“Midway Group Build” F4F VMF-221
I have not posted for some time and I just wanted to get back into the groove with this add to the “Midway Group Build”. Midway was such an important battle in WWII that I just had to add this as my homage to all those that lost their lives in that battle and to those that continued their sacrifice for our country.
This is a build of the Tamiya F4F that I had started long ago. (I am perhaps like a lot of others that start something then go on to something else. My goal is to finish all the things I have started in the past. We will see…) there is not much to say about this kit that has not already been said. It is a great little kit. This is modeled for VMF-221 which did so much at Midway. I will not swear by the A/C number as I made it up. One can never not like the the F4F for the tough little fighter it was and what it accomplished particularly at the beginning of the War. I have spoken to a number of pilots that flew it and aside from its shortcomings they thought it was a great little airplane to fly. Out of what was learned in battle with the Wildcat, the F8F Bearcat idea was spawned. As a very young kid I remember seeing a Wildcat on a flatbed truck, on Market Street in SF, without wings, and the fuselage full of bullet holes. It was being used to recruit and raise money for War Bonds.
On an interesting note, about a week ago, one of the persons at our lunch group said he had just met a man whose father was Colonel James Neefus USMC,NC, and a pilot of an F4F with VMF-221 at Midway. He was awarded the Navy Cross for actions on Midway. Google his name and it will come up with further info on him. The person that had met his son had limited info on him and if I am able to locate him I will offer him this model if he would like to have it.
Thank you to Louis Gardner for conducting this group and I am happy to add my small touch to the build.
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