Monday, June 24, 2019

Cockpit walkaround vol.5 : Tupolev Tu-2

Subject: Tupolev Tu-2 cockpit
Location: Fantasy of Flight Museum, Florida, USA 2013
Comments:The Tupolev Tu-2 (development names ANT-58 and 103; NATO reporting name Bat) was a twin-engine Soviet high-speed daylight and frontline (SDB and FB) bomber aircraft of World War II vintage. The Tu-2 was tailored to meet a requirement for a high-speed bomber or dive-bomber, with a large internal bombload, and speed similar to that of a single-seat fighter. Designed to challenge the German Junkers Ju 88, the Tu-2 proved comparable, and was produced in torpedo, interceptor and reconnaissance versions. The Tu-2 was one of the outstanding combat aircraft of World War II and it played a key role in the Red Army's final offensives.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Ships walkaround vol.4: Higgins LCVP (landing craft vehicle and personnel)

Subject:  Higgins LCVP (landing craft vehicle and personnel)
Location: National World War II Museum, New Orleans, USA, 2018
Comments: The landing craft, vehicle, personnel (LCVP) or Higgins boat was a landing craft used extensively in amphibious landings in World War II. The craft was designed by Andrew Higgins based on boats made for operating in swamps and marshes. More than 23,358 were built, by Higgins Industries and licensees. Typically constructed from plywood, this shallow-draft, barge-like boat could ferry a roughly platoon-sized complement of 36 men to shore at 9 knots (17 km/h). Men generally entered the boat by climbing down a cargo net hung from the side of their troop transport; they exited by charging down the boat's lowered bow ramp. Taking the last letter of the LCVP designation, sailors often nicknamed the Higgins Boat the "Papa Boat" or "Peter Boat" to differentiate it from other landing craft such as the LCU and the LCM, with the LCM being called the "Mike Boat.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Aircraft walkaround vol.104: Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight

Subject: Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight
Location: National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, Florida, 2018.
Comments:The Douglas F3D Skyknight (later designated F-10 Skyknight) is an American twin-engine, mid-wing jet fighter aircraft manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company in El Segundo, California. The F3D was designed as a carrier-based all-weather night fighter and saw service with the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. The mission of the F3D was to search out and destroy enemy aircraft at night. The F3D Skyknight was never produced in great numbers but it did achieve many firsts in its role as a night fighter over Korea. While it never achieved the fame of the North American F-86 Sabre, it did down several Soviet-built MiG-15s as a night fighter over Korea with only one air-to-air loss of its own against a Chinese MiG-15, which occurred on the night of 29 May 1953. The Skyknight played an important role in the development of the radar-guided AIM-7 Sparrow missile which led to further guided air-to-air missile developments. It also served as an electronic warfare platform in the Vietnam War as a precursor to the EA-6A Intruder and EA-6B Prowler. The aircraft is sometimes unofficially called "Skynight", dropping the second "k". The unusual, portly profile earned it the nickname "Willie the Whale". Some Vietnam War U.S. Marine veterans have referred to the Skyknight as "Drut", whose meaning becomes obvious when read backwards. This may be in reference to its age, unflattering looks or its low-slung air intakes that made it vulnerable to foreign object damage (FOD).

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Military Aircraft Vol. 95: Lavochkin La250 Anakonda

Lavochkin La 250 Anakonda
US$ 40,00 plus shipping
Injected plastic model with waterslide decals.
This is Amodel's La250 in 1/72 scale. This is another rare Soviet bird released by Amodel, a manufacturer that has a huge line of unusual subjects. The kits are of a short run kind, with flash and alignment problems. The manufacturer recommends the kits only to experienced modelers, but i must say that you need more patience then experience. Fit was difficult in most areas, surface is rough and panel lines were a little bit too soft, but if you want a La250, this is the only game in town and don't expect a Tamiya or Hasegawa release on this subject anytime soon. The model was built out of the box and painted with Tamiya acrylics. I re-scribed the hole kit after assembly so the panel lines would have a more constant aspect. Decals are ok, a bit too matt once displayed on the kit, but react well to setting solutions. It was a pleasure to get this kit done, and i hope you like it. There are more coming!