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Notes on the new Eduard Fw-190s

First off: the kit lives up to the hype. Eduard has now done for the Fw-190 what they did for the Spitfire Merlin-60 series and the Bf-109G. Interesting note: all the parts to do all the versions are there on the sprues. If you get the Fw-19[...]

Battle of Kasserine Pass Group Build: Kurt Bühligen: Tunisian Nemesis

Kurt "Bühlmann" Bühligen: The son of a pipefitter, Bühligen was born 13 December 1917 in Granschütz, in Province of Saxony of the German Empire. He joined the military service of the Luftwaffe in Flieger-Ersatz- Abteilung (Aviator Replacement U[...]

AMP 1/48 Sikorsky HO3S-1 “Horse”

The “Horse”: The H-5 was originally built by Sikorsky as its model S-48, designated as the R-5 by the United States Army Air Forces. It was designed to provide a helicopter having greater useful load, endurance, speed, and service ceiling than[...]

Special Hobby 1/32 P-36A and Hawk 75

The Curtiss P-36 began with the Model 75 project, originally developed in 1934 by Curtiss’ Chief Designer Don Berlin as the Curtiss response to the US Army Air Corps Request For Proposals for an all-metal monoplane pursuit aircraft, with a compe[...]

Fw-190S-8 (conversion) – 1/32 Hasegawa

This is the assembled test shot (and only example) of the drop-fit Fw-190S-8 resin conversion for the Hasegawa 1/32 Fw-190A-8, created by the amazing Dave Thompson (test shot built by me). The former President of the Erie PA Hells Angels, and a [...]

Hasegawa 1/32 Fw-190D-13 (conversion)

Hard to believe that the Hasegawa 1/32 Fw-190D-9 kit has been around since 2004, but it has. From back then, the Fw-190D-13 made with a Jerry Rutman resin conversion. “Yellow 10" Interestingly, the one-and-only Fw-190D-13 to see service was [...]

Mauve 1/48 P-40N-20CU Warhawk

The final development of the P-40 series to see operational service and combat, the P-40N-5 appeared in 1943. Unlike the earlier P-40N-1, it came with the six gun armament. It differed from the earlier sub-type with a different canopy with a cl[...]

Rest Models 1/48 Polikarpov I-5

A nice resin kit no longer in production but worth picking up if you run across it. From March 2005: Following the success of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, and the consolidation of power in the Soviet Union in the early 1920s, the Russian a[...]

Withold Lanowski’s P-47M of the 56th fighter Group

Writing in the "Flight Journal," P-47 special issue, famed Grumman test pilot Corky Meyer - the last actual "airplane guy" to head a major airplane company - named the P-47 Thunderbolt the "best fighter of World War II - ETO." As he pointed out[...]

Year of the Cat: Monogram F9F-5 Panther “the Bluetail Fly”

USS Princeton’s deployment on the line at the beginning of her final Korean deployment in April-May 1953 saw nine pilots shot down, with seven of the nine killed or missing. Among the dead was Lt(jg) Richard “Stretch” Clinite of VF-153, who wa[...]