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Military Image References

I came across, which isn’t an easy site to negotiate, but merits further attention. The Headline photo here, for instance, provides fertile ground for a quality diorama.

In addition, has an enormous collection of Great War images, whether land, sea, or air, and is certainly worth a look. Even if Great War modelling isn’t your area of interest, the detail provided is first rate from a historical point of view. I went to the site to check an image reference and an hour later was still browsing through the photographs.

The wing text below is for the benefit of the Germans’ own trigger-happy flyers who might mistake the aircraft for an RE8 or Bristol Fighter: Don’t Shoot! We’re the Good Guys!

And another interesting image…

And this one…

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14 responses to Military Image References

  1. I didn’t know none of the two WW1/2 sites, neither the : good surprise, i gess i’ll spend much time there… Many thanks Rob.

  2. Good to know, thanks for sharing. Currently i am exploring a lot of resource groups on Facebook.

  3. Sites like this makes life so much more fun for the diorama person.
    Thanks Rob for pointing this one out.

  4. Those fellas that applied the wing lettering were very attentive to appearance, weren’t they? One would think those would have been slopped on rather quickly, but nooooo – obviously thought out and planned….and thanks for that translation, Rob (I woulda gone on thinkin’ it was a flyin’ circus or sumthin’). 🙁

  5. Hi Rob. It is a rich source of military photos. I have used the site before. It has amazing photos that each tell a story!! Awesome WW II aircraft photos!!

  6. Rob, always good to have more resources, Thank you

  7. Nice photos. Love the first!
    Couldn’t find a link to the site these photos are from, though.

    For Japanese aircraft there is also Nick Milman’s blog, around for seven years :
    and our blog:
    We’ve been around for more than 10 years.

    • I certainly know of your site and aviationofjapan but as you know there are many sites visited for varying reasons from time to time that don’t always get saved as a reference. However, I certainly can recommend either of these to anyone with an interest in Empire of Japan aircraft.

      It might be useful to have a new Group here dedicated to listing such sites (if something similar doesn’t already exist!), as and when they become known, to provide a good reference archive.

      The Spitfire image was definitely from The plane crashed in the building was from the Facebook linked ‘ww2 aircraft crash sites’. The biplane image I’m fairly sure was from the ‘nz’ ww1 site referenced above.

      More specifically, interested parties might like to fine tune their searches re WW1 to:

      I find with all these sites, it takes time to go through the (sometimes hundreds of) images. At times you may have an exact idea of what it is you’re looking for, and at other times you’re just browsing for ideas.

      As you rightly observe, there are many blogs now dedicated to specific interests that otherwise wouldn’t reach a wider audience.

      It’s useful, as in this thread, to have people chip in with their own preferred sites, to share the experience.

      Cheers for looking!

  8. That actually is a captured Bristol Fighter in the first photo, hence the warning.

    • You may be right; I had it as a DFW C.V. I usually associate the Bristol Fighter with a four-blade prop, which isn’t the case here, but there are two-blade examples, I seem to recall.

      I would say though, that the Bristol had the lower wing plane ‘suspended’ from the lower fuselage by ‘under struts’ and I can’t make out any on this photo; those here seem integral to the fuselage itself.

      To confuse matters further, Wingnut Wings has cover art for their Rumpler C.IV (Late) – two blade prop – depicting the starboard fuselage script, ‘Good people. Don’t shoot.’ It’s not replicated on the wing, but it begs the question, why have the message in English on a German plane, when the message is for other German pilots, to warn them off?

      The conversation here probably reinforces the issue (and difficulty) of aircraft recognition, hence the (Deutsche) warning on the wings in the photo.

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