From the Hornet’s nest: Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat at Midway

by Boris Rakic on June 4, 2017 · in Aviation — 18 Comments

My contribution to the Battle of Midway Group Build – Hobby Boss’ 1/48th scale F4F-4 Wildcat in the markings of VF-8 from USS Hornet. Established in September 1941, this squadron played a rather unfortunate role during the battle. During the […]

Tamiya P-47D ‘The Reamer’

by Michael Drover on June 4, 2017 · in Aviation — 15 Comments

Hi folks, This is the well known 1/48 P-47D by Taimiya. No introductions are needed for the kit as it is well known and is faultless in its construction. I’ve built it to represent “The Reamer’ flown by Lt. Jack […]

Dick Best – the man who sank the Akagi and won the Battle of Midway

by Tom Cleaver on June 3, 2017 · in Aviation — 13 Comments

Between 1998 and 2001 when he died, I had the privilege of knowing one of the most interesting people I ever met, Dick Best, the man who sank the Akagi and changed the Battle of Midway. As you’ll find out […]

Brewster F2A-3, “Buffalo”

Next, is the 1/48th scale Tamiya kit. This model represents the aircraft flown by Major Floyd B. “Red” Parks, C.O. of VMF-221. Major Parks led the young pilots of VMF-221 against the incoming Japanese strike force. The inital attack came […]

Grumman F4F-4, “Wildcat”

by Frederick J Seitz III on June 3, 2017 · in Aviation — 9 Comments

This model, represents the aircraft flown by Lcdr James S. “Jimmy” Thatch, on the morning strike against the Japanese fleet. In the encounter, he is credited with shooting down two Mitsubishi A6M2, Model 21, Type 0, Carrier Fighters. Later in […]

Nakajima B5N2, Type 97, Model 3, Carrier Attack Plane,

Hey Folks! Kicking off my contributions to this awesome Group Build, (Thank you Louis, for organizing, Martin for allowing, and Chuck for that beautiful introduction and dedication) Is the mount of Lt Tomonaga Joichi, who led the first strike against […]

Tamiya 1/48 Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero, Petty Officer 1st Class Tadayoshi Koga, Battle for the Aleutian Islands

by Louis Gardner on June 3, 2017 · in Aviation — 28 Comments

Today another very significant event occurred exactly 75 years ago. I built a model of this historical plane as part of the Midway Group Build. A link to the build log is listed below. This Japanese Zero, (serial number 4593) […]

In support of the Midway Group Build…

by Editor on June 3, 2017 · in Aviation — 8 Comments

I’m sure that this in-flight diorama of a diving SBD Dauntless from the Moson Models Show will be remembered by many. As we have many SBDs on display today due to the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway, I […]

VMSB-241 SB2U-3

by Tom Cleaver on June 3, 2017 · in Aviation — 8 Comments

The Vindicator at Midway: VMSB-1, the “east coast” Marine Scout-Dive Bomber unit, was renumbered VMSB-231 in October 1941 and sent to the west coast as war clouds gathered in the Pacific. In November, the unit was sent on to MCAS […]

Midway Group Build – VMSB-241 SBD-2

by Tom Cleaver on June 3, 2017 · in Aviation — 8 Comments

Too busy working with the editors on the upcoming “Pacific Thunder” (out in August, you can pre-order on Amazon now) to build anything new for the group build but here’s my Trumpeter SBD-2 from VMSB-241 built a few years back, […]