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On This Day…January 5th

On January 5th, 1941 while flying an Airspeed Oxford for the Air Transport Axilliary from Prestwick (Scotland) to RAF Kidlington near Oxford, Amy Johnson found herself off course in poor weather conditions. Reportedly out of fuel, she bailed o[...]

On This Day…January 3rd

On the 3rd January, 1943, Staff Sgt Alan Magee (Ball Turret Gunner) pictured below, was blown out of his B-17 (named, 'Snap! Crackle! Pop!') at 22,000 feet after it was hit by flack. Without a parachute, Magee thought his time was up and before [...]

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[...]

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.

I Build Cars Also: The 1/25 Buick 1966 Wildcat

I have posted a lot of aircraft and armor lately so I thought it was time to change subject matter. Yes, I also enjoy building cars/trucks. I don't build these as much b/c IMHO cars are the most challenging, especially when going for a showroo[...]

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[...]

Year of the Cat F4F Wildcat

Got too busy with the holiday season and also wanted to get one of these posted before the year was over. So, there's no antenna as I couldn't wait for some EZ Line. I should've taken the photos yesterday when it was a little overcast to diffuse[...]