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Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-31-2015, 10:20 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

At the risk of sounding screwy (which occurs rather frequently, actually), let me say that the F-4 Phantom (dubbed the “Double Ugly”) was once the hottest fighter on planet earth and remains so in...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-30-2015, 10:19 AM
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Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

No question, Boeing’s B-17 was hands-down the best heavy bomber of WWII—despite the fact that its bomb bay and bombload were peewee sized (compared to British bombers) and the Japanese and Germans...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-29-2015, 09:50 AM
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Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

The AT-6 Texan put the “He” in “Hero”! This grand old warrior not only transitioned pilots from biplanes to monoplanes in the USAAF, the US Navy, the RAF, and other air forces of the British...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-28-2015, 06:24 PM
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Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Three more graphics for your viewing pleasure ...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-28-2015, 08:58 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Quick: Can you name the one Allied warbird the Luftwaffe respected (and feared) more than any other?

I can: The de Havilland Mosquito.

And what makes me think so? German fighter pilots were...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-26-2015, 09:48 AM
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Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Five more graphics ... enjoy! :D
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-25-2015, 08:59 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

As implausible as it sounds, the Ju-88 had American roots. Though credited to Junkers chief designer, Dipl. Ing. Zindel, American Alfred Gassner and German associate W. H. Evers actually designed...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-24-2015, 10:26 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Any sane military diecast collector will tell you, the Century Wings F-14 Tomcat is by far the most cherished, coveted, sought-after USN jet model in the entire universe (at least until the Hobby...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-23-2015, 07:29 PM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

More graphics, sans narratives ... enjoy! :envy:
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-23-2015, 10:39 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

It's downright mindboggling that a group of men designed the B-52 over a weekend in a hotel room binging on Dr. Pepper sodas, but it happened just that way. On October 21, 1948, Boeing Chief Engineer...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-22-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 640
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Gouch, thank you for you kind comment. I very much appreciate it, believe me.

cng123, a "good price" depends on how desperately you covet a particular model and the size of your savings account....
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-22-2015, 09:58 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Most experts agree that "Heinemann's Hot Rod," the A-4 Skyhawk, was among the best jet aircraft to ever serve with the US Navy and Marine Corps. It was small, light weight, speedy, could lug some...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-21-2015, 06:21 PM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

A few more graphics, sans narratives, for your viewing pleasure ...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-21-2015, 08:50 AM
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Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

In April of 1934, the Reichluftfahrtministerium (RLM or State Air Ministry) issued a spec for a Zerstörer, or "destroyer," a long-range, two-engined, two-seater aircraft intended to accompany German...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-20-2015, 08:17 PM
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Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Thank you, checking6. The pleasure is mine.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-20-2015, 01:51 PM
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Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

A few more graphics for your viewing pleasure ...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-20-2015, 10:52 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

The Douglas A-26 "Invader," though a doughty, lethal light/medium bomber and high-speed assault platform, was available only in limited numbers by 1950 and could fly only in clear-weather. The Korean...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-19-2015, 10:46 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

During the Korean War, the United States Navy wasn’t entirely enthused with its less-than-dazzling carrier jets; so in 1952 it submitted a request for a fighter that could top Mach 1.2, climb at...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-18-2015, 10:50 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

"The Bf-109 always brought to my mind the adjective’sinister.’ It has been suggested that it evinced the characteristics of the nation that conceived it, and to me it always looked lethal from any...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-17-2015, 09:08 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

"One Lancaster is to be preferred to four Halifaxes. That Halifaxes are an embarrassment now and will be useless for the bomber offensive within six months if not before. That all attempts to boost...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-16-2015, 09:18 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Jimmy Collins, they say, had a wicked sense of humor and a taste for fine women. As he climbed into a prototype F3F "Flying Barrel," Jimmy smiled easily, gave a smart salute, and flew his mount to...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-15-2015, 08:30 PM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Thank you, cjg476 and Rmac757, for your kind comments. So glad you're enjoying these nutty little narratives.

:envy: Dave
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-15-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

History, they say, brims with irony, and WWII was definitely no exception. Alfred Gassner, an American (in concert with a German associate) designed the fabulous and entirely successful two-engined...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-14-2015, 09:54 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Remember Top Gun, when Goose and Maverick inverted their Tomcat over that Ruskie jet and flipped an uproarious middle-finger salute at the pilot? The fictitious "Mig-28" the Russian flew was...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-12-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Thanks for the "thanks," Kangaroo. Means a lot. :D
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-11-2015, 10:35 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Experts agree that the Fokker D VII was the best fighter of World War One. It weighed just under 2,000 pounds, measured 23 feet in length, with a wingspan of 29 feet 4 inches. Late models, powered by...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-09-2015, 09:51 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

