Minis Magnified Issue no. 34 Airplane Cafe

Airplane CafeIt’s a simple fact that people love heroes. In every culture, in any society, we just love a tale of victory. The Mini Time Machine Museum’s newest temporary exhibit, Small Scale Skirmishes (January 22 – April 7, 2013) has been a tremendous success for this very reason, bringing our visitors into a realm of miniature-making that can be as educational as it is recreational; parading the historical artistry of toy soldiers alongside the gritty realism of replica war models. This exhibit stands out from our permanent collection in vivid contrast, underlining humankind’s ever-present struggle with heroism and defeat. The fight for triumph over one’s foes has been a dominating cultural force ever since the first man threw a rock, generating objects in its wake as iconic as the game of chess and as deadly as the armored tank. In the 1920’s, America’s fascination with war and heroism ushered in something new: the adoration of fighter pilots. While the horror of WWI was slowly receding, famous pilots were being glorified and commercialized through pulp magazines like Flying Aces, and romantic thrillers of the silver screen such as the classic film Wings (1927), starring Charles “Buddy” Rogers. Flight itself was brand new, and for the modern American living in the uninhibited texture of the 1920s, pilots represented a sense of liberation and daring. Click here to continue reading a pdf of this article >>

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