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  1. 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
  2. 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)
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Sorry to step in late... the base mentioned earlier is RECHLIN. It is located about 100km northwest of Berlin just south of the Müritz lakeside area. Still, it may be visited and it has got a small museum on that spot. There is a story about test-flying that particular B-17 (and lots of others) Hans-Werner LERCHE Testpilot auf Beuteflugzeugen One of the episodes in there is how he flew the B-17 to Vienna in order to show it around to the fighter jocks and others. I remember what wrote about scaring the sh*t out of a pilot doing training on FW Stösser ... If there is an English version available, I don’t know. Since it was published by Motor Buch, it might have come from Motor Books in the US. whoever is interested in more: The German modelling magazine MODELL-FAN had quite number of documentation about “Beuteflugzeuge” . greets thomas
  10. Druxey, that much I know about the danish archive, the less I know about the NMM archive. I wasn‘t able to locate those. So, thank you very much. Best regards Thomas
  11. Wood plan of Cruizer Class Sloop needed Hi I have been contacted, if I had something to identify a possible cruizer sloop wreck. So, does anybody know of a „wood plan“ of a cruizer class ship? I mean those cut through plans were one could see the internal woodwork from? A ship‘s lines plan does not tell much, if you have a worn out shipwreck to identify. Any hints most welcome Thomas
  12. From here, it looks great ! What scale it is in ? Regards Thomas
  13. Keith, as uninspiring the website of the vendor looks, the better is the plan set. I find the plans very much complete, it meets certainly high standards. As far as it comes to my opinion, I would say the plans may complemented with some photos, may be from Beken of Cowes or others, like you have it, and that should do for an almost perfect model even in larger scales. Greets Thomas
  14. Michael, I am sorry it took me some days to see your thread. I see you are building the GERMANIA NOVA. I do not know, how much it differs from the original. There is a quite good set of commercial drawings in 1:50 scale available from the original GERMANIA, 3 sheets. Vendor is HARHAUS MODELLTECHNIK in Germany. http://www.harhaus.de The description can be downloaded here: http://www.harhaus.de/hmhh12467.PDF I do have the plans, too. Once upon a time I felt to build a model of this awesome racer. Regards Thomas
  15. Great to see you here! Greets Tom
  16. Hi, you asked for books and other sources to use: I found the books of MARQUARDT and of CHAPELLE quite helpful. For later ships, you may refer to LEATHER, MIDDENDORF and UNDERHILL. Greets Thomas
  17. Hi, I would start with a copy of Cpt PAASCH - FROM KEEL TO TRUNK That is a multi-lingual dictionary of naval terms available in various editions. The smaller one ist in english french german and spanish, I think. The larger edition provides more languages. You may get reprints, originals and digitized version on the various channels Link: ( https://books.google.de/books?id=WiHnBAAAQBAJ&dq=paasch+from+keel+to+trunk&hl=de&source=gbs_navlinks_s) For the most questions, this should provide adequate answers. If you have questions left open, you may ask me. Best Thomas
  18. Haze Gray, an ambitious project you are running. Since you didn't drop a word about your sources except a Russian forum: I wonder if you know about the Builder's yard plan sets available from the French Navy Historians (Service Historique de la a Defense). The web site is currently offline, but there are enough backup copies around. Regards Thomas
  19. You may have a look at his website: http://karl-heinz-marquardt.com Greetings Thomas
  20. Hi everybody, here in Germany is a quite vivid card model building scene. Just came back from a local exhibition in Stolberg (near Aachen) and want to share some of the pictures I took. Keep in mind the scale is 1:250, so the tugs fit in the palm of your hand...
  21. Hi friends, I came across a book that might be of interest to those who are interested in old steamships, tugs and other port vessels, or simply in ice-breaking itself. Documentation is rare. Here's the review: M. Görz und M. Buchheister Das Eisbrechwesen im Deutschen Reich Reprint der Ausgabe von 1900 (Icebreaking in the German Reich) (Reprint of the book from 1900) This book is a most complete documentation of the ice-breaking business in imperial Germany. Authored by M. Görz and M. Buchheister, both were directors of waterway administration in imperial Germany and therefore experts on ice-breaking business. When this book was compiled, ice-breaking was quite a young shipping discipline: Just for 25 years this bunch of specialised ships was in existence. The German Imperial Reich, by itself just a quarter of a century young, developed to a mighty industrial nation. Steam power and industrialisation did change the structure of the economy in deep and the volume of transportation increased dramatically. Ice on the waterways and in the ports, as was normal since ever, now disturbed the growth of economy, since production went on in summer as in winter times, materials had to be supplied and products had to be delivered. Another aspect of the ice-breaking business is the prevention of severe flooding of the river neighbouring communities due to ice barriers building up. Continuos ice-breaking by ships during the winter time could prevent this. This principle works until today. Germany was