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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 not true. Boss did not design the infamous uniform, and probably not any other military clothing, either. He did manufacture them, however, being one of

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 Doolittle Raid, but this time, we’ll concentrate on the less appreciated Martin B-26 Marauder. In 1939, the military issued a call for a high-speed, long-range twin-engine

Mission Models Hobby Paints on Cyber-Hobby FERDINAND 150100

Ferdinand was a heavy assault tank designed by Porsche and built by Nibelungenwerke, especially for the needs of the Eastern Front. Ferdinand’s design was based on Porsche’s Tiger – VK 4501(P) prototype which proved to be prone to mechanical failures and was rejected in favour of Henschel’s prototype. It was decided to utilize 90 of the pre-production chassis for another project. First proposal was to convert them into carriers for 150mm or 170mm heavy howitzers

Nuts & Bolts Volume 36: Büssing’s schwere Pz.Spähwagen Part 2 – schw.Pz.Spähwagen (7,5 cm) (SdKfz.233), schw.Pz.Fu.Wg (SdKfz.263) (8-Rad) & Panzermesskraftwagen

The latest title from the Nuts & Bolts team is part two of the Pz.Spähwagen series. Although I have other great reference works such as the Panzer Tracts for scale plans and production information, this is still a worthy addition to the library. Since the title’s target group includes modelers, I will state that AFV Club recently released kits of the Sd.Kfz. 233 & 263 in 1/35th scale. As printed, the book has 208 pages not

Hands on Vallejo Metal Colors

Howdy folks! Hope you all are doing and modelling great. Here's another interesting topic that I had to work on because frankly, I was really interested in checking out how good and effective in real life the Metal Colors from Acrylicos Vallejo are. To give these colors a real life test, I decided to use some of them on the nice 1/72 Electric Lighting F.2A model kit from Airfix. There were 2 main reasons why I wanted

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 advanced and planes reached higher and higher altitudes, goggles eventually became unsuitable because they would freeze over and couldn’t protect against the glare of the

Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa

In the spring of 1942, the Japanese had surprising air superiority in the Pacific. This was achieved by the much lauded Mitsubishi Zero of the Imperial Japanese Navy and its army counterpart, the Nakajima Ki-43. At the beginning of its six and a half year production, the Ki-43 was a formidable adversary for contemporary Allied designs. Its appearance was a complete surprise, and its superior performance helped a number of Japanese fighter aces establish their

A look at Tamiya’s XF-84 & XF-85

A not too long time ago in not a galaxy too far away Tamiya added a colors to their mini jars paint chart. They were colors suited for British and Japanese modelling subjects. Soon local hobby shops and online retailers updated their paint racks with these news Tamiya colors. However this didn't happen with the colors below as it did with the British and Japanese colors. By the time this entry was drafted, many known online

Nuts & Bolts Volume 34: Sd.Kfz. 7 – 8 ton Zugkraftwagen Krauss-Maffei and Variants

The latest title from the Nuts & Bolts team is on the SdKfz 7 series. Although I have other great reference works such as the Wings & Wheels publication for photos and Panzer Tracts for scale plans and production information, this is still a worthy addition to the library. Since the title’s target group includes modelers, I will state that Dragon, Tamiya, and Trumpeter have all released kits of this halftrack in 1/35th

1/32 Revell Fw190 F-8 (Build Log UPDATE)

I was excited when I heard that Revell was going to introduce yet another kit in 1:32. I have been impressed with their Uhu and with their Bf109s. I am also very pleased at the price...I paid less than $30 (delivered) for this. Once I got the kit in the mail, I inspected the sprues and was was very taken with the quality and detail. My experience with their 109s is that the fit would/should

Support the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler.

Just in from the Boeing Company Thank you for your continued support of the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler. We wanted to let you know that the Growler is featured on the June cover of Boeing’s Frontiers magazine. In this story, you’ll hear first-hand from EA-18G Growler flight crews stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island who operate and maintain these aircraft. Boeing’s electronic warfare fighter jet is used extensively in combat today. By detecting enemy threats,

Zoukei Mura Pro Zetsu Nippers

This is now my favorite tool to cut parts free from the sprue… After seeing some lively discussions on side cutters as used for plastic modelling, I found two camps formed between users of Tamiya and those using Xuron products. Not having a Tamiya side cutter, I fell into the latter having a Xuron knock-off, Testors Modelmaster (made by Xuron) sprue cutter, and Xuron’s 2175ET professional sprue cutter. For me, the test is how cleanly it