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My Long Article On America’s Secret Plan To Confuse The Ploesti Defenses Finally Posted
Took me forever to research and post, but finally finished my long article on America’s secret plan to confused the Ploesti (Romania) defenses:
Romanian citizens reported being attacked by “Soviet” bombers shortly after midday on Sunday, August 1st, 1943. They can be excused for their confusion.
The B-24 Liberators of Operation TIDAL WAVE that penetrated Romanian airspace to attack the oil refineries at Ploesti that day in fact wore a bewildering variety of American national insignia. How this came about is an interesting story.
. . . And Now For Something (Else) Completely Different! (Mi-8/Mi-17 Hip)
Although we got the masters for our 1/48 Mi-8 and Mi-17 Hip helicopter multimedia kits to within a gnat’s eyelash of being completed, they were never publicly released. However, my two HUGE decal sets are now available. Check them out here:
. . . And Now For Something Completely Different! (Bell X-2)
For a variety of reasons, I never completed the masters for our 1/48 Bell X-2 Starbuster multimedia kit, but the deeply-researched decal sheet is now available. Posted some interesting pics, too.
Revell’s Upcoming 1/32 Bf 109G Kit – Markings
With the upcoming release of Revell Germany’s new 1/32 Bf 109G kit now joining the nice kits that Hasegawa brought us earlier, this is a good time to grab some killer markings sets.
Dick Bong’s P-38J "Marge" Model
Our fellow modeler Bogusław “Bodo” Słotwiński sent me pics of his beautiful P-38J “Marge” model that uses my PYN-up Decals markings set. See his pics here.
"All Gone" & "Final Call" Sets List Updated
Some of the good things are sadly coming to an end. The listed decal sets are down to ten or fewer available, or recently sold completely out of stock.
America’s Secret Plan To
Confuse Ploesti’s Defenses
ARTICLE NOT YET POSTED!!! I bet you’ve never heard of this plan.
Tidal Wave Ploesti Update
I just posted a fairly long update on my Tidal Wave (Ploesti) documentary website.
F4H-1, A3J-1, Tu-4, XB-70
Finally realized that I have a few of the decal sets available from several of my resin kits and major conversions, so I’ve just listed them. Please note the resin parts are LONG gone, so these are the decal sets (and in some cases painting masks) only.
Fair Warning (Advanced Notice)
To Non-US Modelers
Shipping and insurance prices for decal packages sent outside the United States have more than doubled in the last two months.
Since starting to sell decal sets out of my personal collection through the Fine Art of Decals website I’ve had one standard charge for outside-US shipping, regardless of how many decal sets you ordered. With the latest HUGE price increase in international mail and insurance from the US Postal Service–based on their agreements with the recipient countries–I cannot continue to ship outside the US for one standard price.
To be as fair as I can, I’m giving you this advance notice (fair warning) that after 10 March 2013 I have no choice but to raise my outside-US shipping, and it will no longer be one standard price for as many sets as you order. From that point on, international shipping will be based on the number of decal sets you order.
However, from now until 10 March 2013 you can order as many decal sets as you wish for the original and much lower shipping/insurance cost. I’m very sorry about this, but it’s completely out of my control.
PLEASE Recheck Your Shipping Address When You Order!
To ensure your decal sets order gets sent and delivered as soon as possible, please make sure your US shipping address is accurately typed when you place your order.
Prior to this last week, only a couple of guys ever mistyped their shipping addresses when they placed their orders. However, in the last week, five guys have entered US addresses that don’t match what the US Postal Service has on file. My mailing software checks all US addresses against the USPS database and if they don’t match I cannot print a mailing label for you.
If the USPS rejects your address as typed, I have to send you an email so you can send me the correct address–THEN I can send your package. You’ll agree this is a PITA for both of us!
Another Big Site Update
While waiting for a consulting client to provide me some crucial information so I can continue his project, I’ve taken the time to go through quite a few cartons of Meteor Productions stuff I have in storage. Found a couple of cartons of decals that must have been part of the remaining stock on the shelves at Meteor when we shut down.
