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Those of you who were familiar with the aviation art of Tony Weddel will be saddened to hear of his death. Tony passed away on August 2, 2015 at the age of 73. He had been in a nursing home in Glen Rose, Texas for the last ten years or so as the result of a stroke and heart attack. Most of his prints are no longer available, although a few show up from time to time on ebay. Other than that, eight different prints...including 2 P-38s, a B-17, an Me-410 and a UFO...can still be seen and purchased from http://scalepublications.freeyellow.com/art%20tn.htmlas long as the supply lasts. If you've never seen Tony's work, you've missed a tremendous talent. He was my friend. I'll miss him.
There's nothing like having the original tech orders that specified how camouflage was to be applied to aircraft, both Air Corp and Navy, in WW-II. Even better are the exact specs for insignia and the dates when each insignia style was used. 51 years ago, Jay Frank Dial...a professional modelbuilder and amateur aviation historian...produced a thin book that summarized that information using nothing more than the original tech orders as his source. Jay passed away many years ago and his book has become virtually impossible to find. Since I knew Jay at the time he produced the book, I have an original. To honor Jay and to make that original material available to one an all, I have produced his book in a downloadable PDF format. It has also been enhanced with an index to make finding the information easier, along with ten photos of actual aircraft to help you see what the camouflage patterns really looked like. Viewable with an Adobe Acrobat Reader or print out any or all of it as a hard copy. Price is a paltry $9.99 and can be purchased by going to this link: http://modelersweaponsshop.freeyellow.com/camouflagebook.html