Voyager Photoetch for E-50 Flakpanzer

Voyager Model has announced a new photoetch set for Trumpeter’s E-50 Flakpanzer: PE35506 – WWII German E-50 Flakpanzer (For TRUMPETER 01537).


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2nd Armored Div. Resin Bust

New 1/10th-scale resin bust from Young Miniatures: YM1852 – Hell on Wheels, 2nd Armored Division, WWII. Master by Young B. Song. Painted by Jin Kim.


Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien / Ki-100 Book

kawasaki-ki-61-hien-fighterA new Kagero book release for November 2014 has been announced by Kagero Publishing: Monographs No. 58: Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien/Ki-100 by Leszek A. Wieliczko. The book contains 116 pages, 18 painting schemes, 105 archive photos, 19 pages A4 sheet of scale drawings, and two double A2 sheet with drawings.


A-26 Upper Turret Angles

Diagram of the upper turret fire interruption angles for the A-26, from: Pilot’s Handbook for Army Models A-26B and A-26C Airplanes, AN 01-40AJ-1, August 1945, revised January 1946.


This illustration shows the gunfire intercepting areas and the margins of interruption (approximately) and indicates the limits of gunfire from the upper turret for efficient use of the guns by flight personnel.


Short-Field Takeoffs in the P-61

Instructions for short-field takeoffs in the P-61 Black Widow reproduced from: Pilot Training Manual for the Black Widow, P-61, Office of Assistant Chief of Air Staff Training, Headquarters AAF, Washington, D.C.



Suppose you are on a field pitted with bomb holes. You must get off the ground as soon as possible. However, we’ll assume there are no obstacles to clear. Therefore, you do not have to pick up altitude quickly.

1. Make the usual pre-takeoff check.

2. Lower your wing flaps 2/3.

3. Line up for takeoff as close to the end of the runway as possible.

4. Run the engines to full takeoff manifold pressure (54″ Hg.) against the brakes.

5. Release the brakes and start your run, but keep the nosewheel on the ground as long as you can while picking up speed.

6. Pull the nosewheel off the ground and take off as soon as you have reached flying speed (75 mph at 29,000 lbs. gross weight). Then, raise the wheels and level off to attain critical single engine speed before climbing.

In short-field takeoffs, you may use your water injection system to increase the engines’ horsepower and help you get off sooner.



Fields bordered by obstacles generally are also short. To take off under these conditions, follow the procedure of a short-field takeoff, with the following exceptions:

1. Take off at the last possible moment.

2. After getting off the ground, raise your wheels and climb steeply until you have cleared the obstacle. Then level off to gain speed.


Dragon Tiger I Ausf. H2

Dragon Models has announced a new 1/35th-scale kit in their ’39-’45 Series depicting an unusual Henschel prototype panzer, No. 6683: Tiger I Ausf. H2 7.5cm KwK 42.



Dragon Panzerkampfwagen VI(P)

New in Dragon Models 1/35th-scale ’39-’45 Series: No. 6797: Sd.Kfz. 181 Panzerkampfwagen VI(P) w/ Zimmerit. The model kit depicts the Porsche design for the German heavy tank which would become the Tiger. Five Tiger(P) prototypes were produced, and one saw combat with sPzAbt. 653 as a command tank on the Eastern Front.



M46 Twin MG Pedestal Mount

Illustration of the M46 pedestal mount for twin water-cooled .50 caliber machine guns. (Source: TM 9-230: Machine Gun Mounts for Boats, War Department Technical Manual, October 1943.)

Figure 3—Twin Cal. .50, Machine Gun, Pedestal Mount M46, with Water-cooled Guns

Figure 3—Twin Cal. .50, Machine Gun, Pedestal Mount M46, with Water-cooled Guns


Dragon Sd.Kfz. 251/17 Flak Halftrack

Dragon Models is releasing a new 1/35th-scale kit in their ’39-’45 Series depicting the Sd.Kfz. 251/17 Ausf. C armed with the 2cm Flak 38 — No. 6592: Sd.Kfz. 251/17 Ausf. C (2 in 1)