questionshelp me find a gift for this guy...

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Janes? Not kidding. I'm going to go look up the best nearest place for such a thing.

Ouch. The site is so painful to navigate that I've given up.

http://www.janes.com/

Military stuff forever. I used to have multiple copies of Jane's World's Aircraft, back in the day.

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Jane's are recognition guides to things like airplanes, guns, tanks, etc.

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@secretagentwoman: Oh, baby. You have now been caught by the sneaky Shrdlu habit of editing a post while you're trying to reply to it. I'm famous that way.

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@glindagw: Oh, but they're WAY more than just that. I worked at the old Skunk Works (the real one, in Burbank, back in the day). Love the fast crazy loud ones the best. Afterburners. Composites. Bewm!

Hey, there's a Woot off (but mostly those are boring, any more).

Anyway, on the Jane's site, there's a pull down for Product Homepages. SecretAgentWoman never said a limit (or not) on dollars.

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@shrdlu: All the World's Planes by Janes only $3,320 (wish I was kidding):
http://catalog.janes.com/catalog/public/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.ProductInfoBrief&product_id=96083

Thanks shrdlu didn't know anything like this existed.

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If you'd been dating him longer I would suggest that you arrange for him to fly in a vintage plane.

Are you anywhere near a city that would have the movie "Fighter Pilot" playing in the Imax? http://www.fighterpilotfilm.com/

It is very cool (you really need to see it in Imax)! Giving him a date centered around that would probably go over like Broadway tickets would for other people.

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@shrdlu: I was being concise! You really have to see them to understand.

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@catbertthegreat: Shrdlu lead a very strange life before retiring. Damn, I had no idea they were that expensive. I used to get one every year. I loved them.

Pretty. Also electro-optical one. Loved that too. BEWM Blowing (mod edit: profanity) up is my favorite. I think there's a special section for drones and flybywire stuff in that book, too (the aircraft, not the elec-opt). Predators are a thing of beauty.

Okay, back to the Fresh tab.

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Okay, do you know what models he already has? Does he like retro or modern? Aircraft or ground stuff? Any ship in a bottle kind of stuff?

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@shrdlu: He has about 50 or more models done and like 200 kits, mostly airplanes.

So, a sweater is out of the question, then? lol

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@glindagw: Bummer, we have 2 IMAX theatres close and no dice. :(

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I thought of Janes as well. We have an ancient, but well loved one on our shelves :) Might I suggest visiting the online Naval Aviation Museum? The Museum is located in Pensacola, FL, and if you can ever swing a trip, I heartily recommend visiting. The Cubi Bar is amazing. http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/Museum-Store.aspx It's chockful of all things aviation.

It holds a special place in my heart as I assisted in "winging" my then fiancee (and he pinned me)in 1981 at the museum. Later that year, we were the first couple to actually be married there, and it was also the place were he held his Retirement Ceremony last December. We came full circle you could say.

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@secretagentwoman: That is a bummer. They've played it at the Science Center here. We saw it in DC.

This is a nice book (and probably one that he won't have). http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/fbe0a0a4-a9dc-408f-9de7-b25f989135eb/in-the-cockpit-inside-50-history-making-aircraft-by-dana-bell-smithsonian-free#0

A vintage piece would be cool and unique. Just slide it into a frame for him. You might be able to find something here (depending on how into the vintage stuff he is). http://www.aviation-antiques.com/ He may think that something like the Berlin Airlift Medal, one of the original metal data plates or manuals. Take a look at his models to see if he is into a particular era (sneak a quick picture if you need identification help).

There are a ton of links if you want to sift through them: http://www.warbirdalley.com/links.htm

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@lavikinga: Awesome find. I got it through Amazon, though. I don't like Overstock.com.

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@secretagentwoman: I've never used Overstock, so I couldn't vouch for it. However, Amazon continues to knock my socks off with their superb customer service. Def go w/Amazon.

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Anything for his car is always welcome, what kind of car does he aspire to?? myself, I like anything BMW. I love the cars and anything from light bulbs to floor mats is always welcome as a gift.

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If it's in your budget, Romantic Weekend to Pearl Harbor? No joke! Think about it: Relaxing tropical paradise with golf courses, sun, beaches, and beautiful subtropical inland forests right in Hawaii. PLUS lots of museums and such from WWII for obvious reasons I'd imagine :P

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Is it just World War 2 or is he into any of the wars?

I would do a home made gift certificate for a weekend to DC (or venue closer depending on your locale) with a bed and breakfast so you could tour an air museum - maybe see if an air museum has a vip tour, I know towns like Charlotte, NC have smaller non-profit air museums with some retired WW2 planes that they like to show off I would guess nearly any city of size in the US has something similar.

There is also the whole visiting Kittyhawk thing, and do the history of flight.

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Janes is an awesome idea. Many other good coffee table books out there. Air and Space mueseum in DC is very cool.

A really good model AIRBRUSH. If he is a serious modeler - he will think you are a genious if he doesn't already have one. LHS (Local Hobby Shop) can help you out. Great for camo, etc.

If you want to get him addicted - get him into RC aircraft. Yes, Radio (not remote!) control aircraft. The new electric stuff is very good and he can get flying relatively cheap - $250-$300. I fly mostly scale stuff and its cool - no, I'm not a geek. See your LHS (above) or check out Newbies on RCGroups.com. It's very cool - I promise!

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Get him a chair if he sits a lot and his back is in pain get him a ergonomic chair at http://www.escadesigns.com/Mesh-Chairs-s/2.htm

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@sgllc247: Shoo. Go away. Yes, we see that you've been posting "deals" for your furniture, but doing this in a thread is just rude. RUDE.

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Unexploded ordinance? Perhaps that would be a bit on the dangerous side.

Sorry, I got nothing but this bit o' spam for your husband this Christmas. Enjoy.

EDIT: Actually... shell casings without the exploding bits still inside CAN be purchased online from military surplus outlets...

http://store.colemans.com/cart/40mm-shell-casing-p-134.html?currency=USD

Stuff THAT in his stocking :D