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Rest Models 1/48 Polikarpov I-5

A nice resin kit no longer in production but worth picking up if you run across it. From March 2005: Following the success of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, and the consolidation of power in the Soviet Union in the early 1920s, the Russian a[...]

Withold Lanowski’s P-47M of the 56th fighter Group

Writing in the "Flight Journal," P-47 special issue, famed Grumman test pilot Corky Meyer - the last actual "airplane guy" to head a major airplane company - named the P-47 Thunderbolt the "best fighter of World War II - ETO." As he pointed out[...]

Year of the Cat: Monogram F9F-5 Panther “the Bluetail Fly”

USS Princeton’s deployment on the line at the beginning of her final Korean deployment in April-May 1953 saw nine pilots shot down, with seven of the nine killed or missing. Among the dead was Lt(jg) Richard “Stretch” Clinite of VF-153, who wa[...]

Mauve 1/48 P-40N-1

The P-40N was the final P-40 sub-type to see operational service. Appearing in 1943, it was an attempt on the part of Curtiss to lighten the airframe and improve performance. The P-40N-1 was outwardly indistinguishable from the preceding P-40M,[...]

1/48 Kinetic Harrier Trainer

The Harrier, informally referred to as the Harrier Jump Jet, is a family of jet-powered attack aircraft capable of vertical/short takeoff and landing operations (V/STOL). Originally developed by UK manufacturer Hawker Siddeley in the 1960s, the [...]

Aki Models 1/72 Blackburn Firebrand TF 5

Another from 2007: The Blackburn Firebrand was the largest single-seat piston-engine aircraft ever 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 sp[...]

Akli Model 1/72 Sea Fury FB 11

From 2007: Had the Hawker Sea Fury arrived on the scene one year earlier than it did, its place in history would be assured by the outstanding combat record it would undoubtedly have achieved with the British Pacific Fleet in the final struggle[...]

Airfirx 1/48 Checkertail Clan P-51D

The 325th Fighter Group arrived in North Africa when they flew their P-40Fs off USS Ranger in late November 1942. The group participated in the fighting in Tunisia, then took part in the invasion of Sicily and moved to Italy following the invasi[...]

James O. Howard’s “Ding Hao!” – Tamiya P-51B

The Tamiya kit, OOB, with Aeromaster decals. James O. Howard and “Ding Hao!”: Born in China, the son of Methodist missionaries, James O. Howard joined the U.S. Navy in 1938. After graduating from flight school at Pensacola, Ensign Howard was [...]

A Monogram P-51D

Proof you don't have to have the latest kit to get a nice model, if you're willing to put in the work. About 15 years ago, a friend gave me a bunch of old kits that he figured were good for spare parts. Among them was this kit, which I recogniz[...]