Lieutenant Commander John Thach created an aircraft maneuver called the "Thach Weave" to outperform the Japanese Zero's high speed and turn rate. While flying his F4F-4 Wildcat, Thach would weave back and forth with another plane in order to cross each other's paths and protect themselves. He led six VF-3 F4Fs during the Battle of Midway from the USS Yorktown to escort Devastators towards an attack on a Japanese carrier fleet. Using the Thach Weave, they were able to dodge 20 Zeros, take down four of them with Thach claiming three victories. He retired at Admiral status with six air victories.
This 1/48 scale, Hobby Master, die cast replica of an F4F-4 Wildcat, as it appeared as "White 23" on the 4th-6th of June 1942, features authentic markings and professional hand-painted details, a pilot figure, an opening canopy, a rotating metal propeller, optional-position landing gear, and a display stand. 9½" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA8902