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Note:  ASM's World War II 1/48 Scale Model Display was discontinued at the National Atomic Museum
on January 31, 2009 due to the museum's move to their new venue and a lack of display space at that site.
ASM is searching for a new, appropriate venue for the display, and hopes to reinstate it in the near future.
Stay tuned to this webpage for further information.  Thanks to all the ASM members who loaned models
for the display and for making it such a great success at the Atomic Museum for the last 12 years.
Several models made by ASM members are expected to still be exhibited at the new museum.

Update:  ASM's World War II 1/48 Scale Model Display has been resurrected at the
New Mexico Veteran's Memorial and Museum, beginning on August 8, 2009.
Click here to see the new display:  New Mexico Veteran's Memorial Model Display

Click on items below to go to those sections

Map of Museum Exhibits showing location of ASM Model Display in purple font.

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The National Atomic Museum is the nation's only congressionally chartered museum of nuclear science and history. 

The museum was established in 1969 as an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early research of

nuclear development through today's peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

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Link to National Atomic Museum website:

ASM’s WW II 1/48th Scale Model Display

at the National Atomic Museum

This ASM display covers the history of World War II, and the events leading to the development and

use of the atomic bomb.  The display is broken down into the Pacific and China-Burma-India (CBI)

theaters of operation in one case, and the European and Mediterranean theater of operation

in the other.  Major time periods and battles/campaigns are highlighted in a timeline approach,

with the models being accompanied by historical information, pictures, patches, etc.  The

display grew out of a previous ASM project supporting the USAF 50th Anniversary,

celebrated in 1997-1998, which had ASM displays at the National Atomic Museum

and two locations on Kirtland Air Force Base.  The National Atomic Museum is the

nation's only congressionally chartered museum of nuclear science and history.   The museum

was established in 1969 as an intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from

early research of nuclear development through today's peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

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Pacific and China-Burma-India Theaters                         European and Mediteranean Theaters

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Pacific and China-Burma-India (CBI) Theaters of Operation Display

Left Case - Shelves top to bottom:

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European (ETO) and Mediterranean Theaters of Operation (MTO) Display

Right Case - Shelves top to bottom:

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WW II Display Cases as of Dec 7, 2008:

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Models in the ASM Display

Pacific and CBI Display ETO and MTO Display Overall Count
Models Currently On Display 40 38 78
Models Under Construction 3 5 8
Models Still Required 4 6 10
Total Models When Complete 47 49 96

Color codes above are used in listings below to indicate models completed, under construction and still required.

Pacific and China-Burma-India (CBI) Theaters of Operation
Shelf 1 - The Japanese Offensive 1941-1942 - American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) - Pearl Harbor Attack - Doolittle's Raiders
China-AVG Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor

Doolittle Raiders

Hawk 81 A-2 A6M2 Zero B5N2 Type 97 Kate D3A1 Type 99 Val P-36 Mohawk P-40B Warhawk B-25B Mitchell
John Tate John Tate John Tate Juan Benitez Larry Horyna Don MacBryde Frank Randall
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Shelf 1 - Continued  -  The Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway
Coral Sea Midway Midway Midway Midway
F4F-4 Wildcat F4F-4 Wildcat SBD-3 Dauntless PBY Catalina TBD Devastator
Fred Franceschi Juan Benitez Fred Franceschi Brian Peck TBD
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Shelf 2   -  Guadalcanal Island 1942-1943 /  New Guina Campaign
Guadalcanal Guadalcanal Guadalcanal Guadalcanal New Guinea Ops
G4M1 Betty Ki 43 Oscar F4F-4 Wildcat F4U-1 Corsair P-39F Airacobra
Brian Peck Larry Horyna John Tate Fred Franceschi Fred Franceschi
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Shelf 2 - Continued  -   Island Hopping 1943 - 1944  -  New Guinea Camapaign
New Guinea Ops

New Guinea Ops

New Guinea Ops

New Guinea Ops New Guinea Ops
P-40N Warhawk P-47D Thunderbolt A-20G Havoc P-38H Lightning P-40M Warhawk
Don MacBryde Dave Boehning Fred Franceschi Fred Franceschi TBD
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Shelf 3   -  Island Hopping 1943 - 1944 - Philippines Campaign


