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ssculptor last won the day on November 28 2012

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  1. I'm researching my second novel and I am starting it with the 1907 air expo in France. In researching the aviation of the Austro-Hungarians and English I discovered that I knew nothing about the Austrian aeroplanes. I have been lucky in that there are a number of recent books on the aviation of eastern European theaters of conflict. I'm an American, what do we know of WW1 except for the few novels and early movies? I never knew that the pilots were flying small flying boat fighters against each other in the Adriatic. I love flying boats and float planes! So I am enthralled by all these
  2. Why would press people want to remember important events that are old news? Cannot make money touting old events like major or even minor wars. Gotta have fresh news. Older people remember important events which is why we have so many ceremonies commerating our combatants who fought and suffered so we can enjoy our freedoms. Ssculptor
  3. Many thanks, Richard. I just found a copy of Die Flugzeuge der k.u.k. Luftfahrtruppe und Seeflieger 1914-1918 on eBay. It is in German so back to my "German for Dummies" or is that Deutsche fur Dummkopfs". Also the http://www.austro-hungarian-army.co.uk/lft.htm looks very helpful. Yours, Stephen
  4. Thank you Jennings. My knowledge of WW1 history is limited to the five participants: Britain, Belgium, France, Germany and Russia. I know that Italy was involved because Hemingway participated for a while as an ambulance driver for the Italians. I also know that the natives of the Balkans countries got involved somehow. Didn't also at the end we (USA) ran stumbling into the fray and as soon as the going got hot the Germans, like the Russians a year or two earlier, called it quits, took all their toys and went home. My ignorance is embarrassing; My maternal grandparents were born in Roma
  5. I am looking for histories of activities of the Austrian Air Force in World War One. Books, articles, studies, etc. Hopefully written in English but if necessary I will take a refresher course in the German language. I'll buy, borrow, or rent such material. Many thanks, Stephen Auslender, P.O. Box, 122, Wilton, CT 06897 USA auslend@optimum.net
  6. I went onto Google and simply typed in Linke-Hofmann R.I and up popped oodles and oodles of these planes. Wonderful!
  7. I think a second D-7 kit would be necessary for the mid-ships pair of wings. If I can find more photos, or plans I'll build one of these.
  8. Lets see now. Obviously Herr Fokker was influenced by the old fairy tale about Goldilocks and the three bears. This time the three wings. The front triplanes were the papa wings, the midships biplanes were the mama wings and the horizontal stabilizer in the rear was the baby wing. When von Richtoftenella saw this she immediately quit flying and she became a Uboat sailor. But seriously folks, this is a very safe aircraft to fly. If you lose one wing in combat you still have 4 more that will keep you flying. Now, if I combine three Fokker D-7 kits I can make one of these.
  9. She probably never operated a dial phone in a phone booth where you had to insert a nickle (a 5 cent coin) to prepay for the call . By golly I am getting older. I am turning into a real alte cocker.
  10. I had a large amount of their books, until the room that housed my library (6,000) books caught fire six years ago. I then had a room full of wet pulp. Nobody got hurt and the house was repaired. The insurance was generous and I added a 20 foot by 30 foot room to provide my wife with a sewing room. The books? Well I had colored them in by that time so all was well. It gave me an excuse to go buy new books.
  11. translation: I carried my tears, farewell a friend.
  12. i have been buying from Squadron since the 1970's. I will indeed miss them. But nothing lasts forever. There are many model manufacturers going back to the 1930's whom I miss; They produced model trains, airplanes, tanks, artillery, figures, ships, buildings, cars, etc. Models of wood, paper, metal, plastic, whatever. Static and flying models, mobile vehicles and trains. I had a wonderful time all these years. Now and then I see an old kit on eBay and I get nostalgic. I should say something appropriate in Latin but I don't know Latin. So all I will do is say Adios
  13. I dont know if l like the digital camo that much. For the Vulgarian aircraft l am trying blended patterns. Ssculptor
  14. You are correct, the music put me to sleep right away. Is that the "New Age" music? Ssculptor
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