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.

Yakovlev Yak-9D

This most numerous and important Soviet fighter of the War is perhaps the best known Soviet fighter as well. Let’s take a look at an important fighter from a unit that really emphasized the World at War.

Posted in Fighter, France, Soviet Union | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Su-122

This Soviet mechanized artillery is somewhat like the German Stug III because it was directly inspired by it. Let’s take a quick look at an idea that worked well for both combatants.

Posted in Armor, Soviet Union | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

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 … Continue reading

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Curtiss XP-55 Ascender

A prototype that was never really considered for a production order, Let’s look at a design meant to tackle difficult aerodynamic issues as new areas of speed and performance were dealt with at the end of the piston-engine fighter era.

Posted in Fighter, prototype, USA | Tagged , | 8 Comments

Supply Chain Drama

I’ve had a bit of minor drama in my life recently. It does not relate to the main them of this website, and in fact building models and writing Plane Dave has been a great source of relief for me … Continue reading

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Nakajima B5N2 Kate

One of Japan’s modern types that shook the Western World at the start of the Pacific War. Let’s take a look at a particularly significant example.

Posted in Bomber - Naval, Japan | Tagged , , | 15 Comments

Curtiss Mohawk Mk IV

The Curtiss Hawk 75 had been a popular export product in the years just before the start of World War II. Let’s take a look at one that flew for the RAF.

Posted in Britain, Fighter, USA | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Blohm und Voss BV 141B-0

Symmetry is over-rated. Time for a look at one of aviation’s truly unique designs.

Posted in Germany, prototype, Reconnaissance | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Consolidated Catalina Mk I

One of the better known types that wasn’t a fighter or bomber; the Catalina served the US, Britain and other Allies throughout World War II. Let’s take a look at one in service before the War had even started for … Continue reading

Posted in Britain, Patrol, USA | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Minor Update

It looks like its been a while since I’ve had any updates! But let me assure readers I have been busy behind the scenes. The three models “On My Workbench” are all approaching completion at about the same time. I … Continue reading

Posted in Administrative | 4 Comments