The United States fought the Third Reich during World War II but also another powerful force of it's day; The Japanese Empire. This foo from the other side the pacific ocean attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor in 1941 destroying a large part is the Pacific Fleet. This was, as far as I could tell, a preemptive strike to make sure the US would not interfere with Japans annexation of territory in Asia. The opposite was the result however, the US declared war on the Japanese Empire and entered WWII. This was already predicted by the Japanese admiral. It took slightly over four years and countless lives to end the war. However, the US and Japan have been close allies ever since. A lot of fighting in the PTO (Pacific Theater of Operations) took place from ships or on Islands. Aircraft carriers played a central roll all throughout the war in the pacific as did there aircraft. Both navies had a fast number of different aircraft operating from their carriers. Among these the A6M2 Zero Fighter (Japan) and FM-2 Wildcat (US).
The Sweet modelsThe Japanese manufacturer 'Sweet' makes a whole series of these planes in 1/144 scale but issue 11410 and 14109 have a carrier deck included. The Wildcat also includes a crew made out of..... cats! Both aircraft are made out of about 15 parts. The deck that comes with the Zero is very large and a aircraft lift in also placed in it. This lift can be constructed slightly below deck level indicating it is a lift. The deck of the Wildcat is a single piece. Although the pictures on the box are cartonish, the models are accurate representations of the real aircraft. The fit of the parts is perfect and special care is taken you won't get similar parts like the aft wings on in the position. Only the cockpits are lacking detail so I placed a seat in there made from pieces of a tin can myself. They can't be seen on the photo's but not putting them there leaves a noticeable hole in the cockpit.
More photo's, the one the air craft with some of there contemporaries and the second one with there present day successors:
Both models are recommended although it is a but frustrating to make a tiny seat. The addition of carrier deck is a very nice bonus.