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.

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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?

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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.

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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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Scale Matters

My favourite scale also Dave…
We’re twins although I am 66 going on 10…

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Why work in only one scale?  And why did I choose the scale I did?

Two front line fighters of World War II.  One was in front line service at the very start of the war, one at the end.  But that diversity, and pace of development that makes the war endlessly fascinating. Two front line fighters of World War II. One was in front line service at the very start of the war, one at the end. But that diversity, and pace of development that makes the war endlessly fascinating.

The simplest answer would be that 1/48th just looks right to me.  But after the jump, I’ll offer the longer version of that answer.

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