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  1. I found this just now, and it was a very interesting site from both a modeling and historical perspective. It notes all of the components of the B-29 that were supplied by various auto manufacturers. There are some very nice period photos and a list of the serials of all the Martin-built B-29's, including two of the more famous Silverplate aircraft. The Martin-built Superforts were said to be the highest quality, and when Col. Paul Tibbets toured the plant to see how production of the Silverplate Superforts was going, he personally selected the one that he was going to fly. I thought this might be of interest. Mike https://usautoindustryworldwartwo.com/b-29-usautoindustry.htm
  2. I am truly biased where this Sabre is concerned, and I think this variant was the ultimate Sabre performer, and even though I love my 8th FBG Korean War F-86F's, I think this is the most beautiful of them all! A shame she is grounded due to bang seat issues, but I am hoping she can be returned to the airshow circuit. I never had the pleasure to have seen and heard her fly, as many of you have, but I bet it was an experrience! Needless to say, we are LONG overdue for a state of the art Avon Sabre in my scale or 1/48! Mike (Texan by birth, Aussie by inclination!) https://aviationmuseum.com.au/raaf-ca-27-sabre/
  3. Stumbled over this article and photo collection while looking for Sea Otter articles...go figure! Interesting read and neat photos of some Vengeance dive bombers that survived for a short time after the war. Heads up, @Rabbit Leader, I think you will like these, if memory serves! Mike http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/kalgoorlie-vengeances/kalgoorlievengeances.html
  4. I wish we had a Colors and Markings forum, but I guessed this might be the best or most appropriate forum for this post. See the link below for everything you wanted to know about roundels but were afraid to ask. I'm sure there are omissions and errors, but it looks like a pretty good basic reference. Most of the information/photos are from WW2, but there are other eras covered. Many of the color photos appear to have been colorized, and some have been published before, but many were new to me, and I hope to you, as well. Enjoy! Mike http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/382/Roundel-Round-Up.aspx
  5. I thought some of you might be interested in this website; you can learn about the Heritage Flight, pilots on the team, and the aircraft. They have been a very popular and stirring sight at airshows; almost brings tears to the eyes when you see and hear famous fighters from the various eras together in tight formation and breaks. I think my favorite formation has been the air superiority fighters of their respective decades: the P-51D, F-86F, F-4, F-15, and F-22. Due to budget issues, they are not as numerous as they used to be, but always magnificently flown by the members of the Flight. I have also re-posted a video of longtime flight member Chuck Hall's last Heritage Flight display; I've had the pleasure to have seen him fly on two different occasions; he's a consummate and very precise pilot. Hope you like these! Mike https://www.airforceheritageflight.org/planes https://vimeo.com/98664563
  6. I just stumbled upon this engine that I never knew existed, while looking for XB-42 details, and it was a very interesting article, so I am posting a link to it below for any of you that might also find it of interest. A little too late in its development, I guess, but would certainly have been a very effective powerplant for a twin or four-engined aircraft, like say a PM-1 Mercator, PBM-5, C-82 B-29, or C-97. Mike https://oldmachinepress.com/2013/03/22/wright-aeronautical-r-4090-cyclone-22/
  7. I thought some of you Herkaholics might enjoy this website; lots of interesting facts, photos, and specs on all past, present, and future variants on an airplane that will undoubtedly be the longest continuous production military aircraft in history. Enjoy! Mike https://howlingpixel.com/i-en/Lockheed_C-130_Hercules
  8. I seem to recall we had some discussion on the Howard 500 conversion of the Ventura into a high speed executive transport quite a while back, and while looking for some reference photos on another Lockheed/Vega aircraft, I stumbled upon a site that has a description, history, and photos of the airplane. IIRC @rob Lyttle was either working on a conversion or was wanting information on it, so I hope the old Mk 1a memory banks haven't failed me yet again. I think there are only two flyable examples in existence- both owned by the same person! I saw the 1st one built on the Dee Howard ramp in San Antonio when I was a teen- had no idea how significant it was at the time! Mike https://www.deehoward.org/the-dee-howard-legacy/innovations/howard-aero-innovations/item/howard-500 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAvfJGCqE40 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8YogYSBcmU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HBmeWL-or0
