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Michael Poole
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1/48 Hobby Boss FM-1 WILDCAT

April 1, 2019 · in Aviation · · 34 · 3.4K

Hello everyone,
This is my second completed kit of the year so I've matched last year's total already.

Quite fancied a in my collection but wanted to do the Atlantic scheme which is why I chose the kit over the Tamiya. I added a lumber support to the seat and found some appropriate harness in the spares box which I painted after priming, I added a little wiring to the engine, it's not as orange as it appears in the picture. I did find the wing to fuselage fit a bit 'ropey' but that was probably just me, after tidying up the joints I tried to reinstate detail with scribing and using a fine drill bit to re-do rivets.

The kit was primed with Tamiya fine grey primer and then the white primer, upper side is Gunze aqueous, I managed to ruin some of the decals so had to scrabble about in the spares for some 3's, they're a little undersized I'm afraid. Weathering was done with oils and some citadel washes plus some fine ink pens around a few panels etc.

Quite pleased with how it looks in the pictures but perhaps a bit heavy on the underside weathering and definitely a bit of ' two footer' ?.

Thanks for looking,


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34 responses

  1. This ia an excellent rendition of a Wildcat in the Atlantic scheme. Beautiful finish and attention to detail makes this one shine! Well done Michael.

  2. Excellent, Michael. The subtly worn paint with exposed primer puts this one in the top tier.

  3. Looks very nice. I'm just about finished mine, "4". It's a modified Tamiya kit

  4. Very nicely done Michael and fine photography too.

  5. Nicely done, Michael.

  6. Came out great! Looks good in the Atlantic camo!

  7. It just looks great Michael ! Congratulations for building last year’s output total in just 3 months this year (looks like you are having fun) and especially for completing a wonderful rendition of the wildcat. I disagree with you about the underside weathering being “heavy”... looks right to me

  8. Michael, an excellent looking Wildcat, I always liked the Atlantic scheme especially when its done well like you've done here !

  9. Outstanding build and presentation, sir...well done indeed.

  10. A splendid build. Weathering is spot on in my book. Thanks for sharing

  11. That's a real stunner! Love the weathering, and the Atlantic scheme - I'm going to HAVE to build something in that scheme soon...

  12. Ooooooooooh. Lovely, Michael. A masterclass in how to build interest into a relatively monochromatic scheme. Beautifully finished.


  13. Can’t wait - would be great if you could do a WiP so we can see your techniques?

  14. Smashing build !

  15. That's a good looking Wildcat Michael, especially in the Atlantic scheme. Well done.

  16. Thanks everyone for your comments and for taking the time to look.
    All the best,

  17. Hi Michael, I agree to all the others. Nothing more to say. You did an amazing job. Very organic to me.

  18. Lovely paint job. Lots to feast your eyes on for an extended period of time. Plenty to learn from this one. Well done.

  19. outstanding weathering

  20. It was incredible!
    Beautiful Project!

  21. Thanks again everyone, all your comments are very much appreciated.

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