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Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

by Larry Grapentine


Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat


Tamiya's 1/48 scale F4F-4 Wildcat is available online from Squadron.com




Here are some pictures of my 1/48 Tamiya F4F Wildcat built "out of the box". The markings are for VGF-29 aboard the USS Santee during Operation Torch.

Overall, this kit fits together very well. Obviously the sliding canopy does not fit the fuselage in the open position, and I would have used a vacform replacement if not for "out of the box" contest rules. I did sand off the large raised rivets, and cut notches in the cockpit floor to test the OOTB rules, however.

Paint is Testor's enamel. Flat coat is Future and Tamiya X-21flat base. Decals are a mix of Ministry of Small Aircraft Production and Aeromaster.

I tried to match the paint fading to wartime photos, hence the mismatched fabric covered control surfaces, and random "oxidation" of the paint.


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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2003 by Larry Grapentine
Page Created 11 March, 2003
Last Updated 25 March, 2004

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