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On This Day…June 5th.

Stanley Winfield ‘Swede’ Vejtasa’s first assignment was with Scouting Squadron 5 (VS-5) aboard the carrier USS Yorktown from August 1939 to May 1942, during which time he shot down 3 Japanese fighters and damaged 1 while flying an SBD-3 Dauntl[...]

On This Day…June 4th.

There’s not much left one can say about Midway. My approach to this singular conflict is try and set up this first day of battle proper, and let the images tell the rest of the tale. Early on June 4th, Vice Admiral Nagumo launched his attac[...]

World War II Dive Bombers

For several years I had a goal of building 1/48 scale models of all the Navy dive-bombers that saw action in WWII. I'd been fascinated with dive-bombing ever since I read Walter Lord's book "Incredible Victory", and saw the movie "Midway" in th[...]

Roadtrip Flyby: The Erickson Aircraft Collection

The Erickson Aircraft Collection Museum is located at the Madras Airport, a 45 minute drive north of Bend, Oregon on Hwy 26 near the intersection of Hwy 97N. The collection was originally founded by Jack Erickson of sky crane and aerial firefigh[...]

A Day at the Museum…

Hey there fellow iModelers, Here's another "moldy-oldy" from my shelf. This little scene depicts my cousin, Doug and I, out doing one of our favorite activities, visiting the museums. This fictitious museum was built around the 1/48, Accurate [...]

1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3: Battle of Midway

I would like to present my completed 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3 Dauntless in the Battle of Midway configuration. The model took me approximately a month to complete working on it almost daily. The base kit is constructed very well with loads of deta[...]

WIP: 6th and Final Update: Trumpeter 1/32 SBD-3 “Midway Variant”

Well this is the 6th update for my commissioned build of this SBD. It is now completely painted, weathered, and sealed with Vallejo Matte Acrylic Varnish. Started today with the model approximately 90% complete. What remained was the attachme[...]

WIP: 5th Update for 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3 Midway Variant

Just some updated pictures capturing the latest progress on the SBD. Most of the progress is resulting from application of Yellow-Wing Insignia decals and squadron/plane markings from the Trumpeter decal sheet. Lots of decal solution and heat [...]

Update WIP 4: 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3 Midway Variant

I have conducted an extensive review of the "Faded-Red Dot" concept on the National Insignia. I thank everyone for your wonderful feedback and detailed information related to this concept. I also asked the same question on several Face Book mo[...]

Update WIP 3: 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-3 Midway Variant…need to resolve a decal issue.

OK here is my 3rd Installment of the 1/32 SBD-3 Build. I completed the primary camo paint job over the intricate, patchwork, pre-shading. (see 2nd build post: Bottom color is Vallejo Model Air USAF Light-Gray, Top Camo color is a mix of sever[...]