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Carousel 1 United States

Type Fighter X
Carousel 1 item no. 6101
Production run unlimited

P-40C, Flying Tigers, 1st Pursuit Squadron (Adam & Eves), Vice Squadron Leader, Burma - Greg "Pappy" Boyington, Medal of Honor (28 Victories)
Everytime I open a Carousel 1 box I regret not having supported this company before it decided to give up diecast manufacturing. Perhaps if more collectors had known the quality of the Carousel molds, and acted on the knowledge, the company might have stuck to producing models. Anyway, this is another great P-40, and I only wish many more could be expected.

A hint on the tint. The camo is definitely British, with the light green belly and two-toned green and brown upper surfaces. I looked into this (using Wikipedia to make it easier) and found this line in an article about the Flying Tigers: "AVG fighter aircraft came from a Curtiss assembly line producing Tomahawk IIB models for the Royal Air Force in North Africa." A-hah--now we know...

You can safely ignore the following:

The tired-all-over picture taker. I took this series of pictures twice because I got the "Set Picture Control" wrong on my Nikon D90 in the first set. To see examples of what happens when you don't get it right, click here. You see, I've been reading this book which suggested using the "Standard" picture control instead of "Neutral", which I'd been using all along. Puts me in mind of the time I changed my timing method on our '70 VW Squareback from static timing (which worked for years) to a timing light, as recommended by the experts. Wouldn't you know I would find the wrong mark with the light...aw, the smell of burning oil!

Family war stories. My step father (who passed on many years ago) joined the U.S. Navy before WWII and was assigned to a minesweeper (I think) in the Asiatic Fleet. When the sweeper was sunk in Manila Bay, he was sent to fight in Bataan, where he won a bronze star and was eventually captured. He was in the death march, and was finally interned at (I believe) Cabanatuan. From there he was shipped to a camp in Japan. Three years later, after liberation, he was wandering a Japanese town with some buddies when he spotted a drunk, and rather loud and abusive (to the Japanese civilians within reach) ex-prisoner, and asked someone nearby who it was. They told him it was a famous Marine pilot...and yes...yes, it was.

To give you something of my step-father's attitude toward the Japanese, and his captivity, when our entire family went to Okinawa in 1956 (by the way, I don't share the same sir name as my family), he was asked how he felt about going back to Japan (in effect, what would be his attitude toward the Japanese). He said he felt the Japanese were as much victims of the war as he was, and held no ill will toward them whatsoever..

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