1:48 scale Hobby Boss FM-2, “Wildcat”
The Hobby Boss “Wildcats” in 1:48 scale are all pretty good models. They line up. They look right, and have a pretty fair amount of detail, even if some of it is a little overdone. Still, I found them to be fun builds. At least the ones I have built already. I still think the Tamiya kit is MUCH better, but Hobby Boss come very close….except with this one. They screwed the pooch BIG time with the FM-2. Cowl is wrong. Exhausts are wrong, and it just looked like rap in the box. I used a resin cockpit borrowed from the Sword kit, (Even worse the the HB offering) and grabbed up a bunch of Vector sets, cowl, engine, forward fuselage, control surfaces, True Details wheels, and a Cutting Edge prop. Now it looks like an FM-2. And putting all the resin stuff on this kit was STILL easier than getting those wheel wells into that Nick!
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Freddie from LI
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