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January 10, 2019

Apologies

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Apologies to the readers for a lack of direct modeling content since the beginning of the new year.  My plan was to dedicate 2019 to having more direct modeling content and photos.  However, my job is such that the first 10 days of the new year are always a busy time.  That has led to more “link farming” than I had intended.  Please stay with me.  I promise that more substantive content is on its way.

While you wait for me to get my act together, go visit Jeff Groves’ blog.  Lots of great content there.

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January 5, 2019

Oh boy!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:44 pm
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Modeling maniac Jeff Groves has started his HAD scheme batch build.  I have been waiting for this ever sense he started posting his research on his new blog.  Follow along kiddos, this is gonna get good.

January 4, 2019

A beautiful Spitfire

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Our friend Jeff Groves posted photos on his blog of his recent batch of Spitfires from the Eduard kit.  I particularly like this one.  I saw it in person and it was stunning.

January 2, 2019

Happy 2019

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:13 pm
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2019 is here.  As far as the blog goes, 2018 was a good year. After viewership trending downward for 5 years, the number of page views went up substantially in 2018.  No where near the high reached in 2012, but a start on the road back. (BTW, I’ve been blogging since mid-2008, so I am going on over 10 years of this.)  I am hoping with the inspiration of friends like Jeff Groves and Jim Bates that 2019 will be a banner year both in modeling and blogging.  Come back often.

December 31, 2018

Spitfire decal mania

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I have a keen interest in the markings of the aircraft on both sides of the air battle for Malta.  As such, this decal sheet by DK is right up my alley.  Wow.

 

Speaking of Spitfires.

December 15, 2018

This one is for Inch High

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Inch built the whole ship.

December 7, 2018

Captured B-17s

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:29 pm
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A nice article on the origins of the B-17s captured and tested by the Japanese.  (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves)

November 30, 2018

Jeff Groves wins the Internet

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If you haven’t been reading Jeff “Inch High” Groves blog, you are missing some of the best stuff on the internet.  Jeff’s blog is what I want this blog to be when it grows up.

November 24, 2018

Early Pacific B-17Es

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Jeff Groves is doing some great posts on his blog.  Pop on over and check it out.

November 19, 2018

Notes on the MXY-7

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Having been shamed by Jeff “Inch High” Groves and Jim “Crazy Canuck” Bates, both of whom have great blogs with actual content, and not just link farming, below is some research related to the Brengun MXY-7 Ohka I’ve been building.

I was surprised at how little period material is available on the MXY-7.  There are lots of shots of dubiously restored aircraft, (according to wikipedia there are at least 14 survivors) but very little in the way of contemporaneous photos. There are some famous films of Ohkas discovered on Okinawa and a few after the war still shots in Japan.  Below is a selection of shots from the internet with some notes.

 

This is a still from a color film on Youtube of the Ohkas on Okinawa.  What is interesting in this shot is the very light gray at the wing root.  The Okinawa Ohks are usually depicted as being overall light gray, but in this shot it appears that they are more of the RLM 02 type color usually seen on early Zeros.  Jim Lansdale has illustrated the Ohka as having the brown-gray body and light gray wings.

There are two retractable tube one on either side of the Ohka windscreen.  This photo, from the same film, shows one pulled out in the extended position.  I suspect these were used for something when attached to the mothership. (If anyone knows for sure, let me know)  The circular panel around the tube appears to be painted a different color.  I thought it might be red, but I am not sure.  You don’t see these tubes on all Ohkas.

Here is a screen capture from a grainy black and white allied intelligence film of the same aircraft. Note the tube in the retracted position and the darker circular panel surrounding the tube.

Here is a shot from a color film of a display of captured German and Japanese aircraft after the war.  Note the color of the fuselage and wings.  This supports Mr. Lansdale’s interpretation of the Ohka color scheme.

I’ll have a follow on post with more photos soon.

 

 

 

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