Intermission – Tamiya Focke Wulf Fw 190D 9

Updated 15 August 2021

My grandson was spending the day with his grandfather yesterday so I had no time to paint anything. However Inch High Guy is starting new builds.

He got me reflecting again on my collection.

Tamiya Fw 190D-9

My first encounter with the Fw 190 D was in 1960 while reading Le Grand Cirque written in 1948 by Pierre Clostermann.


There was an image I still vividly recall, well almost.

I thought it was this one found on Wikipedia.


I was wrong.

Here’s what’s inside the book.




This recollection led me to buy this model kit before the pandemic.

Tamiya Fw 190D-9

I remember building Fujimi’s 1/48 scale Fw 190 D in the 70s.–326131

The instructions are down here…


Some reviews can be found on the Internet.

I know I should start building this model instead but I know it won’t be a piece of cake.


Eduard Hawker Tempest instructions

Consolidated PBY Catalina Color Photographs Part 4

If I don’t build my Monogram PBY next, it’s not for lack of motivators like Jeff…

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PBY_41_PBY-5A_VP-61_Aleutians_Mar1943A PBY-5A Catalina amphibian from VP-61 flies over the rugged Aleutian landscape in March 1943. Aerials for the surface search radar can be seen under the wings.
PBY_42_AleutiansAnother photograph from the Aleutians shows this PBY moored to a buoy with others visible in the background. Flying boat squadrons could be based in sheltered bays and supported from seaplane tenders, many of which in the US Navy were converted from flush-deck destroyers.
PBY_43_Puerto Rico 1939, Gov. William_P_LeahyA pre-war photograph taken in 1939 shows a Catalina from Patrol Squadron 51 in the colorful yellow wings markings. Posed in front of the aircraft is the Governor of Puerto Rico, William P. Leahy.
PBY_44_Vice Admiral Patrick N.L. Bellinger, USN, Stands in Center of Large Group of French and American Naval Officers at NAS, Norfolk, VirginiaVADM Patrick Bellinger presides over a ceremony at NAS Norfolk. The PBY is finished in the Atlantic ASW scheme of Gull Gray over White. Note the asymmetric demarcation of the color separation on the fuselage.
PBY_45_brazilian-pby-5a-amphibians-handed-over-by-vp-94-oct-1944-at-rioVP-94 transfers their PBY-5A’s to the Brazilian Navy in this…

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Lindberg F-86 Sabre Jet

I believe this is how my first model kit looked like 62 years ago.

I found this image on the Internet this morning as I was looking for the box top of what I had built when I was 10 years-old.

What made me look was something Hubert wrote on his blog.

Reading some of Hubert’s posts I realize how much I enjoy what other modelers are building, so much so I tend to forget starting building again. I know I will a little later on, but for now I enjoy what I see not only on Hubert’s blog, but also on Dave’s Plane Dave and Jeff’s Inch High Guy.

Early Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

I think this was Jeff’s first post as a blogger. Looking at his B-17 photos was a mesmerizing experience.

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Boeing Y1B-17YB-17’s are distinguished by the small ball turret for the .30 gun in the nose.  Note the high reflectivity of the Aluminum skin.  (U.S. Air Force photo)

YB17(1)13 YB-17’s were produced, S/N 36-149 through 36-161.  Not many, but enough for the USAAC to begin to develop tactics and gain experience in heavy bomber operations.  The Army was well aware of the public relations value of these aircraft and they were the focus of many newsreels and photographs. 

b17b-3[1]An outstanding series of color photographs of B-17B’s was shot for Life Magazine at March Field.  Modelers should note the pristine condition of the markings and overall cleanliness of these aircraft.  Little weathering is evident.

B17B39 B-17B serial numbers were divided into five batches because of budgetary reasons. S/N 38-211 through 38-223; 38-258 through 38-270 ; 38-583 through 38-584 ; 38-610 ; and 39-1 through 39-10.

B17BMarchField(1)Note the high reflectivity of the polished Aluminum fuselage.  Duplicating this is a challenge for…

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