Aircraft

Academy 1/72 Messershmitt 163 Comet – Steve Nelson

Academy 1/72 Messershmitt 163 Comet – Steve Nelson

A quick bit of history from Wikipedia, for those not acquainted with this little Luftwaffe hotrod: The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, designed by Alexander Martin Lippisch, was a German rocket-powered fighter aircraft. It is the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft ever to have been operational. Its design was revolutionary, and the Me 163 was capable of […]

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Republic P-43A Lancer – 1/72 – Clare Wentzel

Republic P-43A Lancer – 1/72 – Clare Wentzel

Republic P-43A Lancer Pavla Kit No. 72061 1/72 Scale Background The P-43 Lancer was developed in 1938 by Seversky Aircraft Corp. as a successor to their P-35. The new model was larger overall and featured the Pratt and Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp radial engine with an exhaust driven supercharger. While the airplane possessed good altitude […]

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Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat – 1/48 – Tamiya by Jim Fox

Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat – 1/48 – Tamiya by Jim Fox

Wildcat 77 was flown by James Swett of VMF-221, Marine Air Corp 12, 1st Marine Air Wing out of Guadalcanal. Swett didn’t take long to mark his place in history as an Ace. As a matter of fact, Swett became an Ace in a day on his first mission.  April 7, Yamamoto orders a major […]

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Spad VII – 1/72 – Airfix by Clarence Wentzel

Spad VII – 1/72 – Airfix by Clarence Wentzel

Kit:  Airfix SPAD VII – WW I Fighter Classics Series – 1/72 scale Decals:  “Le Vieux Charles” of Capitaine Georges Guynemer The SPAD VII History: The French industrialist Armand Deperdussin started the famous S.P.A.D. company to initially design and produce a line of streamlined monoplane racers.  When Deperdussin was arrested for a number of questionable […]

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1/48 Tamiya P-51D, Ex-Lax…Shht ‘n’ Git!

1/48 Tamiya P-51D, Ex-Lax…Shht ‘n’ Git!

The 352nd Fighter Group, one of the most decorated units in WWII, was stationed at Bodney, England.  Fighter Squadrons within the 352nd consisted of the 328th, 486th and 487th.  Recognizable by their blue nosed Mustangs, it is said the German Luftwaffe called this Fighter Group the Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney. Among leading aces of […]

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1/48 Roden Junkers D.I

1/48 Roden Junkers D.I

The Junkers all-metal, cantilevered wing from WWI was a technological breakthrough by a professor named Hugo Junkers. During Junker’s lifetime he amassed over 1000 patents in thermodynamics, aircraft structures, internal combustion engines and more. I’ve always looked at WWI kits as something I would like to try, but never did because of their vast amounts […]

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