Arma Hobby General Motors FM-2 Wildcats
Arma Hobby is beginning to make a name for itself by releasing subjects which have been long overlooked in 1/72 scale. This is the FM-2 variant of the Wildcat. This version was produced by General Motors so Grumman could focus on Hellcat production and was produced in greater numbers than all the other marks of Wildcats combined. The FM-2 had a more-powerful Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 engine, a taller tail, and a four-gun foldable wing.
The FM-2 Wildcat (BuNo 16262) in the graded scheme was assigned to Composite Squadron 10 (VC-10) embarked on the escort carrier USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73). On 15JUN44 pilot LT Herman J. Hardess belly-landed this aircraft aboard the Gambier Bay, it was later jettisoned over the side.
BuNo 16130 carried the North Atlantic gray scheme and was assigned to Composite Squadron 8 (VC-10) embarked on the escort carrier USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60). Pilot was LTJG F. H. Behlen III.
The FM-2 Wildcat from Composite Squadron 96 (VC-96) was finished in the late-war overall Gloss Sea Blue scheme. It flew from the Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE-81) during the Okinawa campaign in April, 1945.
Construction posts for those interested can be found here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/?s=FM-2+WILDCAT+build
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