Saturday, August 06, 2011

I'd Like To Thank The Hugo Nominating Committee

...Except that's not a Hugo rocketship, it's a V-2. Solid steel and plenty nice, however.

They told me if Germany reunited, it would only be a matter of time before they started making V-2s again. They didn't tell me I'd be able to buy them from Amazon! (But use Tam's link; it costs you nothing and puts a little money in her pocket).

Weltraumladen makes these in varying degrees of detail, right up to a US$90.00 version that looks almost ready for launch. Nor are they blind to history; among the books they offer is Planet Dora, written by a survivor of the concentration-camp factory where the rockets were built.

11 comments:

Charles Pergiel said...

Did you see the Revolver map/globe?

Roberta X said...

Pretty neat, isn't it?

Hank said...

Bought.

Anonymous said...

Have you been to the Putnam County, Indiana courthouse to see the V-1? One of two in the USA.

http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=6430

Shootin' Buddy

Anonymous said...

Art Deco(ish) metal geometric solids are right in my wheelhouse...intimate ties with the evil Reich, WWII and the future of space flight are icing. Awesome find. But I just can't get the Steely Dan-ish overtones out of my contorted little mind.

Roberta X said...

My prescription is more Edgar Rice, less William.

Joseph said...

Hmmm...I think you will wind up ordering the "User's Manual" in English next.

Gewehr98 said...

Just took photos of a new-production Focke-Wulf FW-190 (they found Kurt Tank's original blueprints) at Oshkosh a couple weeks ago. Swastika on the tail notwithstanding, it's still a damn fine airplane!

http://mauser98.com/fw190oshkosh2011.jpg

Hank said...

Received.

Before the night was over some of the paint had scraped off.

Sigh.

Roberta X said...

Alas. --The fins on mine had been hit with silver paint that seems to want to peel. I may have to strip it and get it plated.

Hank said...

Yeah. My thought. Strip and plate. Now it remains to be seen if I get up the gumption to do that.