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February 4, 2019

Eduard Fokker D.VII

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Eduard surprised visitors to the Nurnburg Toy Show with copies of their new 72nd scale Fokker D.VII kit.  It looks nice.



February 2, 2019

Pepelatz Hs P.135

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Time was when I could keep up with all the companies producing models, even the small cottage industry resin manufacturers.  However, these days not a week goes by where I don’t find a new company.  This one, Peplatz appears to be out of Russia and is producing a resin Hs P.135, a Luft’46 fighter design.

January 28, 2019

Tamiya Me-109G-6

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Image of the newly announced Me-109G-6.

January 4, 2019

Tamiya Me-109G-6

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Tamiya is apparently releasing a new 72nd scale kit this year.  They are scaling down their excellent Me-109G-6 from 48th scale.  While it might not have been my first choice I am glad to see any new 72nd scale kit.

December 28, 2018


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I’ve always liked the look of the Do-23, ever since I saw a picture of it in a book as a teenager.  Given its relative lack of historical aviation importance, I never thought I’d see a kit of it.  I was wrong apparently.

December 22, 2018

109 decals

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I am not a huge German 109 fan, but I am a decalaholic and a fan of the product of AIMS.  They are doing decals for the tulip nose 109s in 2019.

December 10, 2018

Eduard Fokker D.VII

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:39 pm
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I am a 72nd scale purist.  However, I have some exceptions to that rule.  If you are building airliners 1/144th make perfect sense. (Thought there are plenty of good 72nd scale airliner kits.)  If you build WWI aircraft, I understand those who build in 48th, or even 32nd scale. (Thank you Wingnut Wings)   However, if I was tempted to build a WWI aircraft in God’s One True Scale, I can’t think of a better one than the upcoming Eduard Fokker D.VII.  Having seen their 48th offering, I am sure it will be great.

December 8, 2018

German commerce raiders in WWII

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Since I’ve been on the subject lately, here is a nice article with a general background on the subject.

December 5, 2018

E8N in German naval service

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I’ve gone down a real rabbit hole since reading for the first time the story of an E8N “Dave” purchased by the Germans from the Japanese for use on one of their commerce raiders.  My original post is here.  Since then I’ve done a bit more readings and research.  It appears that a second Dave may have been purchased, but there is some question as to whether or not it was used.


This is allegedly a photo of the second Dave aboard the German ship Thannenfels.









Here is the post on the Arawasi blog with that story.

So far the only photo of the Dave in British markings on the Orion is the one that was in my previous post.  The serial number painted on the aircraft L5196 is said to actually be a serial for a Fairey Battle and was a reference to the seaplane unit on the Orion.

In addition, it appears that one other German commerce raider used an aircraft in British or South African markings.  In this case, a German He-114. A mention of this is in this article.  In addition, noted Australian aviation author writes in an article that an He-114 from a German commerce raider overflew Port Adelaide, though what markings it carried are unknown.

For more on German commerce raiders in the Pacific generally, see this article.

I am officially hooked.  If anyone knows anything else on this subject, or has any pointers to any interesting photos, let me know.








December 3, 2018


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:23 am
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We are getting an new kit of the E8N “Dave”.  This is good news for Japanese Naval aircraft fans, especially of the pre and early war period.  In looking at this new kit announcement I found a story I’d never heard before of an E8N operating off a German commerce raider in British markings.  I found one photo on the net, here.

Japanese German British Dave


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