2016: Year In Review

My mentor…

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Well, I am certainly a little late here with this post but I kind of wanted to go over last years builds and changes here at Amateur Airplanes. I also want to go over what we can hopefully expect out of 2017. Given the fact that this post comes as January is almost concluding, it’s safe to say that this year has started off slow for me. Nevertheless, I have some pretty different ideas for some future builds. Now I won’t reveal them just yet but I am truly giddy to get them started.

So 2016…Not my best year in terms of builds. On the plus side, it wasn’t my worst either. Twenty-five completed builds is what I was able to achieve here in 2016. A lot went on here that swayed that number last year. The new house sucked plenty of time away. The move and getting settled in…

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Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat

Plane Dave’s third build of Tamiya’s rendition of the Wildcat.


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Wake Island

Japan started the Pacific War with an explosive campaign of conquest and attack from Malaysia to Pearl Harbor.  For the allies, it was almost entirely bad news.  One of the few bright spots in those first few months of the war was the stubborn defense of Wake Island.


After the jump, one of the defenders of that tiny atoll.

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Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

Easy to get addicted to Wildcats and Plane Dave’s blog isn’t?

Plane Dave

John Thach and His Weave

Early in the Pacific War allied air forces were badly outmatched by the Japanese.  The Japanese Army and Navy were highly selective and trained to an excruciatingly high standard.  Plus, they’d been at war with both China and the Soviet Union in the proceeding years.


The US Navy was the only regular military service that was able to have a positive kill ratio in those first six months (add The Flying Tigers if we count irregular units!).  John Thach was one of the key reasons.  After the jump, I’ll look at an important tactician and his weapon.

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Always an interesting blog

The Australian aviation industry was in a fledgling state in the 1930’s. With the potential for war brewing in Europe, discussions between the Australian government and numerous companies such as BHP and General Motors Holden began in 1935 to establish a modern aviation company to produce military aircraft and engines. Within a few short years […]

via Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation: Aussie WWII Battlers & Aviation Pioneers — Aces Flying High


I remember well the Woomera from the 1960s…

William Green

Deano 001

Deano 002



Courtesy Amateur airplanes

Doolittle mod

Jimmy Doolittle

As Jimmy Doolittle inspired his men, I got inspired by what Amateur Airplanes posted on his blog.

Sometimes inspiration is all we need to stop procrastinating. Earl Cullison’s pictures and personal messages were also instrumental in my decision to build what I had in my stash.



The B-24 J has been sitting in its box since 1977 and the B-24 D since the early 80s.

That procrastinating! I am only waiting for the poll to decide a winner because I won’t build two kits at the same time.

Not with my workplace…


Or my cats snooping around…


As for voting… you can vote as many times you want you know.


Compulsive 1/72 scale model airplane builder…

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So here is my traditional end of build, “let’s put em’ all together”, post. All four together are interesting in the fact that they all differ in appearance, yet share the most crucial element of flight. It’s also neat to look at the ones that made it to production and how they have become the aircraft that we know today.

The Yf-16 and YF-17 made for a fun side by side. I wanted to get the two competitors pictured together for a few shots. They both have gone on to be proven fighters.

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