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Eduard 1/48 Tempest V Srs ii – Donald “Foob” Fairbanks, top-scoring Tempest pilot

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[...]

RIP: LCOL Richard Cole – last Doolittle Raider

The last Doolittle Raider, LCOL Richard Cole, who flew the mission as Doolittle's co-pilot, died yesterday at 103.

Kittyhawk 1/48 McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee (corrected)

The first jet aircraft to be used successfully operationally from a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier was the McDonnell FH-1 Phantom. The aircraft was not really combat ready and was transferred to the naval reserves by 1949, disappearing from service [...]

Sad news: RIP Burl Burlingame

I'm sure many here have met Burl Burlingame over the years. A talented modeler, superb writer and journalist, overall witty presence. Burl contracted both strains of the flu over the past two weeks and died last night in his sleep. I had just [...]

Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire I

No one needs an introduction to the legendary Spitfire. The first prototype flew March 6, 1936. Upon landing, Vickers Chief Test Pilot “Mutt” Summers famously declared, “Don’t change a thing!” At that point, 310 Spitfire I fighters were already [...]

In case you had the slightest doubt that modelers are crazy (:-) )

From the Daily Mail. 70 years to make all 484 warships that have served in the Royal Navy since 1945. Made with matchsticks!

ProModeler (Monogram) 1/48 F-84G Thunderjet

The second Air Force jet fighter ordered into development, the F-84 was designed by Alexander Kartveli, who had created the P-47 Thunderbolt. After attempting a turbojet-powered replacement for the P-47, Kartveli and his team designed a new airc[...]

Eduard 1/48 Fw-190A-2

From the outset of its development, the Fw-190 presented difficulties due to the designer’s decision to create the tightest cowling possible for the radial engine powerplant, in order to streamline the aircraft as much as possible. The hottest p[...]

Airfix 1/48 Hawker Hunter F. Mk. 6

OK, it arrived a week ago today, and as soon as I opened the box, I saw that once again I could resist everything but temptation. It really was a "weekender," completed Monday afternoon. HISTORY: Hawker Aircraft came late to jet aircraft, and[...]

In case anyone is curious… (Airfix 1:48 Hunter F Mk. 6)

The mail man just left a big box on the front porch, which contained among other items the new Airfix 1.48 Hunter F. Mk. 6. There's lots of pix of what's in the box to be found on the net, so I'm not doing that here. It's totally New Airfix. T[...]