I’ve been working on a new template : the SBD Dauntless. I’m starting with the SBD-3 and -4 variants of this remarkable aircraft, which bore the brunt of combat against the Japanese in the early years, before it was eventually replaced by the SB2C. Despite being a dive-bomber, it was remarkably nimble once it had…Continue reading Work in progress : SBD Dauntless
Category: World War II
A very significant Tempest : Roland Beamont’s JN751
The Hawker Tempest Mk V only saw frontline service in the last year of the war but proved to be quite a formidable fighter, capable of defeating most German fighters at low altitude and even proving to be a serious threat to the Messerschmitt Me 262, destroying 20 of these jets in air combat. The…Continue reading A very significant Tempest : Roland Beamont’s JN751
More two-seat Spitfires !
This a selection of profiles created for the book Two-Seat Spitfires, the complete history by Greg Davis, John Sanderson & Peter Arnold. Published in 2020, this is the most complete and exhaustive book on the subject, covering all known two-seat variants of the legendary Spitfire.
The Martin B-26 Marauder
These South African Martin Marauder profiles were created for phil Listemann’s book “Squadrons ! No. 35 : The Martin Marauder Mk II” dedicated to the Marauder Mk II. There are some interesting examples of nose art in this set, something not commonly seen on Commonwealth aircraft.
The Spitfire Mk II in foreign squadrons of the RAF
During World War II, the Royal Air Force included many squadrons manned by foreign nationals: Free French, Belgian, Polish, Norwegian, etc. Phil Listemann’s book Squadrons ! No.34: The Supermarine Spitfire Mk II – The Foreign squadrons is dedicated to the Spitfire Mk II as used by these squadrons. Here are some to the profiles that…Continue reading The Spitfire Mk II in foreign squadrons of the RAF
This is an incomplete list and a work in progress, which will be updated progressively. Please feel free to make suggestions or corrections in the comments section ! Typically, presentation names were painted in yellow capital letters with a height of four inches, but there were many exceptions to this “rule”. I’ll be writing a…Continue reading Presentation Spitfires
The Brewster Buffalo
Although the maligned Brewster Buffalo’s performances did not place it at the front of the pack, it was nevertheless a robust and capable aircraft whose poor reputation is undeserved. The Finns proved the aircraft was a fighter to be respected, with 36 Finnish pilots becoming aces on the Buffalo. These profiles were created for the…Continue reading The Brewster Buffalo
The most famous aircraft of all time ?
“Memphis Belle” was a Boeing B-17F-10-BO Flying Fortress and one of the first B-17 to complete 25 combat missions. It was named after pilot Robert K Morgan’s girlfriend Margaret Polk, a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. After completing its tour of operations, the aircraft returned to the US for a war bond tour and propaganda. After…Continue reading The most famous aircraft of all time ?
Spitfire Mk Vs of the Royal Air Force’s Norwegian squadrons
The Spitfire Mk V was used by several Norwegian-manned Royal Air Force squadrons during the war. Here are a few profiles created for Phil Listemann’s book on the topic, Squadrons ! No 32 The Supermarine Spitfire Mk V – The Norwegians.
The Beast has arrived
I’ve recently finished creating the template of one of World War II’s most maligned aircraft design: the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, also known as the Beast due to its size and looks. Studying the SB2C’s history was very interesting, and shows that some (but not all) of the criticism against the Helldiver and Curtiss was truly…Continue reading The Beast has arrived