More than 30 new and changed decal sets are now updated on my website. A bunch of the sets I found are Luftwaffe, but there were also jets and Allied stuff as well. Many of the sets are down to the last 4-6 available. Every list has updates
"All Gone" & "Final Call" Sets
All good things must come to an end (but thank God not all at once!). The following decal sets are down to the last 2-6 available, or recently sold completely out of stock.
Major Site Update
Every single list of available decal sets here has just been updated, as the result of the major review and sets count I just completed on what is left in my collection. I’ve removed all the sets that are no longer available and have added several that were down to the last five or six remaining sets.
I decided I’m not going to keep the last few sets for myself, so if any are available at all they’re now listed on the appropriate list. Quite a few are down to the very last few, and I’ll do my best to immediately remove them from this site when they’re completely gone.
Get to the updated lists by clicking the link in the the Jump Box at the top of this page.
Final Part of Dana Bell’s Interview Posted
Part 3 of noted aviation historian and author Dana Bell’s interview of David H. Klaus has just been posted on the Dave’s new Tidal Wave website www.Low-Level-Ploesti.org.
Hear the the wrap-up to their discussion about this controversial documentary about the 1 August 1943 USAAF low level attack on the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania.
1/48 A-20H Model by Reuben Torres — Gorgeous!
Reuben Torres has finished his stunning 1/48 A-20H Miss Behaven. Check out his photos by clicking the link below:
Simple Can Be Beautiful — Reuben Torres’ 1/48 Bf 109E
If you saw the amazing job Reuben did on his A-20H (see above) and were blown away (but maybe a little intimidated by his scratch building), see how great a very simple model can look.
Dana Bell’s Interview Posted
Part 1 of noted aviation historian and author Dana Bell’s interview of David H. Klaus has just been posted on the Dave’s new Tidal Wave website www.Low-Level-Ploesti.org.
Hear the lastest about the new and controversial documentary about the planning, execution, and results of the 1 August 1943 USAAF low level attack on the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania.
1/48 "Early" P-38 Decal Sets (P-38F/
Eduard’s newly released 1/48 early P-38 kit (P-38F/G/H) has joined the older but still excellent Academy releases, so it’s time for a quick update for my 1/48 decal sets for the early P-38s.
Stunning Spitfire Model Pics & Info
Fellow modeler Ruben Torres sent me a couple of photos of his gorgeous 1/48 Spitfire LF.Vb that uses my PYN-up Decals. Very, very talented and very, very cool!
Ploesti/Tidal Wave Voting Reminder
If you haven’t yet voted on my Tidal Wave documentary DVD/Blu-Ray question and preferred attack map question, jump over and vote by clicking the link below:
Madame Pele Photos Update
Thanks to fellow modeler Mike Hammill, I am able to post a few more pics and a bunch more information about the crew of B-24J Madame Pele. Very interesting stuff, and many thanks to Mike for taking the time to share this info with us.
Very Cool 1/48 A-20 In-Process Build Photos
Also from our fellow modeler Ruben Torres come these photos of his stunning (exactly the right word) scratch built interior for his in-work 1/48 A-20. Ruben will be using my PYN-up Decals to finish off his beauty.
Ploesti/Tidal Wave Help Request
(SKIP THIS if you’re not interested in Tidal Wave)
My massive Ploesti/Tidal Wave documentary is coming along very well; the original Romanian film footage is now copied and I just found some outstanding 93rd Bomb Group color footage of Ploesti/Tidal Wave nose art. Really cool stuff. NOTE: It’s too early to order or preorder the basic or deluxe sets, but I’ll let you know as soon as they’re ready to order.
I need your help right now, and I want you to go to my new (unfinished) Ploesti website and vote on a couple of things.
First, for the first 250 people who order my deluxe set, I’m going to include a free, full-size (13″ x 17″), suitable-for-framing, exact replica of one of the official Tidal Wave attack approach map/diagrams used by the pilots and bombardiers on their final low-level runs into their targets. I have originals of all the charts, but will print only one and I need your help in choosing the one to have printed.
