About Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
Carpe Diem!
(Seize the Day!)

Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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My Red Ryder BB Gun
(as seen in A Christmas Story)

Ralphie with Rad Ryder BB Gun in A Christmas Story - Airplanes and RocketsA Christmas Story DVD - Airplanes and RocketsA Christmas Story has long been one of my favorite Christmas movies. A Charlie Brown Christmas is my favorite animated movie, and It's a Wonderful Life gets the #1 spot for a film, but this runs a very close second. It first aired around Christmas of 1983, so I was 25 at the time - a bit old for Christmas movies you might say... but you'd be wrong. Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Melanie and I watch those three movies, plus Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Christmas Carol (the original with Alastair Sim).

A Christmas Story was adopted from a story that Jean Shepherd read on his radio show on WOR, in New York, on December 25, 1972. A friend of mine who lived there at the time happened to record the original broadcast on his reel-to-reel tape deck, and a couple years ago he sent me a copy on CD. The movie, of course, expounds on the story, but in this case it adds a lot. Jean Shepard narrates in the background of the movie as Ralphie remembering his childhood.

Here is my version of the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. "An official Red Ryder carbon action 200-shot Range model air rifle with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time." It does not yet have the compass in the stock or that thing which tells time (a sun dial burned into the wood), but some day I will modify it so that it does.

Pat Nelson - Ace of Test Pilots - Airplanes and RocketsDo you remember the scene in A Christmas Story where the kids in Ralphie's classroom all wear fake teeth and the teacher, Mrs. Shields, collects them and tosses them in her desk drawer? That drawer is fill with many formerly confiscated items, including a copy of "Pat Nelson - Ace of Test Pilots." Its copyright is 1937 by the Whitman Publishing Company, in Racine, Wisconsin. I posted some images of my copy.

Red Ryder BB Gun, A Christmas Story - Airplanes and Rockets

I recently acquired a copy of the January 1939 issue of Boys' Life magazine, which is the one Ralphie was reading in bed.

Check out this vintage Mattel BB cap pistol TV ad. Imagine the wussie response today's Special Snowflakes would have to such an ad! They would run for a safe space and expect comforting puppies until they got over it - if ever.

Here are a few links to pages I have regarding my days of yore:

- My Southern Senior High School Yearbook (Harwood, Maryland)

     • Senior Class 'Official' Photos

     • Senior Class Childhood Photos 

- My neighborhood, Holly Hill Harbor

- My model airplanes

- My photos of earlier times

- Parole Plaza in Annapolis, Maryland

- My Red Ryder BB Gun

- Vintage postcards from the World War II Era

- My woodworking projects

 

 

Posted February 11, 2012