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.

Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

Joe Foss The Guadalcanal Campaign was the first extended campaign of the Pacific War that clearly ended in an Allied victory. It also saw dozens of aces made, let’s take a look at one of the most notable.

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Elco 80′ Patrol Torpedo Boat

An important weapon that is the very definition of a low value asset, the PT boat manages to be one of the better known weapons of the Second World War. Let’s take a look at, what will probably be, the … Continue reading

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Theme Build 1

Light Aircraft (Liaison/Support/Training) Today I started work on my first “themed build”. It will have very little impact on how this site works, it just means I’ll have a number of related completions. I’ve mentioned before a method to my … Continue reading

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Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8

One of the more important German types in service to the last day of the War. Let’s take a look at a close support version of the famous fighter.

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Scale Matters, Part III

Big and Small Let’s call this, a grown man playing with his toys on a Saturday afternoon.

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Dornier Do 17Z-2

One of the main bomber types in service with the Luftwaffe at the start of World War II, the Do 17 was a key part of those early operations. Let’s take a look at a familiar and important type.

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A Day At Fort Holmes

Call this a follow up to my previous “A Day At Fort Mackinac” three years later…

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Bell P-39L Airacobra

The P-39 tends not to get a lot of attention in histories of the Second World War. But I think I’ve found the least documented unit with a long combat history! Let’s take a look.

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Cars and Planes

Yankee Air Museum, at Willow Run Airport, had a fun cars and planes event today, presumably to make up for this year’s cancelled air show. I had some fears when I signed up, like I might feel silly with the … Continue reading

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Cromwell Mk IV (A27M)

An excellent British tank of the later War years, the Cromwell is perhaps less well known than much hardware of the Western Europe Campaign. Let’s take a look at a very useful design.

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