Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX - Hasegawa


This is the Hasegawa Spitfire - I took this on after realizing I have never built a spitfire. Time to rectify this oversight with a Spitfire in the colors of the Polish squadron.

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A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II


This book is a wonderfully well-written book by authors Lynne Olson and Stanely Cloud. For cursory readers of WW2 history, the narrative of the German conquest of Poland immediately after the 'phony war' was one where the mighty German war machine steamrolled over Poland. Polish cavalry making brave but ultimately useless charges against tanks. The polish airforce wiped from the sky by the Luftwaffe in a matter of days. 
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Martin B-57 Canberra - Vietnam

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Col. Mason in his dress blues holding the model of his B57

As modelers, we all have our reasons for being in the hobby. For myself and I suspect for many others, the chance to model and relive history is a major factor. So I when I had the opportunity to build an aircraft for a veteran, I was honored to do so. T.E. Bell, the author of “B-57 Canberra Units of the Vietnam War”, who happens to be a fellow modeler and friend had made many contacts in the B-57 community and asked whether I wanted to build the B-57 flown by Col (retired) Larry B. Mason.

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Welcome to the new site

modelsgeneralWelcome to a total refresh of my website.  It's been an on going project for a few years now, not that it was that much effort. Between real life and yet another item to add, the site seems never finished.  At some point, we'll just have to call it done.  So here it is, updated with stuff that's been happening for the last years.  Some changes are:

The look and feel of the site has been completely revamped, it's currently running on Content Management System with a mobile responsive UI (meaning you can see it on the phone easily).

  • Added book review section - as many of us modelers are as interested in history as in modeling
  • Tools sections - which has yet to be filled in
  • History section - articles that accomplied my modeling articles that had been published and usually edited down.  I've included them here with the original content.  I've also added 2 more articles in my series of Text Hill and the aircrafts he flew, part 1 appearing in Scaled Aircraft Modeling.  So it's now a total of 10 articles (5 history - 5 aircraft) that covers his life from entering the US Navy until the end of WW2.  I still have a stearman to do to cover his life as a Naval cadet, then I will call it complete.
  • Comments - I've allowed comments on all the articles, please feel free to share your thoughts.
  • Finally, I'm hoping to update this site at a minimum of once every 2 to 4 weeks.  Let's see if I can keept that pace up.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tex Hill - Ichi-Go and Jet Age (Part 6)

p59 historical 1April, 1944. Tex Hill has been back in China now for 6 months, leading the 23rd Fighter Squadron. As part of the 14th Air Force, he help carry out Gen. Chennault’s air campaign against Japanese supply lines. While constantly lacking in material and manpower, the 14th Air Force was having a major impact on the Japanese ability to move materials overland in China and along the Chinese coast. The Japanese empire had also suffered a series of defeats in the Pacific, putting them on a strategic defensive.

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Tex Hill - 23rd Fighter Squadron (part 5)

P51B historical 2After the entry of the US into war, plans were made to disband the AVG and incorporate them into the Army Air Force. Since the AVG were technically civilians, the USAAF attempted to use strong arm tatics to force the men to join the USAAF voluntarily. This went off badly and resulted in most of the men leaving to return to the United States or joining up with the CNAC to fly supplies in C-47s from India to China. A handful choose to remain in China, only five pilots choose to stay and Tex Hill was among them he was personally asked to do so by Chennault.

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Arthur Chin - Chinese American Ace

chin 0In the early morning of August 3rd, 1938, over 70 Japanese A5M fighters escorting 18 Mitsubishi G3M Bombers (type 96) of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) were detected to be in route to Wuhan, China. The Japanese and Chinese had been fighting an undeclared war since July of 1937 when Japanese Army forces invaded North China. By July of 1938, China had lost much territory in the North, its great port of Shanghai, and its capital, Nanjing (Nanking). Instead of suing for peace as the Japanese military was hoping, the Chinese government under Generalissimo Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-Shek) moved the capital to Wuhan – the 2nd largest Chinese city at the time. The IJN had been bombing Wuhan since Feb of that year and as the Chinese Air Force defended its new capital, the largest air battles in China were being fought over her skies.

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