Bob Chatt is ready for his close-up — a close-up that comes with a bang.
The Huntington Beach-based military antiques collector I spoke with early last year for this column has just finished wrapping up the first four episodes of "Combat Cash," a new reality TV series premiering next Wednesday night, Jan. 11, on the Discovery Channel (time to be determined, but it will be either 9 or 10 p.m. Check listings). In the same spirit as "Pawn Stars" and "American Pickers," "Combat Cash" will take the audience inside the world of military antique collecting, protecting and, in some cases, detonating.
When I last visited Vintage Productions, the warehouse-like structure near Gothard Street and Edinger Avenue where Chatt houses tons of rare military artifacts (from the Spanish-American War, both world wars, Vietnam and the Civil War, among others), the show was a twinkle in his eye. And now, after traveling the country with the production crew and shooting even more in his warehouse, the show is ready.