Tamiya 1/48 scale F4F-4 Wildcat
One has to admire the brave men that flew these relics against the Japanese, who undoubtedly had some of the best aircraft in world during the onset of WWII. As one veteran of Guadalcanal once told me, “you have to remember these aircraft came out of the same era as the Ford Model A”.
But somehow, the pilots that flew the Wildcat, made them work, using effective tactics and the mere survivability of at least protecting the pilot, as with this example.
This particular aircraft was flown by James J. (Pug) Southerland) of VF-5 from the USS Saratoga On August 7th,1942 Southerland was credited with the first air to air victory over Guadalcanal. Southerland was himself shot down shortly after, but managed to bail out, and eventually returned to his unit.
Southerland survived the war with 5 confirmed victories.
The model was built from the trusty Tamiya kit, that is still a wonderful kit to build. I built this one in 2003. However old this model is I still cherish it a lot, as this is the first model where I applied some of newly learned technics like pre-shading and weathering.
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