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[...]
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[...]