Big and Small
Let’s call this, a grown man playing with his toys on a Saturday afternoon.
The largest and smallest kits I’ve built. Maybe not 100% true, I have bought just single figures in 1/48. But this is the most extreme scope of hardware I’ve done.
The largest and smallest planes to serve on a US Navy aircraft carrier during World War II. The F3F at left had only just retired from fleet carrier service on December 7, 1941; but it continued on with fleet training units for several years. Of course the TBF was the Navy’s brand new torpedo bomber in June 1942. So these two would have overlapped in service for a couple years. Interesting, they are both Grumman products.
The largest and smallest armored fighting vehicles I’ve built. Maybe not quite true, I’ve also finished a Dingo which was slightly smaller than the Universal Carrier; but the Dingo was unarmed. So the Universal Carrier and Jagdtiger are the extremes of armed AFVs. Notice the plastic cement, that’s the inevitable consequence of moving these things around!
Largest fighter with smallest bomber? Not sure if that’s literally true. There are a few German night fighters that may be bigger (Ju 88, Do 217) and perhaps some smaller bombers, depending on what counts. But certainly these are the biggest and smallest I’ve built so far. I’d also mention these overlapped in service late in the Pacific War. I’ve had cause in a few wargames to have a Dauntless squadron escorted by Black Widows, the image makes me laugh.
I think the Ohka is best classified as a missile. But if we call it a bomber its surely the smallest! And it could easily have wound up being chased down by the largest single engine fighter of the War! The Ohka’s usual attack profile involved gliding for some distance prior to firing its rockets as it approaches its terminal dive. So there is a legitimate period of vulnerability to conventional intercept.
This is the comparison that really inspired the post, but its more biggest to biggest. The Jagdtiger weighs in at 75 tons, according to Boeing the maximum take-off weight for a Superfortress was 70 tons. So by that measure the Jagdtiger is more massive! Although I just read in Ian Toll’s “Twilight of the Gods” that when Bock’s Car took off for Nagasaki it was beyond max at 77 tons! So believe it or not, these two are about the same size?!
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