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Modeling by Michael Wayne Knowles

World War in a “Z” (with apologies to Brad Pitt)

by Michael Wayne Knowles on November 2, 2013 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

This is the Hobbycraft Canada 1/48th Dornier Do-17Z, German medium bomber. Because the earlier version had a particularly narrow fuselage, it was sometimes called the Flying Pencil. I think the Z transformed it into the Tadpole! Though the fastest of […]

1/48 F8F Bearcat “Beetlebomb”

by Michael Wayne Knowles on October 29, 2013 in Aviation -- 21 Comments

The early days of the Blue Angels was filled with Hellcats. I don’t know too much about this era, but I can imagine there were a host of Navy pilots looking for something to do at the close of World […]

Third time’s the charm . . . yet another A3D Skywarrior

by Michael Wayne Knowles on October 6, 2013 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

Here again is another Hasegawa Skywarrior, this time in the early attack scheme. This is in the out of box markings for USS Independence in the early 60’s. I am still working on a scratch built bomb bay with the […]

I’m in the mood for love . . . the KA3D Skywarrior by Hasegawa

by Michael Wayne Knowles on October 6, 2013 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

It seems everyone likes the Whale, so I present another of my Skywarrior models, this time the KA3D. Not much to say, except that this is the carrier borne refueling tanker version out of the box by Hasegawa. The diagonal […]

1/72, F-89 Scorpion, Revell

by Michael Wayne Knowles on October 3, 2013 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

I found this model in my stash of old models in my parents attic, and was pleasantly surprised. As a straight from the box production, it has real “class.” Right from the Cold War days of flying shot guns, the […]

1/72 Hasegawa A3D Skywarrior

by Michael Wayne Knowles on October 3, 2013 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

The A3D was the Navy’s answer to the challenge to deliver nuclear weapons by jet bombers from our new Forrestal class Attack Carriers. For many years, it was the largest aircraft to serve aboard our CVAs, and certainly proved itself […]

1/350 I-400 by Tamiya

by Michael Wayne Knowles on September 13, 2013 in Ships -- 5 Comments

The I-400 class of submarines were the largest undersea vessels of World War II. They were designed to give Japan the ability to launch stealth attacks on distant targets and sneak away undetected. Speaking of which, it is even rumored […]

1/700 Columbo Express by Revell Germany

by Michael Wayne Knowles on September 13, 2013 in Ships -- 4 Comments

When launched, the Columbo Express was the largest ship in the world, capable of hauling 1800 containers of cargo at once. She was the largest ship ever launched to be driven by just one propeller. Yet, despite her size, she […]

1/350 Jake by Tamiya

by Michael Wayne Knowles on September 12, 2013 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

This is just for fun — one of the float planes from the IJN Tone, an Aichi Jake. It took about 2 1/2 hours each to build the nine planes I had on the cruiser’s after deck. Now, I’ve acquired […]

1/48 Ki-61 Hein by Hasegawa

by Michael Wayne Knowles on September 12, 2013 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

Here is an older build of Japan’s only in-line engine powered fighter, commonly called Tony. This is in a New Guinea scheme, which began as natural metal, but was quickly over sprayed. I think the Japanese had a strange sense […]