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  1. Hi Bruce, that is what I thought: A publication by a museum or collection set up by the curator documenting some exhibits and being distributed in an extreme small number... But anyhow, maybe someone has seen that thing already. I checked with various bookseller portal sites. By the way: All the other stuff from the bibliography of Mowll about the SS Great Britain is already here... Regards Thomas
  2. Whoever wants his own version: Airfix is planning a re-release of this kit in August 2020. Preorder registry is already on. Greetings Thomas
  3. Hi, William Mowll in his book about SS Great Britain refers to his books where he gathered his knowledge about steam propelled ships from. There is a photo of some, but not all were mentioned explicitly in the bibliography section. Especially this book on the upper half of the attached image: Does anybody know this book? I would like to know more about the complete title, author, publisher and may be the isbn.... Best regards Thomas
  4. Hi, it was a guy nicknamed "LtGarp" in the Wettringer Forum (German Language), living in Stuttgart. https://www.wettringer-modellbauforum.de/forum/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=28444&pageNo=58&highlight=kearsarge For example page 58.... In fact, that build is almost incredible. Greetings Thomas
  5. Yes, indeed, the F-104 is a very special bird. A friend of mine used to fly navy on F-104G. Long ago. That thing nearly killed him. A few months ago, we where at a model exhibition near Utrecht... ...and geee! A model builder had exactly his old ship in 1:48 scale on display. That was a moment.... Btw: I do have that exactly kit (F-104G JaBoG 33 flyout 1:32) on my pile. Greetings Thomas
  6. Actually, the same man, two different companies. In Schwerin, Fokker invented the fighter plane with the Fokker E.I / II / III. The reason for the so-called Fokker-plague. The Fokker Triplanes became famous and the Fokker D.VII was the only plane type mentioned in the peace treaty. After the war, Fokker went back to the Netherlands. First, to realize more military planes, but soon starting with civilian airliners. After WW2, some Trainers, turboprop transports and some jet Transportsteuerung were designed and became quite popular with hundreds sold. They produced license-build combat aircraft in hundreds, too, like the F-104. Lateron, EADS (Mercedes Benz) got hold on Fokker and, in Short, did result in a cease of ops. Some remains are still operational, mostly to provide spare parts. Greetings Thomas (Pictures from displayed airframes of the National Aviation Museum of the Netherlands in Lelystad - please support the museums)
  7. Popeye, actually, I don‘t. let put some comments: „StuKa“ is an abbreviation for Sturzkampfflugzeug - dive bomber. The Luftwaffe had in the mid 30ies no real good bombsight, so they decided to deliver ordnance in a vertical way. Like the U.S. navy did, too. Since that is a general term, there where a number of different type capable of dive bombing. The largest of them should be the He 177, which is kind of a huge bird for such a business. I think you refer to the Junkers Ju 87. Focke-Wulf and Fokker are two different companies like Lockheed and Boeing. Fokker was famous for his WW1 planes like the dr.1 triplanes and the d.vii built in the city Schwerin. When Germany was denied to build planes after the war, Anthony Fokker moved to his home country, the Netherlands. His company existed until the 1990ies. Focke and Wulf where two aircraft engineers working together from the 1930ies in Bremen. Wulf died early, Focke restarted after WW2, designed Helis, cars and others up to the 1960ies. Greetings Thomas
  8. The Fortress went straight in some 1000‘ at 130kts, the FW came down straight down from 6high at 4000‘, high speed approach, passed low under the Fortress and pulled up just in front. The best was the „Geronimo!“ on the air band radio. Big fun. You are right: This was for show, a kill would come from 12high, an undisturbed 2 second burst would have cut the Fortress in halves. Showing such an attack in federal German airspace would have brought Léon directly into deep trouble. 😉 Greetings Thomas
  9. How do you like this shot? (No models, real stuff! It is the B-17 from La Ferté! Photo shot in 2009 at Hahnweide) Léon did show a gun attack on an approaching B-17. R.I.P. Leon
  10. Robert Volk propagates a technique to avoid this situation: before planking fill in the space between the bulkheads with wood blocks, that you sand in place in the exact form needed to form the inner hull. The result is a clean hull form you may put the planking on without breaking the planks. Let’s say the result is usually better than the traditional planking just on the relatively small bulkhead surfaces and by far better defined. Robert: may be you could post some illustrations here? Greetings Thomas
  11. Revell Germany has a 1/48th scale B-17 , too.... just in case. btw.: The forms are developed in Germany (Bünde), the kits are produced in Poland. It took quite a while to get this kind of quality, but I am a great fan of Revell Kits: Great quality at an affordable price. Used to visit the factory once and posting a story about them in our magazine „Das Logbuch“. You should see the recent 1/350 scale ship models of the „Platinum“ series: I do have the NEW JERSEY and the TIRPITZ with thousands of parts each, in plastic, metal and wood. Impressive. Currently soaking up pictures an books of both ships... Greetings Thomas
  12. While you mention the "MEMPHIS BELLE"... Once upon a time, about 2005 or so, some B-1 where visiting NORDHOLZ AFB (near Cuxhaven). One of them was named after that famous B-17 that nearly got chewn up by the personal Focke-Force while attacking the Focke-Wulf factory north of Bremen. The Bone was complete with the correct nose art and so on. Back then, parts of the factory were still in place and could be easily identified. It came that I got the Belle's driver to talk to. I asked him, if he is aware of the very special place to his bird, nextby. No. He knew a bit about the B-17 Belle, but not much. OK, I told him, what nearly killed the crew and the bird on her last operational flight. The movie about that was impressive enough (btw: I knew EVERY B-17 on show there... :-) ). So I provided the right vectors to have a glance at this very special place. In the evening, the B-1 departed back to Britain and then back home to Georgia. Going out on Burners, one Bone diverted 110° left en route no the north of Bremen... Now in 2020, most of the old factory buildings and space are gone and it is not easy to tell, where that factory was located. Regards Thomas

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