Archive for January, 2015

Nice Corsair cover

Posted: January 30, 2015 in Hobby, Magazines

Tamiya_231

Tamiya Model Magazine 231 sports a nice painting of a F4U-1A Corsair on the cover, basically the cover art of the recently released 1/32 kit. It´s the second Corsair kit from Tamiya to have surfaced lately so fans of this aircraft should take note. Reminds me of the 70´s tv-show about the Black Sheep Squadron.

Looks like a good model to have a crack at some day.

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Italeri highlights St. Nazaire raid

Posted: January 28, 2015 in Hobby

Italeri_vosper

Italeri has released a rather nice set with a Vosper MTB 74, with a box that highlights the fact that these played a part in the now legendary raid of the St. Nazaire port in 1942. Actually, this extraordinary tale was all but forgotten until Jeremy Clarkson (of Top Gear fame) did a great documentary about the raid for the BBC a few years ago. Cred.

Very nice cover art as well.

Buck Danny lives

Posted: January 28, 2015 in Comics

Buckdanny

Bought “Night Of The Serpent” a while back and read it yesterday. Published by Cinebook in the UK back in 2009, it´s the first Buck Danny title that I´ve read in recent times. Actually, this is book 49 in the original series. Buck Danny was created in 1947 by Jean Michel Charlier and Victor Hubinon (a French Belgian team) and they produced 40 albums between 1947 and 1979. These days the title is created by Francis Bergése. I can see that there has been a few albums since this one, and I´ll certainly order these. I´ve also spotted German editions that goes back to the very beginning (WW II adventures in the Pacific) and I´ll certainly get the first book to see what it was like back in the early days (stay tuned). I read a few Buck Danny books here in Sweden in the 70´s, but I guess they never really catched on over here. Sad.

I like the fact that Buck Danny is still around.

More Swedish film history

Posted: January 28, 2015 in Books, TV & Movies

Sensationsfilm

I discovered this book quite recently, “Svensk Sensationsfilm” (Tamara Press, 2003) by author Daniel Dellamorte. This is obviously a Swedish title, and possibly the first to take a look at the good old days (in this case 1951-1993) of Swedish Film making history, the juicy stuff. Most of this history is forgotten now, television will simply not air 99% of these films. That´s rather sad, because the young will never know what Sweden was really like back in the day. This used to be a fun place, now we´ve been hassled by political correctness for two decades and things look decidely bleak if you ask me.

Some of this material is released on DVD now though, very low key.

RF8_printers

We had the final session for RETROFUTURE 8 this morning, and it has now been sent to the printers. It will usually take about three or four weeks for it to arrive here at headquarters.

Feels good – I´m going out with all guns blazing here.

Big in Germany

Posted: January 26, 2015 in Magazines, TV & Movies

TVdirekt

Big Bang Theory is quite popular in Europe – here´s the latest edition of German publication TV Direkt (issue 3 2015), sporting a nice Kaley Cuoco shot on the cover.

They like their blondes over there, and why not?

Timothy Good

Posted: January 26, 2015 in Books

Good_Earth

I read a few UFO books about 20 years ago by author Timothy Good and they were well written and quite bold. Few can match his devotion, or his contacts – seems like he´s one of these guys that knows everybody. But that sort of thing can come if you put in the work and I think this guy did. So I was glad to see a new book, “Earth – An Alien Enterprise” (Pegasus Books, 2013). I´ve just read the paperback version (472 pages) and it´s just jam packed with extraordinary cases, with loads of interviews with people ranging from ordinary folks to military personel and scientists. Many talk about the subject like it´s no big deal. Well, for most of us, it still is.

The fact of the matter is that it only takes one single case to be real and that´s it. We may well have to rewrite history as we know it one of these days and I think we owe people like Mr Good a lot of gratitude for the endless work that has gone into this.