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Michael C. Smith
Marshall, Texas
Interests: Reading, history, architecture, and music.
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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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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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