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Paul Allen’s research vessel “Petrel” has found USS Hornet (CV-8)

17,500 feet down, with 140 of her crew still aboard. Lost at the Battle of Santa Cruz, the last US fleet carrier lost in combat. Also here is the first report:

Trumpeter 1/48 MiG-15bis

In the change from piston to jet, the USSR was about three years behind the US and UK when the war ended in 1945. The fact that, five years later, there was a Soviet fighter high over the Yalu that was competitive with the West’s best fighter, [...]

Eduard 1/48 Bf-109G-6

Big Week - Death Knell of the Luftwaffe: The Luftwaffe decisively defeated the U.S. Eighth Air Force daylight bombing offensive during the second Schweinfurt mission of October 14. 1943. Of the 291 bombers sent on the mission, 60 were lost out[...]

Eduard 1/48 Hawker Tempext V, Srs 1 – a detailed construction review

When Sydney Camm first designed what became the Typhoon in the late 1930s, not that much was known about high speed flight and heavy weaponry, with the result that the Typhoon’s wing turned out to be too thick. The result was that Camm began wor[...]

Eduard 1/48 Fw-190A-8/R2

While the Luftwaffe was fairly successful in attacking Eighth Air Force bomber formations in the “Twelve O-Clock High” head on tactic, the closing rate was so high that pilots did not have an adequate time to take aim on a specific target before[...]

Just realized I love the random trips to the past at the bottom of articles

I gotta say, I love the new feature that throws up random articles you can check out, down at the bottom of new articles. I was surprised the past few weeks, getting nice comments on articles submitted back in the early days here (and the not-s[...]

This ain’t “kid stuff,” kiddo! :-)

Then came the moment that recovering addicts pray never happens: He began lurking the aisles of hobby stores, searching for ever more obscure historical models, then buying them and building them at the desk where he once graded papers. He also [...]

Detail notes for builders of the new Tamiya Spitfire

This is from Jennings Heilig, who has been doing a lot of research forthe new Fundekals decal sheet for the Spitfire I coming soon: There's probably a flurry of Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Is being built this week. Having just done a BUNCH of resea[...]

Last kit of 2018, first review of 2019

Completed at 2130 hours, Pacific Standard Time, December 31, 2018: The Airfix 1/48 Blenheim IF. Great kit (full review at Modeling Madness on Thursday). Easy project if you commit the revolutionary act of following the instructions. For RAF1[...]

ProModeler (Dragon) Fw-190G-3 modified to Fw-190G-8

Designer Kurt Tank expressed his design philosophy in creating the Fw-190 thus: “The Messerschmitt 109 [sic] and the British Spitfire, the two fastest fighters in world at the time we began work on the Fw 190, could both be summed up as a very[...]