Philippines Philippines Philippines Philippines
Ki 84 Frank N1K1-Ja George D4Y1 Judy B-25J Mitchell P-38J Lightning
John Tate John Tate John Tate Don MacBryde Mike Blohm
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Shelf 3 - Continued  -  Philippines & Mariannas Campaigns  - China-Burma India (CBI) Theater


Mariannas CBI CBI CBI
P-61B Black Widow F6F-3 Hellcat P-40N Warhawk P-51B Mustang P-47D  /  P-51D
Mike Blohm Dave Boehning John Tate John Tate TBD
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Shelf 4   -  The Central Pacific Drive 1943 - 1944  -  Japanese Homeland Defense

Japan Homeland Defense

Japan Homeland Defense Japan Homeland Defense Japan Homeland Defense Japan Homeland Defense
B7A1 Grace J1N1Gekko Ki 61 Tony Ki 44 Tojo J2M3 Jack
John Tate Don MacBryde Brian Peck Rick Peck John Tate
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Shelf 4 - Continued  -  The Assault on Japan
Assault on Japan

Assault on Japan

Assault on Japan Assault on Japan Assault on Japan Assault on Japan Assault on Japan
Landing Craft Mechanized Mk III  (LCM3)  1/72 P-51D Mustang P-47N Thunderbolt TBM-1C Avenger SB2C Helldiver F6F-5 Hellcat US Navy
Fighter Pilot
Mike Blohm Mike Blohm Mike Blohm Don MacBryde Fred Franceschi Mike Blohm Mike Blohm
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Shelf 4 - Continued  - The Assault on Japan

Assault on Japan

Assault on Japan Assault on Japan
MXY-7 Ohka F4U-1D Corsair B-24J Liberator
Mike Blohm TBD Mike Blohm
Under Construction Under Construction


European (ETO) and Mediterranean (MTO) Theaters of Operation
Shelf 1   -  Battle of the Atlantic 1939-45 / Homeland USA Operations - Training & Coastal Defense / Mediterannean Ops - North Africa
Battle of the Atlantic Battle of the Atlantic U.S.A - Homeland Operations MTO - North Africa Operations MTO - North Africa Operations MTO - North Africa Operations

MTO - North Africa Operations

U-107 U-Boat Liberty Ship T-6 Texan  Tuskegee Airman Dewoitine D.520 A-36A Apache A-20B Havoc B-25D Mitchell
Mike Blohm Mike Blohm Juan Benitez John Tate Don MacBryde Fred Franceschi Fred Franceschi
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Shelf 1 - USA Operations / Mediterannean Operations - North Africa
U.S.A - Homeland Operations U.S.A - Homeland Operations MTO - North Africa Operations MTO - North Africa Operations MTO - North Africa Operations
O-59 PT-13/PT-19 G.55 P-40F Warhawk B-24D Liberator
Under Construction


Shelf 2  - Combined Bomber Offensive  (CBO) 1942 - 1944 - Reich Defense Forces - USAAF Fighter Escort
Reich Defense Reich Defense Reich Defense Fighter Escort Fighter Escort
Bf 110G-2 Bf 109G-10 Fw 190F-8 Spitfire Mk Vb P-38G Lightning
Brian Peck Fred Franceschi Phillip Spaeth John Tate Mike Blohm
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Shelf 2 Continued  - Combined Bomber Offensive  (CBO) 1942 - 1944  -  USAAF Fighter Escort
Fighter Escort Fighter Escort

Fighter Escort

Fighter Escort
P-51B Mustang P-47D Thunderbolt   Razorback P-47D Thunderbolt Bubbletop P-51D Mustang
Fred Franceschi Fred Franceschi David Boehning Brian Peck
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Shelf 3   -  Meriterannean Operations in Italy / 9th, 12th and 15th Air Operations - Close Air Support & Tactical Bombers
MTO - Italy Ops MTO - Italy Ops MTO - Italy Ops MTO - Italy Ops 9, 12, 15 AF Ops 9, 12, 15 AF Ops

9, 12, 15 AF Ops

Mc.202 Folgore Spitfire Mk Vb Trop Mosquito DH98 F-8 P-51D Mustang Tuskegee Airman P-47D Thunderbolt B-26 Marauder A-26C Invader
Juan Benitez John Tate Juan Benitez Juan Benitez Rick Peck Mike Blohm John Tate
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Shelf 3   -  Tactical Airlift /  D-Day Operations
9, 12, 15 AF Ops D-Day D-Day D-Day D-Day




