”The ability to predict what will happen or be needed in the future.“
In the 37 days between 1 May and 6 June 1944 the RAF’s No.140 Squadron flew at total of 143 operational sorties over France in an effort to provide badly needed foresight to the Allied Supreme Command on what would happen on Invasion…
Douglas TBD-1 “Devastator”. GWH 1:48 (Feb a Jun 2013)
Al terminar mis primeras maquetas a 1:72 (P-40 y Ki84), me encontré bastante satisfecho con las técnicas aplicadas y aprendidas (que no dominadas ni mucho menos) y con la mejora o evolución en la calidad del trabajo. Esto me animo muchísimo para acometer un proyecto “mas serio”, sin prisas y con algo mas de detalle.
Para esta nuevo proyecto decidí documentarme aun mas y planificar mejor el trabajo en su conjunto. Muy pronto me encontré con un modelo que me gusto y ademas a una escala de1:48. Nunca he tenido ninguna limitación de mi trabajo a una escala concreta por lo que no supuso ningún problema. El modelo elegido era un avión torpedero de la US Navy, el Douglas TBD-1 Devastator.
El TBD-1 Devastator era el paradigma de cómo evolucionó la técnica aeronáutica durante la WWII. Cuando entró en servicio en…
Build Date: July 11 Start date, finished July 31, 2017
Hasegawa first produced this fine 1:48 kit of a Nakajima B5N2 Type 97 back around 2001. Over the years they reboxed this kit with photoedge to allow the modeller to fold the wing as well as reissues with decals for different markings. Of all the models Hasegawa produced during that time period, the Japanese WWII aircrafts series seemed to received the most attention to details: The kits of the Imperial Japanese aircraft cockpits are always highly detailed and had the best fit. That is why I purchased this kit way back when thinking one day I will get to build it. The time is now to build it.
The Nakajima B5N2, code named “Kate” by the Allied, which is the improved version of the B5N1, was a main stay…
Most forward American air strips from WWII to Vietnam were built from the Marston Mat. The technical description for the Marston mat is the pierced steel planking (psp). It was an ingenious solution to quickly build a stable, flat, non-eroding operating surface for aircrafts in forward area where concrete tarmac were not available. The solution was to prefabricate light weigh (66 lbs per piece of plank) steel planks airfield surface which can be lifted and installed on flatten dirty fields by men without the need of machine. One side of the plank had pre-formed hooks with which to latch onto the plank ahead of it. The planks were installed in staggered pattern and the completed surface were strong and flat. It was the forefather to the modern day vinyl plank flooring which even my wife can simply click into place (almost, but still requiring my engineering assistance).
W4783 G-George flew 89 sorties over occupied Europe with No.460 Squadron during a period when most operational Lancasters were shot down before they had reached 20 sorties. Of the 107,085 total sorties flown by Lancasters, 2,687 went missing. Remarkably, G-George brought home its crew, alive from every operation it flew on.
Build Date: Start February 20, 2021, Finish March 11, 2021
I started a personal challenge around 2007 to build three Hasegawa P-51D kits all at once as an effort to empty more of my stash of shame. I only got as far as scratch building some cockpit details and filling the wing panel lines with cyanoacrylate glue and then I got distracted by other things.
I bought these Hasegawa 1:48 P-51D kits way back in late 1990. I don’t know why I bought these kits when there was the better Tamiya kit available. Although it was much better than the Monogram P-51D kit it does has its share of faults. The major faults with this kit are the poor fitting nose chin part, poor fitting bottom fuselage seams, and shallow landing gear bay. I’d just have to make the best out of what I got. So…
In early 1944 the US Navy assembled an untrained and ill-prepared fighter squadron and shipped it for immediate action in the final stage of Operation Cartwheel. This is the story of the first Fighting Squadron 34.