The Nakajima B5N 'Kate' was Japan’s best torpedo bomber of the Second World War and the world's best in 1941. This nasty little cuss played a major part in every victory following Pearl Harbor (for...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-07-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 640
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Offspring of the Northop YF-17 "Cobra," the F/A-18 Hornet proved itself a hard-drivin’, superbly capable warbird in the hands of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The RCAF cast wonton eyes on...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-04-2015, 09:52 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

During the Cold War (and after), the USAF’s SR-71 was a speedy little demon that outran every plane, anti-aircraft battery, and guided missile the Soviets could chuck at it—until the Mikoyan MiG-31...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-02-2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

An aeronautical truism suggests that if an aircraft doesn’t serve well in one capacity, it undoubtedly can in another—and excel. You need only look at the Hawker Typhoon, which was meant to fly...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-01-2015, 10:21 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

"All modern aircraft have four dimensions: span, length, height and politics. TSR2 simply got the first three right." - Sir Sydney Camm.

The BAC TSR.2 (British Aircraft Corporation, Tactical ...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-30-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 640
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

It was August 1, 1943, and the Vagabond King, B-24 Liberator #42-40787, was getting shelled up one side and down the other over Ploesti, Romania. German gunners had found their mark, anti-aircraft...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-26-2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 640
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

I have a hunch that had this little scrapper gone toe to toe with the Japanese it would have far outshone its USN contemporaries and won everlasting fame. As it was, the Bearcat arrived in theatre...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-25-2015, 08:36 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

It's unpardonable, but this little honey of a superstar remains comparatively obscure, a bird so adept at its job that onlookers stood spellbound as it took off in less than 200 feet, hovered over...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-24-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

"The Messerschmitt Me 262's most dangerous opponent was the British Hawker Tempest - extremely fast at low altitudes, highly-maneuverable and heavily-armed."
—Hubert Lange, Me262 pilot

Is...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-23-2015, 09:32 AM
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

When first introduced, the Curtiss SB2C was anything but a big splash. The beast handled so poorly and posed such a hazard to crews that Captain Joseph J. Clark, Captain of USS Yorktown, recommended...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-21-2015, 06:40 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Easy Model vs Altaya

I own Easy Model and Altaya models, and I’ve always puzzled over why some members consider them second-rate. I've had nothing but good luck with them: Of the many I’ve purchased, only two Altaya...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-21-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

I admit it: I've got a thing for the IAF; I dig its cool desert camouflage schemes and gutsy, gifted pilot cadre. As for the Kfir, it's one of my favorite IAF warbirds. I really like her sharp little...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-19-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 640
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Call me silly, but the F-18 Hornet is bad-to-the-bone good lookin', the Brad Pit of modern fighters. Which isn’t to say other contemporary warbirds aren’t gorgeous, too. But something about the old...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-18-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

In the late 1930s, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was hell bent to produce an extremely fast, unbelievably nimble, and robustly armed fighter. To achieve this, the company sacrificed armor protection...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-17-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

I'll bet you don't know these tidbits about the SR-71 …

1) Though it hasn't flown since 1999 (officially), it's still the certified record holder for the fasted manned jet-powered aircraft....
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-16-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Rant time …

I'm just flat out gonna say it: The USAF should ditch its "Kick the A-10 Warthog under the bus " crusade. Stop robbing the Warthog to pay for the F-35 and let the thing continue...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-15-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Somewhere just above the 20th parallel, December, 1972, 0300 hours, a stick of bombs blew a North Vietnamese Battalion HQ to kingdom come, bodies and equipment flying everywhere. Survivors saw no...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-14-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 640
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Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

If F-4 Phantom IIs from around the world strutted their bodacious metallic bods down a New York fashion-show runway, the Greek contestant would draw insane, thunderous applause. Because for pure...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-13-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

Though the Westland Lysander bore a passing resemblance to a gooney bird, the aircraft acquitted itself splendidly during the Second World War, winning praise and adulation from its pilots and...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-11-2015, 11:29 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

About the last two things an F-105D Thuderchief jock wanted to see over Vietnam was a SAM or Mig-21 on his six. Either one could spoil his day in a rippin’ big hurry.

Really, you’ve got to...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-09-2015, 11:15 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

"No other troops in the world but German paratroops could have stood up to such an ordeal and then gone on fighting with such ferocity."
- Field Marshal Alexander at Monte Cassino Abbey,...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-06-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 640
Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

As those who lived through the Blitz could attest, the He-111 was the fiendish symbol of Hitler’s malevolent, maniacal lust for world dominance. All across Europe, Russia, the Mediterranean, and...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-04-2015, 10:22 AM
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Views: 65,190
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Gone but Not Forgotten

If you like modern warbirds, you've gotta love the ol' General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 Falcon, one of the best fighters in its class and a favorite among turn-'n-burn aficionados. The...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 11-03-2015, 06:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,750
Posted By Richtofen288
Re: Ebay and diecast - your experience?

My eBay experience is undoubtedly common: About 95% of the time I experience so-so to good to excellent service: the models themselves arrive in reasonable condition and relatively swiftly. The...
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