Lest We Forget
What shall I do with all I have collected through the years… That has been in the back of my mind as you might have figured out by now.
Air Combat is another small incomplete collection I have had since the late 60s.
First there was the original Air Combat. I also had three Kookaburra Technical Publications magazines.
Challenge Publications bought the rights of Air Combat as explained by the publisher in this first issue.
Welcome to the first flight of AIR COMBAT, new series. That you are holding the magazine proves you are interested in aircraft, particularly military aircraft. AIR COMBAT is a publication, unique in the aviation literary field, catered to your tastes. But let us digress for a moment.
In the late 1960s, Paul Vercammen began publishing a small magazine called AIR COMBAT. Mr. Vercammen had the express idea of producing a magazine that dealt strictly with military aviation during World War Two. Over the years the magazine grew, in physical size, number of pages, more photos including color, and improved quality. Historians and modelers alike looked forward to each issue for more information on WW II aircraft. Many copies of the magazine became high priced collectors item.
However, in 1972 Mr. Vercammen closed up shop and went on to other ventures. The enthusiasts that had been purchasing his magazine felt a distinct loss as there was not another publication to replace AIR COMBAT. During 1973 Challenge Publications began negotiations with Mr. Vercammen that resulted in the purchase of all rights to AIR COMBAT.
Upon detailed examination we decided that the magazine was due for a complete overhaul. It went into our shop and our writers and photographers went to work. The resulting format was designed to include all phases of aerial combat, everything from World War One to Vietnam. We feel that this format will give a wider historical scope to the subject of military aviation with increased benefits of pleasure and information passed on to you the reader.
We have a magazine that will record the efforts of men and machines in the many conflicts that have taken place since that day at Kittyhawk in 1903. We will be featuring unusual articles, rare color photos, detailed drawings. and excerpts from original military manuals that will blend action and information.
It’s time to strap in, tighten the harness, clear the chocks, boost the throttle, and roar into the world of… AIR COMBAT.
I wonder how much I would get if I put my first Air Combat magazines on eBay.
Some single issues of Air Classics are sold on the Internet for a lot of money which is hard to believe. Would you believe $149.99?
Getting back to the PBY Catalina…
I have added Vallejo black primer with a paintbrush.
I will see if adding sky blue with a paintbrush will work.
Canopy frames have received the same treatment.
Part of the fun with my forgotten hobby is how I am always finding a way around problems I have encountered while building my model kits.
I have never dumped any project in the recycling bin yet…