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Chris Bucholtz

New Aviation Editor Chris Bucholtz reporting for duty! I'm pleased to present this month's selection of stories focusing on a particular favorite of mine, the Mosquito.

Oddly, I've never built a Mossie, but not for want of trying. I attempted to build a Mosquito FB.XVIII a few years ago, but, as every modeler experiences at one point, this model turned out to be my cursed kit. Try as I might, I couldn't make this otherwise decent Airfix 1:72 kit turn into a finished model. The Mossie had an odd habit of breaking by itself--I'd work on it for an evening and return the next day, to find the model undisturbed but for a part that had inexplicably fallen off! After two months of taking a step forward and having the model immediately take a step back while I wasn't watching, I shelved it and moved onto something a little less insubordinate!

Last year my local chapter held a contest called "The Fight of the Old Dog," the premise of which was that each member would bring in a kit that had defied the modelers' most desperate efforts. Out came my Mossie. As I stood explaining its evil ways to my fellow members, the left wing neatly separated, plunged to the table and missed my newly-completed Skyraider by inches!

Hopefully, none of your projects will present you with such problems! I invite you to check out the Mossies and other models completed by our authors this month. Let March Mosquito madness commence!

--Chris Bucholtz

Feature Articles
By Various Builders
DML's Arado Ar234
By Forest Dalton
Minicraft's XF5F-1 Skyrocket
By Tom Cleaver
Doing Metal Foil Finishes
By Marv Howell


New Releases and First Looks
New Releases
Resin detail sets and new books from several publishers.
First Looks
AML's 1/72 A6M2-K, Aviation Usk's 1/72 Ki76 Stella, Blue Max's 1/48 Bristol Fighter, Eduard's 1/48 Yak-3, Minicraft's 1/144 Boeing 377, Newman R&D's 1/72 X-38, Rosemont's 1/72 Farman F.40bis, and Sword's 1/72 SO3C Seamew.


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Air Intelligence
1999 Modelers'
Reference Guides

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1/48 Scale Guide $25.00
1/72 Scale Guide $25.00
HH-43 Huskie Color
Reference Guide $15.00

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