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Gary Brantley
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Tamiya F4F Wildcat

December 3, 2012 · in Aviation · · 8 · 2.7K

I've built about 40-45 model aircraft over the last 25 years (yes, I am the world's slowest builder, lol) but this was my first kit. I finished it last year and I have to say that all I had heard about its ease of construction was pretty much true. The upper side color is MM medium gray and the lower color is MM gull gray. I used the Tamiya decals and had no trouble with them. Here are a few pics of the Wildcat, taken at the airport. Thanks for looking!

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  1. Nice build and nice photography.

  2. Thanks Craig! I love taking my planes out to the airport!

  3. Great photography you could convince me it's real. Not a complaint or a knock, but those airplanes in that scheme were more blue than people realize.

  4. beautifully rendered...kit decals are fine...much stronger than after market that can dissolve right before your eyes

  5. Yes, you're right Bob, the kit decals did fine. I had zero problems with them, in spite of warnings to the contrary. I appreciate your compliments!

  6. said on June 18, 2013

    Gary .. My Dad would love to see this bird presented as you did .. as Tom said .. SOOO real .. he flew one with VMF 215, and remembered the dirt, mud fields":back then" .. an AWESOME build ... and GREAT photography !

    • Thanks Sarge! Those are some great compliments. I appreciate your dad's service too. My own father was a combat vet too; 87th Infantry Division in Europe. Those guys saved our bacon in WWII and said, "just doin' our job". Here's to our dads, and may they never be forgotten! Thanks so much, Gary

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