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Re: November (2016)
« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2016, 12:02:27 PM »
I just watched Stripes again (the other day)...
I will eventually do a model of the UAV.
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Re: November (2016)
« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2016, 02:44:34 PM »
It is rather iconic

I tried doing one once, but it looked more like someone took a 1960's-ish Winnebago from a junkyard and gave it a spray-painted amateurish attempt at making it look like it.  It was good for a laugh, but it made better trash can filler
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Re: November (2016)
« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2016, 01:19:29 PM »
November 22, 2002 Die Another Day Released



Fifty years and still going.  I'm a sucker for Bond movies

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On this day in 2002, the James Bond movie Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan as the fictional British secret service agent also known by his code number, 007, opens in theaters across the United States. The film’s debut came almost exactly 40 years after the first Bond movie, Dr. No, was released in Great Britain in October 1962. (Coincidentally, the title song from the Die Another Day soundtrack, written and performed by Madonna, was released 20 years after the pop icon debuted her first single, “Everybody.”) Die Another Day also marked Brosnan’s last appearance as the debonair 007, a role he had played in three previous films.

James Bond was the creation of British author and journalist Ian Fleming (1908-1964), who wrote 14 Bond novels. The first Bond book, Casino Royale, debuted in 1953. Dr. No, the first Bond film, was adapted from the sixth Bond novel and starred Sean Connery. The Scottish-born actor went on to play Bond in From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967). The Australian actor George Lazenby assumed the role of Bond for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), while Connery returned for  Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983), a film regarded as “unofficial” because it wasn’t produced by EON Productions, the company behind all the other Bond films in the series.

The British actor Roger Moore took over as Bond for 1973’s Live and Let Die, which he followed with The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985). The Welsh-born actor Timothy Dalton portrayed Bond in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989).

Brosnan was the fifth man to assume the role of Bond, with 1995’s Golden Eye. The Irish-born actor also portrayed 007 in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and The World is Not Enough (1999), before making his final appearance as the dashing secret agent in Die Another Day, which co-starred Halle Berry. The British actor Daniel Craig became the next Bond, in 2006’s Casino Royale.

Along with George Lucas’ Star Wars series and the films based on the best-selling Harry Potter books, the James Bond franchise is among the most lucrative in the history of movies.
... History.com

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Thank goodness that Wayback Machine still has his site.  I'll have to block out some time to make sure I have downloaded the models I want from there
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Re: November (2016)
« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2016, 02:53:10 PM »
November 23, 1859 Billy the Kid Born



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The infamous Western outlaw known as "Billy the Kid" is born in a poor Irish neighborhood on New York City's East Side. Before he was shot dead at age 21, Billy reputedly killed 27 people in the American West.

Billy the Kid called himself William H. Bonney, but his original name was probably Henry McCarty. Bonney was his mother Catherine's maiden name, and William was the first name of his mother's longtime companion--William Antrin--who acted as Billy's father after his biological father disappeared. Around 1865, Billy and his brother traveled west to Indiana with their mother and Antrin, and by 1870 the group was in Wichita, Kansas. They soon moved farther west, down the cattle trails, and in 1873 a legally married Catherine and William Antrin appeared on record in New Mexico territory. In 1874, Billy's mother died of lung cancer in Silver City.

Billy soon left his brother and stepfather and took off into the New Mexico sagebrush. He worked as a ranch hand and in 1876 supposedly killed his first men, a group of reservation Apache Indians, in the Guadalupe Mountains. According to legend, it was not long before Billy killed another man, a blacksmith in Camp Grant, Arizona. Billy the Kid, as people began calling him, next found work as a rancher and bodyguard for John Tunstall, a English-born rancher who operated out of Lincoln, New Mexico. When members of a rival cattle gang killed Tunstall, in 1878, Billy became involved in the so-called Lincoln County War.

Enraged at Tunstall's murder, Billy became a leader of a vigilante posse of "regulators" sent to arrest the killers. No arrests were made, however. Two of the murderers were shot dead by Billy's posse, and a worsening blood feud soon escalated into all-out warfare. After Billy's gang shot dead Lincoln Sheriff Bill Brady, who had sanctioned Tunstall's murder, Billy's enemies conspired with the territorial authorities to do away with the regulators.

In July 1878, the rival gang surrounded the house where Billy and his gang were staying just outside of town. The siege stretched on for five days, and a U.S. Army squadron from nearby Fort Stanton was called in. Still, Billy and his gang refused to surrender. Suddenly, the regulators made a mass escape, and Billy and several of the other regulators miraculously managed to shoot their way out of town.

