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Heads up re: Revell and Revell of Germany

Hobbico, which owns both Revell and Revell of Germany, went bankrupt awhile back. Sales of the companies were held today (3/29/18). the Radio Control stuff and Estes Rockets received successful bids. There were no bids for Revell or Revell of [...]

Eduard 1/48 Finnish Bf-109G-6 “racer”

By late 1942, the Finnish Air Force’s motley collection of Brewster B-239s, Fiat G.50s, Hawker Hurricanes and Curtiss Hawk 75As were no longer able to maintain air superiority over the Northern Front as the Red Air Force replaced their I-152s, I[...]

The 49ers, first USAAF fighter group to deploy to combat in the Pacific

Today’s Air Force has decided to emphasize its history as a means of unit inspiration. This has resulted in units with real “history” as the service decides which unit designations will continue in active service, so that one finds the 1st Figh[...]

Notes on the new Eduard Fw-190s

First off: the kit lives up to the hype. Eduard has now done for the Fw-190 what they did for the Spitfire Merlin-60 series and the Bf-109G. Interesting note: all the parts to do all the versions are there on the sprues. If you get the Fw-190[...]

Battle of Kasserine Pass Group Build: Kurt Bühligen: Tunisian Nemesis

Kurt "Bühlmann" Bühligen: The son of a pipefitter, Bühligen was born 13 December 1917 in Granschütz, in Province of Saxony of the German Empire. He joined the military service of the Luftwaffe in Flieger-Ersatz- Abteilung (Aviator Replacement U[...]

AMP 1/48 Sikorsky HO3S-1 “Horse”

The “Horse”: The H-5 was originally built by Sikorsky as its model S-48, designated as the R-5 by the United States Army Air Forces. It was designed to provide a helicopter having greater useful load, endurance, speed, and service ceiling than[...]

Special Hobby 1/32 P-36A and Hawk 75

The Curtiss P-36 began with the Model 75 project, originally developed in 1934 by Curtiss’ Chief Designer Don Berlin as the Curtiss response to the US Army Air Corps Request For Proposals for an all-metal monoplane pursuit aircraft, with a compe[...]

Fw-190S-8 (conversion) – 1/32 Hasegawa

This is the assembled test shot (and only example) of the drop-fit Fw-190S-8 resin conversion for the Hasegawa 1/32 Fw-190A-8, created by the amazing Dave Thompson (test shot built by me). The former President of the Erie PA Hells Angels, and a [...]

Hasegawa 1/32 Fw-190D-13 (conversion)

Hard to believe that the Hasegawa 1/32 Fw-190D-9 kit has been around since 2004, but it has. From back then, the Fw-190D-13 made with a Jerry Rutman resin conversion. “Yellow 10" Interestingly, the one-and-only Fw-190D-13 to see service was [...]

Mauve 1/48 P-40N-20CU Warhawk

The final development of the P-40 series to see operational service and combat, the P-40N-5 appeared in 1943. Unlike the earlier P-40N-1, it came with the six gun armament. It differed from the earlier sub-type with a different canopy with a cl[...]