Daily archives: December 1, 2007

A miniature air force for Christmas

The Tate Modern gallery’s Christmas tree is this year adorned with models of all the fighter planes currently in service, 122 in total.

[Fiona Banner], known for her huge text descriptions of war films, has made what appears to be traditional kit models of all the world’s 122 fighter planes, after a considerable amount of research to discover exactly which planes are in service, not something many countries like to boast about.

Some models are commercially available, others do not exist in kit form, so she had to create them from scratch, and as the more anoraky small visitors will undoubtedly clock immediately, she has chosen not to give any of them insignia or any markings of nationality.

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RIP Evel Knievel

He’ll be remembered more for the times he fell off than the times he landed. Evel Knievel has died.

I used to have some of those Evel Knievel stunt bikes, and the dragster. You’d wind and wind it to get the flywheel spinning fast enough, then when you stopped it would jump off the base station and skitter off. Usually it emulated the famous LAs Vegas fountain jump rather than the graceful leap that was planned.