After more than two years on the run, Billy was arrested by Lincoln Sheriff Pat Garrett, a man Billy had previously befriended before Garrett became a lawman. In April 1881, Billy was found guilty of the murder of Sheriff Brady and was sentenced to hang. On April 28, two weeks before his scheduled execution, Billy wrested a gun from one of his jailers and shot him and another deputy dead in a daring escape that received considerable national attention.

On the night of July 14, 1881, Garrett finally tracked Billy down at a ranch near Fort Sumner, New Mexico. He gained access to the house where Billy was visiting a girlfriend and then surprised him in the dark. Before the outlaw could offer resistance, Garret fired a bullet into his chest. Billy the Kid was dead at age 21.
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Southwestern U.S. history is another thing I am a sucker for.  The many different political and economic struggles intrigue me.  It's amazing how the Lincoln County War could become so huge in this little stinking town.  There are a number of Old West RPG's out there, so Glenn Williams of Finger & Toe has designed a number of Lincoln, NM buildings, including the Lincoln County Courthouse from which Billy escaped.  You can find it at http://www.wargamevault.com/product/108571/Lincoln%2C-NM%3A-Courthouse?manufacturers_id=797&filters=0_0_0.  Check out some of his other Lincoln buildings while you are there.
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Re: November (2016)
« Reply #26 on: November 24, 2016, 09:29:55 AM »
November 24, 1944  111 U.S. B-29 Superfortress Bombers Raid Tokyo for the First Time Since Capt. Jimmy Doolittle’s Raid in 1942.



Their target: the Nakajima aircraft engine works. Fall 1944 saw the sustained strategic bombing of Japan. It began with a reconnaissance flight over Tokyo by Tokyo Rose, a Superfortress B-29 bomber piloted by Capt. Ralph D. Steakley, who grabbed over 700 photographs of the bomb sites in 35 minutes. Next, starting the first week of November, came a string of B-29 raids, dropping hundreds of tons of high explosives on Iwo Jima, in order to keep the Japanese fighters stationed there on the ground and useless for a counteroffensive. Then came Tokyo. The awesome raid, composed of 111 Superfortress four-engine bombers, was led by Gen. Emmett “Rosie” O’Donnell, pilot of the famed B-17 bomber Memphis Belle, commanding Dauntless Dotty. Press cameramen on site captured the takeoffs of the first mass raid on the Japanese capital ever for posterity. Unfortunately, even with the use of radar, overcast skies and bad weather proved an insurmountable obstacle at 30,000 feet: Despite the barrage of bombs that were dropped, fewer than 50 hit the main target, the Nakajima Aircraft Works, doing little damage. The upside was that at such a great height, the B-29s were protected from counter-attack; only one was shot down. One Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded as a result of the raid. It went to Captain Steakley.

You can find the Superfortress at http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/aircraft/Boeing-B29.html

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it today.  Heading to the folks.  Back Sunday
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Re: November (2016)
« Reply #27 on: November 27, 2016, 10:35:43 PM »
November 27, 1895 Nobel Establishes Nobel Prizes

Nobel wrote several wills during his lifetime. He composed the last over a year before he died, signing it at the Swedish–Norwegian Club in Paris on 27 November 1895. To widespread astonishment, Nobel's last will specified that his fortune be used to create a series of prizes for those who confer the "greatest benefit on mankind" in physics, chemistry, peace, physiology or medicine, and literature. Nobel bequeathed 94% of his total assets, 31 million SEK (c. US$186 million, €150 million in 2008), to establish the five Nobel Prizes. Because of scepticism surrounding the will, it was not until 26 April 1897 that it was approved by the Storting in Norway. The executors of Nobel's will, Ragnar Sohlman and Rudolf Lilljequist, formed the Nobel Foundation to take care of Nobel's fortune and organize the award of prizes.



Re-using a previous model, sorry, http://paper-replika.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1902:nobel-prize-medal&catid=45&Itemid=200144
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Re: November (2016)
« Reply #28 on: November 28, 2016, 02:59:18 PM »
November 28, 1582 Shakespeare Marries



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On this day in 1582, William Shakespeare, 18, and Anne Hathaway, 26, pay a 40-pound bond for their marriage license in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six months later, Anne gives birth to their daughter, Susanna, and two years later, to twins.

