WILDCATS, WILDCATS and MORE WILDCATS
Here are a few of the F4F’s that I’ve built over the years. As one might guess, Grumman’s F4F is one of my favorite fighter aircraft, (Followed close by the P-40 and P-47).
There is one 1:32 scale Trumpeter, two are 1:48 scale Hobby Boss kits, the rest are all 1:48 scale Tamiya kits.
The first F4F-4, is the 1:32 scale Trumpeter kit, (Loved it!). Flown from USS Yorktown, by LtCdr. John S. “Jimmy” Thatch of VF-3, 4 June, 1942, at the Battle of Midway.
Next, is a Tamiya 1:48 scale F4F-4, converted to a -3. (Hobby Boss released their -3 about three weeks AFTER I finished the model…figures…). Allegedly flown by Marine Major Robert E. Galer of VMF-223 during the Guadalcanal Campaign, during September 1942.
Number three, is the 1:48 scale Hobby Boss kit, an F4F-3A, flown by Lt.(jg) Wilmer E Rawie, of VF-6, from USS Enterprise. Lt. Rawie scored one of the first shoot downs of an enemy aircraft, by a carrier based fighter on 1 February, 1942. There’s a second picture of this aircraft at the end of the pictures.
Four, is an Tamiya 1:48 scale kit and is an aircraft that was allegedly, flown by US Marine Ace, Capt Marion E. Carl, also of VMF-223, from Guadalcanal, during October, 1942.
Five, is the aircraft of Lt. John Leppla, of VF-10, USS Enterprise, during the Battle of Santa Cruz. Lt. Leppla was KIA in this aircraft on 26 October, 1942.
Six, is an FM-1, 1:48 scale Tamiya kit, and an aircraft assigned to VC-10, from USS Core, during the Battle of the Atlantic, in early 1944.
Seven, is a heavily modified Hobby Boss 1:48 scale FM-2. I used all the Vector sets I could get my hands on, to correct this really bad representation of an FM-2. Most of the Hobby Boss Wildcats are pretty decent, but they really “Screwed the Pooch” with the FM-2. Anyway, the model represents an aircraft, ALSO of VC-10, from USS Gambier Bay, flown by Lt. Bruce Allen McGraw, October 1944.
Anyway, thanks again for looking at my post, and now I guess it’s on to P-40’s??
Freddie from LI
12 additional images. Click to enlarge.