Tamiya, 1:48 scale F4F-4, converted to an FM-1, “Wildcat”
Another of my favorite aircraft to model, Grumman’s F4F, “Wildcat” and any of it’s variations. I won’t go into a long diatribe of how good the Tamiya F4F is, If you’ve built one you already know that. If you have NOT…please do yourself a favor and pick this kit up and enjoy it. It ‘s one of my all time favorite models.
To make an FM-1 from the F4F-4, the only modification you will need to make, is the deleation of the outboard wing machine guns. Otherwise, the two types were pretty much identicle in outward apppearence. Fill in a few lines where the gun and ammo bay is, fill in the gun port, and you’re done.
I painted my “FM-1” in the Atlantic scheme of dark gray over white. I used True Details for the wheels, wire for brake lines, added paper for the seat harness and stretched sprue for the antenna. Decals are a mix of kit and Aeromaster, (I like the cat flipping off the enemy) . Weathering is thinned oils and pastel chalk.
Again, this Tamiya F4F is a terrific model to build, and I highly recomend it to any and all modelers, especially if you’re into the early part of the Pacific war.
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