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Year of The Cat Group Build: Grumman Martlet Mk III – Hobby Boss 1/48 Wildcat F4F-3A

When Louis announced the group all those months ago, and with its closing date being quite some way distant, I decided to go for three builds. Three kits whose fates were already planned (although the ‘109 E7 Trop’ took a […]

Year of the Cat Group Build: BF 109 E4/7 Trop, Tamiya 1/48, ‘Yellow 6’ – Hans Joachim Marseille – in ‘Leopard Camo’

The mentality of those whose families fought and suffered on the ‘right side of history’ is often, understandably, to automatically consign those fighting on the other side, to a pigeon hole that does not allow for admiration. During this build, […]

Year of the Cat Group Build. 1/48 scale Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat

When Louis announced this group project I had already been eyeballing my trusty old Tamiya kit that had been sitting on shelf for some time. This was just the excuse I needed to get it going. I choose to go […]

1/48 Scale Monogram Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

The Monogram Wildcat is a Wildcat, but I am not sure which one it is. Is it a Wildcat F4F, or a Wildcat FM 1? The FM 1 was made by GM, and the F4F by Grumman. The tail looks […]

Year of the Cat F4F Wildcat

Got too busy with the holiday season and also wanted to get one of these posted before the year was over. So, there’s no antenna as I couldn’t wait for some EZ Line. I should’ve taken the photos yesterday when […]

1/72 Airfix F4F-4 Wildcat

Just completed the Airfix 1/72 F4F-4. Markings depict Lt. “Swede” Vejtasa’s white 19 of VF-10 on board USS Enterprise in Oct of 1942 during the Guadalcanal Campaign. Painted with MRP paints. Added gunsight glass, some Eduard PE in the cockpit, […]

Academy P-38M Nightmare…er, Night Lightning (or) the P-38M in Japan and Why It Matters to Me

Warning: This is a lengthier than usual post, so read on at your own peril. History of the Bird The P-38M captured my imagination some time ago, and I decided this point in my return to modeling was my chance […]

Airfix 1/72d F4F-4 Wildcat …Year of the Cat & 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway(late)

I had originally planned to have this build included in my Battle of Midway Hiryu vs Yorktown adversaries collection, but never got it started before the Midway GB window had “closed” Hence the Year of the Cat. I must admit […]

Tamiya 1:48 Nakajima A6M2 Rufe

When I was a kid I lived on Monograms from Kmart. But after staring at a Tamiya Rufe in a local hobby store, my imagination got the better of me, I weighed a 3 for 1 value trade, and I […]

FM-1 Wildcat in 1/48

This is the Hobby Boss kit which I picked from the stash as something easy……. You’ve probably done that: Parts fit was excellent, detail sharp & restrained but the undercarriage; that’s another story; very fiddly & the prop needed some […]