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June 23, 2020

Takom V-2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:39 pm
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A very nice build of the Takom V-2 kit.

August 20, 2019

V-2 tail art

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 11:56 am
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I have a keen interest in the V-2.  While looking at the comments on a post on Jeff “Inch High” Groves blog, I came across this fascinating blog post.  I never knew.  What a great piece of research.  Definitely want to keep this in mind.

April 3, 2019

Movie review: Doodlebug Summer (2012)

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 6:31 am
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One of my areas of interest is the late war development of Germany’s hi-tech weapons.  Doodlebug Summer isn’t really a movie, but rather a 6 part British documentary.  I initially started watching for my interest in the weapons themselves and their development.  Sadly, there is very little of that.  Rather, the episodes consist mostly of interviews with people who experienced the V-weapon attacks.  The stories were fascinating and the scale of the tragic losses, almost all civilian, were horrendous. There was some footage and discussion of the attempted defenses against the V-1 (there was no defense to the V-2), but mostly there is archival film of the sites of the weapons impact with survivor stories.  While not what I had originally expected, it was well worth watching.  It was on Amazon Video and included free with Prime.  4 out of 5 stars.

March 20, 2018

Takom V-2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:00 pm
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Good news.  Takom is scaling down their V-2.  This is good news.  The Special Armor one is good, but I am looking forward to this one as well.

July 23, 2015

Book review: V-2 A Combat History of the First Ballistic Missile

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:37 pm
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Book Cover

Book Cover

Book review: V-2 A Combat History of the First Ballistic Missile
Author: T. D. Dungan
ISBN 1-59416-012-0
250 Pgs
Review by: D.M. Knights

The German “wonder-weapons” at the end of World War II are a source of endless fascination for me.  Not only due to the technical brilliance shown by the developers and scientist, but also for the amount of resources that a dying country devoted to these projects.  Chief among these projects is the V-2; the world’s first ballistic missile.

This book, which showed up on my Amazon recommendations due to previous books I had purchased, turned out to be an undiscovered gem.  I’d never heard of or seen the book before. It is great.

The author tells the tale of the V-2 from the group of scientists who prior to WWII formed a German rocket and space exploration society, all the way to the end of the war with many of the same scientists seeking to surrender themselves to US or British troops.  In fact, Werner Von Braun’s brother was the person entrusted to make contact with the US troops on behalf of the German rocket scientists at the end of the war.

In between the beginning and the end, the author covers the V-2 story from development, thru testing and into combat, in great detail. A great deal of detail is provided as to the formation, operations and movement of the launching units and the targets hit by the launches.  While we think of London when we think of the target of the V-2s, Antwerp was as much of a target due to being the main port used by the Allies in late 1944 and 1945.  Also, the author covers in detail the Allied efforts to counteract the V-2 threat.  Of course, there was no defense against the V-2 and despite devoting a huge amount of air resources to hunting down and attacking the V-2 launching units, the Allies had almost no success.  The most effective anti-V-2 efforts were attacks on the development sites and factories producing the V-2 and its components

The book is printed on high quality paper which makes the many black and white photos very useful, even if they are all a bit smaller than a modeler might like. However, the real gems in the book are the line drawings of the V-2 and its launch trailer and the drawings of the layout of vehicle placement during the V-2 launching process.  These are invaluable to the modeler and diorama builder.

There are plenty of books that provide the history of various aspects of the V-2.  However, this book provides a comprehensive history for the first time reader on the subject as well as the details that a modeler or person more familiar with the subject will still find interesting.  I highly recommend this book for anyone with even a passing interest in the subject.  It makes a great companion to the Special Armor 72nd scale V-2 kit that was issued a year or two ago.

July 5, 2015

Magazine review: RT Vol.37 #2 (Summer 2015)

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 3:04 pm
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Once again our friends from the great, white north show us how a modeling magazine is done.  I get tired of saying this almost as much as you get tired of hearing it, but RT is the best modeling magazine out there today.  Some modeling magazines you can read in 15 minutes.  RT takes hours.  Each and every article is a treasure.

This issue contains a conversion of an AT-6 back to an NA-44, a build/review of the Special Armor V-2, a build/conversion of 2 F-8s, and all of these are in 72nd scale.  They also have an article on building a Bailey Bridge kit and a build of the Fujimi Ferrari Dino 206.

Keep in mind, RT is a magazine wholly produced by IPMS/Canada and all of its articles are the result of submissions of its members.  Given that IPMS/Canada has only about 460 members.  That is what makes this magazine all the more amazing.

Unfortunately IPMS/Canada has recently had to raise its membership rates due to a postage increase by Canada Post.  However, I still recommend you join.  It is a great organization with a great magazine.


September 12, 2014

V-2 Info

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:38 pm
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Just came across a neat site.  The British Daily Mail newspaper has an interactive site which shows every V-2 impact in Britain with a clickable link on each one which gives more info on the particular impact site.

June 11, 2014

V-2 is done

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:18 pm
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The 72nd Special Armor V-2 is finally done.  First completion for the year.

Finished V-2

Finished V-2


















And another shot.

Another V-2 shot

Another V-2 shot

March 18, 2014

More V-2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:47 pm
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It has been Futured.

Decals next.

V-2 Futured.

V-2 Futured.

March 17, 2014


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:22 pm
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Here is the repainted V-2 awaiting gloss and decals.



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