Wednesday, August 1, 2012

When models meet history

Most, if not all, modelers I meet are armchair historians at heart. Take the models out of our sticky, paint-stained hands and most of us would be watching the History Channel or reading a biography about Zemke, Wittmann, or Halsey. We're aviation, armor, naval, and automotive enthusiasts, and models are one of the ways we get closer to our interests.

That's why this story on Hyperscale caught my attention yesterday. Yufei Mao talks about meeting Zhushu Wang, a fighter pilot with the PLA in Vietnam. He and his wingman shot down an American F-4C Phantom II in 1967. Yufei built a model of Mr. Wang's aircraft, a MiG-19. He describes the model in this article on Hyperscale, and I found this step-by-step of the build on ARC's discussion forum.

BTW, if you're not familiar with Yufei Mao, he's one of the finest modelers in the hobby today. Check out his MiG-29, Su-27, MiG-25, and F/A-18C on ARC.

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