The Bent-Winged Bird…. Whistling Death… Those two nicknames for this iconic WWII aircraft not only conjure up its reputation as a machine to be loved by friends and feared by enemies; they also happen to reference two of the central design features that made it powerful enough and fast enough to have been the second longest-produced fighter in U.S. aviation history–after only the F4 Phantom jet.
The propeller-driven Type 2 Ka-Mi armored fighting vehicle floated with the help of two large pontoon attachments, one on the front and one on the back. When the amphibious […]
This rendition of the vehicle by IBG models was a nice kit to build! (Stray dog not included…)
Most airplane enthusiasts admire the Corsair to this day. My ’70s gang and I practically worshiped it.
Junyô was considered a “lucky” ship because it actually survived hostilities, unlike virtually all of its contemporaries. Torpedoed near Nagasaki at the end of 1944, Junyô spent the rest of the […]
Completed 20 August, 1923; sunk 10 October, 1944, NNE of Okinawa. Speed, 18 knots. Armament: 4 x 14 cm 50-cal guns, 2 x 8 cm 40-cal guns “…designed to operate […]
Completed, 1925. Sunk, October 26, 1944, SE of Negros. Speed: 36 knots. Armament: 7 x 5.5-inch 50-cal guns, 8 x 24-inch torpedo tubes, light AA. Nagara Class, designed as flagships for […]
Kit by MPM Models. After-market canopy masking by Eduard. Although I have been working steadily on various builds over the last several months, I have been on a posting hiatus […]
Of course it’s a photographic illusion, but for the planes I have that never got their wheels, I think this method puts them in the best light I can hope to manage!
In its detail and accuracy, my new Ise still doesn’t come close to others I have seen, but I am discovering how satisfying it can be to invest the extra time and resources in a model of this size.