C-47 Skytrain/Dakota US Army
1/72 Scale
Landing Craft Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP)  1/72 DUKW
1/72 Scale
M4 Sherman
1/72 Scale
LVT-4 Buffalo and Jeep
1/72 Scale
Flak 36 88mm AAA Gun
1/72 Scale
SdKfz 251 Half-Track
1/72 Scale
John Tate Mike Blohm Mike Blohm Mike Blohm Mike Blohm Mike Blohm Mike Blohm Mike Blohm
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Shelf 4   -  Combined Bomber Offensive 1944 - 1945  -  Reich Defense Forces  /   8th Air Force Operations
Reich Defense Reich Defense Reich Defense Reich Defense Reich Defense Reich Defense
He 219 Uhu Fw 190D-9 Me 410 Bf 109K Me 262A Schwalbe Me 163 Komet
David Boehning Don MacBryde Brian Peck Phillip Spaeth Patrick Dick Reid Langerman
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Shelf 4 Continued  - Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) 1944 - 1945 /  8th Air Force Ops / Wizard War: V-Weapons & Jets
8th Air Force 8th Air Force 8th Air Force V-Weapons V-Weapons Reich Defense

U.S. Jets

B-17G Flying Fortess P-51 D Mustang P-47M Thunderbolt V-1 / F-103 V-2 / A-4 Ba 349 Natter P-59A / P-80
John Tate Mike Blohm TBD Mike Blohm Reid Langerman Reid Langerman TBD
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Shelf 4 Continued  - US Army Land Offensive - Battle of the Bulge
US Army German Wehrmacht
M4 Sherman
Medium Tank (1/48)
Panzer Mk IV
Medium Tank (1/48)
Mike Blohm Jim Guld
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ASM Member Model Loans / Contributions:

John Tate:  17 (+1) Mike Blohm:  13 (+8) Fred Franceschi:  12 Don MacBryde:  7 Juan Benitez:  5
Brian Peck:  6 David Boehning:  4 Reid Langerman:  3 Larry Horyna:  2 Rick Peck:  2
Philip Spaeth:  2 (+1) Patrick Dick:  1 Frank Randall:  1 Jim Guld:  1


"National Atomic Museum Display Highlights"

Articles from past ASM Newlsletters (publication date in parenthesis)


D-Day Additions at Atomic Museum Display (July 2007 Newsletter)

By Mike Blohm, ASM M-24, IPMS 10602

The latest addition to ASM’s model display at the National Atomic Museum is a small vignette depicting some of the armored vehicles, boats, and equipment used on D-Day, the Allied invasion of Europe at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. 

The display has long-lacked some military vehicles and ships.  There are only a few 1/48 scale armor vehicles that can be used to stay in scale with the aircraft in the display, but there are no invasion craft available in 1/48 scale.  Therefore I chose to go with 1/72 scale to get a group of armor vehicles as well as ships for the D-Day vignette.

The additions included an M-4 Sherman tank, a DUWK amphibious truck, and a Landing Craft Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) “Higgins Boat” representing the Allies, and a 88mm Flak 36 AAA gun and a SdKfz 251 half track representing the German defense. 

The models are grouped around a map of the invasion area and a description of the beach defenses used at Normandy.  Posted behind the vignette are a grouping of pictures from D-Day, and info placards for all the vehicles. 

Future additions to the D-Day vignette include a Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM) ship, and Panther and Tiger tanks.  A 1/48 scale M-4 (Early) Sherman will also be added shortly. which will be separate from the D-Day display.

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Atomic Museum Display Update  (August 2006 Newsletter)

By Mike Blohm, ASM M-24, IPMS 10602

There have been several recent additions to ASM’s 1/48 scale model display at the National Atomic Museum. These include:

Dave Boehning - F6F-3 Hellcat and He-219 Uhu

Philip Spaeth - Fw-190A-8 and Bf 109K

Reid Langerman - Me-163 Komet, Ba-349 Natter, and V-2

Rick Peck - P-47D Thunderbolt (9 AF)

Brian Peck - P-51D Mustang

The total model count is at 68, with 37 in the Pacific/China-Burma-India Theaters of Operation display case, and 31 in the European and Mediterranean Theaters of Operation display case. Check out all the models on the ASM website at:

We still need some 1/48 scale armor in the display. Tamiya has been issuing some kits that are certainly candidates for you armor fans in the club to show off your talents at the museum: U.S. M-4 Sherman in early and M4 A1 versions; U.S. M10 Tank Destroyer; German Panzer Mk IV Ausf J; German Panther Ausf G, and German Tiger I and King Tiger versions.

