The Mitsubishi A6M 'Zero' is a long-range fighter aircraft, manufactured by Mitsubishi Aircraft Company, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1940 to 1945. Kit has engraved panel lines, detailed cockpit, seated pilot, twin-row Nakajima Sakae engine, separately molded rudder, single piece propeller with separate spinner, detailed wheel wells and optional (undercarriage, folded wingtips), drop tank, single piece canopy. Decals and color painting guide for 3rd Air Group, 202st Kokuta, Imperial Japanese Navy, Rabul, September 1942 - includes propeller blade tip markings, instrument panel, stripes and stencil data.
1/72 scale. F4U-1 Corsair Easy Assembly. HobbyBoss. Easy Assembly kit. 45 parts, decal for: USS VF-84 and VMF-511 USS Block Island 1945.
1/72 scale. F4U-4 Corsair Easy Assembly. HobbyBoss. Easy Assembly kit. 45 parts, decal for: VF-53 USS Essex, Korean Coast 1952 and VMF-323 USMC.
1/72 scale. F4F-4 Wildcat Easy Assembly. HobbyBoss. Easy Assembly kit. 17 parts, decal for: VF-3 USS Lexington and VF-41 USS Ranger, Atlantic 1941.
1/72 scale. FM-1 Wildcat Easy Assembly. HobbyBoss. Easy Assembly kit. 17 parts, decal for: VC-12 US Navy.
1/72 scale. P-40M Warhawk. Easy Assembly kit. HobbyBoss. Easy Assembly kit. 32 parts, decal for: Mk III No. 112 Sq RAF and 44 FS/18 FG 1945.
1/72 scale. FM-2 Wildcat Easy Assembly. HobbyBoss. Easy Assembly kit. 17 parts, decal for: VC-93 USS Petrof Bay 1945.
1/72 scale. Zero Fighter Type 52. Easy Assembly. HobbyBoss. Imperial Japanese Navy radial engined fighter 'Easy Assembly' kit featuring, recessed panel detail, 1-piece canopy, twin-row engine, drop tank and basic cockpit insert. Decals/painting guide for 2 aircraft: WOT Tanimizu Kagoshima, 203rd Flying Group, June 1945 and JG Saburo Sakai, Yokosuka Naval Wing.
1/72 scale. F6F-5 Hellcat Easy Assembly kit. HobbyBoss. US World War II-era Easy Assembly kit. 23 parts, decal for: VF-27 USS Princeton 1944 and CVG-15 USS Essex 1944.
1/700 scale. Japanese Navy Auxiliary Vessels. Tamiya. Waterline Series.
Whistling Death', optional open or closed canopy.
Originally deemed too hazardous for carrier landings, the Corsair was given to the Marines... and they loved it. Post war victory figures indicate that the Corsair was superior to the Japanese Zero in every way. US Pilots racked up a claimed 12 to 1 kill ratio against the Zero and recorded only 189 air to air combat losses for the entire war. The F4U-4 variant of the Corsair went on to serve in the Korean War as a fighter bomber, shredding convoys and blasting depots. Kit features twin radial engine, detailed cockpit, auxiliary tanks, bombs, and full decals.
1/72 scale. Brewster F2A Buffalo Easy Assembly kit. HobbyBoss. The kit for this 1930s and World War II Navy aircraft comes with decals and markings for two aircraft: VF-3 3-F-18 (BuNo .1388) USS Saratoga, September 1939; and VF-3, USS Saratoga September 1940 (Barclay test camouflage design 1).
1/48 scale. Nakajima Ki-84-IA Hayate ("Frank"). Imperial Japanese Army, Nakajima Type 4
1/48 scale. Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden ("Jack"). Tamiya. Imperial Japanese Navy.
1/48 scale. Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero Type 32 ("Hamp"). Tamiya.
1/72 scale. Nakajima Ki-27a Japan Army Fighter. ICM. Nimble 1930s-WWII Nakajima monoplane fighter with fixed undercarriage, Allied code name 'Nate' - initial production variant. Kit has engraved surface detail, basic cockpit, full radial engine (with mount and firewall), choice of two types of wheel spat, separate rudder and ailerons plus segmented canopy. Decals and painting reference for four (4) Imperial Japanese Army Air Force aircraft: Toshio Kato, Sentai CO, Nomonhan, June 1939; Dokuritsu Tutai, China, 1939; 10 Tutai, China, April 1940; and 59 Sentai, 2 Tutai, Nomonhan, June 1939.
1/72 scale. Nakajima Ki-27b Japan Army Fighter. ICM. Nimble 1930s-WWII Nakajima monoplane fighter with fixed undercarriage, Allied code name 'Nate' - upgraded variant with improved visibility canopy. Kit has engraved surface detail, basic cockpit, full radial engine (with mount and firewall), choice of two types of wheel spat, separate rudder and ailerons plus segmented canopy. Decals and painting reference for four (4) Imperial Japanese Army Air Force aircraft: 1 Chutai, 11 Sentai, Nomonhan, June 1939; 1 Chutai, 64 Sentai, Nomonhan, August 1939; 2 Chutai, 24 Sentai, December 1941 ;and 244 Sentai, Japan, 1944.
