well here she is my 1974 issue Monogram TBD-1. I painter her as a bomber from the USS Yorktown at the Battle of the Coral Sea. Scratchbuilt seats and interior details, Eduard seat belts. One of the interesting things I discovered while buildi[...]
With all of the excitement this week about the Lexington find, I was inspired to dig into my deep storage facility in search of the blue/gray VT-8 TBD you see here. I ‘ve built five of these kits since they came out in 1974. The blue one is num[...]
This is my first Monogram and i very satisfited with this kit. Old but beautiful.
The Douglas TBD Devastator was an American torpedo bomber of the United States Navy, ordered in 1934, it first flew in 1935 and entered service in 1937. At that po[...]
Well my beer is anyway! Work on the TBD continues. Lots of scratch building, and some Eduard seat belts. Next close up the fuselage and some sanding.
I built this kit as a teen, my late brother was always good about getting me a kit for my birthday and I still remember getting this one when it was the hot new Monogram pressing. A while back I found an original 1974 issue of the kit. The pol[...]
I've decided to concentrate on the history rather than the models in my Midway GB posts.
12 TBD-1's of VT-3 led by LCDR Lance E. (Lem) Massey spotted the Japanese carriers at about 1015. Initially the Zeros were kept at bay by their fighter esc[...]
“Many of my friends are now dead. To a man, each died with a nonchalance that each would have denied as courage. They simply called it lack of fear. If anything great or good is born of this war, it should not be valued in the colonies we may wi[...]
Number 8-T-16 was another of the aircraft lost the morning of 4 June, 1942 during the Battle of Midway. This is the aircraft of the C. O. of Torpedo Squadron Eight, (VT-8), Lt. Cdr. John Waldron. During the Battle, Lt. Cdr Waldron led fifteen[...]
Ens George Gay didn't get much sleep the night of June 3rd, knowing what he was about to do in the morning. Reports were coming in from the P-boats (PBY Catalinas) of what has transpired the previous day and during the night. It would be the[...]
This is the picture that inspired the markings for my build, which was part of the recent Midway Group build. This plane has interior green paint inside the cockpit. More on that in a few........................
There were a series of color[...]