Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday Model a day late
This one is a double, the Wildcat and the Hellcat. We started WWII with the Wildcat as a front line fighter on our carriers in the Pacific. It was good, but not as good as the Zeros it went up against. They figured out how to deal with the shortcomings with wingmen and some fancy tricks. The best trick was the Hellcat. As you can see the Hellcat is a bigger plane but they look the same. The poor pilots in the Zeros would see it and think it was a Wildcat. Problem was that the Hellcat was bigger, and more than a match for the Zero. End result was usually a shot down Zero by the time he realize his mistake as he was out gunned and out maneuvered by the Hellcat. It does help that the Zero was an easy kill since it gave up armor and self sealing fuel tanks for speed, which the American planes didn't. . . .