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January 8, 2019

It is amazing what you come across on the internet

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You can get lost on the internet forever if you are not careful.  While looking for something completely different, I ran across this site on Australian aviation.  I was particularly interested in this page.  Be careful. Don’t get lost.

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December 26, 2018

USS Louisville (SSN 724)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:38 pm
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A nice photo of the Louisville.

November 19, 2018

Notes on the MXY-7

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:41 am
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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.

 

 

 

October 19, 2018

Cool tech

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:49 am
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This is really neat.

October 1, 2018

Funny photos

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OK, these are just funny.

April 4, 2018

Book review: Images of Aviation Bowman Field

Filed under: Kentucky,Modeling — dknights @ 8:14 am
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Book review: Images of Aviation Bowman Field
Author: Charles W. Arrington
Arcadia Publishing
128 pgs, numerous B & W photos
ISBN: 978-1-4671-2699-1

Those of us who live in Louisville, KY think of Bowman Field as the general aviation airport for Louisville.  The one in the heart of town with the beautiful 1930s terminal.  However, as Charles “Charlie” Arrington knows there is much more to Bowman Field than that.  Charlie comes by this love of history naturally, and he spent his career as a history teacher.  Charlie, a former longtime MMCL member, has an encyclopedic knowledge of Louisville’s aviation history.

This book is clearly a labor of love.  It starts with this history of Bowman Field as nothing more than a farm field on the far outskirts of Louisville in the around 1920.  The first aircraft recorded to have landed at the new airfield was a Canadian built JN-4 Canuck.  Bowman Field grew along with the rapid expansion of aviation technology and before long there were hangers, paved runways and regular airline service to destinations all over the US.  This is all documented thru an amazing collection of period photographs.  This is one of my favorite periods in aviation history, and it is really neat to see all the different 1920s and 1930s aircraft which passed thru Louisville.  Charles Lindberg and the Spirit of St. Louis was one such aircraft, and, of course, Charlie has the photos to document the occasion.

The next big event in the history of Bowman Field is the outbreak of WWII.  Like many civilian airfields, Bowman Field became a training base.  Bowman specialized in training glider pilots and was the home base of the airborne nurses program.  This period saw a rapid expansion of the field’s facilities.  As you would think, much of this wartime effort was well documented in photos and Charlie has gathered the best ones and included them in this book.

It is in the postwar period that Louisville’s current commercial airport was established.  Staniford Field became the commercial airport, which relegated Bowman Field to the status of a general aviation airport.  While this was a change, it didn’t mean that history wasn’t happening at Bowman, and again this postwar development is well recorded in many black and white photos.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough.  It is fascinating, and has enough great photos to provide hours of interesting browsing.  I purchased my autographed copy directly from the author for $20.

May 11, 2017

Model photography

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 11:48 pm
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A nice YouTube series on photographing models.  Basic in some respects, but still a good place to start.

December 23, 2016

National Geographic B-17

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:39 pm
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This photo of B-17 Button Nose appeared in the March 1945 issue of National Geographic.  Oddly enough the aircraft itself was lost in August 1944 over France.  Luckily, the crew pictured below all survived.

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October 12, 2016

Model photography

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:24 am
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I’ve been practicing with the camera to see if I can get a bit better results when photographing my models.

I’ve determined that my main issue isn’t lack of photography skills, but a lack of model skills.

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July 27, 2016

Airliner photo

Filed under: Family,Modeling — dknights @ 8:54 am
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This photo comes from a previous trip to Jamaica.  The plane was photographed at the airport in Montego Bay Jamaica (MBJ).

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