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1/48 Hobby Boss F4F-3 Wildcat – the first Navy plane to score a kill in WWII

The Hobby Boss 1/48 F4F Wildcat series are good kits that come close to being great, but don't quite make it. I I built the F4F-3 'early version', which I converted to an F4F-3A. Highlights are good surface detail, a two-piece canopy, accurate [...]

Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat VF-6 “White 18”

This build is the first of a series of Grumman 'cats that I plan to build in time. The kit is the revered Tamiya offering with the pronounced rivet details. This kit went together exceptionally well, no surprise there. I finished this one a fe[...]

1/48 Scale F7F-Tigercat

Sometime in the early 1990's I met up with "Pylon Dave Jone's" who lived in Oklahoma/U.S.A. Dave sent me over 500 color 3-1/2" x 5" prints. I scanned in all of the photos, including several black and white prints then made a "master" CD disk a[...]

The Class of 2019: Completions, and a couple major repairs…

Hey Folks! At the end of the year, it's always nice to see everyone's , 'Year in Review'!! I do have a couple that are close, but they won't count, because this article deals with completed kits. All these kits are 1:48 Scale, from multiple [...]

Martlet Mk.IV 888 NavalAir Squadron HMS Formidable,OP Torch,1942 Airfix 1/72

Another Airfix gem of a kit, Built out of the box with kit decals , went together with no real issues. The kit has you use the cowl ring extension and cowl, that left another cowl, maybe for a Martlet III? It couldn't be for the US F4F version [...]

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[...]

Hasegawa 1/48 F6F-5 Hellcat U.S.S. Hornet VF-17 “Jolly Rogers”

the VF-17 "Jolly Rogers" were formed on January 1,1943 at NAS Norfolk under the command of LT. Commander John T. "Tommy" Blackburn as CO and Roger Hedrick as XO...Blackburn was a Buffalo and F4F pilot but VF-17 was the second naval squadron to[...]

Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat 1/48 Tamiya Kit

F4F Wildcat depicts an Aircraft used for carrier qualification aboard USS Tripoli ( CVE 64) while on a shake down Cruise in late 1943.

Hobby Boss 1:48 Scale, F4F-3 (Early) “Wildcat”

Hey Folks, It's been awhile since I last posted, but I have been busy building a lot. It's been a regular, "Fighter-Pa-Loozah" here on the Island and I have managed to finish a couple kits, This HB kit is not a bad model. In fact, in my opin[...]