@Robin_Nilsson, Well stated. Sweden of WW2 is an excellent example of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” and how strange of bedfellows politics create. No wonder Sweden puts so much effort into trying to be as militarily self-sufficient as possible.
The US saved the world from dictators and then went on to support other dictators.
I’ve never unequivocally found who said and about whom, “He may be a son-of-a-bitch, but he is our son-of-a-bitch.” Roosevelt? Lincoln? Some Secretary of State? Even in WW2 we had that dilemma: Chiang Kai-shek. He created animus between Gen. Stillwell and Gen. Chennault; Stillwell hated Chiang for his corruption, Chennault accepted him because ‘that’s the way China works.’ Chiang and Allied support of him, good or bad? Fun fact - Chiang and Mao spent as much time fighting each other as they did the Japanese, and yet when Chiang was captured by Chinese warlords, Mao rescued him. Why? Both thought they could beat the other after the Japanese were gone and both knew they needed to other to beat the Japanese. But for the sake of the original post of this thread, if I build an American Volunteer Group P-40, will some one try to cancel me as a supporter of dictators, communists, imperialism, political corruption, covert operations, mercenaries…which crime have I committed? In reality, none of the preceding. I am guilty of loving the AVG for what it stood for in sanitized legend and myth.
Years ago our departed friend Russel, a.k.a. Siderius, gave me the shirt Tank Busters. It featured a Ju 87G and Henschel Hs 129, and a T-34. A Castro-hating Cuban friend saw it and commented that I was glorifying a dictator. I asked back if she meant the psychopathic anti-Semite despot who slaughtered tens of millions of people and maintained power through secret police, or the Germans? (Try saying that as an extemporaneous quip.) She looked like a flashbulb went off in her face.
Waffen-SS and Fallschirmjäger camouflage tunics are cool, challenging to paint, and rewarding to do well; I build German subjects because they are interesting in design, history, engineering, technical success/failure, and sport cool colors, not to glorify or support Nationalsozialismus. For the same reasons I build Japanese and French subjects, North Vietnamese MiGs, Russian T-34s and Kv-1s, Ilmavoimat aeroplanes, RAF Mosquitos, Swedish Drakens and Viggens. In turn, those inspire me to build one of their protagonists.
@BGT , build what you want. Don’t worry about the clowns. Heck, even Doctors Without Borders have been accused of “white supremacy!” There is one member of Kitmaker I saw a year or so ago who wrote they will no longer make models of ‘nazis because there are too many real ones around.’ If hyper-oversensitive fools criticize you, challenge them, defend yourself, and if they denounce you, remember that there are still libel laws that, surprisingly, have been upheld lately.
Now back to my model of Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso.