Two reblogs in one month? This is not like me. Then again, if someone has written something that I enjoy and I can comment about, then why not? I've been following Scale Model Soup for years. Steven posts about builds, shows, and some very clever thoughts about the hobby. My favorite posts of his are... Continue Reading →
IN SEARCH OF THE FORK-TAILED DEVIL
Another interesting Aviation story by Andrew King, always with links to my hometown. To think there could still be parts of a P-38 Lightning scattered about McGregor lake. Just as interesting is the ‘career path’ of these Warbirds – from delivery to the USAF, to surplus-ed Air Racers and finally to Air Survey work.
A quest to find the wreckage of a crashed WW2 P-38 Lightning in the woods north of Ottawa…
During World War Two the German Luftwaffe nicknamed it der Gabelschwanz-Teufel, or “ the fork-tailed devil”. The American built Lockheed P-38 Lightning was aptly nick-named due to its distinctive twin-engine booms and central pilot pod paired with exceptional flight characteristics. The P-38 was a formidable opponent for the Luftwaffe in Europe and for the Japanese in the Pacific, who referred to it as “two planes, one pilot”.
Developed as a twin engined high altitude interceptor to attack hostile aircraft, the P-38 entered service in 1942 and remained in operation with the United States Air Force until 1949. After the war, thousands of P-38 Lightnings became obsolete aircraft as the aviation world entered the jet age. These surplus P-38s were sold off into a variety of new roles including foreign air forces…
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It’s ok to Suck
"Embrace the Suck" is a term I've heard many times in 'other-than-scale-model' settings. It was definitely a saying back when I spent hours and hours sucking wind on my mountain bike. One season, many years ago, I set out to get better and faster. I really wanted to stop walking the bike up steep rocky... Continue Reading →
The Insecure Express to Jerktown
True story: Years ago I was inspired to build a boat. I know, I know... but it was a wild time in my life. You see, I had recently come home from the perfect Hawaiian vacation. So maybe this whole boat thing was a result of my wonderful day doing the Pearl Harbor tour which... Continue Reading →
1/72 AMP X-20: No, it’s a “Dyna-Soar”
Remember that time when money wasn't tight, man-made wonders were constantly being built and funding for every conceivable aerospace program was announced weekly? Yeah, me neither. But I imagine it was like that when the X-20 was conceived and plotted out. The equivalent of five and a half billion of today's dollars was spent to... Continue Reading →
The 2023 Dream Kit List!
After I stifle that last turkey burp and toss that 'ol tree out on the snowbank, my thoughts usually turn to figuring out which day of the week it is. But soon after that, I start to ponder what kits I'd like to see in the future. Now, I know that the rumor mill has... Continue Reading →
And that was 2022
Wow. It seems as though I just posted the 2021 send-off and I'm already doing another one. This has been a very fast year. That usually means I have been busy and in the case of 2022, yes, things were busy. Let's get the obvious out of the way. By every account, this year was... Continue Reading →
Model Airplane Maker brought to you Live!
Ok... brought to you pre-recorded with the boys over on the Scale Model Podcast. Last week they invited me to the show to talk about the "Let's Get Pacific Group Build" (all are still welcome to join), some things that I have been working on as well as a few things that I have cooking... Continue Reading →
Jet Cockpits using paint only
In this platinum age of model kits, we have a lot of options when it comes to finishing kit cockpits. There is old-school scratch building, photoetch, resin sets, and those amazing 3d cockpit decal sets. Or you can just use what came in the box! And these days, more and more kits have excellent cockpits... Continue Reading →
Wanna Group Build?
Then why not join the first ever Model Airplane Makers Group Build: Let's Get Pacific! This one is hosted on facebook and is open to anyone who wants to build Pacific Theatre aircraft. Full details: Location: Let's Get Pacific Group Build Dates: December 1, 2022 all the way to May 30, 2023 Subject: Anything that... Continue Reading →