1/35 scale. Japanese Chi Ha Type-97 Tank. Tamiya. WWII 57mm gun with two (2) figures
1/426 scale. USS Arizona. Revell USA. US Navy Pennsylvania class battleship BB-39 most remembered for her tragic loss at Pearl Harbor. Venerable box scale kit features detailed full hull, decks and superstructure plus display stand. Also includes printed flag sheet and decals for hull markings.
The Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi was a one-man kamikaze aircraft developed by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in the closing stages of World War II in 1945. It's intended purpose was to be used in kamikaze attacks on Allied shipping and the invasion fleet expected to be involved in the invasion of Japan, Operation Downfall. Because the Japanese High Command thought that Japan did not have enough obsolete aircraft to use for kamikaze attacks, it was decided that huge numbers of cheap, simple suicide planes should be constructed quickly in anticipation of the invasion of Japan. Kit has engraved panel lines, detailed (cockpit, resin engine, 2-piece cowling and undercarriage), single piece propeller with separate spinner, optional canopy, centerline drop tank (resin), photoetch (seatbelts, instrument panel and other interior and exterior accents). Decals and color painting reference for (3): Nakajima Factory Hanger, Ota, September 1945 with different markings and camouflage.
The Nakajima Ki-115 Tsurugi was a one-man kamikaze aircraft developed by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in the closing stages of World War II in 1945. It's intended purpose was to be used in kamikaze attacks on Allied shipping and the invasion fleet expected to be involved in the invasion of Japan, Operation Downfall. Because the Japanese High Command thought that Japan did not have enough obsolete aircraft to use for kamikaze attacks, it was decided that huge numbers of cheap, simple suicide planes should be constructed quickly in anticipation of the invasion of Japan. Kit has engraved panel lines, detailed (cockpit, resin engine, 2-piece cowling and undercarriage), single piece propeller with separate spinner, optional canopy, centerline drop tank (resin), photoetch (seatbelts, instrument panel and other interior and exterior accents). Decals and color painting reference for (3) aircraft: Tokyo, Spring 1946; ATAIU-Sea, Singapore, April 1946 and Okinawa, January 1946.
M7 Priest Walk Around. Book by David Doyle. Squadron Signal Books. The US M7 self-propelled 105mm Howitzer, known as the Priest, was originally developed on the basis of an M3 medium tank chassis. Nicknamed the Priest because of its pulpit-like anti-aircraft ring, the vehicle was intended to provide armored units with organic, highly-mobile artillery support. Production began in April 1942 and it first went into combat with British at the Second Battle of El-Alamein in the autumn of that year, with US forces first taking the American-built vehicle into engagements in Tunisia somewhat later. M4 Sherman tank parts were incorporated into later Priests, in place of the earlier M3 tank components, and late models - those built during 1944 and after - also featured fold-down armor along the sides and rear of the fighting compartment. Packed with more than 230 photographs, plus color profiles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
M5/M5A1 Stuart Walk Around. Book by Jim Mesko. Squadron Signal Books. The light M5 Stuart Tank was a much-upgraded version of the M3 Stuart. Named for Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart, the Stuarts filled the need for a light tank and, in addition to the US, they were supplied to Allied military forces. The leap from the M3 to the M5 Stuart took place in 1941, when the US Ordnance Department accepted a proposal by Cadillac to install double Cadillac V8 engines in the tank and, after remodeling the hull to accommodate the new motors, a new tank, the M5, was born. Reconnaissance units in the front lines of US forces were always accompanied by the agile M5s. With a top speed of 45 miles per hour, armor protection, and firepower, the M5A1 provided powerful support. Though not a match for heavy German armor, the Stuart was more than adequate for dealing with infantry. In addition to the US military, M5s were supplied to Britain, the Soviet Union and France. After WWII, the Stuart saw action in such far-flung places as China, India, and Indochina. Illustrated with more than 190 photographs, plus color profiles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
USS Tennessee in World War II. Book by Clifton Simmons. Squadron Signal Books. Commissioned in June of 1920, the US battleship Tennessee saw service in some of the most crucial and dramatic battles in the Pacific Theater of WWII. Docked on Pearl Harbor's Battleship Row on 7 December 1941, her crew manned anti-aircraft guns and fought back as bombs ripped through her deck. Repaired and re-equipped, the battleship saw service off the Aleutian Islands and later in 1943 went into action during the Battle of Tarawa in the South Pacific. The year 1944 saw the Tennessee take part in battle after battle (including Surigao Strait, the last battleship vs battleship action in naval history) as US forces worked their way towards the Japanese Home Islands. In 1945 she took part in the attack on Iwo Jima. Enriched with exclusive, eye-witness accounts from members of her crew, chronicles the dramatic career of one of America?s most battle-tested warships with over 200 photographs, color profiles, and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