  9. When I finished this diorama, I cried.so sad.
  10. This beautifully restored Mustang is based here in San Antonio where I live, and flies over my house weekly. The owner is the nicest fellow and has let me shoot countless detail photos at airshows. One of the nicest restored P-51D's, as you can see from the restoration and detail photos. Bruce flies her with the replica 108 gallon paper tanks all the time. Jack Ilfrey's other 20th FG mount, a P-38J, was also named Happy Jack's Go Buggy. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting him years ago at one of our annual IPMS Alamo Squadron model contests. I hope you will enjoy the story and the photos. There are decals for this one in 1/72 and 1/48, BTW. Mike http://www.crazyhorseap.be/Mustangs/Mustangs/N74190HappyJack/N74190HappyJack.htm
  11. I am not sure if this is the right thread to be asking this... Does anyone have a profile or at least a very good description of Dahl's Gladiator that he flew in Libya? I have found nothing online... Thanks, John
  12. I'm not sure if this is the best location for this post, so I took a guess. (Mike, if you need to move it to another location, please do so!) This is a beautiful restoration of a P-51D-5 flown by Texas native Jack Ilfrey, an ace of the 20th FG. He also flew a P-38J with the same name. This Mustang is a faithful replica to the original, with the exception of the dorsal fin strake, which was not fitted to the D-5 that Major Ilfrey flew. This Mustang is based here where I live and I get to see it every time Bruce flies it, as the traffic pattern takes it over my house! Got to see it again last week end at our bi-annual airshow. Bruce is a former USN F-18 pilot who has an opthomology practice here in San Antonio, and in addition to being an outstanding pilot, is one of the nicest people you could hope to meet. I am waiting for my 1/48 Airfix Mustang to arrive so I can build it as a tribute to both airmen. I hope you enjoy the photos. Mike http://midwestaero.com/site/Photo_Gallery/Pages/Happy_Jacks_Go_Buggy.html
  13. I'm keen to model the units that an individual aircraft (in this case a Tornado F3) has been in from inception to disposal. Is there a way of finding this information out? I've sent a couple of emails to the RAF Museum at Hendon, to their heritage section, and so far nothing.. Are there any other ways to collect this info?
  14. I was most impressed recently looking at a copy of Merrick and Kiroff's ...and wanted to draw upon the collected expertise of the forum to discover if there is an RAF equivalent to this volume (in terms of the sheer level of detailed analysis provided in the above) anyone could recommend that covers roughly the same historical period? I'm not looking for any of the general visual guides to unit markings or painting guides for modellers (of which there are plenty) but a detailed scholarly analysis like the above that deals with the historical and technological development, industrial painting procedures and operational factors etc. and is well-referenced/illustrated. Any book references would be most gratefully received. Thanks for reading this. Tony
  15. Just to announce that I am currently working on the developmental, political and operational history of the Boulton Paul Defiant, for release ( all being well ) late summer 2018. The book is being published by Frontline/Pen & Sword, and will be about 80,000 words in length with 100+ images. But that's a ball park figure as I have been given free reign to make this book as large as possible. Hand over date to the publisher is 1st December 2017. There will be a complete list of claims made by Defiant crews, and a roll of honour listing the 200+ aircrew lost on type; the latter will where possible, have an image of each airman. Other areas covered will include a section on aviation archaeology, and modelling the Defiant. If anyone wants more information, please drop me a line, and thanks for looking. Regards Andy
  16. I discovered this little gem just now. A fascinating read: http://helicopterstory.blogspot.ie/2012_03_07_archive.html Tony
  17. Not sure if this has been posted before but if not then I thought it might be of interest, The sad tale of the ex Strathallan collection Lanc, including some interesting detail shots of various bays, pipework etc that might be of use to someones superdetailing. http://www.timefadesaway.co.uk/strathallan/kb976/kb_976_7.html
  18. I am building a 1/72nd Trumpeter FAMO with a Revell 8.8CM FLaK 36 mounted on a platform, & a CMIK conversion. I have it nearly finished, I would like to find more information on the history of these vehicles. Can anyone point me to where I can find this history ? Carl T
  19. I first recall reading about so-called "scale colour" or "scale effect" adjustments of model paints in the middle 1980s. It was in Fine Scale Modeler in the USA. When and where did this topic first come to plastic modelling? In the UK? In the USA? What was the groundbreaking article on the subject? Did the topic start in the model railroad hobby before reaching the plastic modelling crowd? Who was the benefactor (or culprit, depending on your point of view) who brought it into plastic modelling?
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