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F-5E Photo Lightning

Trumpeter 1/32 P-38L with Jerry Rutman's resin F-5E conversion. Here's the best story I know about a photo-Lightning mission: The Loire River Death Ride of “Chili” Childress: One of the most hair‑raising missions ever flown by the 7th Photo G[...]

P-38 walkaround

Some photos taken 10+ years ago out at Planes of Fame of a P-3L in NMF. My mother always claimed that the first word I said was "airplane!" (opane!) as I pointed up at a P-38 flying over the park we were in. So my love affair with the Fork-Tail[...]

OMG! Airfix announces 1/48 Blenheim IF for 2018!

https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/exclusive-2018-new-tooling-announcement To further ensure scale modelling immortality for this magnificent aircraft, we are excited to bring Workbench readers the exclusive news that a newly tooled ex[...]

RIP John Alcorn

Noted scratchbuilt modeler John Alcorn died this past Sunday of complications of Alzheimers and congestive heart failure. I first met John 45 years ago, when he walked into a meeting of Golden Gate IPMS in Berkeley, California, at the behest of[...]

PBJ Walkaround

This is the last actual PBJ-1J (delivered as such from the North American factory) still in existence, now operated in flying condition by the CAF SOCAL Wing out at Camarillo Airport here in S.Calif. after a 23 year restoration.

Dunkirk – see it!

Go see Dunkirk. A cinematic masterpiece. Truly a work of art. My screenwriting partner and I walked out just blown away by the thought a mind could conceive it and then carry it out. The slicing and dicing of the timeline is pure genius - each t[...]

Hasegawa 1/48 RAAF P-40E-1 Kittyhawk I

The P-40E-1 was produced for service with the RAF under Lend-Lease, where it was known as the Kittyhawk. The aircraft served primarily in the Middle East and Far East, where it was the first fighter equipment for the RAAF. As the Japanese advan[...]

Trumpeter 1/32 P-47N

Originally designed as a high altitude interceptor, in which range would not be a major consideration, the P-47's role changed completely when it was the only American fighter with much chance against the Luftwaffe, and was thus pressed into se[...]

2nd Lt Archie Maltby remembers D-Day

Today is the 73rd anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy. I remember Gladwyn Hill ("Gladhill") AP's "Man with the 8th" who made the first broadcast of the invasion from a bomber overhead telling me "they opened a hatch and I looked out at dawn [...]

John Bridgers’ account of the loss of USS Yorktown

June 4, 1942: in addition to the US fliers sinking three Japanese carriers in the morning, the aircraft of the surviving fourth carrier, Hiryu, hit USS Yorktown; after survivingtwo strikes, the majority of the crew was evacuated. Yorktown surviv[...]