It would be nice to add some 1/700 ships into the display. Does anyone want to build a USS Hornet with B-25’s on the deck, and an accompanying destroyer on a water base? That would look great sitting next to Frank Randall’s B-25B in the "Doolittle’s Raider" display. I’m working on a Liberty Ship to go with the U-107 U-Boat currently in the display.

Please let me know if you’re interesting in contributing to the display. Thanks for your support!

Reid Langerman - Ba-349 Natter Reid Langerman - Ba-349 Natter, and V-2 Reid Langerman - Me-163 Komet Reid Langerman - Ba-349 Natter and V-2 Rick Peck - P-47D Thunderbolt (9 AF)
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Supermarine "Spitfire" Mark Vb Trop (July 2004 Newsletter)

Article by Mike Blohm, IPMS #10602, ASM # 24

Model by John Tate

This article highlights one of the recent additions to ASM’s display at the National Atomic Museum - a Supermarine "Spitfire" Mk Vb Tropical built by ASM master modeler John Tate. This 1/48 scale Tamiya kit depicts a Spitfire Mk Vb flown by 1Lt Sylvan "Sid" Feld, assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group, 12th Air Force, based at Sbeitla, Tunisia in June 1943.

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John built this Spitfire kit out of the box with the exception of the cockpit, which has an aftermarket resin seat with belts. To complete an accurate Sutton harness, John strung a single, scratch built seatbelt from the rear of the armored seat rest into the rear fuselage, with retaining wire, as per the real aircraft. John examined photos of Feld’s aircraft and determined that his Spit had a rare "Type B" scheme. Almost all other USAAF Spitfires had the more common "Type A" scheme. The upper surface was painted in a weathered approximation of RAF Mid-Stone and Dark Earth. John painted the underside light blue, rather than the darker RAF Azure Blue or Mediterranean Sea Blue, as examination of photos of RAF aircraft in desert schemes disclosed that a surprising number were painted light blue instead of the more familiar, darker underside colors. John states that this was true of Feld's Spitfire as well. Paints were a combination of Testors, Humbrol and various acrylics. John’s Spitfire does not have a radio aerial, because as John pointed out, that from the Spitfire Mk. II on, RAF Spitfires had VHF radio sets, which replaced the HF set that used the radio wire. Decals were from the Tally-Ho "Supermarine Spitfire Mk V Aces, Part I" sheet.

Sid Feld, with nine aerial victories (9 confirmed, 0 probable, 1 damaged ) in the Spitfire, is the top-ranking American "Spitfire" ace. He was the top ranking ace of the 4 FS, and the 4th ranking ace of the 52 Fighter Group "Nomads." Feld was commissioned and rated a pilot on 4 Feb 1942, and then joined the 52 FG. He scored 9 victories in the Spitfire between March and June 1943, with 6 kills being scored in the month of April alone. Feld scored 7 kills in the spitfire Mk V and 2 in the Mk IX. He was known as a very ferocious pilot and he sometimes unnerved his own squadron members. Feld scored one "double" on 19 Apr 1943 (an Fw 190 and a Bf 109) north of Tunis, Tunisia. After completing his tour with the 52 FG, Feld was transferred to the 410 FS, 373 FG in Sep 1943 for a second tour in Europe. He was downed by flak on 13 Aug 1944 in the Argentan area while flying a P-47D, and became a POW. He was then the unlucky victim of a U.S. bombing raid on Germany, being wounded on 20 Aug 1944 by an exploding bomb. He died of his wounds the following day, 21 Aug 1944. Sid Feld is amongst the least remembered USAAF aces of WW II, but he flew his Spitfire with devastating results.

As of the March 2004 model drop-off, there are 59 models in ASM’s display. New pictures of the display are available on the website, with more to be posted soon. Aircraft model "needs" are also listed on the website, but models of 1/48 scale armor and figures are also needed. Please contact me if you have a quality model that you’d like to include in the collection.

