Photo Album 22 - Black Widow

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Photo Album 2- The Road to Minsk
Photo Album 3 - The Road to Minsk
Photo Album 4- OS2U Kingfisher
Photo Album 5 - Flakvierling
Photo Album 6 - Building the Flakvierling
Photo Album 7 - Dauntless SBD
Photo Album 8 - Dauntless SBD
Photo Album 9 - Channel Gazing
Photo Album 10 - Stuka and Matilda
Photo Album 11- ME-109 and Spitfire V
Photo Album 12 - Anzio
Photo Album 13 - Anzio
Photo Album 14 - Bastogne Aftermath
Photo Album 15 - Normandy Ambush & more
Photo Album 16 - The First Time I Saw Paris
Photo Album 17- Aachen 1944
Photo Album 18 - Aachen 1944
Photo Album 19 - PT109
Photo Album 20 - "Corner Kick" Curtiss P-40
Photo Album 21 - Building "Corner Kick"
Photo Album 22 - Black Widow
Photo Album 23 - Assorted models
Photo Album 24 - Somewhere in Saudi (A-10)
Photo Album 25 - Top Gun Air Show
Photo Album 26 - Top Gun Airshow 2
Photo Album 27 - The Mother of all Battles
Photo Album 28 - The First Night - F-111
Photo Album 29 - My kids are in on the action - Christian's Dioramas
Photo Album 30 - My kids are in on the action - Nicole's Dinosaurs
Photo Album 31 - Coming Soon - Operation Market Garden
Photo Album 32 - The War Room
Photo Album 33 - Antique Ships Restoration Project
Photo Album 34 - Restoration Project II
Photo Album 35 - Restoration Project III
Photo Album 36 - Restoration Project IV
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"Black Widow"
Northrop P-61


Above: One of my earliest works, circa 1978. The P-61 is a Monogram kit, whereas the truck and tanker trailer are among my first scratchbuilt items. The tree trunks are bent sprue - the leaves are cut out notebook paper painted green, and I wrapped them around bent up sections of metal guitar strings. The Northrop P-61 was the first purpose built American night fighter and entered service late in WWII - too late to significantly accelerate the already determined outcome of Allied victory. Nevertheless, the aircraft did have a successful, albeit short, career. It was one of the most technologically advanced aircraft to see combat in WWII.


Above: A close up of the P-61 Black Widow. A ground crewman, painting the red stripe on the aircraft, has dumped his red paint and exclaims his frustration, attracting the attention of his fellow servicemen. The P-61's punch is concentrated in the remotely controlled rotating turret atop the fuselage (.50 cal) and the 20mm cannons in the ventral fuselage. P-61's were painted gloss black in the Pacific, whereas European Black Widows were often painted the standard USAAF olive drab.


Above: The homemade truck and trailer. The truck is a converted "10 cent" toy metal truck, and the trailer is a plastic prescription bottle glued to a homemade chassis. The tarp cover on the truck is a cut out from an old T-shirt. The gun on the truck is from an old busted up B-24 kit. A ground crewman unloads supplies from the truck. The pump engine at the front of the trailer is really a tractor engine from a ground crew set.