USS Massachusetts On Deck. Book by David Doyle. Squadron Signal Books. Affectionately known to her crew as 'Big Mamie,' the 35,000-ton battleship USS Massachusetts was the third South Dakota-class battleship authorized. Launched in September 1941, at Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, she was rushed to completion following Pearl Harbor and was commissioned on 12 May 1942. Armed with nine 16-inch guns, 20 five-inch guns, and numerous smaller weapons, she was one of the most formidable battleships in the world at the time. Massachusetts participated in one of the few battleship vs. battleship actions in WWII, when she fired upon the Vichy battleship Jean Bart at Casablanca. Massachusetts silenced the French warship with seven 16-inch hits. Moving to the Pacific in early 1943, her big guns shelled Japanese shore installations, while her burgeoning antiaircraft battery was employed to protect aircraft carriers. Despite earning an impressive 11 battle stars, none of her crew were killed in action. Massachusetts was laid up in the reserve from 1947. In 1962 the ship was stricken from the Navy list, seemingly destined for the scrap yard. Citizens of her namesake state and former crewmembers rallied to save the ship, raising the funds to have her preserved as a museum in Fall River. This book documents the warship through an impressive collection of images and data tables revealing the ship the ship and how it functioned as a fighting machine as well as a home to her almost 1,800-man crew. Illustrated with 286 photographs, and color profiles; 96 pages.
PBY Catalina In Action. Book by David Doyle. Squadron Signal Books. The iconic PBY Catalina was not only the work horse of the U.S. Navy's patrol bomber units during World War II, but also served admirably with the Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, and others. Airmen aboard British PBYs were the first to spot the German battleship Bismarck when it broke out into the North Atlantic in May 1941, and U.S. Navy PBY crewmen were the first to observe the Japanese fleet as it stole towards Midway Islands in June 1942. In addition to keeping a watchful eye out for enemy activities, Catalina crews also rescued countless downed airmen as well as sailors from stricken ships. Through daring bomb and depth-charge attacks on enemy vessels, Catalina airmen also contributed directly to the defeat of the Axis powers in combat. This all-new 80-page volume from Squadron tells the story of the Catalina through over 200 vintage photos, over 30 of which are in color, as well as eight color profiles and numerous detailed line drawings. Illustrated with more than 210 photographs; 80 pages.
F4U Corsair in Action. Book by Jim Sullivan. Squadron Signal Books. Updated and expanded with 53 exciting new photographs in 16 all new, additional pages. Bringing to mind the exploits of 'Pappy' Boyington and his 'Blacksheep Squadron' and Tommy Blackburn with the 'Jolly Rogers,' the Corsair is among the most formidable US fighters of World War II. The F4U maintained a kill ratio of 11:1 according to the United States Navy and went on to serve American forces in Korea, holding its own in the early years of the jet age. The Corsair was first conceived as a high-speed, high-altitude fighter for the Navy in 1938 when Chance Vought's design team drew up plans for a fighter with a 1,800 hp engine and a huge 13-foot propeller. The Corsair's famous inverted gull wing design was introduced to allow prop clearance. Handling problems delayed the aircraft's deployment aboard carriers, but Marine Corps pilots quickly took to the powerful, rugged fighter and VMF-124, the first Marine squadron to fly the Corsair in combat, also produced the first Corsair air ace, Kenneth A. Walsh, by the summer of 1943. A total of 12,571 Corsairs were built between 1940 and 1952, most of them by Vought, but hundreds by Goodyear and Brewster as those companies' assembly lines had to be pressed into service to meet soaring demand for the remarkable aircraft. This exhaustive volume surveys the history of the Corsair from its first prototype to the restored warbirds that have continued to delight air show audiences down to the present day. Illustrated with 229 photographs, plus color profiles and detailed line drawings; 80 pages.
Doyle. The Iowa-class battleships were America's – and the world’s – last active battleships, serving as recently as 1995. Back in the World War II era, six of the class were ordered, and four completed: Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Missouri rose to fame as the site of the Japanese surrender ending WWII. Each armed with nine 16-inch rifles able to hurl 2,700-lb shells more than 23 miles, the Iowas were capable of combating formidable sea-going foes. In actuality, however, their huge main guns were used instead, to shell enemy land positions during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. In later years their original arrays of 16-inch and five-inch guns were augmented with missiles, including the Harpoon as well as the Tomahawk cruise missiles. Explore the decks and depths of these mighty warships, once home to thousands of sailors, 88 pages packed with over 270 color photos, carefully chosen to show the subtle differences between these four near-identical ships.