Second, I need to know whether you’re interested in having a more-expensive Blu-Ray version of my documentary available in addition to the DVDs, so be sure to vote yes or no on that issue.
Note that voting on these two matters does NOT commit you to buying anything; I just need your feedback to ensure that if you decide to order later you’ll get the things you’re most interested in.
Finally, since many (or most) folks interested in Tidal Wave/Ploesti are not modelers, I need your help in getting the word out to everybody who might be interested in the documentary–it’s important they vote as well. Let them know about the new website!
My new (and severely unfinished) Ploesti website is www.Low-Level-Ploesti.org. Jump over there right now to vote.
From now on I’ll be posting frequent progress and informational updates on the project on www.Low-Level-Ploesti.org, so bookmark the site so you can stay in touch.
A Quick Shipping News
(& Ploesti/Tidal Wave) Update
I have a quick decal sets shipping news update:
You’ve probably noticed you haven’t heard from me for a while. I’m currently living in a long-term stay hotel while my home is being repaired, which also means that I’m not doing any traveling right now.
Amazingly, this means I can actually ship decal sets a bit faster than normal* since I’m in town for the next several weeks due to the reconstruction.
Since only the upstairs (second floor in US parlance) is stripped to the bare walls—or would be if any walls or ceilings were left!—and the downstairs is untouched, I have easy access to my remaining decal stock and can ship every couple of days instead of once a week. The decal sets are securely stored and sustained NO damage during this event or the reconstruction.
FYI, about $60,000 of damage was done to my home, and dealing with the insurance company and contractors has been . . . an experience.
When all these insurance and repair issues are complete, I’m hoping to post an article about what I went through, with primary emphasis on lessons-learned and possibly including a checklist you can save or print out to jump-start your progress if you’re ever in a similar situation. If I’d only known some of this stuff in advance I could have saved myself a bunch of frustration and inconvenience. Maybe I can help you avoid some of this.
Yes, I know house-disaster stuff is not really about modeling. Until you realize that when you don’t have normal access to your home your ability to spend time building models goes to ZERO. So maybe this subject is, sorta, about modeling!
Good luck and good modeling,
* As you know, this is not an actual “business” since I’m selling my remaining decal sets out of my personal home on a time-available basis. For quite a while I’ve been able to ship decals once and occasionally twice a week; since I’m staying in town for a while I’ll be able to ship every couple of days—big surprise to me, and you’ll get your goodies a little faster during this period.
I am getting a ton of work done on the Ploesti/TidalWave DVD set while I’m sitting in the hotel and expect to make several major announcements in the next couple of weeks. Jeez Louise, the project is nearly finished. The first 90% is finished and I’m working hard on the last 90% !
P-47N Short Snorter/2 Big And Too Heavy
One of the most famous (and interesting) fancy nose art fighters of World War II was the 318th Fighter Group’s Short Snorter/2 Big And Too Heavy. Not only was the artwork huge in size, it was rather expertly painted–which was not always the case with nose art!
Battle of Midway Commemoration
Seventy years ago the Battle of Midway was fought between 4 June and 7 June 1942 (an argument can be made it really started on 3 June and ended on 8 June). This battle became the turning point of the Pacific War.
Read the history of the Battle of Midway — with LOTS of cool photos — here.
Manfred von Richhofen’s Dr.Is
The recent Veterans Appreciation Sale nearly cleaned me out of my 1/32 Cutting Edge MvR decal sets, and I’m down to the last seven sets. After that, they’re gone for good. Learn much more about his aircraft here.
Ju 88 in American Markings
Recently found my photos of the Ju 88 in US markings with huge American flags on the fin/rudder and wings. This is kinda fun, and makes an eye-catching model. See the photos of the original aircraft here.
Ploesti DVD Update #5
I’ve received quite a few enquiries about the status of my Low-Level Ploesti DVD set, and it’s clear I need to keep you better updated.
