The Perfect P-36


Quod ego stultior, I have many absurd pleasures that I do not do without, even though any Stoic teacher would choose the fact of any or all of these to morally lacerate me with. But in the end, I think he would have to chase me out of his stoa, since part of my duty to God is to be what he handed me, and that seems to NOT be someone who delights in his own superiority….

Whatever. And now to the realm of indifferentia:

I recently got lucky on Ebay – a $70 diecast model of a Curtiss P-36 Hawk (the immediate forerunner of the stalwart P-40 Tomahawk) for a mere $6. Woo-hoo! Even though the shipping for the heavy little fellow came to $11 or so, it was still a tremendous bit of luck. When I received it, I was amazed at the fine detailing! I have a few other diecasts, and some of them are pretty puerile in the attention to form and detail – but not this terrific, hefty little ‘Carousel 1’ model. Beautiful. The Carousel 1 line (Carousel is now, of course, defunct) were beautiful pieces. Of course, I could NEVER afford them at their $70 each list prices. But Chaos/Fortune/the-pointless-aether tossed at least one my way.

Of course, then I got greedy and went after another “deal” that I spotted – or, rather, mis-spotted: a ‘diecast’ (as I thought) of a Ki-61 Hien, the beautiful ‘Japanese Bf109’ (aka ‘the Tony’ in American plane-spotter parlance). Well, I got that too, and it’s very nice, but it’s entirely plastic – looks good, but it has no heft at all and does not rise of the level of detail of the P-36. Still, I’m glad I got it – there’s little harm in it for $22 total – and it’s beautiful among my others. Had to move SuperCar to make room for it!

“Gee…. Sorry, Mitch!”

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