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Re: December (2017)
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2017, 10:12:27 AM »
December 7, 1941  The Bombing of Pearl Harbor

The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor devastated United States Naval presence in the Pacific and drew the US into WWII.





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Re: December (2017)
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2017, 12:43:06 PM »
December 8, 1942  Eight PT boats (PT 36, PT 37, PT 40, PT 43, PT 44, PT 48, PT 59, and PT 109) turn back 8 Japanese destroyers attempting to reinforce Japanese forces on Guadalcanal.

Kind of a busy boat even before the future President took command on April 23, 1943.  Still at Norfolk on 8/20/1942, ready to be shipped to the Pacific.



When the USS Northhampton was sunk on Dec 1, 1942, Capt. Larson's PT 109 did its part to rescue the crew

Then to be part of this action on December 8, 1942. 

You can find Dave's 80' 103 Class PT Boat, and the PT 109 Conversion Kit at http://papermodelshop.com/html/elco_pt_boat.html

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Re: December (2017)
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2017, 05:45:59 PM »
ooh that one is nice? where'd you find that?
everyone should have one of those.
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Re: December (2017)
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2017, 09:35:02 PM »
December 9, 2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Released



Okay, I know that the models released by Fox are for the third movie, but Aslan was in the first one ...

You can find Aslan (and the Dawn Treader models) at http://movies.foxjapan.com/narnia3/download/index.html

With a little creativity, the Dawn Treader builds up pretty sweet

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Re: December (2017)
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2017, 09:36:03 PM »
December 10, 1919 Smiths Arrive in Darwin, Australia



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Captain Sir Ross Macpherson Smith KBE, MC and Bar, DFC and Two Bars, AFC, and his brother, Lieutenant Sir Keith Macpherson Smith KBE, arrived at Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, aboard a Vickers Vimy. Also aboard were Sergeant Jim Bennett and Sergeant Wally Shiers. The four had departed Hounslow Heath Aerodrome, London, England, on 12 November, in response to the offer of a £10,000 prize offered by the government of Australia to the first Australian airmen to fly from England to Australia aboard a British airplane.

The Smith’s airplane, a Vickers F.B.27A Vimy IV, registration G-EAOU, was built for the Royal Air Force, and given serial number F8630. It was too late to serve in combat and was not delivered to the RAF. Vickers modified it for the flight to Australia, adding additional fuel tanks. Total duration of the flight was 28 days, 17 hours, 40 minutes. The journey required 135 hours, 55 minutes of flying time. The distance flown was estimated to be 11,123 miles (17,901 kilometers). The Vimy averaged 81.84 miles per hour (131.71 kilometers per hour).
... This Day in Aviation

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Re: December (2017)
« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2017, 12:16:25 PM »
December 11, 1941 Elrod First to Sink Warship with Bombs from a Fighter



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The last four aircraft of Marine Fighter Squadron 211 (VMF 211), led by Captain Henry Talmage Elrod, U.S. Marine Corps, attacked the invading Imperial Japanese Navy South Seas Force, consisting of four light cruisers, six destroyers, two patrol boats and two amphibious support ships with 450 Special Navy Landing Force soldiers, as they approached to invade the United States outpost at Wake Island. The Grumman F4F-3 Wildcats bombed the destroyer IJN Kisaragi.

VMF 211 had lost two-thirds of its aircraft on Monday, 8 December.

A few minutes earlier another destroyer, IJN Hayate, had received two direct hits in its magazines from the 5-inch/51-caliber guns of Battery L, a coast defense artillery battery of the U.S. Marines. It was hit at a range of 4,000 yards, exploded and sank with all hands. The invasion force flag ship, light cruiser IJN Yubari, received 11 direct hits from the Marine gunners. Under the combined air and artillery attacks, the invasion force withdrew.

The island finally fell to the unrelenting Japanese attacks, 23 December 1941.
... This Day in Aviation

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On December 4, 1941, Captain Elrod flew to Wake Island with twelve aircraft, twelve pilots, and the ground crew of Major Paul Putnam's fighter squadron, VMF-211. Hostilities in the air over Wake Island commenced on December 8, 1941. On December 12, he single-handedly attacked a flight of 22 enemy planes and shot down two. He executed several low-altitude bombing and strafing runs on enemy ships; during one of these attacks, he became the first man to sink a warship, the Japanese destroyer Kisaragi, with small caliber bombs delivered from a fighter aircraft.

When all the U.S. aircraft had been destroyed by hostile fire, he organized remaining troops into a beach defense unit which repulsed repeated Japanese attacks. On December 23, 1941, Captain Elrod was mortally wounded while protecting his men who were carrying ammunition to a gun emplacement.

He was posthumously promoted to Major on November 8, 1946, and his widow was presented with the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the defense of Wake Island. His widow is also a former commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps.
... Wikipedia

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Re: December (2017)
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2017, 10:20:16 AM »
December 12, 1980 Leicester Codex Sold at Auction



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On this day in 1980, American oil tycoon Armand Hammer pays $5,126,000 at auction for a notebook containing writings by the legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci.

