Midway Group Build recap…
Greetings everyone !
It has been a little over a week since our reveals were completed from our Midway Group Build.
The turn out was more than spectacular and exceeded my expectations by a long shot. I never dreamed that it would have done so well.
We had numerous article postings added (that were Midway related) during the reveals from others who had not originally been part of the Group Build. This was like icing on the cake. It made the turn out even greater !
Here’s an autographed 1/48 Hasegawa SBD Dauntless built as flown by AND signed by Lieutenant Commander Richard Best (who was the Commanding Officer of VB-6 from the USS Enterprise) that was provided by Rick Wilkes.
I sincerely thank everyone who posted something Midway related, whether it was part of the original GB or not. This would not have turned out as good as it did, had we not had such a great team effort.
Here’s an example of that teamwork:
My friend Greg Kittinger had a great idea and was kind enough to pass it along to me… He asked if I had planned on posting an article that showed the builds that were done from our Group, sort of like a recap of what went on over there.
So as part of Greg’s suggestion, I went through all of the original Midway GB postings, and pulled a picture (or two) of the models that were part of the build.
Here’s what I came up with, in random order:
In keeping with the SBD Dauntless theme, here’s Greg Kittinger’s 1/72 scale SBD Dauntless, with a lot of scratch building work done on the flaps… Yes it’s 1/72 scale !
Chuck Villanueva’s 1/48 scale Douglas TBD Devastator as flown by Ensign George Gay…
Tom Bebout’s 1/48 Hasegawa D3A “Val”
Boris Rakic’s 1/48 Hobby Boss F4F-4 Wildcat…
Jim Bert provided this stunning photograph of a derelict artillery piece that was left behind by the Japanese in the Aleutians.
to go with his own Japanese artillery…which is a Fine Molds kit of a Type 41, 75 MM cannon.
Here’s one of my entries… It’s the Monogram 1/48 Douglas TBD Devastator.
Followed by another 1/48 TBD this time by Freddie Seitz III. This is the Great Wall kit.
Here’s Tom Bebout’s 1/48 AMT P-40
and his Monogram Classics P-39…
Chuck Villanueva built another beauty with his Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SB2U-3 Vindicator
followed by my rendition of P.O. Koga’s “Akutan Zero” using a 1/48 Tamiya A6M-2 kit.
Rick Wilkes had these two wonderful Japanese builds, both in 1/72 scale
Nakajima B5N “Kate”
and Rick’s Aichi D3A “Val”
Here’s another fabulous example by Freddie Seitz III, with his 1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat
This one is my 1/48 scale Monogram PBY-5A Catalina, that I built right out of the box. (other than a minor alteration to the landing lights)
Rick Wilkes was on a roll, and was knocking out some very nice 1/72 scale kits. Here’s a few more examples of Rick’s work:
Airfix 1/72 F4F Wildcat
1/72 Douglas TBD Devastator
and his fabulous 1/72 A6M Zero…
Here’s another one of my builds. It’s the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SBD-3 kit that I built as a plane flown by Lt. Commander Richard Best… The same man who autographed Rick Wilkes plane at the very top of the article.
Chuck Villanueva contributed the only P-38 during this build. This one is a 1/48 Academy kit, which also turned out very nicely…
Here’s my 1/48 Accurate Miniatures TBF Avenger that I back dated to a very early “Dash-1” version that made their debut at Midway.
This 1/48 Hasegawa B5N “Kate” was built by Freddie Seitz III
This one is Tom Bebout’s 1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat,
and finally, almost ending with another 1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat, this one was mine. I was inspired by one of the “Friday Briefing” photo’s of Rob’s to build this one…
Here’s the last entry… “Scout 4” from the IJN seaplane tender Tone. This one is Paul Barber’s 1/48 scale Nichimo E-13A “Jake”. Paul replaced the engine, cockpit and rear gun with aftermarket goodies… This one’s a real beauty.
There are still a few builds that have yet to be completed, and these members are still posting progress of their builds along the way. I highly recommend taking the time to head over to the Midway GB area and check it out… It’s still not completely finished just yet, since the ending date was not strictly enforced.
Enjoy and as usual, comments are encouraged… Take care.
Next I might do the same thing, but this time get photos from everything that was posted relating to Midway.
Now lets get started on the “Year of the Cat” Group Build… to be continued.