AMT’s 1/48 F7F-3N Tigercat
Well, not only do I love vintage jets, but I’m also a s****r for anything with a round engine! (Hearing EAA’s B-17 flying around yesterday got me thinking about it again!)I think the Tigercat ranks among the best looking of them all! (Well, maybe not this one, but the earlier variants without the radar nose!) I’m happy to see so many out on the airshow circuit now!
I still have some light exhaust shading to do to finish it off (see Big Bossman for an idea of what I’m looking for), but I’m happy with the way it turned out. The only drawback to the kit is there is no place for the radar operator to putt his feet! (I was going to buy a resin cockpit, but I figured good enough!) Also separate parts for the wing inlets would’ve been nice, but hey, it’s a 1/48 Tigercat so I’m happy! (The fit of this kit is also excellent by the way! I used absolutely no putty in the build, so that kinda makes up for the squawks!) I still have a Navy -2 to build so I’ll finally have my “sleek” Tigercat!
This is my first successful application of gloss paint out of my airbrush, so I think I’m done painting single color gloss jobs out of a spray can. (Although I do shoot the paint into my airbrush bottle so it’s properly thinned!)
I’ve also heard about the vinyl tires in this kit disintegrating over time, but we’ll see what happens. The kit itself is pretty old and they were still good in the box. I’ve also had Academy’s Su-27UB on its gear for about 20 years now, and its tires are still fine. (Although it sticks to the table. Keep something under the tires if they don’t get moved very often!)
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