Mitsubishi G4M1 Type 11 "Betty"  (April 2001 Newsletter)

Article by Mike Blohm, IPMS #10602, ASM # 24

Model by Brian Peck

This article begins a new series that will cover ASM models already on display at the National Atomic Museum. The Museum is located on Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque NM.

This month’s subject is a Mitsubishi G4M1 Type 11 "Isshikirikko", Allied code name: "Betty" built by master modeler Brian Peck. This 1/48th scale Tamiya kit depicts a G4M1 of the 761st Naval Fighter Group based in Japan in 1944. The G4M was the Imperial Japanese Navy’s premier bomber throughout WW II. It was developed in 1937 and was used as a land-based bomber and torpedo bomber. The Navy’s insistence on long range (2,000 miles) with a full bomb load came at the expense of armor and defensive capabilities, resulting in a highly vulnerable aircraft. The G4M flew its first missions in SE China in May 1941. More than 250 operated in the Philippines and Malayan campaigns, but the Solomons battles in Aug 1942 highlighted its vulnerabilities. It was nicknamed the "one-shot lighter" by the Allies. The "Betty" was the most widely built and used Japanese bomber, with 2,479 produced. Late versions of the "Betty" were modified to carry the Yokosuka MX-Y-7 "Ohka" (Cherry Blossom), a 1-seat piloted missile, Allied code: "Baka" (Fool) used in Kamikaze suicide attacks with a launch range of approximately 50 miles. G4M data – crew: 7; armament: 4 x 20mm cannons and 1 x 7.7mm machine gun (late models); max speed: 283 mph; range: 3,132 miles (early models); 2,262 miles (late); bomb load: 1,764 pounds.

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Douglas A-20B "Havoc"   (May 2001 Newsletter)

Article by Mike Blohm, IPMS #10602, ASM # 24

Model by Fred Franceschi

This month’s highlight subject is a Douglas A-20B "Havoc" built by ASM master modeler Fred Franceschi. This 1/48th scale AMT/ERTL kit depicts "Lady Jean", an A-20B of the 47th Bomb Group, 12th Air Force, based at Youks-les-Bains, Algeria in December 1942. The model was finished in Model Master paints using olive drab and neutral gray. The color photo shows the model as on display at the Atomic Museum. The black and white photo shows the real "Lady Jean" after a belly landing in late 1942 or early 1943. The 47 BG, consisting of the 84th, 85th, 86th and 97th Bomb Squadrons, was assigned to North Africa in Oct 1942 and served in the Mediterranean theater until the end of the war. The 47 BG flew A-20’s and A-26’s (after Jan 1945) on low and medium-level operations in the support, interdiction and night intruder roles. Notable missions included defense of the Kasserine Pass (Feb 1943 – Distinguished Unit Citation), supporting the invasions of Sicily, Italy and Southern France, and sustained operations during adverse weather in the Po Valley to prevent an organized withdrawal of German forces (Apr 1945 – Distinguished Unit Citation).

The A-20 was a 3-seat attack bomber designed by Jack Northrup and Ed Heinemann to meet a 1938 US Army Air Corps attack aircraft requirement. However, it was first delivered to the French in Jan 1940 as the DB-7 and to the British as the "Boston," before coming into use by the United States. Considered a "hot" bomber and very advanced for the time, the A-20 was the first aircraft to be ordered under a "lend-lease" contract. A-20s saw service in every theater during World War II and eventually became the most-produced USAAF attack aircraft - 7,478 were built, with 5,310 for the USAAF, before production ceased in Sep 1944. On 4 July 1942 U.S. crews of the 15th Bomb Squadron, using "borrowed" RAF "Boston III’s" flew the first USAAF bomber mission over Western Europe against Luftwaffe airfields in the Netherlands. A-20’s also served in the reconnaissance role (F-3) and as a night fighter (P-70). A-20 data - Armament: four machine guns - two fixed 0.5 inch in nose, two 0.303 inch aft fuselage; Max speed: 339 mph; Range: 1,090 miles; Bomb load: 4,000 pounds; Cost: $74,000.

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Republic P-47N-RE-1 "Thunderbolt" (June 2001 Newsletter)

Article by Mike Blohm, IPMS #10602, ASM # 24

Model by Mike Blohm

This month’s highlight subject is the latest addition to ASM’s display at the National Atomic Museum - a Republic P-47N-RE-1 "Thunderbolt" built by ASM master modeler Mike Blohm. This 1/48th scale Revell-Monogram Pro Modeler kit depicts "Lil’ Meaties’ Meat Chopper", assigned to the 464th Fighter Squadron, 507th Fighter Group, 20th Air Force, based at Ie Shima Air Base, Okinawa in August 1945.

