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April 25, 2019

Lydia Litvyak

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:43 pm
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Sometimes you just find yourself wandering around the internet.  I was doing so and ended up researching Lydia Litvyak.  I knew about her before, but hadn’t realized that a couple of German aces were among her victims.


Junkers Ju 390

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:46 am

A neat post on an interesting aircraft. I’d love to gather available info on the Europe-Asia flights conducted by the Axis in WWII.

Inch High Guy

I first became interested in the Ju 390 after reading about its history in William Green’s Warplanes of the Third Reich.  When Revell of Germany released their 1/72 scale Ju 290 kits, 390 conversions became an attractive, and affordable, possibility for modelers.  The Ju 390 was a development of Junkers’ previous Ju 290 series, which themselves were extensions of the Ju 90 design.  Green gives a detailed description of the modifications made to transform existing Ju 290 airframes to Ju 390 standard and lists the equipment they carried. 

References are an issue, there is just not that much material on the Ju 390.  Fortunately, most of the design details were consistent with the Ju 290s, and much of the operational history of the Ju 390 V2 parallels the 290s which were operated by the same units.  In addition to Green, Monogram Close-Up 3 Junkers 290 provides many pictures useful…

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April 24, 2019

N9M crash

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 4:30 pm
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The only remaining example in the world of an Northrop N9M crashed recently destroying the aircraft.  This brings up a position that I have held for some time, namely that if an aircraft is the only example of its type existing in the world, then it shouldn’t be flown, even if it is in flyable condition.  I’ve had debates with other aviation enthusiasts who feel differently, but to me the risk of losing such unique items outweighs the joy of seeing them in flight.  Thoughts?


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Sword recently released a new kit of the F3H Demon.  Tommy Thomason over on his Tailhook Topics blog has a great review of the kit.  I picked this one up at the LHS recently.

April 23, 2019

Oh boy!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:27 pm
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Special Hobby is doing another release of the Delta, this time with Skis and Floats.  Since I want to do a Delta on Floats, this is manna from heaven for me.

Zvezda Pe-2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:02 am
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While one of my areas of modeling interest has always been post-WWII Soviet aircraft, I never had much interest in the WWII Russian stuff.  Recently, with more manufacturers in the east, we are starting to see more quality models of WWII Russian aircraft.  Zvezda has announced a new Pe-2 WWII Russian bomber kit.

April 22, 2019


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:37 pm
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Big Plane Kits (BPK) make a series of 737 kits in 72nd scale.  I’ve wanted these for some time, but they aren’t cheap and apparently not very widely distributed.  They’ve now announced a 737-800.  This just reminds me that I need to pick these kits up.

April 18, 2019

Eduard Fokker D VII

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:54 am
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I am a 72nd scale purist.  However, one area where deviation from God’s One True Scale make sense to me is WWI aircraft.  Given the size of these and the rigging required, I see the sense in building in 32nd scale if this is your area of interest.  The EXCEPTION to THAT EXCEPTION is Eduard is releasing a 72nd scale Fokker D.VII.  Given the beauty of Eduard’s 48th scale kit and the lack of rigging required on the Fokker, I expect this will be a popular model for those of us into 72nd scale.

April 17, 2019

Scaled Composites Model 351 Stratolaunch “Roc”

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:01 pm

I wonder what will be come of this project.

Inch High Guy

StratolaunchRoc01On Saturday, 13 April 2019 an aviation record was broken.  Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose held the record of the largest aircraft to have ever flown for a whopping 71 years.  That record was broken by Scaled Composites’ Model 351 Stratolaunch “Roc”.  With a wingspan of 385 feet (117 meters), its wings are 64 feet (19.5 meters) longer than those of the Spruce Goose. The Antonov An-225 still holds the record for the heaviest aircraft to ever fly.  Film of the flight here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBSJEYq9vBg

StratolaunchRoc02Stratolaunch was funded by Microsoft Billionaire Paul Allen to perform aerial launches of orbital rockets.  The aircraft was constructed by Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites.  It is intended to be the “first stage” of a launch vehicle and is designed to carry up to a 550,000 lb (250,000 kg) external payload between the twin fuselages.

StratolaunchRoc03A number of orbital insertion vehicles were in design to be carried by…

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Special Hobby Sunderland

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:00 pm
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Special Hobby has release the Mk V version of the Sunderland.  This fills a gap for those who model seaplanes and flying boats.

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