Hobby Boss 1:48 Scale, F4F-3 (Early) “Wildcat”
It's been awhile since I last posted, but I have been busy building a lot. It's been a regular, "Fighter-Pa-Loozah" here on the Island and I have managed to finish a couple kits,
This HB kit is not a bad model. In fact, in my opinion, they build up rather well. I still think Tamiya rules on the F4F front, but HB does give the builder more options and a more detailed wheel bay. The only kit where I think HB 'Screws the Pooch' is the FM-2, which needs a lot of help to get right. But I digress...
I built the model OOB. I made the lap harness out of paper bits. Yellow Wings decals were used for the markings. Paint is a combination of Floquil Old Silver for the fuselage and lower wings. Model Master Enamels for the upper wings and True Blue squadron markings, and Tamiya Acrylics for the black tail colors.
I thought the build went together well, Basic alignment was spot on, and very little putty was required.
As I have said earlier, it's not as good as the Tamiya kit, but it's close, and it does have points that are better.
I used Tamiya panel Line Accents for the first time, instead of my usual thinned oils. They worked well over a glossy surface, and i would use them again. I wanted an aircraft that was weathered, but not filthy.
Markings, are for an aircraft assigned to 'Fighting Seventy-Two', (VF-72) flying from USS Wasp, (CV-7) during the Atlantic Neutrality Patrols in early 1939.
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