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76 years ago today – the Doolittle raid

Newsreel reveals raiders took off from USS Hornet (CV-8)

Revell-Germany 1/48 Me-410B-2

The Messeschmitt Me-410 was essentially a redesigned Me-210, with a lengthened fuselage and DB603 engines rather than the DB605 of the earlier design. This redesign solved the problems of the Me-210, which were so difficult that it was deemed p[...]

Dora Models 1/48 P-63C King Cobra

When it was decided that the P-39 would lose the turbocharger it was originally equipped with, high-altitude performance suffered,and Bell Aircraft proposed an experimental series to solve the problem. The result was the XP-39E, which featured [...]

(Previous build) Kasserine Pass GB. Eduard Bf-109E-7

JG 27 In The North African Campaign: JG 27 was formed on October 1, 1939. The insignia of I/JG 27, the lion over the map of Africa, memorialized the birth of the Gruppenkommandeur, Hauptmann Helmut Riegel, in German Southwest Africa. After[...]

Kasserine Pass Group Build: Ltn Heinz-Edgar Berres, JG 77

JG 77 in North Africa: From the entry of the Afrika Korps into combat in North Africa in May 1941 until August 1942, the only assigned fighter unit was JG 27. III/JG 53 moved to North Africa to reinforce the Afrika Geschwader at the end of July[...]

Fonderies Minatures SNCASO Vautour IIN

I look at these pictures and am completely amazed I managed to arrive at the point with this godawful kit that I had a model I would share with anyone else. When one considers that in 1945, the French aircraft industry - like the rest of France[...]

New Eduard 1/48 Fw-190s

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 minor airframe changes associated with changes in[...]

Heads up re: Revell and Revell of Germany

Hobbico, which owns both Revell and Revell of Germany, went bankrupt awhile back. Sales of the companies were held today (3/29/18). the Radio Control stuff and Estes Rockets received successful bids. There were no bids for Revell or Revell of [...]

Eduard 1/48 Finnish Bf-109G-6 “racer”

By late 1942, the Finnish Air Force’s motley collection of Brewster B-239s, Fiat G.50s, Hawker Hurricanes and Curtiss Hawk 75As were no longer able to maintain air superiority over the Northern Front as the Red Air Force replaced their I-152s, I[...]

The 49ers, first USAAF fighter group to deploy to combat in the Pacific

Today’s Air Force has decided to emphasize its history as a means of unit inspiration. This has resulted in units with real “history” as the service decides which unit designations will continue in active service, so that one finds the 1st Figh[...]