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.

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 Zero

Air Raid, Pearl Harbor! Obviously the most famous Japanese fighter of World War II. The US military was abruptly introduced to the type on December 7, 1941. Let’s take a look at a participant in that attack.

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Race of Aces by John R. Bruning

This book is really a fascinating look at the competition among the top pilots of the 5th Air Force. I would guess most visitors to this site know that the top two American Aces of World War II came from … Continue reading

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GMC CCKW

Love that catchy title! Truck nomenclature is definitely a bit odd. But of course, trucks themselves are hugely important in any modern military.

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Curtiss P-40B Warhawk

December 7, 1941 I’ll assume we all know that date! Despite all the should’ves and could’ves, the Japanese achieved complete surprise against the US Navy base at Pearl Harbor and the surrounding military installations on Oahu, Hawaii. Most American air … Continue reading

Posted in Fighter, USA | Tagged , , | 24 Comments