Theme Build 3 – Complete

Prototypes

We looked at a wide variety of prototypes, from the first of a long and famous line to highly experimental. For me this was also an opportunity to dip my toe into “limited run” model kits. I’m pretty happy with how all of this came off.

Mitsubishi A6M1 Zero

Grumman F4F-3S Wildcatfish

Blohm und Voss Bv 141B-0

Curtiss XP-55 Ascender

Perhaps the most normal with the most unusual of this theme!
Two prototypes of important types. The Zero is the first of many, while the Wildcatfish is an odd branch of the family tree.
I find it amusing that the Bv 141 was praised for stable flight characteristics while the more balanced looking XP-55 was considered a bit of a terror.

This is a theme I expect to revisit several more times, maybe even in sub-themes with more closely related types.
For now, I’ll switch over to build a couple tank destroyers. I’ll be back with a new theme in a month or so.
Coming soon… Captured!

About atcDave

I'm 5o-something years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I was an air traffic controller for 33 years and recently retired; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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2 Responses to Theme Build 3 – Complete

  1. jfwknifton says:

    I think I’ll always view the Bv141 with affection. It shouldn’t fly, yet it did!

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