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Revell (Monogram) 1/48 F-84E Thunderjet

The war the fighter-bombers engaged in during the Korean War was a bloody one, a war unrelieved by opportunities for the kind of public acclaim the Sabre pilots received. Writing in “Officers in Flight Suits, The Story of American Air Force Figh[...]

David Hannant 1930-2018

David Hanant, Scale Modeling's greatest friend, passed yesterday, August 31, after a short illness. David was my good friend for the past 20 years, since we met at the IPMS-USA Convention in San Jose in 1998. He was a strong supporter of my wo[...]

Revell 1/32 Bell X-1

I think the first time I paid attention to "Developments in Aviation" was when I saw the October 1949 edition of the National Geographic show up at our house (it helped that my two teacher grandmothers had taught me to read at age 4). I was amaz[...]

I love this

Reading Neil Simon's obituary today, I ran across this: "He found escape through the movies, reading, and building plastic models." We're everywhere!

JG1 “Checkernose”

The Fw-190A-6 was the last version of the “mid-range” Fw-190A series. As with the A-2, A-3, A-4 and A-5 sub-types, it had two 7.62mm machine guns mounted in the fuselage, for primary use as “sighting weapons.” Unlike the earlier versions, it dro[...]

1/48 Dora Wings Dewoitine D.501

The Dewoitine D.500 series holds a special place in aviation history as the first all-metal, stressed-skin, fully cantilever construction, low wing monoplane, single seat fighter to operate in significant numbers with a major air force. Yes, the[...]

Dora Wings (formerly AMG) Bf-109A

Messerschmitt began work in 1933 on a four passenger light “sporting aircraft” of cantilever low wing monoplane design, with retractable landing gear. The BFW M.37 was completed in the spring of 1934. Later redesignated Bf 108 Taifun ("Typhoon"[...]

Tamiya 1/48 Avro “Type 464 (Provisioning)” – 100th Anniversary of the RAF Group Build

Little needs to be said about the Lancaster, one of the truly legendary “greats” of the Second World War. A product of brilliant improvisation when the twin-engine Manchester proved underpowered and unreliable, Avro took the airframe and provid[...]

Eduard 1/48 Fw-190A-6 – Erich Rudorffer

The Eduard Fw-190A-5 kit modified to Fw-190A-6. The Fw-190A series was so right in design that - once the problem of providing adequate cooling for the BMW 801 radial engine was solved - the airframe went through little modification other than[...]

Hasegawa 1/32 Fw-190D-13 conversion

Of all my Fw-190 models, this is my favorite. The time I got "Yellow 10" right. The Hasegawa Fw-190D-9 is turned into the D-13 with Jerry Rutman's resin conversion set. This was built back in 2004. The “Dora” series of Kurt Tank’s Fw‑190 fight[...]