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Baltic Fighter of World War

The Truth and a Little Bit of What If…

STASH IN THE ATTIC

The Project

The practice of modelling aircraft and other subjects in what if schemes has in recent years become quite a respectable endeavour within the hobby. This was not always the case. The appearance of a series of injection moulded semi ictional Luftwaffe types in Revell boxes in the late 1990s was regarded by some modellers as being almost heretical. An engrained view within the hobby is an absolute dedication towards detail and strict accuracy. Modelling something that never was is a break with this tradition. It is not however a break from modelling as an art form. Most modelling that takes place in the UK is fantasy orientated, and what if aircraft projects are just a step along that path.

The best what if projects are those that are irmly rooted in a plausible reality. With only just a tiny change of circumstance, many aircraft projects could have been built and entered service. Even more plausible are real aircraft that should, and in some cases almost did, carry very different marking and liveries to those normally associated with the type. Concorde in Virgin Atlantic or Japan Airlines markings would be a classic project in this vein, as would the F-16 in New Zealand markings or an F-20 Tigershark as a US Navy aggressor.

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