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Last builds of completed models of 2015: Airfix 1/72 Blenheim Mk. IF and Mk. IV

Last builds of the year, the beautiful little Airfix Blenheims. Since between the two kits together there are parts to mix-and-match to create different versions than OOB, I used the gun tray from the Mk.IV kit to turn the other […]

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Encore Kits, Oswald Boelke’s Alabatros D.II (Roden 1/32

The Albatros series of fighters were the most advanced fighters in the world at the time the D.I and D.II were introduced in 1916, setting the parameters for the next 20 years: two 30 caliber machine guns, a high speed, […]

Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Swift FR 5

In the years immediately following the Second World War, the pace of aircraft development slowed in Britain. In part, this was due to the fact that no immediate enemy was perceived, which is a natural reason for governments to slow […]

Hasegawa 1/48 F-86A Sabre

I did this Sabre back in 2003 and recently re-photographed it. It is possible that the world’s first supersonic aircraft was not the Bell X-1 research aircraft, but rather the North American XF-86A. The first prototype, 45-59597, had been completed […]

Fly 1/32 Arado Ar-234B-2

Of all the German jets, the Arado Ar 234 had the easiest transition and least change from prototype to operational aircraft. Once the decision was made to equip the airframe with a standard tricycle undercarriage, which required the widening of […]

Special Hobby 1/48 F-86K Sabre

The North American F 86D Sabre was a development of the basic F-86 Sabre that had so little commonality with previous sub-types that it was originally ordered as the YF-95. The designation was changed to F-86D in 1950, following the […]

R.I.P. Edgar “Mr. Spitfire” Brooks

Edgar Brooks died of cancer yesterday. He was only diagnosed with it recently, when it was terminal. He went immediately into hospital,. and was gone within days. There’s an argument to be made that was a blessing, but I’ll argue […]

Tamiya Swordfish II

George’s very nice Swordfish on floats got me thinking about the Swordfish II I did a couple years back. Most of the Swordfish produced during the Second World War were constructed by Blackburn Aviation, including all Swordfish Mks. II and […]

1/48 Roden Fokker D.VIIf, Ltn zur See Gotthard Sachsenberg

In the fall of 1916, in answer to air raids conducted over the Flanders front by the Royal Naval Air Service, the German Navy combined two Kampfeinsizter Kommandos into Marine-Flieger Abteilung II, based at Neumuenster. The unit was renamed the […]