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Chris Wallace
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1/72 Arma Hobby FM-2 Wildcat

February 12, 2022 · in Aviation · · 12 · 1.3K

I occasionally venture outside of my cozy 48th scale fighters. This little Arma has a ton of detail. In fact, I would stand this up against a lot of 48th scale kits, especially the engine and the cockpit. This 'Expert' kit came with handy paint masks and a great sheet of decals.

There were a few tricky aspects to the build such as the multipiece cowl, the main gear and the wing to fuselage join.
It will all work but you have to be patient, dryfit and sand until it is right.

I painted the Wildcat using decanted Tamiya AS-8 Navy Blue. This has been my latest go-to for the ever elusive Gloss Sea Blue colour.

If you are interested, I have a build article here:

And a video here:

Let me know what you think!

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12 responses

  1. An excellent result out of the detailed Arma Hobby kit, Chris!
    Great article at Model airplane maker, as well!
    The Navy Blue looks good to the eye.

  2. Superb build, Chris @modelairplanemaker
    Indeed a lot of detail for 1/72 and you made good use of that.
    Well done.

  3. Great Model! I have this kit in my store and in the future I will built it 🙂

  4. Great results, Chris. The detail looks more like 1/48. Well done.

  5. I thought it was 1/48 scale! Wonderful build.

  6. How about decals quality? What Paint did you use?

  7. Your nice build almost makes me want to get one even if it isn't in the scale I usually build WW2 fighters. Better than the HB 1/48 FM-2 (will probably wait for Eduard to get to their Wildcat FM-2 to build one.)

  8. What a beauty! I really like the colors.

  9. This is very nice. I have the kit here, and this is a good "prod" to pull it out.

    Definitely the best Wildcat in 1/48 (with their F4F-4). It won't be equaled until Eduard does an FM-2 in 1/48.

  10. Looks great! Man, that is a lot of detail to pack into that diminutive airframe!

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