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1/35 Panther G by Tamiya

by Michael Wayne Knowles on August 30, 2013 in Armor -- 3 Comments

Designed as a response to the Russian T-34, the Panther was considered by many to be the finest tank of WWII. Although it experienced significant teething problems in its earlier renditions, it was fine tuned into a dependable well armored [...]

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1/48 scale Ju-87 Stuka by Hasegawa

by Michael Wayne Knowles on August 30, 2013 in Aviation -- 2 Comments

The Ju-87 will forever be linked with the Blitzkrieg campaigns of WWII. It supported the armored spearheads of the Wehrmacht with deadly accuracy — becoming known as Flying Artillery. The whistles on the landing gear pants lent a terrifying howl [...]

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USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73), Hasegawa 1/350

by Tom Cleaver on August 30, 2013 in Ships -- 7 Comments

In 1944, a journalist traveling aboard the USS White Plains wrote, “A jeep carrier bears the same relation to a normal naval vessel that is borne to a district of fine homes by a respectable, but struggling, working class suburb. [...]

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Are you a Blochhead? Bloch 152, France 1940….

by Bill Koppos on August 30, 2013 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

Azur’s rather nice kit of the ill-fated Bloch 152, a machine rushed into service to fast with too many flaws. Always one to build weirder 1/32 kits, I picked this one up at the ’05 Nats, and built it around [...]

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Kitbashing a 1/48 Spitfire XIVc

by Tom Cleaver on August 30, 2013 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

In 1/48, there is no really good injection-molded kit of the Spitfire XIV. The Academy kit is too deep in side profile, as well as way too “fat” in plan view between the trailing edge of the wing and the [...]

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1/72 Revell F-111 (prototype)

by Joe Caputo on August 30, 2013 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

While the others were old, this one is ancient. Some of you will remember Revell’s “frameable box art” series. This was one of those. Accurate or not , how often do you get to do a Navy “Vaark”, especially one [...]

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1/48 He-280

by Michael Wayne Knowles on August 30, 2013 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

The Heinkel He-280 was the world’s first twin engine jet fighter. She flew in early 1941 and proved she was a real thoroughbred, but was shelved due to military jealousy. You see, Willie Messerschmidt was in tight with Goering, and [...]

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1/350 HMS Warspite by Academy

by Michael Wayne Knowles on August 30, 2013 in Ships -- 4 Comments

HMS Warspite was the most decorated ship in the history of the Royal navy. Fighting all the way from Jutland in WWI throughout WWII, she was in more violent engagements than any other battleship of the modern era. Launched as [...]

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1/35 SU-85 by Italeri

by Michael Wayne Knowles on August 29, 2013 in Armor -- 3 Comments

The Russians quickly realized the advantage of assault guns as anti-tank weapons. After all, their tanks were being eaten up by the German Stug series. Thus the excellent T-34 had its turret removed and a new upper hull citadel designed [...]

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1/48 Fairey Firefly MK I by Grand Phoenix

by Michael Wayne Knowles on August 29, 2013 in Aviation -- 10 Comments

The Firefly was a replacement for the Fairey Fulmer shipboard two-seat fighter. The British felt that over water flights were too exhausting, so they added a navigator / observer to share the load with the pilot. This may have provided [...]