This P-47N was flown by 1Lt Oscar F. Perdomo, who was America’s last "ace in a day", the last American ace of WW II, and perhaps the last ace of all the WW II belligerents. Perdomo scored all his victories on 13 Aug 1945, two days before the Japanese surrender, on a long-range mission from Ie Shima, Okinawa to Keijo (Seoul), Korea. This 1,800 mile round-trip mission lasted 8 hours and 18 minutes. On his tenth and last combat sortie of the war, and his first encounter with enemy aircraft, Perdomo scored his 5 kills in three separate engagements. He first downed 3 Ki-84 "Franks", then a Yokosuke K5Y "Willow" biplane trainer, and finally a fourth "Frank", all in less than 15 minutes. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for this mission, and became the second ace and the top scorer (5 total aerial victories) of the 507th FG.

Perdomo was a native of El Paso, Texas and joined the USAAF in Feb 1943. He arrived at Ie Shima with the 507th FG in Jun 1945 to fly very long-range escort missions to the Japanese home islands with the P-47N, the long-range version of the "Jug". Perdomo left the USAF in 1950 but he was recalled to duty during the Korean War, and served until 1958. He passed away in 1976. Perdomo’s P-47N-RE-1 aircraft was retrofitted to P-47N-RE-2 configuration with the addition of zero-length rocket launchers, as depicted on this model. His aircraft was named "Lil’ Meaties’ Meat Chopper" after his infant son. The yellow wing stripes and tail are 507th FG markings, while the blue tail stripe denotes the 464th FS.

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Boeing B-17G "Flying Fortress"

Article by Mike Blohm, IPMS #10602, ASM # 24

Model by John Tate

This month’s highlight subject is the Boeing B-17G "Flying Fortress" built by ASM master modeler John Tate. This 1/48th scale Monogram kit depicts "El Lobo II", a B-17G heavy bomber assigned to the 749th Bomb Squadron, 457th Bomb Group (Heavy), 1st Bomb Division, 8th Air Force, based at Glatton, England in the summer of 1944. The

457th BG was distinguished by a "Triangle U" tail marking – a diagonal insignia blue tail stripe was added in Aug 1944. In the summer of 1944, colored propeller hubs differentiated the group’s individual squadrons, with the 749th BS being blue. The "F" on El Lobo is an individual aircraft call-letter.

The 457th BG was activated in Jul 1943, trained on B-17s, and was transferred to Glatton, England in Jan 1944, its sole base throughout WW II. The 457th BG was made up of the 748th, 749th, 750th, and 751st Bomb Squadrons. The Group flew its first mission on 21 Feb 1944 during "Big Week", the concentrated heavy bomber attacks on the German aircraft industry. Until Jun 1944, the 457th BG flew missions against strategic targets such as aircraft factories, oil refineries and ball-bearing plants. In early June they bombed targets in France in preparation for the invasion, and then on D-Day bombed coastal defenses on the Cherbourg peninsula. In Jul 1944 the Group resumed the strategic bombing role through Apr 1945. The 457th BG sometimes flew support and interdiction missions, doing so in the St Lo breakthrough (Jul 1944), the British airborne attack on Holland (Sep 1944), the Battle of the Bulge (Dec 1944 – Jan 1945), and the assault across the Rhine (Mar 1945).

Developed beginning in 1934, the B-17 was the first four-engine bomber put into production by the U.S. Army Air Corps. The USAAF operated B-17D, E, F and G versions during WW II, and they saw service in every theater. B-17E’s were the first weapon of the U.S. 8th Bomber Command in England, and they began three years of strategic bombing on 17 Aug 1942. B-17s made the first American raid on Germany on 27 Jan 1943. A total of 12,487 B-17s were produced for the USAAF, with the B-17G was the most produced version. The B-17G added defensive improvements to increase survivability, including a nose turret and staggered waist guns. Some carried the H2X radar. B-17s and B-24s flew the daylight portion of the strategic Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO). "Forts" were also used for reconnaissance, air/sea rescue, and as radio-controlled missiles loaded with high explosives.

