Tag Archives: Luftwaffe
One Man’s Trash is Another’s WHIF
Quite probably one of the worst kits I have ever owned is the Heller-Airfix 1/72 Bf-109G. This hunk of scrap wasn’t even a very good kit back in the day when it was made, let alone 50+ years later. However, the fact it’s so cruddy also makes it very, very useful. For what? Yes, maybe […]
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’ […]
Pint-sized Manned Missile
The need to defend against the hordes of Allied bombers late in WWII forced the German high command, and the air ministry (RLM) in particular to adopt some rather, shall we say “unconventional” approaches. Just when you thought that swept wing jets and rocket planes were a leap forward, the Bachem company proposed the Ba-349 […]
A Naugahyde Purse from a Sow’s Ear
The German obsession with multirole heavy fighters (Kampfzerstoerer, or Zerstorer – “destroyer” for short) is a predilection that cost them a lot of time, money energy and material resources that would have likely been spent better on advanced single-engined fighters. Nevertheless, the Messerschmitt Bf-110 was a passable, if not pedestrian machine. It’s supposed successor, the […]
One of Aviation’s Original Swingers!
Before you start getting too excited, I’m talking, of course, about swing wings! What were you thinking of? Now that we’re on the same page, you might be thinking of the Bell X-5. Well, you’re close! In fact the aircraft that inspired the Bell was the Messerschmitt P.1101, a research plane that was designed to […]
So Close You Could Almost Touch It
The annals of aviation history are replete with all kinds of fanciful designs and concepts that never really stood a chance of making it in the real world. The AMTech 1/48 Ta-183 Huckebein, however, celebrates one design that was so close to real that it’s almost a crime it didn’t make it. Read more in […]
Have Missile, Will Travel!
For those who want a taste of some Luft ’46 craziness, check out my missile-toting He-219 G5/RT. Made from the old FROG Uhu kit, the Vielfrass (wolverine) is a What-If version of Heinkel’s famous night fighter reimagined for anti-radar duties. Its’ in the What If section of the Planes page!
Big-Wing Butcher Bird!
Frog’s offering of the Focke-Wulf Ta 152H was the first of many, and by no means the best. However, let’s turn back the clock and take a look at this ancient replica of Tank’s ulitmate fighter; you’ll be surprised at just how NOT bad it is! It’s to be found in the Planes section, of […]
Screamin’ from the Heavens!
Here is my first pre-1945 plane review: Academy’s awesome Ju-87G Panzerknacker Stuka! Check out the Planes menu under Model Kits!