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Michael C. Smith
Marshall, Texas
Interests: Reading, history, architecture, and music.
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Parker and I went to see Midway today, and really enjoyed it. It was technically stunning - the Enterprise and its dive bombers were flawlessly executed, and for that matter I never saw any hardware (except the sinking Lexington) that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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A very pleasant surprise about the new Midway movie is that the Enterprise's Bombing 6 skipper Dick Best is the lead. I met Mr. Best at a Nimitz (now Pacific War) Museum symposium in 1992, and for reasons that now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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This is another short book, but provides an excellent background on Barbarossa, as well as a concise explanation of the first year of the campaign. It includes a phase by phase analysis of the Nazi plan and practice for genocide... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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Just finished this short book about the relationship between the two dictators leading up the the German invasion of the Soviet Union. It’s more of a talk than a book, and the citations are thin, but it’s an excellent study... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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Dauntless: The Battle of Midway is a “mockbuster” - a low budget film that’s intended to capitalize on the publicity surrounding a blockbuster movie by a large studio. Even the trailer indicated that the special effects were not quite ready... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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One of the characteristics of the SCB-125 Essex class carriers was a prominent crease or "knuckle" at the bow which marks where the class' original open bow was plated in from the forecastle deck to the gallery deck. The knuckle... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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I don’t know how this happened. Some post somewhere suggested that this was a classic piece of horror fiction from the 1930’s, and it ended up being almost camp. The summary of the 1950’s Hammer movie based on it (which... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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I don’t know how this happened. Some post somewhere suggested that this was a classic piece of horror fiction from the 1930’s, and it ended up being almost camp. The summary of the 1950’s Hammer movie based on it (which... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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This is the first of several books that were required reading for my first WW II Studies course, and while only part was required - the portion on Okinawa, I read the entire thing since I was familiar with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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I am an eternal follower of Kostova because I loved The Historian so much. That means I will (eventually) drag myself through even this book, which tells a lengthy story about political persecution in postwar Bulgaria. As always, it’s well-written,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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Collins’ book about his experiences as an astronaut in the space program is hands down not just my favorite astronaut memoir, but probably my favorite memoir of all. He is good at relaying the relevant information about his experiences in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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The Revell angled deck Essex is a little like the AMT Star Trek Enterprise in that I’ve looked at the models hundreds of times more than I have even photos of the real article, so sometimes it’s a surprise that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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What a mess. I didn't have the Floating Drydck plans when I widened the hull the appropriate 4' each side and faired it into the bow and stern using photos of the Yorktown from 1993, assuming that the Revell hull... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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The whole reason for this resurrection build of the 1957 Revell kit I first built in 1981 was to get the hangar deck walls - which were originally the outer hull of the ship all the way down to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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Several years ago, when I was looking at whose portrait I would put over my non-naval military history shelves, I had a hard time deciding on someone. Naval was easy - the steady hand of Chester Nimitz during the Pacific... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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Sunday's project was rebuilding the fantail. I used the kit platforms, and recut them to fit the Essex plans, as well as enclosing the top (gallery) deck. (See photos where it’s still white and gray to see what’s original and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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Desk pads - and especially leather desk pads - are an acquired taste. You have to put one down on your familiar writing or working surface to see the difference they make. Saddleback Leather’s new Old Bull desk set is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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This is my most recent Apollo program read, and I enjoyed it very much. The author's premise is that the digital world owes its origins to the Apollo program, and makes a strong case that it was Apollo's use of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2019 at Puttering in the Study
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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