Panzerjager Tiger (P) Elefant

An odd, improvised weapon that had serious anti-tank ability.

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Let’s take a look at a sort of quasi-Tiger. Continue reading

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Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 Zero

Air Raid, Pearl Harbor!

Obviously the most famous Japanese fighter of World War II. The US military was abruptly introduced to the type on December 7, 1941.

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Let’s take a look at a participant in that attack. Continue reading

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Race of Aces by John R. Bruning

This book is really a fascinating look at the competition among the top pilots of the 5th Air Force.

I would guess most visitors to this site know that the top two American Aces of World War II came from this otherwise under-reported force.  Maybe we all even know a little more; like Richard Bong, the American Ace of Aces with 40 kills, was a shy farm kid from Wisconsin.  His chief rival, Thomas McGuire (38 kills) was notoriously cocky and abrasive.  Many of us have seen the ace lists, and maybe even know some of the other challengers to the title. Continue reading

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GMC CCKW

Love that catchy title! Truck nomenclature is definitely a bit odd.

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But of course, trucks themselves are hugely important in any modern military. Continue reading

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Curtiss P-40B Warhawk

December 7, 1941

I’ll assume we all know that date! Despite all the should’ves and could’ves, the Japanese achieved complete surprise against the US Navy base at Pearl Harbor and the surrounding military installations on Oahu, Hawaii.

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Most American air power, 188 aircraft across all service branches, was destroyed on the ground.  Another 159 planes were damaged. Continue reading

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Status Update

I had a few minutes, so I thought I’d make a couple of quick comments that likely interest no one…

I have been working fast, and I hope this will continue for quite some time. Since I retired I have treated building models and managing this site as sort of “my job”. I try to make 2-4 hours a day for modeling, often less on days that I post.

I have been known to burn out on occasion, and take months or even years where I do much less work, but for now I don’t foresee that happening anytime soon.

My unbuilt inventory of kits is embarrassingly huge! Close to four digits. At my current speed I’m finishing about a kit a week, so at that pace I have a 20 year supply of subject matter. It may be a race to the finish line! I’m a little arthritic, but so far nothing I can’t work around.

My stash is mostly aircraft. The three “On My Workbench” subjects have been a simple aircraft (mostly single engine fighters), a complex aircraft, and a “miscellaneous” (mostly from my vehicle stash). But my vehicle stash is much smaller, at my current rate I would exhaust it in 2-3 years. I’ve got 6 more AFVs I want to get to soon, but expect after that I may start throwing in more odd sorts of aircraft… or Mustangs (I seriously have a lot of Mustangs!)

And I have a couple of theme builds in mind (often based on themed boxings), at least one diorama…. So at some point the “On My Workbench” may look very unusual. But probably not anytime too soon.

I had hoped to have more other types of posts this year, stuff on air shows, museums, reenactments… but you all can guess what happened to those plans. Thunder Over Michigan was officially canceled three days ago. But you know, that leaves more time for building….

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Northrop P-61B Black Widow

Northrop’s big Black Widow was the largest allied fighter of World War II.

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Let’s look at the nocturnal air war and a weapon design for that purpose. Continue reading

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Opel Blitz

At this site we’ve mostly looked at weapons and weapon systems of the Second World War.  But every now and then its fun to look at the more mundane, yet essential machines every military had in substantial numbers.

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So let’s take a look at a less glamorous Wehrmacht truck. Continue reading

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Messerschmitt Bf 109K-4

Messerschmitt’s Bf 109 was one of a handful of types that was in service from the first day of World War II to VE Day.

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No doubt it developed a great deal over that period.  Let’s take a look at the final variant to enter service. Continue reading

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KV-2

Continuing the theme of ludicrous looking AFVs, the Soviet KV-2 was an early War monster.

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Let’s take a look at another tank who’s design aesthetic was inspired by Warner Brothers. Continue reading

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