united in 1871/72 to a single imperial Reich. Thus centralised, the administration started work on a number of development projects, so the foundation, development and refinement of infrastructure projects throughout the Reich. The objective to keep waterways open for the whole year, could be tackled with the newly developed iron ships with a reliable steam propulsion. It still needed some research on the optimal shape of the hull, especially the bow and the ship‘s construction to withstand the brutal forces of the ice. At first, the book leads through the geographic facts of the rivers and waterways in focus, the technique of ice-breaking to move on to the technical facts of the ice-breaking vessels on the various arenas. In Germany, the waterways showed a wide variety in terms of location, size, ability to serve as a waterway, climate conditions, shipping volume, ports and, finally, the icing conditions: Located in the east of Germany with it‘s harsh winters the Weichsel, Nogat, Memel, Pregel, the port of Danzig and the river Oder. In the north the port of Kiel with the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal (the Kiel canal), the port of Flensburg. In the west the rivers Elbe, Weser, Rhine with the ports of Hamburg, Cuxhaven, Bremen and Bremerhaven, Duisburg. The first chapter is focused on geography and ice-breaking in general, which didn‘t happen exclusively by ships. Especially usage of explosives is given some room, but at the end, long-term minded ice-breaking can only be done by specialised ships. The second chapter focuses on ice-breaking ships in the various scenarios and regions. Information is provided about purchasing, design and construction, specialties, sizes and measures, technical data of the vessels, especially about those: „Eisbrecher I“ (Hamburg 1871), „Eisbrecher II“ (Hamburg 1877), „Hofe“ (Hamburg 1877), „Trave“ (Stettin 1879), „Weichsel“ (Danzig 1880), „Montau“ (Danzig 1882), „Simson“ (Hamburg 1883), „Ossa“ (Danzig 1884), „Ferse“ (Danzig 1884), „Königsberg“ (Elbing 1885), „Stettin“ and „Swinemünde“ (Stettin 1888), „Siegfried“ (Kiel 1888), „Berlin“ (Stettin 1889), „Nogat“ (Danzig 1889), „Möwe“ (Hamburg 1889), „Wal“ (Uebigau n. Dresden, 1889), „Delphin“ and „Robbe“ (Uebigau n. Dresden 1889), „Wodan“ (Bremen 1889), „Lüneburg“ (Hamburg 1890), „Steknitz“ (Lübeck 1891), „Eisbrecher III“ (Hamburg 1892), „Elbe“ (Hamburg 1892), „Eisbär“ and „Walross“ (Stettin 1892), „Widder“ (Stettin 1892), „Molch“ and „Salamander“ (Uebigau n. Dresden 1892), „Donar“ (Bremen 1892), „Schwarzwasser“ (Danzig 1894), „Brahe“ (Elbing 1894), „Prussina“ (Danzig 1894), „Scorpion“ (Uebigau n. Dresden 1895), „Drewenz“ (Schichau 1896), „Welle“ (Danzig 1896), „Schlange“, „Eidechse“ and „Drache“ (Uebigau n. Dresden 1892), „Fribbe“ (Danzig 1898), „Wakenitz“ (Lübeck 1899) The third chapter give insights into operations, effects and costs of an ice-breaker. Besides a view into the economical figures of ice-breaking operations, the authors show various operation profiles ind the various environments (medium river, large river, port, near-shore sea bay). By the documentation of chapters 1 and 3, the reader gains a good insight into the „ice business“. The annex to the book includes reproductions of maps of the mentioned waterways, graphical statistics to climate and ice data, and a number of drawings of some of the mentioned ice-breaking vessels. This is usually a look to the side, from the top, from the bow, some cutaways and a frame line drawing: „Weichsel“ (Danzig 1880), „Ossa“ (Danzig 1884), „Ferse“ (Danzig 1884), „Nogat“ (Danzig 1889), „Schwarzwasser“ (Danzig 1894), „Welle“ (Danzig 1896), „Fribbe“ (Danzig 1898), „Stettin“ and „Swinemünde“ (Stettin 1888), „Berlin“ (Stettin 1889), „Trave“ (Stettin 1879), „Eisbrecher III“ (Hamburg 1892), „Elbe“ (Hamburg 1892), „Hofe“ (Hamburg 1877), „Möwe“ (Hamburg 1889), „Wal“ (Uebigau b. Dresden, 1889), „Delphin“ and „Robbe“ (Uebigau n. Dresden 1889), „Walross“ (Stettin, 1892), „Widder“ (Stettin 1892), „Lüneburg“ (Hamburg 1890), „Donar“ (Bremen 1892), The Maps and technical drawings of the annex could not be reproduced in the original size due to technical reasons. Originally, the vessel‘s drawings are in 1:100 scale. The editor of the reprint offers a service to provide those pages as in the original book size or in a scale specified by the reader: So, if you want to build a model in 1:48 scale, you can order the plans in 1:48 right away. A order form is provided with the book. Super! Summary: The well-known author focused on ice-breaking vessels, Christian Ostersehlte, said it this way: „For the Paris World Exhibition in 1900, the waterway administration directors Görz (Danzig) and Buchheister (Hamburg) issued a big-body book to be a standard documentation about the ice breaking business in Germany. Since many archives (especially in the eastern part of Germany) have disappeared since, this rich designed book for todays historians means a fountain of information about the early history of ice-breaking business in Germany.“ Whoever is interested in the history of waterway shipping, tugs and ice-breakers, especially about steam propelled working-vessels around 1900, should know this book; This documentation is now available in a good reproduction for the own archive. ISBN 978-3-8495-0293-5, hardcover, 308 pp, many images: 250,-€; available in bookshops, internet bookshops or from the reprint‘s editor: Helmut Wedemeyer, Kohlmarkt 22, 25554 Wilster, Germany. (e-mail: info@wedemeyer.de) Image: exemplary drawing #30 - Eisbrecher „Trave“ (editors allowed publication of sample image)

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