Tamiya's 1/48th Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat,USN,WWII
I got this kit not long after it was first released in 1994, up until then we only had Monograms Wildcat and don't recall if Otaki had one in 1/48? Built OOB except for the decals, which were Aeromaster set #48-149C. Fun to build, just a little filler around the lower wing to fuselage join and as far as I know that was it. The model is F17 of VF8 aboard the USS Hornet CV12 as it appeared during the Battle of Midway. Flying CAP, Ens Stephen W. Groves intercepted a bomber group from IJN carrier Hiryu,shooting one down before he himself was shot down and killed. One of the unsong heroes of that day. The Wildcat is painted in Aeromaster Acrylics, USN Blue/Grey over Lt Grey. Cockpit is zinc chromate green, intermediate blue gear assy. The highlights on the scheme was taking the leftover Blue Grey and adding white making it lighter and going over some panels in the lighter shade. It turned out ok, giving some of the fading on the fabric surfaces and areas they may have been overpainted during maintenance. Really a great kit and a fun build on one of the great planes of WWII. Thanks for viewing.