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Wildcat – The unsung hero of the Pacific Theater of Operations

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 [...]

On This Day…February 20th

On February 20, 1942, Lt. Edward O’Hare took off from the aircraft carrier USS Lexington in a raid against the Japanese at Rabaul and landed as America’s first flying ‘ace’. Rabaul, a small town at the very Northern tip of New Britain island,[...]

On This Day…February 2nd

US soldiers From the 7th Infantry Division position a 37mm M3 anti-tank gun (two M4 Sherman’s in the background on point). This photo was taken on Kwajalein on February 2nd, 1944. The bloody conquest of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands (post[...]

1:48 Scale, Hobby Boss, F4F-3, “Yellow Wing”

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[...]

On This Day…October 23rd

The Nieuport 17 (No. 1831) of Lt Joseph Maria of Squadron N 77 captured by the Germans, October 23, 1916... Medic James Parks of the 133rd Infantry Regiment carrying a wounded German through the streets of St. Angelo d'Alife, Italy, on 23 [...]

Trumpeter 1/32 F4F-4 Wildcat

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[...]

Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat build log

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.

Year of The Cat Group Build: Grumman Martlet Mk III – Hobby Boss 1/48 Wildcat F4F-3A

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[...]

Year of the Cat Group Build. 1/48 scale Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat

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[...]

1/48 Scale Monogram Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

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[...]