Category: Educational

Reviews of educational model kits.

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German boots on British soil

Off the coast of Normandy, on the far side of the Cotentin Peninsula from the D-Day beaches, lies an archipelago called the Channel Islands. With cultural and historical ties to early Medieval Normandy, even today, the Queen is locally referred to as “the Duke (sic) of Normandy”, the islands are...

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The cunning of the Russian Bear

When it comes to espionage and counter-intelligence in World War II, most people think of British exploits or the fake vehicles of Patton’s fictitious army group before the Normandy invasion. Today, we’ll look at a lesser-known but impressive operation performed by Soviet agents. In 1941, a Russian called Alexander Demyanov...

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History of the bazooka

Immediately recognizable due to its name and appearance, the bazooka is one of the most iconic weapons of all time. Developed in the early 20th Century, it first saw widespread use during World War II. The development of the bazooka entailed two separate technologies: rocketry and shaped-charge warheads. Like many...

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Operation Tidal Wave

In 1943, with Soviet oil fields getting farther and farther away from Hitler’s grasp, the Third Reich’s need for fuel became a vulnerable Achilles’ heel. British war plans have already identified Germany’s hard-to-serve needs for oil as a weakness before the war and now the Allies saw a chance to...

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Clark Gable, WW-II bomber & gunner

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” While Rhett Butler didn’t care about Scarlett O’Hara’s future in Gone with the Wind, the famous line couldn’t be further away from Clark Gable and the war effort. Today we’ll look at Gable’s actions in WWII. William Clark Gable (1901-1960) was born...

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The uniforms of Hugo Boss

According to popular wisdom, Hugo Ferdinand Boss, founder of the Hugo Boss fashion brand, was responsible for designing Nazi Germany’s military uniforms, most notably the sleek, menacing black SS uniform. It’s one of those bits of trivia that most WWII buff know. To come clear right at the beginning, it’s...

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The Martin B-26 Marauder

Public imagination is more readily captured by the nimble fighters and the formidable heavy bombers than by the light and medium bombers. Most people are familiar with the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator and the B-29 Superfortress. Many would have also heard of the B-25 Mitchell from the famed...

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100th Anniversary of the Tank

Dominating the battlefield for 100 years, the tank was initially designed to break the stalemate of trench warfare and provide infantry units with a mobile, armored base of fire that would give them a significant tactical advantage. Since that time, the tank has developed into an essential component of any...

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Ray Ban the Aviator shades

The Aviator sunglasses Ray-Ban is famous for were first developed for pilots in the war. However, there’s an additional, little-known part to that story. In the First World War, pilots used full goggles to protect their eyes from the wind and the cold in their open cockpits. As aircraft technology...

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Academy Da Vinci Bridge

Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, botanist and writer. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance man, a man whose unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention. He is widely considered to be...