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As we all know, the F-102A Delta Dagger came in two “versions”– a fact which is now just an incredibly annoying micro-detail to everyone but a typical plastic model kit fan, who will probably want to build a model ensuring that the version of the model being depicted is correct for the markings chosen. The
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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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I recently sold a (then) hard-to-get set of decals for Duke Cunningham’s “Showtime 100” a famous warplane piloted by one of only two American pilot/aces from the Vietnam War. I had acquired an old Monogram F-4J and I intended to build it as Showtime 100 and put it beside a model of “Colonel Tomb’s” MiG-17.
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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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Since I started this blog I’ve had more and more difficulty doing my hobby in a “relaxed” manner. I always feel like what I’m doing is “on stage” and I should be doing it, if not properly, at least “professionally.” Oh my. I have fallen rather short. My efforts to do this thing “properly” aren’t
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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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In 1963, when Revell produced their 1/72 model of the Avro Lancaster, the box cost more to make than the plastic parts. It should have. It looked better. This Jack Leynnwood masterpiece has stood the test of time far better than than the plastic parts. In fact, Leynnwood’s work has been loved in the most
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A brief entry today about the mysterious “71/02” camouflage that is all the rage and shows up time and time again as the way to paint a “Battle of Britain” Me-109E. I think it’s malarkey. Here is a drawing of the “splinter” pattern for a “pre war” Me-109E. Notice that the pattern is the same
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I watch TV shows and movies with military people in them just like everyone else. The problem is that the actors on these shows often have no military experience and this can lead to saying the lines incorrectly, i.e., “wrong reading.” It clangs in my ears just like it does in the ears of any
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