Other than the fact it’s not released yet, it’s all
good great news. I have tons of original film footage in HD video format to use for the history, including some in color. I’ve got a line on some never-before-seen footage as well–I can’t promise I’ll be able to include it, but it’s looking good right now.
One of the major revelations I’ll be making is the stuff General Leon W. Johnson, USAF, Retired (passed away in 1997) told me when I interviewed him when he came to my home for dinner in 1985. Shocking stuff. General Johnson won the Medal of Honor for leading the 44th Bomb Group at very low level into the fierce fire and smoke of a blazing Ploesti oil refinery.
The US National Archives, Air Force History, and numerous other governmental and private collections have yielded some amazing–even astounding–material. It’s a bit too early to discuss all this in detail, but you’ll be blown away (oh, OK, how about this: the final German reconnaissance photos taken of the US airfields around Benghazi only four days before the mission was flown?!!).
It’s a lot of work to create a completely new website, but I’m also working on that right now and hope to have it up soon. I’ll let you know when it’s available. Not only will you be able to grab the DVD set there, I’ll be including quite a bit of additional information that’s too detailed for the film history.
ONCE I GET THE NEW WEBSITE UP, YOU’LL NEED TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE EMAIL LIST THERE AS OTHER THAN A COUPLE OF REMINDERS, I’M NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEND PLOESTI UPDATES TO FINE ART OF DECALS MODELERS. I RECOGNIZE NOT EVERYBODY IS INTERESTED IN THIS SUBJECT, AND I WANT TO LIMIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO THOSE WHO ACTUALLY WANT TO KNOW IT.
Enough for the moment–I’ll let you know as soon as the new website is available.
A Couple Of Perplexing Questions . . .
Over the last couple of weeks several guys contacted my asking what A-10 stuff I have left. This has me a bit perplexed as the remaining 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72 sets are listed on the appropriate decal set pages, but maybe they couldn’t find them.
I suppose it’s more likely they were asking about sets that are completely sold out, or maybe any remaining resin stuff for the ‘Hog, although none of them were that specific. Unfortunately I don’t have any resin stuff left for the A-10 or anything else, so I can’t help there.
However, the remaining Warthog decal sets can all be seen on the A-10 Warthog page I just created, which you can view here.
. . . got the same questions about my F/A-18 Bugs and Super Bugs stuff. What I have left is all listed, but for convenience I’ve gathered all the decal sets listings (no resin left) on the page you can see here.
Hope this makes things a little easier.
Dave’s Rant About Fellow Modelers
– 3rd UPDATE POSTED
Am I guilty? Check here.
B-24J Madame Pele New Photos
Madame Pele had some of the coolest nose art in the Pacific Theater (or anywhere!). The son of the ship’s crew chief recently contacted me and provided some very cool new photos you might not have seen before (or in such high quality). See them here.
F4F Wildcat Photo Page - UPDATED
I’ve always liked the stubby little Wildcat, so for fun I put together a bunch of interesting photos of the bird that I hope you’ll enjoy. See them here.
F-14B/D "Cool Toms" Quickie Update
Only for Tomcat nuts–a quickie update here.
1/32 US F-4 Phantom Decal Sets Problem
Noticed a big problem this week with the 1/32 US F-4 Phantom sets . . . Read more here.
B-17G Little Miss Mischief Update
Got a note from the son of Little Miss Mischief’s pilot and added it to the LMM page . . . Read more here.
1/48 Axis Decal Sets Page Problem
One of our fellow modelers pointed out to me that my 1/48 "Axis" decal sets page for Luftwaffe, Japanese, and other Axis countries was pretty hard to read because something happened to cause the descriptions to run together. It’s now fixed, so at least you can read it now!! . . . See more here.
U-2 Dragon Lady Stories & Pics
Put up some cool pix of Dragon Ladies; more to come soon . . . Read more here.
A-26 Invader Stories & Pics
Put up some cool pix of A-26 Invaders; more to come soon . . . Read more here.
