Incoming Heavy Weather

Tempest Mk.II ‘The Last RAF Radial Engine Fighter’ Special Hobby 1/48, Ref. SH48214 Special Hobby have been kind enough to share some pictures of their forthcoming quarter-scale Tempest II kit, due out in May 2021. This will be a ‘Hi-Tech’ kit produced in co-operation with Eduard.  Resin parts, masks and photo-etched parts will obviously beContinue reading “Incoming Heavy Weather”

9/11 Lifesavers

First Responders Paulus Victor 1/72 & 1/48, Ref. PV-002-72 & PV-002-48 The latest decal sheets coming from this very interesting Croatian company is dedicated to a number of UH-1 Hueys that were amongst the first responders at the Pentagon on that infamous day, the 11th of September 2001. As usual with the work from thisContinue reading “9/11 Lifesavers”

High-octane Early Spitfire

Spitfire Mk.IIa Eduard ‘ProfiPACK Edition’ 1/48, Ref. 82153 The Spitfire Mk.II series was built in about 920 units: it was an upgrade of the Spitfire Mk.I thanks to (amongst other things) the installation of a more powerful engine, the Merlin XII of 1.150 hp (instead of the 1.030 hp-rated engine for the Mk.I). This engineContinue reading “High-octane Early Spitfire”

Bomb’s Nest

SUU-20 dispenser w/ BDU-33 & Mk.76 bombs Eduard 1/48, Ref. 648566 The SUU-20 is a bomb dispenser and rocket launcher enabling carriage and release of four 2,75in. (70 mm) Folding Fin Aerial Rockets (FFAR) and 6 practice bomblets.Several bomblets (inert) may be carried: the 25 lb. BDU-33 (U.S. Air Force designation) is designed to simulate the Mk.82/84Continue reading “Bomb’s Nest”

New Black Death!

Soviet Attack Aircraft IL-2 Shturmovik Zvezda 1/48, Ref. 4825 The Ilyushin Il-2 Shtourmovik certainly was one of the best ground-attack aircraft of the Second World War and with over 36,000 of them built, holds the record for the single most produced military airplane design in history. Nicknamed ‘The Hunchback’ by the Soviets and ‘Black Death’ byContinue reading “New Black Death!”

Quarterscale Furtive Fighter

Russian Fifth-Generation Fighter SU-57 Zvezda 1/48, Ref. 4824 It’s a massive box that comes from the East, full of 249 parts in transparent and medium grey plastic, including two main parts representing an almost complete, almost 42cm long, aircraft.  Also in the box, two large decal sheets, a instruction booklet and a separate full-colour paintingContinue reading “Quarterscale Furtive Fighter”

Farewell Mirage

Mirage 5 BD BD12 ‘Mirage Farewell’ Belgian Air Force 1993 Syhart 1/48, Ref. 48-121 & 1/72, Ref. 72-121 When the Mirage 5 were retired from the Belgian Air Force, a two-seater, BD12, was given a neat overall silver livery adorned with the badges of the squadrons that flew the delta-winged aircraft.  This particular aircraft enteredContinue reading “Farewell Mirage”

Peaceful Kamikaze

Mitsubishi Karigane Aircraft (Ki-15) KAMIKAZE – World record flight Japan to Europe in 1937 Fine Molds 1/48, Ref. FB26 This ‘Kamikaze’ (Divine Wind) is the prototype of the Mitsubishi Ki-15 Karigane.  Wearing the registration J-BAAI, sponsored by the Asahi Shinbun newspaper, crewed by pilot Masaaki Iinuma and navigator Kenji Tsukagoshi, the aircraft made the worldContinue reading “Peaceful Kamikaze”

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