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December 13, 2018

SBS DH.82 rigging

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:34 pm
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SBS comes thru with another must have detail set, DH.82


December 8, 2018

Arma Hurricane

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:30 pm
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They’re out.  (Mine are on the way.)

December 6, 2018

SBS Gladiator exterior photo-etch

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:46 am
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I generally hate photo-etch.  However, I love the Gladiator and am a huge fan of SBS, the eastern European model company.  So, this is one my list to acquire.

December 5, 2018

E8N in German naval service

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:16 pm
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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


December 2, 2018

Oh boy!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:47 am
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Arma Hurricane.  Wow.

November 28, 2018

Birth of the Battlecruiser

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:32 am
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An interesting article on the development of the Battlecruiser class of naval ship at the turn of the 1900s.

November 26, 2018

More heating up

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:34 pm
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I posted earlier on the issue in the Sea of Azov.  Now comes a report that the Russians made a massive “dry run attack” on a British Type 45 destroyer in the Black Sea.  As I said in the previous post, the west needs to make the type of response that will let the Russians know that this won’t be tolerated.  Anything less invites a shooting war later on.

November 21, 2018

A Revolutionary War reading list

Filed under: General — dknights @ 4:22 pm
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An interesting compilation of books to read on the Revolutionary War.

November 19, 2018

Arma metal wing Hurricane Mk.1

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:46 pm
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We now have actual plastic.  It looks good to my eye.

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