by Ron Cline
Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat
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This is my take on a Korean War F7F-3N Tigercat.
I used the the 1/48 scale AMT/Ertl kit. Both
cockpits and the props are from Cutting Edge. At first, I was going
to replace the inaccurate kit nose with the resin replacement from
High Tech, but it fits so poorly that I gave up on it.
Instead, I used the beautiful replacement nose
from Cutting Edge; it fits with minimal work. Even though the nose
is a solid piece of resin, I decided to add more mass to it, since
the Tigercat is tail heavy. I drilled a couple of deep holes into
the nose, and inserted lead stick fishing weights. I also added a
couple of lead sinkers under the cockpit, as far forward as I could
get them. In the end, I STILL had to add more weight to keep it from
being a tail dragger; I added more to the front of the nacelles, and
in the nose gear well.
One modification I highly recommend doing to this kit is adding a
wing spar. I ran a 3/16" brass tube just in front of the rear
cockpit that extends out to the nacelles. This adds a lot of
strength at a weak point of the kit, and since the finished model is
heavy, it was needed.
I added wiring to the kit engines, and I replaced the wing lights
with colored clear plastic sanded to shape.
I had completely botched my first attempt on the paint job, to the
point that I put the kit away for some time. I finally stripped the
paint and tried again, this time I was happy with it. First, I
painted it overall Gloss Sea Blue. (I used mostly Model Master and
For the black I started with a base coat of
Aircraft Interior Black, followed by selectively applying Testors
Rubber (in the small bottle) to the upper surfaces. This is a dark
brown color that I thought would give a nice impression of the black
paint oxidizing. When this was dry I took some 1000 grit wet 'n' dry
and lightly sanded wear areas to expose the GSB underneath. The
remainer of the weathering was done with silver pencil for the paint
chips, and pastels for the exhaust stains and general, overall
The decals were a mix of kit decals and ones from the 'stash'. The
canopies are from Squadron, and the landing gear wheels are from the
High Tech set.
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