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The Devil’s Lawn Dart

If you remember lawn darts, then you remember dangerous, heavy pointy sticks with a few fins that¬† you would throw at a target for fun. They were dangerous if used improperly, and really didn’t do much else other than fly in a straight line. This, then, is a perfect analogy for the Sukhoi Su-15 Flagon […]

The Luftwaffe’s Parasolled Workhorse

When it comes to capturing the headlines, it’s usually the fighter planes that get all the glory. Often forgotten are the workaday utility types, going about their often hazardous duties behind the scenes. A perfect example of this is the World War II observation plane. While scouting and spotting are vital to the ground forces’ […]

As Real As It Can Get

As a modeller, and a Transformers fan, there are lots of times I wish I could build models of my favourite “Robots in disguise”. However, when it comes to models of G1 Transformers, there are only two choices. One is a very obscure set of simple kits from Japan, and the other is the very […]

A Literal Shark-nado!

Some classic aircraft get kitted again and again, with every maker churning out versions ad nauseum. Then, there are those planes that are really lucky to be able to get a kit at all. These are the forgotten, obscure or worse yet, useless. There is a third type: an obscure type that has one kit […]

Five If By Mail

How exciting is it to be told you’re getting a surprise in the mail?¬† It’s very exciting, especially when you know that the surprise is model kits, and that the person sending them has a pretty good read on what it is that you appreciate in a kit. Of course you out there know that […]

Lumpy and Violent: Perfect!

There’s nothing like taking a perfectly good aerodynamic shape and throwning extra lumps on it. This is a common enough practice, as some of the most finely-crafted and refined aeronautical shapes have, over the years, grown to have large “hunchback” spines. Thuds, F-16s and Skyhawks all did it, and so did the MiG-21! I, personally, […]

First, and Still the Fattest!

Some planes are known for their sleek lines futuristic design. Others are known for their performance or load carrying capabilities. Some are known for a combination of these. However, there’s a plane that had pretty much none of that going for it. As the Navy’s first monoplane fighter, the Brewster F2A Buffalo was just that […]

From Hay Wagon to SAM Launcher – Just add Natter!

If the whole concept of a semi-expendable wooden (or even cardboard, as was proposed!) Vertical Take-Off rocket interceptor doesn’t sound wacky enough, imagine trying to launch it! When the Luftwaffe high command decided to back he Bachem Ba-349 Natter point defence interceptor, they realized it would only be useful if it could be moved around. […]

A Fool and His Money…

You know what they say, right? Well, a great place to separate modellers and their money is, of course, a model show’s vendor area! The HeritageCon 13 show on March 24, 2019, was no exception. Of course, it would have been foolish NOT to have snapped up the epic kits I found! For more info […]

Back to Basics!

Basic training is an essential part of any airforce’s curriculum. Let’s face it, you can’t fly a Mach 2 superfighter if you don’t know your pitch from your yaw, and you think a Dutch Roll is something you eat for dinner! One of the classic aircraft used for such basic flight training was the Percival […]