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Music to model by: Glenn Miller and the Army Air Forces Band

Music to get you "In The Mood."

Hasegawa 1/32 Bf-109K-4

Another big Hasegawa Bf-109 model from January 2004, according to the site map at Modeling Madness, the 109K-4. The markings are inspired by a color photo in one of Jeff Ethell's "WW2 in Color" books of a shot-down late-war 109, with wings and f[...]

Erich Hartmann’s last 109

By the Spring of 1944, the Bf-109G-6, which had been the primary production version of Messerschmitt’s fighter since the previous fall, was falling behind in the relentless race for performance. Beginning in the late spring, many airframes were[...]

Dragon 1/48 Fw-190A-7

Heinz Bär - Experte: As an air‑minded working-class teenager, Heinz Bär took up the sport of gliding and soon became a qualified powered aircraft pilot at age of 17. With hopes of eventually flying for Deutsche Lufthansa, he joined the Luftw[...]

Hasegawa 1/48 Fw-190A-3

In the fall of 1941, just as the RAF was beginning to get a handle on dealing with the Messerschmitt Bf-109F in its “Non-Stop Offensive” (called by the Germans with good reason “The Nonsense Offensive”), a new player arrived on the scene: a low[...]

John Glenn – almost a MiG ace

My entry in the Nose Art group project. John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, had several incidents occur in his life that could be seen as "indicators" of his later achievement. As a Marine pilot in the Central Pacific, he had occ[...]

74 years ago this week…

Around 2200 hours on the night of May 13, Captain Thomas and three friends interrupted their bridge game when they heard explosions to the north. They quickly realized it was a “show,” an air raid, though none realized what they were hearing was[...]

There’s nobody here has a “problem” with their collection!

100 years ago today – April 21, 1918

There is likely no fighter airplane better known in the world than that flown by “The Bloody Red Baron of Germany,” as the song “Snoopy and the Red Baron” has it. People who know nothing about airplanes know the all-red Fokker Triplane flown by[...]

Airfix 1/48 Sea Fury

Since there is some kind of "glitch" at Modeling Madness (under repair I am told) I am posting this earlier than usual. The Airplane: Had the Hawker Sea Fury arrived on the scene one year earlier than it did, its place in history would be assu[...]