1:48 scale Hobby Boss F4F-3, “Wildcat”
Remember that F4F-3 I saw in the hobby shop after I finished converting the Tamiya F4F-4 to a -3? Well, I bought one and decided to see how it stacked up against the Tamiya kit.
In my opinion, Tamiya is the better kit. Even though Hobby Boss does give a more detailed wheel bay and some weapons bay detail, the overall fit of Tamiya's kit is hands down the better of the two...in my opinion. However, that in no way means the Hobby Boss is a horror show. Quite the opposite is true and it too, is a very fine model and will build up into a real winner.
Hobby Boss released both an early and a later F4F-3, an F4F-4, an FM-1 and finally an FM-2. (The FM-2 IS a horror show with the nose and cowl being completely wrong. I have been working on one of these, using the Vector corrected cowl, engine, prop, forward fuselage and control surfaces. Almost done with that and I'll post pictures when I can).
THIS Hobby Boss kit is built pretty much out of the box. I added paper seat belts,nylon thread antennas, Aeromaster decals. The model is painted with Model Master Enamels in the early war scheme of Blue Gray over Light Gray. Weathering is thinned oils and pastel chalk.
Thanks again and have a great night
Freddie from LI
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