Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat (1:72)

The Covid pandemic is (unfortunately) not over yet and when the second lockdown was loosened at the end of June, orienteering races could be held again. Therefore, my model building activities have stalled a bit. But now I have just finished another model.
This time it is a US Navy fighter that has mainly used in the Pacific; a Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat. It is a Profipack kit from Eduard in scale 1:72. With this one I also wanted to try the special positive rivets from HGW. These are attached like decals and they are raised. In addition to the chosen variant, which was stationed on the carrier USS Bunker Hill, it was painted in a plain seablue color. To get a model that is still appealing, I have modulated the color in different shades. There is a photo album of the finished model and its various construction stages on Flickr.
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Saab J-35 Draken (1:72)

Saab built the famous Saab 35 Draken in the 1950s. This was later replaced by the Viggen and today the Grippen is the standard fighter aircraft in Sweden. Tarangus released a high-quality kit from Viggen in 2018. There is no such thing (yet) of the Draken. I bought a Hasegawa kit and some additional parts such as the cockpit, engine exhaust, wheels, pitot tubes and all the armament. With some additional effort, you can also make a nice model. My version is the J-version ("J" for "Johan"), which was the last operational version of the F10 Ängelholm unit. The photo album of the Saab J-35J Draken model is uploaded to Flickr.
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F-102A Delta Dagger (1:72)

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger, "Black Knights of Keflavik" 57FIS, MENG Models 1:72
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During the last weeks I've worked through various 'long-term projects'. I absolutely had to have a model of a Convair F-102A Delta Dagger. It is one of the reasons why I have model making as a hobby at all.
When I decided to do start a Delta Dagger model a few years ago, there exists only a relatively old Hasegawa kit. A few months after I bought one of these on ebay, MENG launched a new kit on the market in 2013. I then had to buy one of them as well. Both models have now been built.
It is interesting to compare both models side by side; the differences between 50 years of model making are clearly visible. MENG offers the model in several variants, in particular with the wing versions "case X" and "case XX". The case twenty version has the wing tips bent downwards.
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Lighthouse Louie (1:72)

The story of Jackpine Joe is also the story of the MTO (Mediterranean Theater of Operations). So far for me it has been more of a sideline in WW2; this is deceptive. In addition to the BG, FGs of the 15th Airforce were also involved. The history of the 325th Fighter Group (FG) is particularly exciting. They have 'decorated' the tail units of their aircraft with a black and yellow checkerboard pattern. That soon gave them the name "Checkertail Clan".
I have now built a model of an early type, a Curtis P-40N Warhawk. And as always, the photos are on a flicker album.
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B-24 Jackpine Joe 1:72

now I've (finally) built a model of a bomber; a Consolidated B-24H Liberator in 1:72 scale. Not quite OOB, but that's no surprise if you know me. This model is also related to the history of my surroundings. The bomber "Jackpine Joe" SN 42-52466 crashed on July 19, 1944 on the Wyden Castle near Ossingen. The crew bailed out short after passing the lake of Constance near Siegershausen.
Not only was the building of the model an exciting matter, the research of the story itself was fascinating too; I am now in contact with the son of the bombardier and the pilot (among others). Josh Golden wants to create a website about Jackpine Joe's last flight and asked me to take photographs of the assembly. Some of these photos are already on a Flickr album.
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the irchel planes are complete

the Airacobras that crashed into the Irchel also include a Spitfire, also from the Armee de l'Air. Less than two years later, on 12. March 1947, Charles Leroy was killed in a Spitfire Mk .IX in the opposite direction. He also followed the Rhine on the way from Friedrichshafen to Lahr (near Strassbourg) and did not see the Rhinsberg, which was surrounded by ground fog.
Now I have finished a model (1:72) of this Spitfire too. The Eduard kit is something of the finest that currently can be built. You can find photos of it here.
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75 years ago

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just in time for the 75th anniversary, I finished building my two models of the Airacobras. The two fighter planes, flown by French pilots, probably collided in the air that Monday due to bad weather and the sharp turn of the Rhein. They crashed in the Irchel and both pilots were killed.
From time to time reports about this accident appear in the newspaper. Inspired by such a report, I have now built these two Bell P-39 Airacobras as models in scale 1:72. After I had gathered all the necessary information, I was able to have the decals drawn and let them print myself. You can find detailed information and photos on my Flickr album.
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exhibition in Andelfingen

over the weekend of 25th and 26th August, we have organized the 4th Modeling Exhibition of the MC-Wyland in the Löwensaal in Andelfingen. This was my first exhibition where I showed my own models; my set of famous Lockheed aircraft and from earlier times the US space flight on a scale of 1: 200.
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It has been two interesting days that have been fun for me. Very nice conversations with visitors, who remember their story about a certain model and then the model makers also talking to each other. A good atmosphere and an interesting mix of exhibitors. My favorite was that little boy who was enthusiastically studying my rockets and could not get enough information from me about it. I have put together a photo album for our club on Flicker.
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Lockheed P-38J Lightning (1:72)

my collection of „famous Lockheed aircrafts“ has lacked one model so far; that of a Lightning P-38. The Lightning was used by the Americans in World War II in the Pacific PTO and in Europe ETO. For a long time I could not decide on a particular variant until I came across a picture of Mark Postlethwaite. It depicts the aerial combat of a Lightning with a Me-163 Komet.
Now I have finished this P-38J-15 flown by Capt Arthur ‚Art‘ Jeffrey of 434th FS/479th FG as a model in scale 1:72. He has been awarded the first (and only) shoot down of a Komet with a P-38. On the German side, however, no losses were registered on that day, which may well be true if one reads the various reports available.
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