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[...]
F4F Wildcat depicts an Aircraft used for carrier qualification aboard USS Tripoli ( CVE 64) while on a shake down Cruise in late 1943.
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[...]
Those aircraft and crew changed the history in Midway! Outperformed by the Japanese Zero, this aircraft with it ruggedness ally with bravery and tactics achieved the air combat kill-to-loss ratio of about 6:1!
This is an Hobby Boss model in the [...]
While I’m waiting on “Wimpy” to dry, I started another project, and one I’ve always wanted to tackle.
A US Navy, “Yellow Wing”. I just think they are some of the most colorful aircraft that ever flew.
I’m using Hobby Boss’ kit of the F4F[...]
this is the mount of Lt. William Leonard as it would have appeared with VF-11 on Guadalcanal June 1943
he graduated Annapolis class of 1938
won his wings in 1940
he was awarded the Navy Cross at Coral Sea
three weeks later he won another at[...]
First off, some pictures of all the sub-assemblies. In two of the pics, the subs are just dry-fitted. All fits well, typical Tamiya.
When Louis announced the group all those months ago, and with its closing date being quite some way distant, I decided to go for three builds. Three kits whose fates were already planned (although the ‘109 E7 Trop’ took a few twists and turns al[...]
When Louis announced this group project I had already been eyeballing my trusty old Tamiya kit that had been sitting on shelf for some time. This was just the excuse I needed to get it going.
I choose to go with the classic pre-war/early war ma[...]
The Monogram Wildcat is a Wildcat, but I am not sure which one it is. Is it a Wildcat F4F, or a Wildcat FM 1? The FM 1 was made by GM, and the F4F by Grumman. The tail looks tall, like the FM series, and there are only 4 machine guns in the wing[...]