Aviation History

I’ve enlisted in The 2017 “What if?” group build at The Airfix Tribute Forum— mostly in a desperate attempt to build some enthusiasm for model building. We’ll see if this actually motivates me to build a model. Airfix’s old Douglas Invader is a remarkable kit from Airfix’s “Golden Age” (the 1970’s). I’m going to try …

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Really, really having a hard time right now not going political. Full political. I know I occasionally make some remarks about Germans or something, but most of the time I actually do try to avoid being political. No, really. But I came across a paper (don’t ask me how) written by a chap with the …

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How many of you guys have had the unfortunate experience of being cornered at a plastic kit “social event” (IPMS or something) and being told how great the Luftwaffe was/is? Let’s see some hands. Okay. Lots of people. We all know that “certain” kit builders do LOVE them some Germans. They just really like them–so …

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The image below shows the fuselage from the Meng F-102 next to the fuselage from the Academy B-24. The F-102 was a large aircraft. So were the other “Century Series” fighter planes that were so darn huge and ended up being very large targets over North Vietnam. What happened? Why did U.S. “fighter” aircraft become …

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Airfix just released a new 1/72 Me-262 and it has exactly the same paint job on it that I went to some trouble and expense to get for my “one of a kind” model. Experten Decals released this booklet with a sheet of decals intended to portray an aircraft KG 54 very late in the …

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From time, I read a forum thread where various opinions are shared about how Germany could have “won” World War II if they’d only built a jet fighter or an atom bomb or if they had invaded England in 1940. It’s nonsense. Here are some myths about World War II that are often repeated on …

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