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  • Aviation History Magazine

    Building a Supersonic Interceptor

    America’s first supersonic interceptor evolved from the most revolutionary development specs in U.S. Air Force history. Rather than procuring an airframe and its weapons as separate items, the 1950 proposal that spawned Convair’s F-102...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Build an Me-163 Komet

    The 1/72nd-scale Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet rocket-powered interceptor from Hobby Boss (#80238) is ideal for a newcomer to modeling, or for a parent or grandparent who wants to teach youngsters plastic modeling techniques. It retails for...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Building “Dirty Dora”

    The C and D versions of North American Aviation’s B-25 bomber were probably the most modified of all the glass-nosed Mitchells flown during World War II. Generally, the aircraft left the factories as basic B-25s and were modified at the...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Build a Focke-Wulf Condor

    There’s a lot of model packed into Revell of Germany’s 1/72nd-scale kit of the Focke-Wulf Fw-200C-4. While its nearly $50 price tag might seem a bit pricey, the 220 pieces that make up the kit represent good value for the money. This...

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    Building your own “Sturmvogel”

    Tamiya’s 1/48th-scale Messerschmitt Me-262A-2a fighter-bomber is the “Mercedes-Benz” kit of WWII’s first operational combat jet. Not only is it extremely detailed, it comes with its own tow tractor and ground crew. Construction...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Building Rudel’s Tank-Busting Stuka

    Academy’s 1/72nd-scale kit (no. 1641) of the Junkers Ju-87G-1 Stuka is the early long-winged version of the dive bomber. It comes with two underwing 37mm “tank-busting” cannons. Start by painting the cockpit and gunner/radio...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Building an OV-1D Mohawk

    Modelers can choose from two kits of the Grumman OV-1D, one in 1/72nd scale by Hase­gawa of Japan and a second, in 1/48th scale, by Roden from Ukraine. Roden also produces the earlier OV-1A and OV-1B/C kits, both of which are not meant...

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    Building Classic Foes: The F-86 Sabre and Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15

    The North American Aviation F-86 Sabres and the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15s that dueled in the skies over North Korea in the early 1950s were considered almost equally matched. The Sabres were faster, but the MiGs were more agile. The MiGs...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Build your own 303 Squadron Hurricane

    Hasagawa’s Hawker Hurricane Mk.I in 1/48th scale is an excellent replica of the fighter used by Flying Officer Witold Urbanowicz in No. 303 Squadron. The cockpit is constructed from a tubular framework that should be painted RAF interior...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Build Your Own Topgun Tomcat

    Fujimi’s 1/72nd-scale kit of the Grumman F-14A, which first ap­peared in 1988, is one of the most detailed examples available of the U.S. Navy’s legendary Tomcat.    Cockpit construction starts with an overall coat of light...

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    Building a Twin Mustang

    In 1973 Monogram Models issued a 1/72nd-scale kit of the North American F-82G Twin Mustang. Reissued several times since then, it is currently out of production and can only be found at model club swap meets and on some hobby shop Web...

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    Modeling Mannock’s S.E.5a

    The Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a was considered superior to any Ger­man aircraft over the trenches from the fall of 1917 until the Fokker D.VII began opposing it in May 1918. What gave the British fighter its edge was a redesigned upper...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Build your own Dambuster

    Revell of Germany’s 1/72nd-scale Avro Lan­caster B Mk. III “Dam­buster” (kit 80-4295) has been called the best model of the British bomber ever produced. The 2009 release, a re­working of the “Lanc” from 2007, can be built as...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Build your own ‘Tank’

    Kurt Tank’s Focke-Wulf Ta-152H is produced in 1/72nd and 1/48th scales by DML (Dragon Models Limited) of Hong Kong. There is little difference between the offerings, but note that these kits were engineered many years ago, and the fit of...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Build Your Own “Arizona” Kingfisher

    Until recently, about the only place to find a Vought OS2U King­fisher model was at model club swap meets. Then Revell USA reissued its Mono­gram Models 1/48th-scale kit of the floatplane (#6907), which is simple and inexpensive, with...

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    Building your own Martin PBM-5 Mariner

    Aviation historians generally agree that if it had not been for the Consolidated PBY Catalina, the Martin PBM-5 Mariner would have been considered the most famous flying boat of World War II. Model kits of Mariners are rare birds, mostly...