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December 16, 2018


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Sem Model is producing a resin S.74.  I’d never heard of this aircraft.  More here.


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.)

German commerce raiders in WWII

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:41 am
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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 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)

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 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.

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