AD/A-1 Skyraider Stories & Pics
My late uncle, Commander Gary M. Witters, USNR (Retired), flew AD-4NA Skyraiders in combat in Korea, and the AD has always been one of my favorite birds. Decided to put up a page dedicated to both my uncle and the Skyraider . . . Read more here.
MORE Cool National Archives Photos
(Plus Extra Bonuses!)
Went back to the U.S. National Archives for more research material on the Ploesti, Romania, oil refineries low-level bombing mission. A few weeks ago I published some of the outstanding photos I’d found on my previous visit, but this time I found a bunch more extremely cool stuff I think you’ll find useful and interesting.
In addition, I’ve added considerable extra bonus material to the photos I posted before. Among other things, you’ll see some of the formerly highly secret extremely detailed research information I used to create some of our most popular decal sets in the PYN-up Decals and Cutting Edge decal lines. So, even if you looked at the links earlier, you’ll want to check them out again to see the added info.
Click the links below to go to the individual pages. These include both completely new pages and signifiantly updated versions of what I showed you earlier.
- B-17G Little Miss Mischief – VERY COOL!
- B-17G Mary Alice
- B-17G* Tiger Girl
- B-17G Duke of Paducah
- B-17G Ruby’s Raiders
- B-24J Madame Pele
- PB4Y-2 The Super-Chief
- A-20J Mama Lou
- B-17F Double Trouble
- B-17F Miss Ouachita
- Ju 87D at Benghazi
- Ju 88 Wrecks at Benghazi
- Kuebelwagen "Nose Art" at Benghazi
Cool Jet Pics
Found a few of the photos we used to make some of our 1950s jet decals . . . Read more here.
Phuntsok Had A Son!
If you visited the Meteor store during the early and mid 2000s, you probably remember my Operations Manager, Phuntsok. She is Tibetan (and the motivation for all those "Free Tibet" labels we had at the bottom of our emails for years).
I really hated to lose her since she was the best employee I ever had. But, she went off to get her MBA and has begun an extremely successful business career. She married her Tibetan boyfriend and they just had their first child, a son they named Namca.
If you ever met her you know she’s an extremely nice person (as well as one of the sharpest people you could ever meet), and I know you wish her well. If you’d like to send along your congratulations, just email me by clicking here and I’ll forward your good wishes to her.
P-61 Black Widow – Early "Sneak Peak"
at Brett Green’s Upcoming Article in
Military Illustrated Modeller Magazine
You probably know Brett Green as the owner of the fantastic modeling website HyperScale. He’s also one of the very best modelers in the world and, somehow, finds time to build a LOT of models. One of his latest is the 1/48 Great Wall P-61 Black Widow . . . Read more here.
National Archives Cool Photos
During my research in the National Archives for more material on the Ploesti, Romania, oil refineries low-level bombing mission, I came across some original 8" x 10" prints of some interesting aircraft subjects. Some of these photos have been published before, but I offer them here due to their very high resolution, which I hope you’ll find interesting. Click the links below to go to the individual pages:
- A-20J Mama Lou
- B-17F Double Trouble
- B-17F Miss Ouachita
- Ju 87D at Benghazi
- Ju 88 Wrecks at Benghazi
- Kuebelwagen "Nose Art" at Benghazi
Ploesti DVD Set Update #4
Honestly, at this point in my life I don’t get too excited about very many things. While my main professional work is interesting and fun and I have a good time, it’s not often something happens that really lights my fire.
The 94-year-old man who painted much of the flamboyant nose art in the 98th Bomb Group (Snow White, Prince Charming, the seven Dwarfs, etc.) lives near . . . read more here.
Dragged Through The Mouth Of Hell: Ploesti, Romania, 1 August 1943 (UPDATE)
Quite a bit of new news and progress on the multiple-DVD film history of this famous low-level B-24 mission against the oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania. Read more here.
