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Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat 1/48 Hobby Boss

December 14, 2019 · in Aviation · · 9 · 2.3K

The Grumman is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service in 1940 with both the United States Navy, and the British Royal Navy where it was initially known as the Martlet.[2] First used in combat by the British in the North Atlantic, the Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during the early part of World War II in 1941 and 1942; the disappointing Brewster Buffalo was withdrawn in favor of the Wildcat and replaced as units became available. With a top speed of 318 mph (512 km/h), the Wildcat was outperformed by the faster 331 mph (533 km/h), more maneuverable, and longer-ranged Mitsubishi A6M Zero. However, the F4F's ruggedness, coupled with tactics such as the Thach Weave, resulted in a claimed air combat kill-to-loss ratio of 5.9:1 in 1942 and 6.9:1 for the entire war.[3]

I builded this plane OOB. Only new seatbelts from Eduard. Kit is ok, but cabine dont fit good. Color scheme on box not good, wings is yellow orange not yellow. I sprayed all colors, not used kit decals for strips and nose. I mean, that look much better. My Devastator has new yellow wings friend 🙂

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  1. Nice job, Josef! I love seeing yellow wings a/c built and I have a soft spot for the Wildcat. Just an FYI, the HobbyBoss instructions are wrong with regard to the drop tanks. -3s didn’t carry them.

  2. Nice job, Josef. That is very eye catching.

  3. Just love a good yellow wings build and you nailed this one.

  4. A real classic build, looks great!

  5. These "Yellow Wings" planes are among my favorite. Your Wildcat model looks wonderful. I have built the exact same kit, but I painted mine up with slightly different markings from yours, and it has a Willow Green tail instead of Black.

    I really like how these Hobby Boss kits build up. They are very nice right out of the box.


  6. Very nice work and a great result.

  7. Very nice! You could really see those pre-war birds coming, with all that yellow on them!

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