaps a little small in certain cases, but there are techniques and painting tips galore. The only thing you have to realize that this is not a A6M reference book, is a reference for building the model in terms of painting and adding details. With that in mind, it’s a great book.

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Musée de L'Armée Invalides - Paris

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The Invalides is a museum complex located inside the city of Paris. Housed next to Napolean's tomb, the facility is still a functioning museum for injured soliders. Inside is the a few museum dominated by the Army Museum. The WW1 - WW2 museum is quite good, but the real jewel is for the Napoleanic wars. If  you are into that period, this is a must see, I only took a few pictures of those exhibits as they are all behind glass and diffcult to captures. But there are literally, hundreds of uniforms and arms. A must see - almost all signage is in French.

http://www.invalides.org/

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US Airborne Museum - St. Mere Eglise, Normandie, France

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Located in the famous town of St. Mere Eglise. You know the one, where the US paratroopers landed during a fire and 2 men hung from the church tower for hours. The town is definitely a bit touristy, but is still a must see.

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Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie

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Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie is located in the town of Bayeux, in Normandie, France. One of the many tribute museums related to D-Day in the area. Worth a visit, especially if you are staying in town as the central point of your Normandie visit. The British war cementary is right near by, a easy 5 minute walk. Unforunately, they don't have a website, so here's the contact information:

Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie
Boulevard Fabian Ware
14400 Bayeux
Tel: 02 31 51 46 90.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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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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