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Bill Koppos
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Good idea, Tom, for the USMC’s birthday…

November 10, 2013 · in Aviation · · 9 · 1.2K

what better representative than the defenders of Wake Island. An epic defense if there ever was one, Wake's Marines were the only ones to successfully repel an island invasion. A big part was the fierce attacks of the island's few Wildcats. 's F4F-3 is one of their better jobs, only some engine and gun bay detailing was added. The camo pattern is unique to these 'cats and the numbers were cobbled to make this a Wake warrior. It was built a while ago, during the quilt-paintjob panel line craze. It has since had a moron-induced crash, and I think I'll redo it using new paint techiques.

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  1. Sorry, already been posted back in March. Got to check before I post an oldie.

  2. I wouldn't use a different scheme, Bill...I think it looks good the way it is.

    "Moron-Induced" - ?

    • We had a puff-back last year, my wife had a cleaning crew come in, insurance-covered. The hugely intelligent crew took a bunch of my 1/32's off the top of a cabinet, literally threw them in a pile, then threw MORE stuff on top. I have never been closer to murder in my 58 years. PCM hurricane, p-51A, Tamiya Zero and the Wildcat, crushed and F'd up to various degrees. Fixed most but the P-51 and Wildcat still wait. The Cuban Hawk was a total loss.

  3. Well, I didn't see it in March, so I'm glad you re-posted today.

  4. There's also Yellow Wings Decals in 1/32 for Wake Island F4F-3s so you don't have to cobble things together.

  5. I like it too, Bill, you really don't have to repaint it!

  6. Nice clean build, your paint job will "stand the test of time" regarding the panel lines, looks good!

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