The manuscript, written around 1508, was one of some 30 similar books da Vinci produced during his lifetime on a variety of subjects. It contained 72 loose pages featuring some 300 notes and detailed drawings, all relating to the common theme of water and how it moved. Experts have said that da Vinci drew on it to paint the background of his masterwork, the Mona Lisa. The text, written in brown ink and chalk, read from right to left, an example of da Vinci's favored mirror-writing technique. The painter Giuseppi Ghezzi discovered the notebook in 1690 in a chest of papers belonging to Guglielmo della Porto, a 16th-century Milanese sculptor who had studied Leonardo's work. In 1717, Thomas Coke, the first earl of Leicester, bought the manuscript and installed it among his impressive collection of art at his family estate in England.

More than two centuries later, the notebook--by now known as the Leicester Codex--showed up on the auction block at Christie's in London when the current Lord Coke was forced to sell it to cover inheritance taxes on the estate and art collection. In the days before the sale, art experts and the press speculated that the notebook would go for $7 to $20 million. In fact, the bidding started at $1.4 million and lasted less than two minutes, as Hammer and at least two or three other bidders competed to raise the price $100,000 at a time. The $5.12 million price tag was the highest ever paid for a manuscript at that time; a copy of the legendary Gutenberg Bible had gone for only $2 million in 1978. "I’m very happy with the price. I expected to pay more," Hammer said later. "There is no work of art in the world I wanted more than this." Lord Coke, on the other hand, was only "reasonably happy" with the sale; he claimed the proceeds would not be sufficient to cover the taxes he owed.

Hammer, the president of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, renamed his prize the Hammer Codex and added it to his valuable collection of art. When Hammer died in 1990, he left the notebook and other works to the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Several years later, the museum offered the manuscript for sale, claiming it was forced to take this action to cover legal costs incurred when the niece and sole heir of Hammer's late wife, Frances, sued the estate claiming Hammer had cheated Frances out of her rightful share of his fortune. On November 11, 1994, the Hammer Codex was sold to an anonymous bidder--soon identified as Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft--at a New York auction for a new record high price of $30.8 million. Gates restored the title of Leicester Codex and has since loaned the manuscript to a number of museums for public display.
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Re: December (2017)
« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2017, 11:49:10 AM »
December 13th, 1577 - Sir Francis Drake sets sail from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage
Replica of the Golden Hind
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More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Drake

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That one was courtesy of Dave back in 2013.  Which makes a good Segway.

Been doing this for a while, and there has never been a year that I have a complete year.  I'm on track for this year (knock on wood), but in doing this year, I've re-used a lot of posts.  I find that when I go back through the previous posts for a date, there are lots of missing images and bad links that I try to fix.  If I can actually get a complete year, that would be pretty amazing.  I sometimes get irritated that I will fix and image, and the next day, I see that it is gone again.  Aargh.  My goal is to get this year knocked out, and then I'm going to stop going through the old posts fixing things.  I spend way too much time fixing stuff ... old stuff that probably few will ever look at again ... and not enough time doing the historical and paper model hunt.  Fixing things that used to work is a bit tedious, especially since I am probably the only one who will notice.  I hope to be able to do more hunting for new things next year, but that means, little or no fixing old posts.

Now, there are a couple reasons I selected this old post--
1)  I appreciate it that Dave steps in when I ask him to
2)  It brings up a few other issues on the models

If you were to do a search for paper models of the Golden Hind, you will find quite a few from pirate sites.  They all look different.  When you look for images and plans of the ship, they all look different.  Even the replica ship doesn't look much like the few 'contemporary' illustrations.  This happens a lot.  I think folks did a lot of guess-work.  Contemporary in this case is the rise of the printing press.  Drake's voyage was newsworthy, so printers wanted to tell about it and illustrations sell more papers, so there is a lot of misinformation out there.  I mention this because paper model development is rather difficult if you are going for historical accuracy.  How good is your source?  How can you do the model and still have it buildable?  How much guesswork is involved?

I know of three models of the Golden Hind and there are probably more.  I am sure that each designer tried to do the boat justice, just as I am sure that none is 100% accurate.  I just hope everyone appreciates what designers go through. 

Yes, some of the models I post are 'paper toys'.  Some are builders' models that only very skilled modelers can build well.  I just hope that we all appreciate the designers of both extremes and those in the middle there.

Well, it has been a while since I did a rambling post, but I hope everyone here enjoys the hobby, appreciates the designers' work, and has fun with this.  Isn't fun the main reason we do this hobby anyway?
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Re: December (2017)
« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2017, 12:24:37 PM »
December 14, 1988 Vanessa Hudgens Born



Going with the Sucker Punch mech model

You can find it here:  http://rgatt.blogspot.com/2011/04/sucker-punch-mech-gunner-papercraft.html

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Re: December (2017)
« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2017, 04:30:53 PM »
I really liked that stupid superhero show Powerless (that got cancelled) ...that Hudgens starred in.
Shes very cute.
The show had the best intro I have ever seen.
https://youtu.be/OO295xWpLtQ
Turn it up, the music is really good. Watch it in HD if you can. Its very short.
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Re: December (2017)
« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2017, 05:24:46 PM »
Wow.  I'd never even heard of that show.  But I avoid NBC.  Basically my town gave a monopoly on internet and cable to Comcast/XFinity, so I have no choice but to use them, but I don't have to watch NBC, and I don't
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