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75 years ago today

75 years ago today, RCAF Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee landed from his first flight in a Spitfire. He went to his barracks and wrote “High Flight,” the greatest poem of flight ever written. When I was in 8th grade, […]

Fly 1/32 Hawker Hurricane IIc

No particular story to go with this one. Xtradecals 1/32 Hurricane Part 1 sheet used to do an airplane of 213 “Hornet” Squadron in the Western Desert, spring 1942, mostly chosen because I liked the hornet insignia on the fuselage […]

Aki Products 1/72 Blackburn Firebrand TF 5

The Blackburn Firebrand was the largest single-seat piston-engine aircraft operated from British aircraft carriers. The aircraft was designed in response to the requirements of Specification N.I 1/40 as the B-37. The specification called for a heavily-armed single-seat fleet defense fighter. […]

Aki Models 1/72 Sea Fury F.B.11

I built this back in 2007. This 1/72 kit by Aki can stand close comparison with the magnificent 1/32 Fisher Sea Fury in terms of detail and production quality, which is remarkable when one considers this is done in the […]

Tamiya 1/48 P-51D

I recently picked up the limited-release “P-51D 8th AF Aces” kit from an estate sale at the LHS. I hadn’t picked this up when first released because I wasn’t sure I wanted to do anything with the kit decals. As […]

Monogram 1/48 P-40B

Modeling Madness re-published this article from 13 years ago, and I thought you might like to see it with all the photos I took that were not used there. THE FLYING TIGERS In the sixty years since the Second World […]

It’s officially a #1 Amazon Best Seller!

Just released this past week and already a #1 Amazon Best Seller. It’s going to be the basis for next year’s National Memorial Day Concert on PBS, they’re going to do the story of LCOL Don Carlos Faith. The book […]

Tamiya 1/48 F4D-1 Skyray

It’s hard to believe this kit has now been out for 18 years. The Douglas F4D-1 Skyray was the first Navy fighter capable of that could exceed Mach 1 in level flight. It was the first carrier-based fighter to hold […]

Grand Phoenix 1/48 F3H-2N Demon

A model I built and reviewed some 12 years ago. On May 21, 1948, the United States Navy issued a “Request for Proposal” to build a carrier-based jet day fighter. The Navy wanted an aircraft of equal or superior performance […]

ICM 1/48 Ju-88A-5

Perhaps the most well-used aircraft in the Luftwaffe of the Second World War was the Junkers Ju-88 series. Originally designed as a Schnellbomber relying for defense on the ability to outrun enemy fighters, it was eventually used as a long […]