The 1/32 Tamiya P-51D Kit Is Out
Some Of The Few Remaining
B-52 Decal Sets!)
Doggone it. I just got my Tamiya P-51D kit (as everybody says, it’s gorgeous in the box!) and noticed my 1/32 P-51D decal sets (and BUFFs) special pages somehow dropped off my site. I’ve added it back and you can get there by clicking here.
Combat F-14 Tomcat Nose Art
Another cool "happy accident," courtesy of Belgian modeler Sylvain Beauvais. Sylvain contacted me to ask about the F-14B named "San Antonio Rose," and CAPT Dana "Smudge" Potts, USN, Retired, fills in the backstory.
Learn more here.
Surprising USAAF P-40E In Australia
Every once in a while something really cool happens. Several years ago, a fellow modeler named Mike Schine appeared at Meteor and told me an interesting and surprising story. Learn more here.
REVISED 1/32 F-105B Thunderbirds Decals/Masks Set
F-105B Thunderbirds 1964 Season.Full Thunderbirds markings for BOTH the pre-season scheme and the final show season scheme. Any one of the team’s jets from this season can be built, as all pilots, planes, and crew chiefs are included on the decals. This HUGE set includes a "normal" decal sheet, a special PYN-ups Decals sheet for the "countries visited" decal, and SEVEN 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper templates you’ll use to cut masks from your favorite masking material. All Thunderbirds scalloping is included in the form of masks as it would be impossible to cleanly match up decal pieces and/or to match painted areas to decal colors. Note the national flags insignia is printed using the PYN-up Decals special printing process to give you EXTREMELY fine detail on the flags! Our special thanks go to Brig Gen Paul Kauttu, USAF, Retired, 1964 Thunderbirds team leader, and Paul Stevens, his crew chief on the Thunderbirds team.
Long-Lost 1/48 Fw 190 A-8 from JG 301 Sets Found!
Advanced Research Series Fw 190 A-8 of JG 301. Just got back from a long business trip and was thinking about having found a few misfiled sets of our long-lost 1/48 Advanced Research Series Fw 190D of JG 301 sets. I wondered whether our long-lost 1/48 Advanced Research Series Fw 190 A-8 from JG 301 set might have also been misfiled.
The great news is that YES, twenty-three sets of this decal were in fact misfiled! That means you can grab this long-lost set if you move fast–note that the 14 sets of our Fw 190D set SOLD OUT in the first seven hours after I notified everybody that they were available.
This striking bird, Fw 190 A-8 Yellow 4 Chevron, beautifully showcases the Luftwaffe’s practice of recycling airframe parts. An older fuselage assembly appears to have been grafted onto a new tail unit. It also displays remarkable and unusual red & yellow stripes on the cowling that match the JG 301 RV bands on the rear fuselage. As with our other Advance Research Series decal sets, this one includes really superb quality photos of the plane. (Please note I still have a few of the 1/72 version of this decal set available too.)
23 0 sets available)
Long-Lost 1/48 Fw 190D JG 301 Set
SORRY — ALREADY SOLD OUT!! Advanced Research Series. Thanks to our fellow modeler Alexander Witte, who ordered this set in 1/72 but received a 1/48 set, I discovered fourteen 1/48 copies of this decal set that we thought had been completely sold out years ago. These 14 sets were mis-filed with the 1/72 version and I assumed they were all, in fact, 1/72 scale. I’m very glad they surfaced, as this is a really cool set with very accurate coverage of this interesting and colorful Fw 190D-9 White 12 of II/JG301 Includes excellent photos of the original aircraft and full stenciling. (A few of the 1/72 version are left, too)
Cresswell P-40E Markings Video
Somehow the video I made for you describing and explaining the dramatic RAAF markings on Squadron Leader Dick Cresswell’s P-40E-1-CU (and as depicted in our PYN-up Decals set PYND48025) fell off my website. A bunch of you guys have mentioned this to me, and I’ve finally put it back up.
I think you’ll enjoy it.
