Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Model Railroad and Air and Space Museums

Today we went to Balboa Park to go to the San Diego Model Railway museum.  We have been there before, and really liked it a lot.  Click on the link HERE for my post from our previous visit.  It's fairly extensive, so I'm not going to recreate it all.  It's an amazing collection of models, trains and history.
This is the Burlington Zephyr.  Pretty train.

This is the kind of modeling the museum is full of.  It's all to scale and tells the stories of how the railroads were built in the west.  We also learned that Rod Stewart has been on the cover of Model Railroader twice, and that he has a 1,500 square foot HO layout in his home.  Who knew?

After the railroad museum, it was off to the Air and Space museum.  This was very disappointing.  I would have to say this is the worst Air and Space we have been to ever.  Most of their airplanes are replicas or scale models.  There is inadequate story telling about the planes.  They don't have enough space so the planes are hung very close to each other in a noisy, chaotic environment.  We were also annoyed by the fact that part of the museum was closed to prep for an event tonight, yet we were charged full price admission.  This is not a recommended stop.
This was moderately interesting.  They had a large display on Pacific Southwest Airlines.  They were a low cost carrier in California for about 40 years.  They're gone now.  The uniforms for the cabin crew included stupid hats.

And then there were the infamous hot pants.

This was an interesting plane.  It's a replica of the Horten Flying Wing.  In 1943, Reichsmarschall Göring issued a request for design proposals to produce a bomber that was capable of carrying a 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) load over 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) at 1,000 kilometres per hour (620 mph); the so-called "3×1000 project". Conventional German bombers could reach Allied command centers in Great Britain, but were suffering devastating losses from Allied fighters.  The development of the B2 benefited from studying this technology.

This is a white Bird of Paradise.  These plants are just amazingly large.

Poor woman, she's wearing a giant dress and walking, walking, walking.

It was a good day.  I'm still crippled from that hike on Tuesday, but walking today helped loosen up the muscles.  We were pretty tired when we got home, lot's of walking, standing and sun.

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