Believe it or not, whenever any of our magazines show a scale model or full-size plane with even slightly “risque” nose art, I can practically guarantee that I’ll get a few letters from concerned parents who are upset that they have to censor our publication before giving it to their young sons. Modelers will know that the nose art that comes with most ARFs is pretty tame, and all of the scale models I’ve seen have nose art that appears to be in very good taste compared with some of the more interesting art that adorned some warbirds. In one letter, a mom even explained that she and her husband were protecting their young sons from the modern sexual exploitation of women and were raising them to follow the manners and traditions of the “good old days” when women were treated with respect. No, I didn’t write back to explain that the nose art she was complaining about was drawn in the “good old days” of the ’40s … you can’t argue with crazy. In hindsight, I should have taken the opportunity to share the history of aircraft nose art with her, and encouraged her to use that opportunity to discuss WW II with her sons and what those young men, so far away from home, were trying to create when they painted those “risque” pinup girls on their planes. “Briefing Time” on a B-25 has a great double meaning, and I hope it brought a smile to her crew and was a reminder of the good things waiting for them back home. What do you think?
Dec 06, 2011 64 Comments