PYN-up Decals Curtiss Cuties #2. I found six nose art decals that I didn’t know I had for this set, so I was able to make up six to offer to you! P-40E-1-CU, RAAF/Australia/United Kingdom/US flags on left nose, 77 Sq, RAAF, S/L Dick Cresswell, Goodenough Island, New Guinea, Late 1942. Watch my video for full details on how this bird was marked. The second subject is the well-known and extremely interesting P-40N-5-CU, 49th FG/7th FS, “Empty Saddle”/”Keystone Kathlene,” #20, Maj Arland Stanton, Squadron Commander, Gusap, New Guinea, early 1944. An exceptionally strange aspect of this ship was the national insignia, which was based on a star “cocarde” as used by the USAAF from August 1942 to June 1943 (a simple blue disk where the white star tips touch the outside edge of the blue circle. White bars WITHOUT blue outlines were added to this marking on the wings and fuselage. As noted, the simple star “cocarde” was last officially used in June 1943, well before this ship was photographed in early 1944. The great nose art, along with the white tail surfaces and oddball national insignia make this a noteworthy subject!
Several hundred of our fellow modelers requested that I offer a DVD version of the F9F Panther research video I showed you last October. It’s now available! Order your own copy now and play as often as you want on your computer.
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For the first time ever, you now have
the opportunity to grab your own personal
copy of this highly acclaimed aircraft research video!
How To Avoid
The Nine Common Mistakes
Even The EXPERTS Make About The
The F9F Panther: One of the most beautiful jet fighters of all time—and a crucial element in the development of early United States Navy carrier jet aviation!
This 54-minute DVD teaches you those hidden, “inside secrets” distinguishing the various models of the Panther: the F9F-2, F9F-2P, F9F-3, F9F-4, F9F-5, and F9F-5P. The later F9Fs (dash 6/7/8 Cougars) were technically different and will be the subject of a future DVD.
Watch as noted aviation historian Dave Klaus describes in clear and simple terms the differences between the various Panthers versions. NOBODY will fool you after you’ve seen this research video!
Act right now and grab your own copy of this acclaimed training program that you can watch, pause, and watch again at your own convenience!
F9F DVD Only $18.97
(NOTE: This DVD is shipped SEPARATELY from any other decals or other items you may order at the same time!
Upcoming Ploesti DVD Set
Dragged Through The Mouth Of Hell:
Ploesti, Romania! Nearly 70 years after the mission, the name Ploesti still evokes a strong feeling of respect and amazement. Without doubt the most famous low-level bombing mission of World War II, on August 1st, 1943, 178 huge American B-24 Liberators took off from North African bases to attack the vast oil refining complex surrounding this picturesque old city.
As a serious student and researcher of the Ploesti mission since 1977, I have accumulated a large collection of original photographs, survivor interviews, official and unofficial reports, and inside information about the mission.
My video presentation will cover not only the mission itself (with much never-before-seen film taken on the actual mission), but also the entire context of the mission including the politico-military and economic background, the planning, the training, the mission itself, and the aftermath.
Among many other important historical facts, I’ll trace the experiences of each of the five heroic bomb groups that flew the mission (44th, 98th, and 389th on loan from the 8th Air Force in England, and the 98th and 376th from the North African based 12th Air Force).
Because there’s so much hugely interesting information to share with you, and nobody has time to watch a four hour long movie, I’m splitting all this great stuff into one overview movie and separate movies that go into additional detail on specific subjects. All these movies will be included in the same DVD set, of course.
More recently I’ve taken the time to dig deeply into the US National Archives and found the long-lost original pre-mission briefing films created by the mission planners. This remarkable series of films laid out for the combat aircrews the navigation, approach, targeting, and German defenses they could expect to face.
As I will describe in the video, these films and many of the other training innovations for this mission had never been seen before. The intelligence officers even built a detailed scale model of the Ploesti area. They then mounted a film camera on a child’s tricycle and ran it across the diorama to show the aircrews the actual perspective they’d see during their low-level approach to their targets!*
And yes, these films will be included in their entirety on one of the DVDs in this set! Several other related films will also be included.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available! (Pricing has not been set at this time)
* A British intelligence officer who had previously managed one of the Ploesti refineries was even able to pick out the very villa where he’d lived on the model!