Little is known about Shakespeare’s early life. His father was a tradesman who became an alderman and bailiff, and Shakespeare was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564. Sometime after the birth of his own children, Shakespeare set off for London to become an actor and by 1592 was well established in London’s theatrical world as an actor and playwright. His earliest plays, including The Comedy of Errors and The Taming of the Shrew, were written in the early 1590s. Later in the decade, he wrote tragedies like Romeo and Juliet (1594-1595) and comedies including The Merchant of Venice (1596-1597). His greatest tragedies were written after 1600, including Hamlet (1600-01), Othello (1604-05), King Lear (1605-06), and Macbeth (1605-1606).

Shakespeare became a member of the popular theater troupe the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, which later became the King’s Men. The group built and operated the famous Globe Theater in London in 1599. Shakespeare became a major shareholder in the troupe and earned enough money to buy a large house in Stratford in 1597. He retired to Stratford in 1610, where he wrote his last plays, including The Tempest (1611) and The Winter’s Tale (1610-11). Meanwhile, he had written more than 100 sonnets, which were published in 1609. Shakespeare’s plays were not published during his lifetime. After his death, two members of his troupe collected copies of his plays and printed what is now called the First Folio (1623).
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As is obvious, I'm a fan of Shakespeare and all the mystery surrounding his life.  Considering how screwy the pieces of information are about what we 'know', it is little wonder that there are still many who wonder if he even existed at all.  Son of a man who was a failure at everything he laid his hand to, he had to have done something of prominence himself to have been able to pay to have the Shakespeare family and coat of arms established before his dad died.  He was also instrumental in the founding of one of the first Royal Highways (which incidentally was between London and Stratford-Upon-Avon).  He is mentioned in writings of his own time, and had owned the largest home in his hometown.  Died and was buried there, but was married at St. Andrew's in Temple Grafton, by a 'near-Catholic' priest. So many twists and turns.

Well, I didn't find a model of St. Andrew's, but over at Fiddlers Green, you can get the front part of Shakespeare's birthplace, Anne Hathaway's House (which most consider to actually be her neighbor's house), and Mary Arden's House.  You can find them at https://www.fiddlersgreen.net/shop/category/name/English.html

The Jetty House is supposed to loosely represent the Harvard House, but my model of the Harvard House is so much better, I can hardly recommend the one at FG
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Re: November (2016)
« Reply #29 on: November 29, 2016, 11:12:32 AM »
November 29, 1957 Boeing NB-52A Sent to CA for Modification



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The third production Boeing B-52A-1-BO Stratofortress strategic bomber, 52-003, was flown from Boeing’s Seattle plant to the North American Aviation facility at Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, California, to be modified to carry the new X-15 hypersonic research rocketplane.

Modifications began on 4 February 1958. A pylon was mounted under the bomber’s right wing. A large notch was cut into the trailing edge of the inboard flap for the X-15’s vertical fin. A 1,500 gallon (5,678 liter) liquid oxygen tank was installed in the bomb bay.

A station for a launch operator was installed on the upper deck of the B-52 at the former electronic countermeasures position. A series of control panels allowed the panel operator to monitor the X-15’s systems, provide electrical power, and to keep the rocketplane’s liquid oxygen tank full as the LOX boiled off during the climb to launch altitude. The operator could see the X-15 through a plexiglas dome, and there were two television monitors.

After modifications were completed at Palmdale, 52-003 was flown to Edwards Air Force Base, 14 November 1958.

NB-52A 52-003 is on display at the Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona.
... ThisDayinAviation

Fiddlers Green's B-52, actually has a version with the X-15 mounted.  Does anyone know if it has the notch in the trailing edge of the wing to allow for the X-15's vertical fin?
Anyway, you can get the model at http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/aircraft/Boeing-B52.html
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Re: November (2016)
« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2016, 11:34:18 AM »
November 30, 1835  Mark Twain Born

Samuel Clemens, later known as Mark Twain, is born in Florida, Missouri, on this day in 1835.
Twain was a noted author and traveler, known mostly for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.



The Mark Twain Study is available from Fiddlers Green, where he wrote major portions of:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
 Life on the Mississippi
 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
 The Prince and the Pauper
 A Tramp Abroad, and many short pieces.



You can find it here :
http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/buildings/twain-study.html

I've never figured out why they have it as a hexagon instead of an octagon?
...and, the color is a bit off.
And it doesn't have the elevated base, or the front steps.
But its still a nice little model.

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