With the Tamiya Fw 190A-3 well into the painting stages, I’ve already started casting furtive glances at the stash and planning my builds for the next several months.
These are obviously subject to change at the slightest provocation or whim, but right now, here’s where I’m at:
Up Next – Wake Island Wildcat
1/32 Trumpeter F4F-3 Wildcat
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack and the simultaneous Japanese invasions of Wake Island and the Philippines. While Pearl Harbor gets the overwhelming bulk of the recognition, the plight of the Marines stationed on Wake is, in its way, more harrowing. They did not face a hit-and-run surprise attack, but a sustained invasion by vastly superior forces. Completely outgunned, they nevertheless managed to hold the Japanese off for two weeks. A big reason they were able to hold as long as they did was the paltry force of Grumman F4F-3 Wildcats that the carrier Enterprise had delivered to the island on December 4th.
Eight of the twelve ships were destroyed in the initial Japanese attack, but the other four put up a dogged defense. And I’m planning on building Trumpeter’s big Wildcat as one of those desperate, cobbled-together Wake Island defenders.
After That – Double Jugs
1/48 Tamiya P-47D Razorback – “Magic Carpet” | 1/48 Revellogram P-47D Razorback – “The Bug”
The P-47 is my favorite aircraft, and I’ve been itching to take a crack at another one for some time. After a lot of waffling between the 1/48 Tamiya Razorback and the ginormous 1/32 Trumpeter kit, I decided to move forward with the Tamiya wearing the distinctive “Magic Carpet” of the 366th Fighter Group, which sported the usual Olive Drab/Neutral Gray paint scheme, but with bare metal wings, cowl, cowl flaps and canopy frame.
Just as I was all set to build “Magic Carpet”, I stumbled upon Revell’s recent reissue of the old Monogram P-47 Razorback, sporting its own distinctive markings, those of “The Bug”, flown by Captain Arlie Blood of the 510th Fighter Squadron/405th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force.
A cheap kit (something like $12), awesome markings and the chance to make up for my Monogram disaster of late last year? Too good to pass up, so I’m going to be building both of these side-by-side. And I plan to leverage all the tricks I learned on that Monogram bubbletop.
And After That – Double Stang Bang!
1/32 Tamiya P-51D Mustang – “The Hun Hunter ~ Texas” | 1/32 Hasegawa P-51D Mustang – Markings TBD
In planning for months. Interrupted by the move. It’s finally going to happen. Two Mustangs. One old, with raised panel lines, inconsistent detail, and randomly different-colored plastic. The other state-of-the-art, currently probably the most ambitious aircraft kit on the market. This promises to be a fun compare/contrast.
And after the Mustangs…I have a feeling I’m going to need a simple, dare-I-say brainless build. Maybe Eduard’s La-7…