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Other Cool Stuff
Two important things:
First—this is really cool (and unexpected!).
Long time IPMS member and former F-100 Hun driver Don Schmenk offered to autograph TWENTY-FIVE (25) instruction sheets for my F-100D Hun Part 4 decal set.
Now you can grab not only great markings for your Hun model, but also own an original autograph from a legitimate war hero. However, only
25 NOW ONLY FOUR of these very special sets exist and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.
1/32 F-100D Hun Part 4 SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION AUTOGRAPHED VERSION! MULTIPLE SHEET SET. This Special Version decal set has the instruction sheet autographed by long-time IPMS member Maj Don Schenk, whose "Mary Jane/Carol Ann" is one of the featured schemes! F-100D-50-NH, 55-2901 "Colleen," Lt Joe Vincent, 31 TFW/309 TFS, Tuy Hoa, RVN, Spring 1970 (SEA camouflage scheme); F-100D-25-NA, 55-3604, "skull," Lt Col Harold "Bunny" Comstock, 27 TFW/481 TFS Commander, Bien Hoa, RVN, July 1966 (silver paint scheme); F-100D-20-NA, 55-3580 "Mary Jane/Carol Ann," Maj Don Schmenk, 31 TFW/308 TFS, Late 1969 (SEA camouflage scheme). Comstock’ "skull" jet displays seven iron cross kill symbols from his WW II kills. Schmenk’s "Mary Ann" includes both early and late versions of the crew data blocks and tail markings. Special thanks to pilots Joe Vincent & Don Schmenk, both IPMS members, for all their help during the creation of this set.
Second, several decal sets are nearly (and permanently) gone.
To my huge surprise, only
SIX FOUR ZERO of my 1/48 Israeli F-4/RF-4 multiple sheet decal set are left. We printed 7500 of these decal sets . . . and when you have that many around, you kinda think they’re gonna last forever. So, I was shocked when a guy ordered one of these sets a couple of days ago and I realized that only SIX FOUR ZERO remain. I feel like an era is passing!
1/48 Israeli Kurnasses. ALL ARE GONE; SORRY YOU MISSED THEM! Research and artwork by Raanan Weiss, of IsraDecals. This HUGE double sheet set allows you to model almost any Israeli F-4E, F-4E(S), or RF-4E! This set also has a very detailed instruction sheet set.
Speaking of which, the other Israeli decal sets are very low as well, with no more than 5 of each remaining.
1/48 Israeli Bazes. Research and artwork by Raanan Weiss, of IsraDecals! This set allows you to model almost any Israeli F-15A/B/C/D Baz in the air superiority scheme! Very detailed instructions accompany this amazing decal set.
1/72 Israeli Kurnasses. Research and artwork by Raanan Weiss, of IsraDecals! This HUGE double sheet set allows you to model almost any Israeli F-4E, F-4E(S), or RF-4E! This set also has a very detailed instruction sheet set.
1/72 Israeli Bazes. Research and artwork by Raanan Weiss, of IsraDecals! This set allows you to model almost any Israeli F-15A/B/C/D Baz in the air superiority scheme! Very detailed instructions accompany this amazing decal set.
1/32 Israeli F-15A/B/C/D Aces & MiG Killers of the 1980s. EXTREMELY LOW QUANTITY–less than 17 sets left! Research and artwork by Raanan Weiss, of IsraDecals. This set allows you to model almost any Israeli F-15A/B/C/D Baz in the air superiority scheme–many with nose art, kill marks, and drop tank artwork! Some of the jets included are "Commando," Falcon," Sky Blazer," "Beating Wings," "The Star," "Thunder," "Arrow Shot From A Bow," "Storm Wind," etc. Additional names can be assembled from included Hebrew nose art lettering.