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Robert Royes said on July 21, 2016
Beautiful job sir.
bob mack said on July 22, 2016
thank you Bob …love your color schemes
Jeff Carle said on July 21, 2016
Very nice! The paint I awesome.
thank you Jeff …your awesome
Bryan W. Bernart said on July 21, 2016
Bob, you did it again. Another terrific build. The HB kit is pretty nice as well-pretty much falls together.
thank you much Bryan good to hear from you
Craig Abrahamson said on July 21, 2016
Good lookin’ build there, Mr. Mack – that belly shot is outstanding.
i appreciate that Sir
Terry Schuler said on July 22, 2016
Bob, I’m pretty sure everyone who’s built a wildcat (or a few,,,,, OK, a bunch) has built a Cactus AF version. But that’s OK, especially when they are done well, like this. Good work on this. Nice job not overdoing the weathering.
awesome Terry…thank you
Tom Cleaver said on July 22, 2016
Very nice work indeed, but there is one problem.
The F4F-3 was not plumbed for drop tanks. Cutting them off is a simple solution. (Hobby Bimbo/Trumpeter didn’t know this)
that’s a bummer…I figured they would need the tanks to get to rabaul and bougainville but i guess the corsairs did that job…dammit man…much appreciated
Joe Bauer was known as “Indian Joe” to his close friend, but his USMC handle was “Coach,” which had to do with his attitude about his responsibility as a USMC air commander to the young troops. Which was why he was named to Cactus AF commander. Most likely shot down by a “Pete,” which surprised quite a few US fighter pilots in the Solomons, who thought they were attacking something like a “Dave” or an “Alf.”
i think a lot of his coach came from his football days also…he was given sweet citations from a grateful commandant for his football…kind of like the fight game in from here to eternity…as you said that persona…somewhere i read Foss said he was coming in to chew him out for something so he took him up immediately to go chase landing craft and shipping…you know the rest…John L. Smith MOH took over and detacted Navy pilots like Flatly were on that flight…nobody saw nothing… the marines said the Pete could dogfight with the best [Foss] …good stuff
Paul van Acker said on July 22, 2016
Very nice. I see the drop tanks have been mentioned. Easy fix though. 🙂
thank you Paul…tanks removed above
Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on July 22, 2016
Between the wars, interservice football was a major thing.
Nicely done, Bob. Just enough weathering, some of their aircraft didn’t last long enough to get weathered.
I made a note about the tanks, I suspect that is HBs parts for every possible version in different guises philosophy. Plus, I don’t think they research a whole lot.
exactly Bernard…he was at Midway…then Ewa where i’m sure his plane was tip-top and he was only on the Canal a couple months…so i figured slight wear coming in from Ewa then the white nose cowl was put on at the Canal so at one point the airframe was a little dirtier than the white nose applied later…and your right the Marines had a terrific football team in the 30’s…kind of like Air Force in the 80’s and 90’s…thank you
Greg Kittinger said on July 22, 2016
Great looking wildcat – love the detail and weathering. Very nice!
bob mack said on July 23, 2016
thank you for that kindness Greg…much appreciated
George Williams said on July 22, 2016
Don’t comment on the drop tanks, although I think they may add something to the look of the model…….Anyway, that finish is terrific, really subtle.
i agree …the tanks scream Wildcat but i couldn’t live with the glaring error…thank you George
P.k said on July 23, 2016
thank you very much P.K and i love your Avatar
Anthony Conway said on July 24, 2016
Very nice build. It’s a mute point but I build to please myself and sometimes I couldn’t care less for strict accuracy. It’s about fun and what YOU like but I understand your decision.
bob mack said on July 24, 2016
thank you Tony…and i agree with your philosophy
Simon Whitney said on July 24, 2016
Nice build Bob, so , it did not have drop tanks?
Nice faded paint work mate.
thank you very much Si…only the F4F-3 didn’t have them the F4F-4 did
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