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.


Continuing the theme of ludicrous looking AFVs, the Soviet KV-2 was an early War monster. Let’s take a look at another tank who’s design aesthetic was inspired by Warner Brothers.

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Republic P-47M Thunderbolt

475 mph.  That is highest maximum level speed recorded by any American combat aircraft in World War II. Obviously a Mustang, right?  Or maybe a Bearcat if we stretch the definition of World War II combat types?

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Some AFVs look like something right out of Looney Toons, perhaps none more so than the German Sturmtiger. Let’s take a look at an armored monster.

Posted in Armor, Germany | Tagged , , | 21 Comments

Mitsubishi G4M1 Betty

Perhaps the best known Japanese bomber of World War II, the Betty was a modern and dangerous weapon in use from the very start of the Pacific War. Let’s take a look at an early Betty, from a very famous … Continue reading

Posted in Bomber - Tactical, Japan | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

T26E3 (M26) Pershing

The biggest and most capable American tank of World War II was almost too late for action. Let’s look at one that did see use at the tail end of things.

Posted in Armor, USA | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

Morning Star, Midnight Sun by Jeffrey Cox

I haven’t done any book reviews for a while.  Since retirement I’ve been going full blast on building models even to the extent I’m reading less.  Well, a little less. And I suppose that means I’ve been writing here as much as … Continue reading

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Go figure

Apparently my wife likes this picture?

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PZL P.24F (G)

When Greece was drawn into World War II by Italy’s attack in October of 1940 they put up an unexpectedly stout resistance. Let’s look at one of the aerial defenders.

Posted in Fighter, Greece, Poland | Tagged , , | 13 Comments


Something has to be the smallest model in my collection.  As of today, there’s no doubt what it is. Let’s take a look at motorbike in the German Army.

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Douglass SBD-5 Dauntless

Even after retirement from fleet carriers the SBD continued to provide service to the end of the War. Let’s take a look at an example in Marine service in the later phase of the type’s career.

Posted in Bomber - Naval, USA | Tagged , , | 10 Comments