B-17 Data: Crew: 6-10; Armament: 13 x 0.5 inch machine guns; max speed: 287 mph; range: 2,000 miles; bomb load: 12,800 pounds; cost: $238,329.

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North American A-36A "Apache"    (September 2001 Newsletter)

Article by Mike Blohm, IPMS #10602, ASM # 24

Model by Don MacBryde

This month’s highlight subject is a North American A-36A "Apache" built by ASM master modeler Don MacBryde. This 1/48th scale Accurate Miniatures kit depicts an A-36 of the 527th Fighter Squadron, 86th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force, based in Italy in the Spring of 1944. This aircraft compiled a score of 190 bombing missions, as noted by the long string of marks along the left side of the fuselage. The yellow wing stripes were an MTO recognition marking to distinguish the A-36 from the Me 109. The white diagonal tail stripe denoted the 527th FS. This particular scheme is featured on the cover of Ken Rust’s "Twelfth Air Force Story". Note: There are multiple conflicting sources that claim this scheme belongs to either the 86 FG or the 27 FG; both groups operated the A-36A in the MTO under the 12 AF.

The 86 FG was activated in Feb 1942 and moved to North Africa in Mar 1943. The group began combat with the 12 AF in Jul 1943, engaged primarily in close support of ground forces. The 86th saw service only in the Mediterranean Theater, initially flying the A-36 but later converting to the P-40 and P-47. The group supported the invasion of Sicily, the landings at Salerno, the Allied advance on Rome, the invasion of Southern France, and interdicted enemy transportation in Germany. The 86 FG earned two Distinguished Unit Citations.

The 27 FG was assigned to the Philippines in Nov 1941, but the group’s original planes (A-24’s) were diverted after the Japanese attack. Some pilots were flown out to retrieve their planes and saw service in Java in early 1942 with other units, but the majority of the group fought as infantryman at Bataan and Corregidor, eventually being either killed or captured. The 27 FG name was transferred back to the US in May 1942 and reformed as an A-20 unit. It transferred to North Africa in Nov 1942, was converted to the A-36, and began operations with the 12 AF in Jun 1943. The 27 FG served in the Mediterranean Theater until the end of the war, converting to the P-40 in Jan 1944 and the P-47 in Jun 1944. The group supported the conquests of Sicily, the Salerno invasion, the drive on Rome, the invasion of Southern France, and the Allied drive from France into Germany,. The 27 FG earned five total Distinguished Unit Citations – three of these were for actions in defense of the Philippines

The A-36 was a USAAF attack bomber derived from a design developed to meet a Royal Air Force (RAF) requirement. Originally known as the NA-73, it, took just 117 days from design to first flight. The RAF received 820 aircraft, and named it the "Mustang I." Equipped with an Allison engine, the USAAF adopted the type as the A-36 "Apache" attack bomber (also unofficially the "Invader") and the P-51A "Mustang," and ordered 810. The A-36 and P-51A saw service in the MTO (two FG’s) and Southwest Pacific (one FG) until being phased out in 1944. Armament: 6 x 0.5 inch machine guns; Max Speed: 390 MPH; Range: 450 miles.

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Lockheed P-38H "Lightning"  (March 2001 Newsletter)

Article by Mike Blohm, IPMS #10602, ASM # 24

Model by Fred Franceschi

This month’s highlight subject is the latest addition to the display - a Lockheed P-38H "Lightning" built by ASM master modeler Fred Franceschi. This Hasegawa P-38G/H 1/48th scale kit depicts a P-38H flown by Lt Colonel Thomas J. Lynch in August 1943. Lynch was commander of the 39th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force, in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. The model is finished with Model Master paints, with Olive Drab on the upper surfaces and Neutral Gray on the lower. The decals are from Super Scale sheet number 48-475, with modifications to get the correct shark’s teeth appearance beneath the spinners. The elevator was repositioned, and HO-scale chain-link fence was added as grill work in the air scoop ducts.

