1/48 Scale F7F-Tigercat
Sometime in the early 1990’s I met up with “Pylon Dave Jone’s” who lived in Oklahoma/U.S.A. Dave sent me over 500 color 3-1/2″ x 5″ prints. I scanned in all of the photos, including several black and white prints then made a “master” CD disk and sent a copy to Dave. We sold several CD’s to interested people who were members of our air-race club back in Cleveland, Ohio/U.S.A.
I took a liking to a racing F7F Tigercat so this inspired me to see if there was a plastic “F7F-Tigercat” model out there on the market to buy as I had made a F4F WILDCAT and a couple of F-6F’s HELLCAT’S. Lo and behold there was one, so I got a kit of it. I never wrote down who made the kit, but who cares, it was an easy kit to build right out of the box.
I only had one photo of an F7F in my WW-II scrapbook and it was painted the standard Navy Blue color which was not very impressive compared to Dave’s F7F Reno, Nevada racer #62.
You guessed it…I choose to make my model to look like the “CAT” that was at Reno in 1986. The o.o.b. build was easy as the parts fit together real good. The model was dry fit together after I added about 1/2 ounce of “b-b’s” inside the 2 front nose sections and this weight let the model sit on its’ nose like the real airplane did.
I have used “thin and “gap” filling super glue since the mid 1980’s and it worked out excellent for this model. I sanded the seams and rescribed several panel line and added a few rivets here and there.
Again, my standard paint by Tamiya was used along with Future floor Wax with one of my Badger-200 airbrushes. To change the aluminum color to a darker color I added some medium grey color. The black and white numbers came from one of my many decal sheets by “SuperScale.”
For many year’s, I have used my work bench for my photo studio by applying some flexible art paper to it, then I position my 2 swizzle lights that have the new “7500K” daylight florescent bulbs in them. I just place my model in different positions on my paper and carefully take several “in-focus” with lot’s of “depth-of-field” photo’s of the model.
There you have it…enjoy!
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