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.

North American F-6A Mustang

Early production Mustangs often generate a lot of confusion and mis-information. Let’s take a look at one and it’s role.

Posted in Reconnaissance, USA | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Humber Armoured Car Mark IV

This ubiquitous vehicle accompanied the British Army everywhere from 1941 to the end of World War II. Let’s take a look at another of the important but often overlooked pieces of Wartime hardware.

Posted in Armor, Britain, Poland | Tagged , | 7 Comments

Hawker Hurricane Mk IId

A reasonably successful effort to bring anti-tank capability to the Desert Air Force. Let’s take a look at a late model Hurricane.

Posted in Anti-Tank, Britain | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Sd.Kfz.222

Another of the ubiquitous armored cars employed by every military in World War II. Let’s take a look at a more or less “typical” piece of hardware.

Posted in Armor, Germany | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Bristol Blenheim Mk I

This brand new, state-of-the-art-the-art fast bomber made quite the splash in 1937.  By the time War came it didn’t seem so blazing fast, but it still capable when well supported. Let’s take a look at one of those weapons that … Continue reading

Posted in Bomber - Tactical, Britain | Tagged , , | 21 Comments

Vought F4U-1 Corsair

The Corsair made a huge impact from its earliest appearance in the Pacific. Let’s take a look at one of those first combatants.

Posted in Fighter, USA | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

Scale Matters, Part II

I never planned on revisiting this article.  But a visitor to this site, ericritter65, asked a question about scale and it just got me to thinking I had never really shown how big any of these subjects are in real … Continue reading

Posted in Dave's Essays | Tagged | 9 Comments

Sherman IC Firefly

The most effective version of Sherman against German heavy armor was a British modification. Let’s take a look at the Firefly.

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

Programming Note

Just a quick comment.  Its been a week with no new finishes, say it ain’t so!  Well, my wife and I were out of town visiting family for five days; even during a pandemic, life happens… Obviously I can post … Continue reading

Posted in Administrative | 8 Comments

Panzerjager Tiger (P) Elefant

An odd, improvised weapon that had serious anti-tank ability. Let’s take a look at a sort of quasi-Tiger.

Posted in Armor, Germany | Tagged , , | 3 Comments