Tommy Lynch is the 20th-ranking American ace (tie), and the 15th-ranking USAF ace (tie), with a total of 20 victories (20 confirmed, 1 probable, and 6 damaged). He served two tours in the SW Pacific. During his first tour he rose to command the 39 FS and scored 16 kills; with three being made in the Bell P-400 (export P-39). On his second tour he was assigned to 5th Fighter Command, where he made 4 more kills. Lynch scored five "doubles". His victories included 6 Oscars, 5 Zeros, 1 Hamp, 1 Tony, 1 Dinah, 1 Lily, 1 dive bomber, 3 unidentified fighters and 1 unidentified bomber. Lynch was the 3rd-ranking ace in the SW Pacific when he was killed in action on 8 Mar 1944 during a sweep mission with Dick Bong. The pair attacked Japanese shipping in Aitape Harbor, New Guinea and as Lynch pulled out of the strafing dive, his P-38J lost a propeller and exploded just after he bailed out.

The 35 Pursuit Group (PG) was activated in Feb 1940 and trained on the P-35, P-36, P-39 and P-40. The 35th consisted of the 21st, 34th and 70th Pursuit Squadrons, but in Nov 1941 the first two squadrons were sent to the Philippine Islands and attached to the 24th PG. The 35 PG HQ and 70 PS sailed for the Philippines on 5 Dec 1941, but after the Pearl Harbor attack they returned to the United States. They then set sail for Australia on 12 Jan 1942, but the three squadrons were soon detached and replaced by the 39th, 40th and 41st PS’s. The 3 new squadrons were equipped with P-39s and P-40s and were sent into combat in New Guinea. Here they helped halt the Japanese advance and took part in the offensive to regain New Guinea, flying protective patrols over Port Moresby, escorting bombers and transports, attacking airfields and supply lines, and covering Allied landings.

The 35 PG was redesignated 35 FG in May 1942. The 39 FS re-equipped with P-38s in Oct-Nov 1942, and then converted to P-47s in Nov 1943. The 40th and 41st FS’s retained their P-39s until they also converted to the P-47 at the end of 1943. All three squadrons converted to the P-51 in Mar 1945. The 35 FG served in combat with the 5th Air Force throughout WW II, operating successively from bases in Australia, New Guinea, Owi, Morotai, the Philippines, and finally Okinawa. In 1944 the group began long-range operations in preparation for the invasion pf the Philippines. In Jan 1945 the group operated in support of ground forces on Luzon and flew some bomber escort and fighter sweeps to Formosa and China. After moving to Okinawa in Jun 1945, the group bombed and strafed railways and airfields in Japan. The 35 FG received the Distinguished Unit Citation for action at Papau, New Guinea from 23 Jul 1942 to 23 Jan 1943. The 39 FS "Flying Cobras" scored 183 confirmed victories during WW II, with 53 probables and 62 damaged. Squadron aces of note include Dick Bong (5 victories with 39 FS), Tommy Lynch (16), Ken Sparks (11) Paul Stanch (10), and Richard Smith (7). An excellent book on the 39 FS is "Cobra in the Clouds" by John Stanaway.

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ASM Models in Permanent Museum Displays

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John Tate's "WW I German Soldier" in the History of Warfare Display


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     Mike Blohm's "US-USSR Missiles" in the Missiles of October Display

Monogram's U.S. and U.S.S.R. Missile Display - 1/144 Scale


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Pat Trittles' (former ASM member) two Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers
"Enola Gay" and "Bockscar"
in the Tinian Preflight - First Atomic Mission display

Monogram's B-29 - 1/48 Scale

ASM Models in Temporary Atomic Museum Shows

"Taking Flight" Exhibit

By Mike Blohm, ASM Contest Director

ASM M-15, IPMS 10602

Two models built or modified by ASM are part of the National Atomic Museum’s new "Taking Flight" display that opened on April 12, 2003. The Museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight (December 17, 1903) by putting on an exhibition of the "past, present and future of flight" including both aviation and space exploration. The display includes artwork, artifacts and activities and will run through Spring 2004.

The two 1/72 scale models include a B-36 "Peacemaker" and a B-52 "Stratofortress." Frank Randall built the B-36 for the Cavalcade of Nuclear Bombers display constructed by ASM in the late 1990’s. The B-52 was part of the museum’s own model collection, but needed some massive repair and repainting by Mike Blohm prior to being put on display.

The two models are displayed in two separate cases in the center of the display (see pictures). Each model is mounted on a rod in the center of the case, and is surrounded by period artifacts such as checklists. A two-sided plaque between the cases tells the story of the B-36 and B-52. ASM is given credit as the builders of the models in a placard at the bottom of the B-36 case.

The Taking Flight display looks very interesting, and all ASM members are encouraged to check it out.

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