Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Canadian Stinson L-1

Here we have General Harry Crerar, Commander of the First Canadian Army in Europe during World War Two, and his personal Stinson L-1 Vigilant. (Photo courtesy of the Canada Department of National Defence/Library and Archives of Canada.)

Modeler's Note: MPM did a Stinson L-1 in the 2001-2002. Thankfully it is a later MPM kit with nicer moldings and an injection molded canopy.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Harrier and Jaguar at the Tate

It is not often you find aviation themed art in art museums...aviation art being the seemly exclusive purview of aviation museums...and it is even more unique to find actual aircraft in art museums. So I was a little surprising to read this BBC article about Fiona Banner's new exhibit at Tate Britain. A full size Sea Harrier and Jaguar have been re-purposed as modern art. I'd like to see the Harrier up close, as the tattoo markings are hard to see in the little picture, but the polished belly up Jaguar is really quite impressive. It does evoke the feel of a submissive animal. Neat.