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WOMAM models — history in miniature at the Wings Over Miami Air Museum

24 June 2015

This diorama as well as these models are part of the permanent exhibition at WOMAM (Wings Over Miami Air Museum)

OS2U Kingfisher base ops diorama — photo by Joseph May

OS2U Kingfisher base ops diorama (note the OS2U under taxi as well as the painted backgrounds) — photo by Joseph May

Models made by masters are a wonder since:

  • A lot of history can be displayed in three dimensions in a small volume
  • Rare, no longer existing and costly aircraft can otherwise be seen
  • Multiple color schemes of the same aircraft type can be exhibited by using several models — hardly likely to occur with the real thing
  • Thinking-out-of-the-box modifications can be presented
  • Dioramas can evoke visceral feelings and these are much more likely to occur at scale since the mind “wakes up” when the eyes focus on small representations such as dioramas and television
Northrop B-35 model — photo by Joseph May

Northrop B-35 and Horten Ho 229 (often also called Gotha Go 229, note the four Fritz-X guided glide bombs which are a theoretical armament) model — photo by Joseph May

Nieuport 17 model by Eduardo G, Salcedo — photo by Joseph May

Nieuport 17 model by Eduardo G. Salcedo (though it appears to be a Spad 13, with thanks to reader Pal D. in the comments) — photo by Joseph May

de Havilland Mosquito fighter (note the flat, not divided, windscreen) — photo by Joseph May

de Havilland Mosquito fighter (note the flat, not divided, windscreen which is a mark of a Mosquito fighter variant) — photo by Joseph May

Martin PBM-5 Mariner model — photo by Joseph May

Martin PBM-5 Mariner model — photo by Joseph May

Flock of de Havilland Lysander models — photo by Joseph May

Flock of de Havilland Lysander models — photo by Joseph May

Gotha G.IV model — photo by Joseph May

Gotha G.IV model — photo by Joseph May

LTV F-8 Crusader model loaded for bear with AIM-9 as well as AIM-4 missiles and variety of bombs (it must have required air-to-air refueling minutes after taking off!) — photo by Joseph May

LTV F-8 Crusader model loaded for bear with AIM-9 as well as AIM-4 missiles and variety of bombs (it must have required air-to-air refueling minutes after taking off!) — photo by Joseph May

Dornier Do X model (a flying ship instead of flying boats in more ways than one) — photo by Joseph May

Dornier Do X model (a flying ship instead of a flying boat in more ways than one) — photo by Joseph May

License made Cierva Autogiro (Pitcairn PCA-2) — photo by Joseph May

License made Cierva Autogiro (Pitcairn PCA-2) — photo by Joseph May

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 25 June 2015 02:28

    Some mighty fine model work there…

  2. Paul D. permalink
    25 June 2015 10:43

    It’s a Spad 13, not a Nieuport 17.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      26 June 2015 23:36

      Yes, you are correct — the sign notwitstanding. Thank you. I used the vertical stabilizer as a check.

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