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Mauve 1/48 P-40N-1

The P-40N was the final P-40 sub-type to see operational service. Appearing in 1943, it was an attempt on the part of Curtiss to lighten the airframe and improve performance. The P-40N-1 was outwardly indistinguishable from the preceding P-40M,[...]

1/48 Kinetic Harrier Trainer

The Harrier, informally referred to as the Harrier Jump Jet, is a family of jet-powered attack aircraft capable of vertical/short takeoff and landing operations (V/STOL). Originally developed by UK manufacturer Hawker Siddeley in the 1960s, the [...]

Aki Models 1/72 Blackburn Firebrand TF 5

Another from 2007: The Blackburn Firebrand was the largest single-seat piston-engine aircraft ever operated from British aircraft carriers. The aircraft was designed in response to the requirements of Specification N.I 1/40 as the B-37. The sp[...]

Akli Model 1/72 Sea Fury FB 11

From 2007: Had the Hawker Sea Fury arrived on the scene one year earlier than it did, its place in history would be assured by the outstanding combat record it would undoubtedly have achieved with the British Pacific Fleet in the final struggle[...]

Airfirx 1/48 Checkertail Clan P-51D

The 325th Fighter Group arrived in North Africa when they flew their P-40Fs off USS Ranger in late November 1942. The group participated in the fighting in Tunisia, then took part in the invasion of Sicily and moved to Italy following the invasi[...]

James O. Howard’s “Ding Hao!” – Tamiya P-51B

The Tamiya kit, OOB, with Aeromaster decals. James O. Howard and “Ding Hao!”: Born in China, the son of Methodist missionaries, James O. Howard joined the U.S. Navy in 1938. After graduating from flight school at Pensacola, Ensign Howard was [...]

A Monogram P-51D

Proof you don't have to have the latest kit to get a nice model, if you're willing to put in the work. About 15 years ago, a friend gave me a bunch of old kits that he figured were good for spare parts. Among them was this kit, which I recogniz[...]

History gets saved at the last minute

Was up at the LHS this afternoon reading "airplane porn mags" and found out that last year the second-oldest C-119 "flying boxcar" was up for sale as aluminum scrap, when the AF Museum discovered it was the second-oldest C-119 left in existence,[...]

2017

Probably the fewest completions in a long time, but then there were the major completions of "Pacific Thunder" and the upcoming "Tidal Wave," as well as another project not to be spoken of yet, so I had good excuses. 1/72 Airfix P-51D, 352nd FG [...]

Tamiya P-51B – Don Gentile’s “Shangri-La”

Don Gentile - The Most Controversial Ace When I sat down 30 years ago to write “the definitive fighter pilot screenplay” and chose as my subject the 4th Fighter Group in the Spring of 1944 during “The Great Ace Race,” with Don Gentile and Johnn[...]