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Michael C. Smith
Marshall, Texas
Interests: Reading, history, architecture, and music.
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We celebrated the 110th anniversary of the Marshall Knights of Columbus chapter this evening with a mass celebrated by Bishop Strickland. It was bittersweet because tonight was also the last time our Assembly will fall out in the regalia we've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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Another recent finish was the a 1/72 TBF Avenger finished as George Bush's final TBF, the Barbara III. My tail markings are not wrong - the aircraft shown below behind Bush and his crew was the Barbara II, which had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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I recently finished a double-build - two 1/72 Me 262A German jet fighters. The reason for the double-build was that I had two kits - a 1960 Airfix kit which I sat on for so long they came out with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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Jun 22, 2019
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This is the third of Hammerl's three books of the Guadalcanal campaign. I had read The Carrier Battles, but not Starvation Island, and thought this might explain the surface actions a little better. Did it ever. The book began by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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After several weeks off I finally got a day in the model workshop yesterday, which extended late into the night and several more hours this afternoon. While I made some progress on the Hood (I count progress in number of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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This book was recommended by Tom Tamlyn, who said it was his favorite of the many books he’s looked at on the Apollo program. After reading it I have to agree. It is the engineers’ story of the development of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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I picked this up to see what decisions they made making the movie - how much was strictly accurate, how much was moved around or modified, and what was admittedly created for the movie. And I absolutely loved it. As... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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I pick up Tillman's books whenever I see them as reference material, but decided to read this one as I'm getting close to building my first Hellcat model. The book was surprisingly light on the design and origins of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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Parker and I picked up this outstanding new Minicraft 1/700 Titanic at the grand opening of Marshall's new Hobby Lobby recently, and I'm thoroughly enjoying finally getting to work on a waterline Titanic, especially one in my favorite scale! Unlike... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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I picked this up as a audiobook and then got the Kindle version - or maybe it was vice versa, on a recent office trip, and generally enjoyed it. It was well written, and an interesting take on the Lovecraft... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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I got this book for Grayson's birthday, but (of course) read it first. It's a typical Winchester - fascinating stories and fascinating topics. Especially if you're interested in the intersection of history and science. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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Parker and I watched Midway the other night, and the question arose how accurate it is? (For completists, here are my reviews of the DVD in 2006 and the Blu-Ray version in 2016). What's accurate Generally, it's fairly accurate, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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I have wanted to model the carrier Yorktown (CV-5) as it appeared at Midway for a long, long time. My first Yorktown was a 1/700 Tamiya Enterprise kit from high school days (at left), which I still have, albeit the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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The burned out sections in the cove lights in the study were getting annoying, but even so, I had no idea how bad it was until I took the original (2004) lights out this afternoon to replace them with new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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I've written lengthy blog posts on these two books twice and the computer crashed before they were saved, so let me try to keep it short this time. Kernan joined the carrier Enterprise at Pearl Harbor a few days before... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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After several weeks at the office, Phil the prototype went back to the workshop for an extensive update. The new version at left has a number of improvements over what Phil looked like Friday (see right), although he still only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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After 30 years in various garages, I've finally got my old ship drydock tables back together. I don't remember my room in my grandmother's house having a desk in it when we moved in in 1974, just the terrifying print... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Puttering in the Study
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While doing research for my 1/72 Boyington Corsair I realized my knowledge of Marine aviation in the Solomons in 1943 was woefully lacking (and basically limited to a mid-70's TV show, which is about like basing knowledge of German POW... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at Puttering in the Study
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Before America's entry into World War II a number of pilots, either already prepared to fight Nazi Germany, or unable to enter the USAAF because of lack of college education, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and flew Spitfires... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Puttering in the Study
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At some point after 1998 I picked up this little 1/144 scale Minicraft Avro Lancaster (no doubt despairing of ever building the 1/72 scale model again), and at some later point I built it - but never got around to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Puttering in the Study
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Subject 6G+AT was a Junkers Ju 87B-1 Stuka dive bomber assigned to Sturzkampfgeschwader 51 in Norrent-Fontes, France in August 1940 during the Battle of Britain. July/August was when the Stuka's reputation as a terror weapon acquired in the early campaigns... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Puttering in the Study
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Every so often I get back to work on the study ceiling. Yesterday I finished thinking through another medallion, and today I put it up. English Literature As I've posted previously, I'm choosing a single figure from each category of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Puttering in the Study
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Found this gem at a bookstore just outside Stoker's alma mater Trinity College in Dublin last month. It's a new book - the first English translation of the Icelandic translation. Now that would sound like a fool's errand - translating... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Puttering in the Study
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This is a new book by Lost Moon coauthor Jeffrey Kluger that tells the story of America's first mission to the moon. While eclipsed by Apollo 11 seven months later in the popular imagination, Apollo 8 was a dramatic "swing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Puttering in the Study