Author Archives: atcDave

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.

Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 Zero

One of the most famous captured aircraft of the War. Let’s look at the story of a Zero that changed hands early in the Aleutians Campaign.

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Consolidated B-24D Liberator

Tidal Wave By mid-1943 the US Army Air Force strategic bombing mission was gaining in size and mass. Most often this means the great bomber formations of the 8th Air Force out of England. But this time, let’s take a … Continue reading

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Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

Another example of the far flung World at War, let’s take a look at the Wildcat in North Africa.

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Dewoitine D.520

Easily the best of the French built fighters at the start of the War, with that country’s rapid collapse in Summer 1940 the D.520 fell into enemy hands in large numbers. Let’s take a look at one that flew with … Continue reading

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Nakajima Ki-27 Nate

A good pre-War design, the Ki-27 continued in wide service later than most other fighters of its generation. Let’s look at a fighter that was a part of Japan’s conquest of the Philippines.

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Messershmitt Bf 109E-3

Somewhere in Ohio, 1942. Actually that’s Wright Field near Dayton.Let’s take a look at a well travelled Messerschmitt.

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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Another group is another excuse to revisit this favorite type. Let’s take a quick look at a 9th Air Force ground pounder.

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Theme Build 4

Captured! What happens when an aircraft is captured by an opposing combatant? No surprise the best answer may be “it depends”. The vast majority of captured aircraft will be wreckage. Either brought down in combat or captured in a damaged … Continue reading

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Nashorn – Sd.Kfz 164

Another of Germany’s fearsome tank destroyers, the Nashorn served from mid-1943 to the end of the War. We’ll take a quick look at this well known hunter.

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Programming Note

Just a quick FYI for everyone, due to a family health crisis my time for modeling has been impacted. My wife and I are fine, but traveling a lot and dealing with some family business stuff (not the fun sort!). … Continue reading

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